Collected Works is a diverse group exhibition running from 7 March until 26 April at Atlas Gallery, showcasing key photographers and landmark acquisitions from the gallery’s dealings with important and vintage imagery over the years. With everything from prints by Robert Capa and William Klein, to contemporary works by Paolo Ventura and Nick Brandt, this is a collective display of important art from the last two decades.
This show will act as a trans-historical montage to some of the finest photographs by internationally renowned practitioners from the 20th and 21st centuries, including photojournalism of World War II by Dmitri Baltermans and Lillian Bassmann’s portrait of 1960’s icon, Jean Shrimption. The photography displayed will illustrate some of the fascinating stories of the gallery’s history, as well as the owner, Ben Burdett’s personal inspiration.
Burdett left the world of trading antique books and became a photography dealer just as the photographic practice began to take off. Hurley’s The Long, Long Night featured in the Atlas’ first major exhibition outside the UK, and was displayed at Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Peninsula, at the side of Shackleton’s Endurance being trapped in ice.
In addition the the presentation of important works, the gallery sells images. Earlier this year, they sold the entire collection of 35 prints from Sebastiao Salgado’s Gold Mine series. The outstanding shots were preserved as a unique group from Salgado’s first major international exhibition in 1990. In 2014 a complete collection of Man Ray contact prints was sold to a private client.
Atlas Gallery has an especially close relationship with Magnum Photos who they have worked with for seven years. With access to such a large array of influential practitioners the gallery has been able to host several outstanding exhibitions. Collected Works will feature numerous images from Magnum.
Collected Works, 7 March – 26 April, Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, London, W1U 7NF.
1. The Photojournalist (1951), Andrea Feininger.