Finders Keepers: A Survey of Collecting

A man seemingly suffocating on his own hair, an image of a revolver pointing at the viewer, and another of someone playing golf could make for a broad church of inspiration.

Alex Stocker Untitled date unknown © Alex Stocker
Alex Stocker Untitled date unknown © Alex Stocker

These are just some of the subjects covered at a new Michael Hoppen Gallery show, which sees Hoppen throw the doors open on the best of his private collection.

Daido Moriyama, Koriyama City 1989 © Daido Moriyama Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Denise Gru¨nstein Tied 2009 © Denise Gru¨nstein Courtesy of Charlotte Lund Gallery

There are 130 photographs making up this composite show, which takes in anonymous 19th century scenes and vintage boxing bouts, as well as post-war shots and fashion photography.

Daido Moriyama, Koriyama City 1989 © Daido Moriyama Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Unknown Photographer Painted Nails 1950s. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Hoppen’s collection, some 20 years in the making, includes travel, anthropological, and just about any other kind of photography you can think of.

Daido Moriyama Atagawa 1971 © Daido Moriyama. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery and Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo
Daido Moriyama Atagawa 1971 © Daido Moriyama. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery and Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo

It seems there is more weighting toward the vintage stuff in this selection, which will be presented over three floors.

Daido Moriyama, Koriyama City 1989 © Daido Moriyama Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Daido Moriyama, Koriyama City 1989 © Daido Moriyama Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

Among those featured you’ll spot Charles Jones’ luminous peach; Nikolai Kuleschow’s surveillance balloon; Fredrich Seidenstucker’s kitchen maids; Anton Stankowski’s photogram of a ghostly baby; anonymous images of birds on wires; and the worrying perspective of a pistol pointed directly at the viewer – you.

Daido Moriyama, Koriyama City 1989 © Daido Moriyama Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Dr Harold Edgerton Bobby Jones Golf Multiflash Iron 1938 © Harold Edgerton. Courtesy of Palm Press Inc and Gus Kayafas

 A book, Finders Keepers will accompany the show and features all 130 images in the order they were acquired rather than their age, with accompanying notes from Hoppen about how he discovered them and the history of each.

Professor Sheldon Hine Pistol Lit by Coaxial Lighting View 2 1950. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
Professor Sheldon Hine Pistol Lit by Coaxial Lighting View 2 1950. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Finder Keepers: A Survey of Collecting, runs from 12 December – 31 January 2013 at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee place, SW3. The Book Finders Keepers – 20 years: A Dealer’s Collection is priced £50 and available from Michael Hoppen Gallery

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