True Colours – photography exhibition

‘True Colours are beautiful, like a rainbow’, proclaimed songstress Cyndi Lauper.

Paolo Ventura Winter Stories #54 (The Balloon Seller) 2009
Paolo Ventura Winter Stories #54 (The Balloon Seller) 2009

It seems London’s Atlas gallery agrees – next week it opens a new show entitled True Colours.

The exhibition celebrates colour photography throughout the history of the discipline, as well as pieces by contemporary photographers such as Adam Jeppesen, who will debut his Flatlands Camp Project works.

Adam Jeppesen, BO. Mulato. 09.05.10, 2011
Adam Jeppesen, BO. Mulato. 09.05.10, 2011

The project is the culmination of 18 months solo travelling the length of the Americas, documenting the mental and physical effects of the journey on the lonely photographer.

René Burri and Ernst Hass’ early colour works will also be on show, with Burri’s large 1976 limited-edition piece Horse Pool and House by Luis Barragan, San Cristobal, Mexico forming a key focus of the exhibition.

Horse Pool and House by Luis Barragan, San Cristobal, Mexico, René Burri 1976

Source: © René Burri Courtesy of ATLAS Gallery

Horse Pool and House by Luis Barragan, San Cristobal, Mexico, René Burri 1976

Another highlight looks set to be a photograph shot by Steve McCurry in 1984, entitled Afghan Girl at Nasir Bagh refugee camp, Peshawar, Pakistan.

Steve McCurry, Afghan Girl at Nasir Bagh refugee camp, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984
Steve McCurry, Afghan Girl at Nasir Bagh refugee camp, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984

The piece is one of many examples of McCurry’s images of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, taken when the photographer crossed the Pakistan border into rebel controlled territory.

Paolo Ventura, Winter Stories #57 (Sunday Afternoon) 2009
Paolo Ventura, Winter Stories #57 (Sunday Afternoon) 2009

A beautiful, more light hearted work by Paolo Ventura provides a subtle antidote to f these darker scenes, depicting the surreal life of a circus clown. More works from Ventura will be shown in a solo show at Atlas Gallery later in the autumn.

Jeremy Hunter Perfect Synchronisation, ARIRANG, Pyongyang 2010
Jeremy Hunter Perfect Synchronisation, ARIRANG, Pyongyang 2010

Among the other artists with work on show are Jonas Bendiksen, Martin Parr, Norman Parkinson, and Steve Macleod.

True Colours runs from 5 September –  5 October at Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset St, London, London W1U

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