11 May – 11 November 2018
Accompanied by a programme of events, this exhibition offers a new, beguiling perspective on the capital.
Featuring over 200 photographs by around 50 photographers, London Nights captures the life of the city after dark.
Spanning images from the late 19th century to the present, the showcase includes work by Bill Brandt, one-time assistant to Man Ray and a renowned photographer in his own right. In 1938 Brandt published A Night in London, which captured experiences of the newly electrified capital across a range of different social classes.
Brandt is one of around 50 photographers on show, including Royal College of Art tutor Rut Blees Luxemburg, who offers a modern perspective with her long exposure shots of the urban landscape – used by both The Streets and Bloc Party as album covers.
Echoing the mysterious, transformatory shift from evening into night in the capital, the exhibition is divided into three sections: London Illuminated, which showcases the inspiring aesthetic of the capital after dark; Dark Matters, an altogether more unnerving collection of images relating to isolation, threat and vulnerability; and Switch On… Switch Off… which focuses on the people who live and work in the city – their nocturnal work, rest and play.