New exhibition offers Lenses on a Landscape Genius

01.07.2016 | category: Events
  • Gatton at Dawn © Matthew Bruce

  • Steffie Shields and Hal Moggridge (centre), with Mike Shields (far left) and sponsors Tom and Anne Gilmore

A free exhibition has opened in London, showcasing the responses of 16 leading contemporary landscape photographers to the work of Capability Brown.

The exhibition is called Lenses on a Landscape Genius: Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716-1783), and is running at the Building Centre, Store Street, until 31 August. It has been curated by Brown expert and landscape photographer Steffie Shields and landscape architect Hal Moggridge.

Speaking at the exhibition opening, Steffie said: “Capability Brown had a vision that was holistic and sustainable, and made a lot of sense. With this exhibition, we’re trying to show people that what he had to give is still current – that he is still so current.”

The photographers taking part in the display were all given a brief about Brown’s work, and were then asked to interpret his landscapes in their own way. The resulting images then shaped the exhibition, which is split in to five sections.

Along with Steffie, the photographers with images on display are:

  • Matthew Bruce
  • Joe Cornish
  • Gareth Davies
  • Jacqui Hurst
  • Andrea Jones
  • James Kerr
  • Gavin Kingcome
  • Andrew Lawson
  • Archie Miles
  • Allan Pollok-Morris
  • Gary Rogers
  • Derek St Romaine
  • James Smith
  • Stephen Studd
  • Simon Warner

At the opening, a portrait bust of Brown was unveiled by sculptor Jon Edgar

A series of talks accompany the exhibition, – for more information, see our events listing page. The next talk on July 6 will give visitors the chance to hear direct from Hal and Steffie - buy a ticket through Eventbrite.