Sam Irons’ new photography exhibition at Tim Sheward Projects in London’s Bankside has opened with a celebrity-studded private view. The boutique gallery heaved with notable folk such as Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies of Smoke Fairies, fashion designer Robert Cary-Williams, Story Books frontman Kristofer Harris, actor Jeremy Irons, artist Juan Bolivar and Michelin award winning chef Tom Aikens. Media types in attendance included Lance Craven of Private Eye, editor-in-chief of Phoenix magazine Hannah Kane and Lotta Aspenberg, fashion director at Zoo.
Prosecco flowed alongside refreshments provided by Vita Coconut Water and Popchips. The show, curated by Julien Dobbs-Higginson, presents a selection of work that continues to engage with the possibilities, complications and pitfalls of visual communication.
“What originally drew me to Sam’s work, beyond the obvious beauty of the photos, is the way he plays with scale, framing and the dramatic juxtaposition of images – especially in his diptychs which are incredibly powerful.” Editing is as important to Irons’ as making photographs. His work challenges perception, creating relationships between dissimilar images that resonate whilst refusing easy interpretation.
“I’m interested in disruption, a combining of discordant genres of images in a way that upsets the viewers’ presuppositions of what they’re looking at and what it might mean. Brecht said, ‘Less than ever does the mere reflection of reality reveal anything about reality’, and I try to explore what is revealed and what remains hidden even within a technology devoted to the visible.”
Sam Irons’ work will be on display until 02 November 2013.
Tim Sheward Projects, 52A Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0BL