Out of Focus • Saatchi Gallery • London
Saatchi Gallery, London, presents an eclectic collection of photography, the first of its kind at the gallery since 2001, including The Google Photography Prize, showcasing the brightest of new talents.
Gleaming in the new found sunlight shining over London, The Saatchi Gallery hosts a triumphant exhibition of iconic and new photography, Out of Focus. Better known for their exhibitions of Contemporary Art, this is the first photography exhibition held at The Saatchi Gallery since 2001.
Spanning four floors of the gallery, the show has something to suit all tastes. Familiar name, John Stezaker, who is famed for his portrait collages, (which also had a solo show at The Whitechapel Gallery in 2011) takes a significant role in the show, while other photography collagist Sohei Nishino’s city landscapes of New York, Tokyo and Paris offer a more refreshing viewing.
Out of Focus now welcomes a new extension- The Google Photography Prize, which displays the work of the ten finalist from this student competition. Created to find the newest and brightest talents in the world of photography, entries were given ten categories to choose from, ranging from; food to travel, fashion to action, sport to point of view.
Though it is clear that half of the entries are in fact students, there are a handful of entries which would have stood strongly over the some of the main exhibition. Winner Viktor Johansson, entered into the sports category, captured the judges eye with his images of Christoffer Eskilsson, Sweden’s best male diver from 10 metres. Leaving the traditional glamorisation of sports stars behind, Johansson truly captures the repetitive loneliness and dedication one must go through to succeed in their field.
Out of Focus: Photography is on display at the Saatchi gallery until 22 July. Admission is free.