Oral History of British Photography. Davies, Sue. (5 of 8)
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The Photographers Gallery, London.
Davies, Sue, 1933- (speaker, female)
Williams, Val (speaker, female)
Part 5. Sue Davies [SD] comments on growth of interest in photography in London; the Album gallery; Billy Jay and David Hurn; enthusiasm for photography, David Montgomery; RSP. Describes preparations for art and photography shows; meeting Van Deren Coke; cancellation of show. Comments on decision to open photo gallery; finding premises; meeting Bryn Campbell; meeting David Astor and Tom Hopkinson. Remarks on SD’s interest in reportage photography. Comments on research for 1968 exhibition; visits to photo agencies (Magnum, Guttman); hiring of concerned photographers from the International Centre of Photography (ICP). Describes hanging system at PG; ways of raising money; description of interior; meeting with HC Bresson and Josef Koudelka; advice from photographers. Comments on Elliot Erwitt’s show. Mentions first selection committee members. Remarks on Edward Weston’s show and other early exhibitions; films; young photographers exhibitions. Discusses improving style of presentation; American influences; meeting with American curators; visit to Impressions. Mentions committee at Arts Council; applying for grant. Comments on first budget and bookshop.
Performer notes : Sue Davies was founder director (1970-1991) of the Photographers Gallery, London. Major figure in the renaissance of British photography in the early 1970s.