They describe it as what will arguably be the most diverse range of photography ever exhibited in the UK and they could possibly be right. After all the last time you thought you'd see the names Amanda DeCadenet and Patrick Litchfield on the same bill was probably an old episode of The Word. Or the last time we mentioned it.
But share the bill they do, alongside 20 other noted photographers in an exhibition created to celebrate the role of digital in contemporary photography. From Jill Furminovsky’s backstage shots of Oasis, to the reportage of French collective Documentography, featuring Hodge Award winning Guilhem Alandry, the imagery on display will span a multitude of photographic disciplines. Bob Carlos-Clarke’s trademark erotic work will sit alongside photojournalism by Nick Danziger, whilst David Bailey’s shots of ‘big city’ landscapes will be juxtaposed with Chris Bonington’s documentation of his expeditions. A special tribute will be paid to Lord Patrick Lichfield, a keen supporter of Olympus, who provided some typically provoking and serene shots of his trip to Dubai.
Following a VIP gala evening on Thursday 16th February the exhibition will be open to the public on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th February 2006 between 10am and 6pm and it's free to get in. On Saturday a special public workshop will be held for the first ten guests through the door with the prominent “storm-chaser” Mark Humpage, who has contributed some stunning shots of his adventures following tornadoes and hurricanes around the USA. He may be able to take some stunning shots of folks fighting to get to the front of the queue too.
All the shots on display are taken on Olympus digital SLR cameras, and the exhibition is also designed to celebrate new trends for a company that have spent over 70 years in the field of camera making.
The Olympus Inheritance Exhibition takes place at The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5AB on 17th-18th February, 10am-6pm.