Fitzrovia Photography Prize Finalists Adorn Open-Air Street Gallery

By Londonist Last edited 75 months ago
Fitzrovia Photography Prize Finalists Adorn Open-Air Street Gallery

The Fitzrovia Photography Prize — carrying the tagline "Where Creativity Lives" for its open air instalment — is run and judged by Diemar/Noble Photography.

The competition was open to anyone with a camera, amateur or professional, and hundreds of submissions were received. Original photos had to be taken within a one mile radius of the gallery. The best results are now displayed on the hoardings round the newly named "Fitzroy Place" development on the former Middlesex Hospital site.

The quality of the images is at times exemplary, with many colourful and quirky scenes from around the neighbourhood. The exhibition certainly brightens up an otherwise non-space, but with slick presentation that some might liken more to an advertising billboard than a street gallery.

Not everyone has rejoiced in the venture, however, with one local blog raising concerns about the demise of local photographic studios and a shift in creativity to more commercial outlets.

Note: This article has been substantially altered following corrections from the gallery. Due to a confusion over the press release, the original article incorrectly stated that many of the artists are represented by Diemer/Noble. We apologise for any aggrievement this might have caused to the artists or gallery.

Last Updated 21 February 2012

Richard

How fantastic to see all these vibrant images covering the hoarding around the rather messy "newly named ‘Fitzroy Place’ development site", but what a shame to find out the gallery promoting this "open competition" - Diemar/Noble - already represents 12 of the 13 photographers on show. If this was the City there would be cries of insider trading and the guilty parties would be made to walk the metaphorical plank. So, what to do? Well, there's nothing that can be done about 'Fitzroy Place' - yes, there's a joke in there somewhere - but surely Diemar/Noble can make amends by engaging with the members and associates of local artist's collective Fitzrovia Noir Community Interest Company? This would go someway to assuaging what can only be a growing backlash to what currently seems like greedy, vain, nepotistic commercialism.

minx

well as Richard has summed up things so well all I can add is that it's very sad and common that community arts groups start a brilliant initiative only to have it bastardised or commercialised or franchised by some other grasping entity that has no originality but has to steal the hard work and genuine labours of those that have heartfelt dedication to an iconic part of creative London! please involve those that cared enough to start this in the first place...