exhibitions

Designing Night World



Michael Abramson MMX Gallery

Is it me or is there a wave of disco nostalgia in the air?

The Antonio Lopez film has put the hedonistic 70s on our radar and there seems to be a rash of disco-centric exhibitions doing the rounds. Michael Abramson: Tales from the South Side, 1970’s Chicago Clubs is a photo exhibition about to end its run at London’s MMX Gallery. With names like Perv’s House and the High Chaparral, Chicago’s discos boasted some very chic patrons, many of whom are captured by photo journo Abramson in full false-lashed, spread-collared splendour. (more…)



On my radar: Leïla Menchari and Karel Martens



A portrait of Leila Menchari in 1985- Photo by Edouard Boubat

Two stories caught my attention in the new Hermès magazine, Le Monde d’Hermes. The first is an amazing sounding exhibition celebrating Leïla Menchari, Hermès‘ extraordinary secret weapon, whose legendary window displays brought a playful spirit to the brand for 35 years. The exhibition, ‘Hermès à tire-d’aile — Les mondes de Leïla Menchari‘ will run from 9th Nov to 3rd Dec 2017 at the Grand Palais, Paris. (more…)



Sory Sanlé – Volta Photo 1965-85



Sory Sanle Morton Hill Photo Gallery

If you’re in town for London Fashion Week, or happen to be here any time until 27th October, do not miss this photo show! Sory Sanlé is the portrait photographer who would have probably remained an unknown were it not for a music producer noting his work and tracking him down.

Documenting the emerging youth culture and nightlife of newly independent Burkina Faso in 1960s West Africa, his work found its way onto local record covers which then traversed the globe. (more…)



Burberry photography exhibition: Here We Are



Martin Parr Burberry photography exhibition

I always look forward to the Burberry LFW show but September’s show is going to be even better than usual. Christopher Bailey has curated a Burberry photography exhibition called Here We Are, celebrating some of our British photography greats. On display to the public from 18 September – 1 October it’s co-curated by Lucy Kumara Moore, director of Claire de Rouen Books and gives a hint to the theme of the autumn collection. (more…)