1001 Days in London evolved from a previous exhibition concept The London Wall Project which saw presentations of 300 – 400 b/w prints exhibited as a ‘wall’ of images of London and Londoners ‘at play’ in a number of venues around the city in the mid-2000s.
Following a long period of archiving and filtration, the idea of displaying over one thousand images in a single presentation came about in early 2013. The decision to allow just one picture for each chosen day created a number of selection dilemmas. Then, almost a year into the project, the realization that the overall presentation would work better if all the images were the same format meant a re-evaluation of the selected images and further delays.
Eventually all of the final 1001 selected negatives were scanned, retouched & cropped. They were then randomly arranged into groups of 20 to be output as high quality inkjets and mounted onto PVC board.
Attempting to present such a large number of images in a public venue was always going to be a logistical challenge, especially when trying to keep costs manageable. The aim with this project is to have the entire 1001 pictures on display (if possible with accompanying projected slideshow version) at a number of different locations (hopefully at least twice a year) during the three years the blogging aspect of the project developed.
1001 Days Exhibition at Platform Gallery
A prototype of the project finally saw light of day in October 2015 with a 2-week exhibition in a new temporary gallery & performance space Platform next to Southwark tube station near Waterloo.
The original plan of presenting 50 panels of 20 pictures (plus one for the ‘1’ & information) in a continuous line would have necessitated a gallery with over 50m wallspace available length-wise. This particular venue clearly didn’t have that, so layouts had to be re-jigged to allow the presentation to grow vertically in order to fit in horizontally, so to speak.
There’s a short report on the exhibition at Platform on London Live TV.
1001 Days Exhibition at gallery@oxo
The exhibition was then displayed at the popular South Bank riverside venue gallery@oxo for 3 weeks covering the Easter holiday period in Spring 2016. updated, revised and remounted for its launch, the size and layout of the venue again dictated how the images were presented, with all available wall space taken up with the 1001 images. Just under 7,000 visitors came to see the exhibition during this period, including Momo:tempo’s dapper leading man Tim Peach.