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August 16, 2017

Swedish Photography Center to Open Museum in London

LONDON, ENGLAND—The Swedish center for contemporary photography Fotografiska, located on the waterfront in Stockholm since 2010, is spearheading a new museum in the UK devoted to the medium, according to a report by Gareth Harris in the Art Newspaper. The new London Museum of Photography will occupy the White Chapel building, located near the Whitechapel Gallery. According to Derwent London, the property investment company that owns the building, “Fotografiska will occupy the whole of Phase two comprising 89,000 square feet on a fifteen-year lease.” Completion of the second phase is scheduled for next year.

Tommy Rönngren, chairman of the Fotografiska board, said in a statement: “Fotografiska has for a long time been searching for suitable facilities in London, one of the world’s most dynamic cities when it comes to photography. Whitechapel, which is one of London’s most dynamic areas, will be a perfect location.” Fotografiska’s center in Stockholm, founded by brothers Jan and Per Broman, hosts four major temporary exhibitions annually. Recent exhibitions have been dedicated to David LaChapelle, Irving Penn, and Helena Blomqvist.

In other news, Fotografiska is also leasing a 45,000-square-foot space in New York, on Park Avenue South near Gramercy Park, in a building owned by the company RFR Realty.

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