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Landmark: the Fields of Photography

A major photography exhibition presented by Positive View Foundation and Somerset House, supported by Barclays

Following the success of Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour, Positive View Foundation has again teamed up with curator William A. Ewing and Somerset House to present Landmark: the Fields of Photography – a sweeping overview of the rich genre of 21st Century Landscape photography.  The novel exhibition is the first of its kind anywhere to show both the harsh, even brutal realities of the changing environment, as well as its enduring and stunning beauty.  ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’, supported by Barclays, is a wide-ranging and ground-breaking exhibition featuring more than 70 of the world’s most highly regarded photographers from North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia, with many of them showcasing previously unseen and recently completed works.  ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ will run from 14th March - 28th April 2013 and is curated by the globally respected curator, William A. Ewing.  

Focusing on our rapidly changing planet, ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ features more than 130 original works of art taken by enterprising photographers employing technology ranging from 19th Century plate-camera techniques to the use of planes, drones, robots and even satellites to capture vivid images of earth’s varied terrain – and even distant planets.  Many of the major names in photography are represented: Mitch Epstein, Nadav Kander, Robert Adams, Simon Norfolk, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lee Friedlander, Simon Roberts, Toshio Shibata, Robert Polidori and many others contributing spectacular imagery.  Also featured are striking images by a younger generation of photographers: Pieter Hugo, Susan Evans, Ivar Kvaal, Penelope Umbrico, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, and others.

William A. Ewing, Curator of ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ explains: “Landscape has been and remains one of the most powerful forms of photography, and is even more so in a world which is changing so fast we can hardly keep up. Rising seas, melting glaciers, the ozone hole, desertification and coastal cities under threat - we add to the list everyday.  And photographers everywhere are grappling with these problems, creating brilliant pictures, which put a vivid face on otherwise abstract issues. These images range from the sublime to the ridiculous; photographers are on the front lines - our eyes and ears.  But they also remind us to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the world – often where we least expect it.

“A show of this width and breadth has never been assembled, and given Britain’s extraordinarily rich history of landscape painting and photography, I am particularly pleased to be presenting at Somerset House.”

Andrew Page, Founder and CEO of Positive View Foundation, said: “We are thrilled to be returning to Somerset House for this, our second major exhibition after the amazing success that the recent show, Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour, proved to be. Working closely with William A. Ewing, we have collated the greatest contemporary landscape artists on the planet and we look forward to welcoming the public to experience the exhibition. ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ promises to be the most innovative and ambitious exhibition on the theme of landscape for many years.”

Gwyn Miles, Director of Somerset House Trust says: ‘‘Following the huge success of Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour exhibition, we’re delighted to be working together with Positive View Foundation and curator William A. Ewing once again in presenting what promises to be a thought-provoking and timely exhibition looking at contemporary photographers’ responses to our ever-changing landscape and environment – one of the most pertinent issues of our time. With an impressive range of internationally important artists’ work on display, I hope the exhibition at Somerset House will inspire visitors and provoke debate.”

‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ follows on from the success of Positive View Foundation’s hugely popular inaugural exhibition, ‘Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour’ also at Somerset House which ran until 27 January 2013.


Photographers to be included in ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’:

Alex MacLean, Alexandra Catiere, Amy Stein, Arno Minkkinen, Axel Hütte, Benoit Aquin, Byron Wolfe, Carlo Valsecchi, Charles March, Chris McCaw, Dan Holdsworth, Daniel Beltrà, Darren Almond, David Maisel, David Malin, Dodo Jin Ming, Edgar Martins, Edward Burtynsky, Elger Esser, Florian Joye, Gerco de Ruijter, Guillaume Brebisant, Harry Cory Wright, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ivar Kvaal, Jamey Stillings, Jean-Baptiste Huynh, Jeffrey Blondes, Joan Fontcuberta, John Davies, John Stezaker, Justine Blau, Karin Apollonia Müller, Kent Rogowski, Lauren Marsolier, Lee Friedlander, Leonora Hamill, Liu Xiao Fang, Lois Hechenblaikner, Luca Campigotto, Marcus Lyon, Mark Klett, Mark Power, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, Matthieu Gafsou, Michael Light, Michael Najjar, Mitch Dobrowner, Mitch Epstein, Nadav Kander, Naoya Hatakeyama, Nasa Planetary Science Division, Olaf Breuning, Olaf Otto Becker, Olivo Barbieri, Penelope Umbrico, Peter Bialobrzeski, Peter Knapp, Pierre Radisic, Pieter Hugo, Ray Metzker, Reiner Riedler, Robert Adams, Robert Bourdeau, Robert Davies, Robert Polidori, Robert Voit, Scott Conarroe, Simon Roberts, Simon Norfolk, Stéphane Couturier, Stephen Crasneanscki, Susan Derges, Susan Evans, Thomas Struth, Toshio Shibata, Walter Niedermayr, Yang Yongliang, Yao Lu.

About Positive View Foundation:

The Positive View Foundation was founded in 2011 and launched on 16 April 2012, presenting a unique approach to both philanthropy and the arts. The Foundation will regularly stage exhibitions of works and international photographers of the highest calibre. At the same time, the Foundation’s Education Programme will grant the profits from these events to organisations that establish photography projects as part of educational and training programmes for disadvantaged young people.

This concept has been refined over sixteen years. A Positive View began as a personal philanthropic photography project hosted by the Saatchi Gallery in 1994 from which all donated works were later sold by Sotheby's in support of the Chickenshed Theatre Company for children with learning difficulties. Diana, Princess of Wales, was the Royal Patron of this project, and in 2010 her son Prince William became Royal Patron in his turn. On this occasion, through media partnerships and a charity auction at Christie's, over £500,000 was raised to fund an innovative photography project at Crisis, the UK's leading charity for homelessness.

By focusing on international contemporary photography of the highest level, each exhibition and gala auction attracted major media coverage and gathered high acclaim from critics. On this base of impressive global brand awareness, the Positive View Foundation is now formally launched as a charity in its own right.

For each show held at Somerset House, the Positive View Foundation will organise workshops within the exhibition space through which they can work directly with disadvantaged individuals through their partner organisations. Groups will be invited to attend dedicated tours hosted by the Curator of the exhibition and individuals will be able to book time slots to be part of small tours. Schools located in lower income boroughs of London will also have the opportunity of enjoying this unique insight.

In addition to its exhibition programme, the Foundation will hold further events throughout the year in keeping with its objectives to encourage discussion and debate. Whether drawing on the issues raised through individual exhibitions or questioning the future direction of contemporary photography itself, these events aim to engage wider audiences across the full spectrum of society.

Founding Patrons:

Sir David Tang

Sir David Tang is a Hong Kong businessman best known as Founder of the Shanghai Tang chain. Sir David is also Founder of the China Clubs (Hong Kong, Peking and Singapore), the Shanghai Tang stores, Havana House and Pacific Co Ltd, the exclusive distributor for all Havana brands in Canada, Asia and Australia. More recently Sir David opened the Cipriani in Hong Kong and the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel. Tang is also a director and advisor to a number of boards extending across both commerce and the arts. Sir David Tang was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 2008 and is also Chevalier de I’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.

Lady Foster

In 1996 Elena Foster founded Ivorypress, devoted to producing international artist's books and other publications related to contemporary art, photography, design and architecture.  Currently she is the Chairman and CEO of Ivorypress and Art Commissioners.

Elena’s curatorial experience is extensive, with exhibitions including: the Italian Pavilion at the 10th Venice Biennale, 2006, Italy; ‘New York C’ at Phillips de Pury, 2007, New York, USA; ‘Blood on Paper’ at the Victoria and the Albert Museum, 2008, London, UK; ‘Mind Your Mind’ at the Hay Festival Segovia, 2009, Spain and ‘Real Venice’ at the Venice Biennale, 2011. Lady Foster was Chairman of the Tate International Council and Trustee of the Tate Foundation for five years. Currently, she is Trustee of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and the Chief Advisor and Trustee of the Art Trust Foundation, among other institutions and Foundations.  Lady Foster is also a film producer focussed on art documentaries.

About Somerset House:

Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. Since opening to the public in 2000, Somerset House has produced a distinctive public programme that annually draws over 2 million visitors to the site, providing a stimulating environment for exploration and relaxation. The varied, year-round programme includes an open air film and concert season and ice rink, as well as temporary exhibitions focusing on contemporary fashion, design, art and architecture, family workshops and free guided tours. In September 2009, Somerset House became the new home of London Fashion Week.

Curator, William A. Ewing:

William A. Ewing is an internationally acclaimed specialist in photography with many books and exhibitions to his credit. From 1996 to 2010 he directed the Musée de l'Elysée, the renowned Swiss museum of photography. His exhibitions have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography and the Museum of the Fashion Institute, New York; the Jeu de Paume, la Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Serpentine, Barbican, and Hayward Galleries, London; and many other museums worldwide. He is the author of a number of books, many published by Thames & Hudson where he holds the Director of Curatorial Projects position. More recently, he has published the book Arnold Newman: Masterclass and he contributed to the catalogue text for the upcoming exhibition of photography, Out of Focus at the Saatchi Gallery. Mr Ewing lives in Lausanne, Switzerland.

About Barclays:

Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.

With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs approximately 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.


Dates: 14 March – 28 April 2013

Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm Daily.

Address: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Admission: Free

Transport: Nearest Underground Stations – Temple, Embankment.  Nearest National Rail stations - Charing Cross, Waterloo.

Further Information: www.positiveviewfoundation.org.uk and www.somersethouse.org.uk

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