Just off of Oxford Street, London, through a route you’d never think to look down, sits The Photographer’s Gallery.
I happened to find it after seeing an advert for one of their upcoming events (photos of all kinds of people in London) but it seemed it hadn’t started yet. Luckily, there was another exhibition that really took my fancy – one of Japanese photo books.
As I read the intro, and sort of scoffed, thinking that these people don’t know what they’re on about when they say that Japanese people like printed photo books. But then, as I walked around reading the magazines full of photos of a girl traveling and taking photos, or books full of nothing but cat photos, I realised that they were right – Japan is crazy about this kind of thing.
It took me right back to the days when I used to kill time in Village Vanguard (omg love that shop) looking through all the picture books there. They had every kind you could think of – my favourite was the one of the cats sleeping in cooking pots…
I even found a little piece of “home” there…
The rest of the gallery was really good, too. It’s amazing to think that places like this are free to look around. I really appreciate the freedom of arts and knowledge like this in the UK.
Find The Photographer’s Gallery at 16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW, just off of Oxford Street.