Thoughts on Exhibitions

Slow but steady the deadline for our MSc-exhibition is coming closer. At the moment we still are looking for a nice (and affordable) venue and it is surprising how complicated that has turned out to be. Especially considering that Nottingham is a student city, which hosts exhibitions all over town. Luckily, we are in conversation with a couple of venues (galleries as well as more unusual places) now, so that that bit should hopefully soon be sorted.

Something, which is quite helpful for us, at least I feel so, is that we are not bound to putting on a classical photo exhibition with framed photos hanging on the wall. Quite the contrary – by taking us on a gallery-day trip to London, our lecturers emphasised that we should consider the use of other mediums.

For example, the Annie Leibovitz exhibition “WOMEN: New Portraits” was located in an old ware house and definitely not a classical photo exhibition. Visitors were invited to sit down and look at a big screen, onto which the photos were projected. Two more screens and a wall in the style of a scrap book, showing prints and text, enclosed the audience. All in all, it felt as if visitors viewed the exhibition as a group rather than as individual.

The exhibition “Rosangela Renno: Rio-Montevideo” showed no actual prints, instead projectors, which the audience could turn on, were used.

When visiting The Photographers’ Gallery in Soho, we were able to compare different ways of exhibiting art simply when going through the different galleries there. The exhibition by Rosangela Renno “Rio-Montevideo” comprised completely out of a room filled with analogue projectors, which showed her photos on the walls. As the visitors where allowed to operate the projectors, the exhibition was quite interactive.

Nevertheless, my personal favorite of that day was the exhibition “Saul Leiter: Retrospective”

The Photographers Gallery showed some of Saul Leiter’s photos and paintings.

(even if it was more of the classical style with pictures “simply” hanging on the wall). Firstly, because I always enjoy looking at Saul Leiter’s work and this is the first time I have been able to see some of his original prints. Secondly, because an interesting mixture of Leiter’s photos (black & white but of course also colour) but also paintings and magazines with his fashion photography were shown, making it a great overview of his work.

That day in London did give us some new ideas and I’m definitely curious to see which mediums we will be using for our exhibition in May.


Saul Leiter’s fashion photography was also featured in the exhibition.


“Saul Leiter: Retrospective” exhibition catalogue – a catalogue is something we’ll have to make for our exhibition too.

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