Works by some of the world’s leading photographers – including Sam Taylor Johnson OBE, Nick Knight OBE, Sir Cecil Beaton, Juergen Teller, Corinne Day, Chalkie Davies and Rankin – have gone on display at Westminster Underground station as part of a new ‘Free the Night exhibition’ that marks six months to the launch of the Underground’s night services.
The display is in partnership with Annin Arts Gallery and features 24 large-scale photographic works – some 9 foot by 6 foot in size – arranged in the station’s alcoves. The pieces celebrate the capital’s rich history of arts and culture and capture a range of perspectives on the night time and its possibilities for the 140,000 customers who use the station each day.
The works include a 1920s ballroom dance by Sir Cecil Beaton, American rock n roll legend Bruce Springsteen captured outside Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 by Chalkie Davies, and a photograph of a Tube worker on his way home taken by iconic British fashion and portrait photographer Rankin.
The exhibition, which runs until 12th April, also includes photographs by artists who have captured London on camera throughout the decades such as Mary McCartney, Bob Mazzer, Tom Beard, Matthew Stone, Dave Swindells, Zoe Buckman, and others.
This is the first of a series of ‘Firsts for the Tube’ that will include various unique events taking place on and around the Underground network ahead of all-night weekend services commencing on 12 September.
Mayor Boris Johnson, said: `London is set for another revolution – very soon no one will have to cut a great night out short. The introduction of the night Tube will revolutionise the way in which Londoners and visitors travel in the capital. As well as boosting jobs and the night time economy, it will enable people to get around our 24-hour city more quickly and easily than ever before.’
‘Each photograph captures a different idea of the concept of ‘Free the Night’. The result is a stunning collection of images, some literal, some conceptual – all depicting the many stories that London has to tell – stories that make it one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world.’
List of photographers taking part are as follows: Sir Cecil Beaton, Sam Taylor-Johnson OBE, Nick Knight OBE, Corinne Day, Juergen Teller, Rankin, Linda McCartney, Mary McCartney, Tom Beard, Matthew Stone, Walter Hugo and Zoniel, Chalkie Davies, Bob Mazzer, Zoe Buckman, Kevin Morosky, Catherine Holmes, Dave Swindells, Ted Polhemus, Alice Rainis, Nastasia, Naki, John Phillips and Chris Porsz
Photo: Chalkie Davies, Bruce Springsteen outside Hammersmith Odeon (1975) Courtesy of the artist and TFL London all rights reserved