Out of Focus, is the first major photography exhibition to be held at the new Saatchi Gallery premises, which opened in the year of the last Olympics, in 2008 at Duke of York’s Square, on the fashionable well-heeled King’s Road. It follows the footsteps of the controversial 2001 show I am Camera, provocatively titled ‘Out of Focus’, this show presents the countless variations of photography out there today – from analogue to digital to collage. Indeed, if one thing is in focus when it comes to contemporary photography, it is the impossibility of identifying a singular trend within it.
Nonetheless, Out of Focus presents a selection of the most arresting current trends in photography, displaying a survey of 38 talents from thirteen countries: the US, UK, Japan, South Africa, Australia, Switzerland, France, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Turkey and Benin.
Out of Focus features works by Michele Abeles, Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Olaf Breuning, Jonny Briggs, Elina Brotherus, Anders Clausen, Mat Collishaw, J H Engström, Mitch Epstein, Andreas Gefeller, Daniel Gordon, Noémie Goudal, Katy Grannan, Luis Gispert, Matthew Day Jackson, Chris Levine, Matt Lipps, Ryan McGinley, Mohau Modisakeng, Laurel Nakadate, Sohei Nishino, David Noonan, Marlo Pascual, Mariah Robertson, Hannah Sawtell, David Benjamin Sherry, Meredyth Sparks, Hannah Starkey, John Stezaker, A L Steiner, Mikhael Subotzky, Yumiko Utsu, Sara VanDerBeek, Nicole Wermers, Jennifer West and Pinar Yolaçan.
When GoSee visited Out of Focus we took some of our own contemporary out-of focus shots ourselves. We thought it would be fun to put the editorial team in the foreground for a change and posed alongside impressive images such as Chris Leviene’s holographic reproduction of the Queen.
In case you missed the show, which ended recently, a catalogue to accompany the exhibition is published by Booth-Clibborn Editions with an essay by William A Ewing, former director of the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne.
Now you can look forward to Korean Eye, which opened a few days ago and promises the largest survey of new Korean art to date, coinciding with the London Olympics.
It is also worth visiting the Saatchi Gallery on a Saturday when the pedestrianized immaculate square is home to a fabulous food market, with tempting treats ranging from Jamaican goat’s curry to Malaysian cuisine, Moroccan food and English cakes. We like!
Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, London SW3 4RY
10am-6pm, 7 days a week, last entry 5:30pm