The limited edition LDN3_153. 2014 (negative date)
, 2018 was produced in support of Tate by Antony Cairns on the occasion of the exhibition Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art
2 May 2018 – 14 October 2018, Tate Modern. Created as a limited edition of 50, each work is signed and numbered by the artist.
'Photographing cities began as a personal project in London, which saw Cairns taking pictures of historical
buildings such as closed-down pubs and vintage shops. But on returning to these places, he realised that many of
them were disappearing and being replaced by “huge conglomerate mega-complexes”.
He decided he’d like to photograph the new landscape but, as these large scale developments are often owned by
property developers, he would often be told he needed permission to shoot on his 5 x 4 camera. He resorted to
sneaking around late at night instead, using a small electronic camera that helped push him into a more abstract
Noticing the same developments in other countries, Cairns began to take photographs using similar methods in
cities, including Tokyo, Osaka, LA and Las Vegas. The idea is to build an archive of images, he says, not of “each
city” but of “city”, to capture “the ambience and atmosphere of cities in general”.'
British Journal of Photography
LDN3_153. 2014 (negative date)
Paper size 34 x 45 cm
Silkscreen print on Fedrigoni Symbol Ice 300gsm paper
Date of work
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Antony Cairns (b.1980, London) works across photography, installation and sculpture. He studied photography at the
London College of Printing, graduating in 2002. He was awarded the 2015 Hariban Award and received the Images Vevey
Special Jury Prize in 2017.
Recent exhibitions include: TYO2-LDN4 at Roman Road, London (2017); A Matter of Memory:
Photography as Object in the Digital Age at George Eastman Museum, New York (2016); and LA-LV / LDN Process at Sfera
Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan, as part of KYOTOGRAPHIE 2016. He is also participating in London Nights at the Museum of
London. His work is held in a number of important British and European collections.