It was an eclectic mix show casing memorable images from as far back as the 30s with Cartier-Bresson photographing the coronation of George VI. In some cases it was a masterclass in street photography, that candid shot which captures a moment in time which you really wish you had taken. There were images that made you smile, images that made you think, images that made you remember and images that made you see how much British culture and photography has changed in the past 80 years.
And the show was really well laid out so that it didn't feel overcrowded. You were also actively invited to leave the exhibition and come back in again, even on a timed ticket. As there was so much to take in it was great to have this flexibility. If only this was the norm for London exhibitions which can, sometimes, become a rugby scrum which certainly takes away some of the joy of the experience, especially when you have paid so much for a ticket.
I wasn't sure if I could actively take photos in the exhibition so I snapped a few with my mobile but am quite happy with the results. I love photographing interactions with exhibitions - people watching in a way. Anyway that's enough words, here is what I saw:
If you live in London and love photography then I can't recommend this exhibition highly enough. It's on until 19th June.