Taking over the lower ground floors of the White Chapel Building, designed by Fletcher Priest Architects, the new London Museum of Photography will join other East London art institutions like Whitechapel Gallery and Raven Row.
“Fotografiska has for a long time been searching for suitable facilities in London, one of the world’s most dynamic cities when it comes to photography,” said Tommy Rönngren, Founding partner of Fotografiska London. “Whitechapel, which is one of London’s most dynamic areas, will be a perfect location.”
Fotografiska – the brainchild of brothers Jan and Per Broman – launched in 2010 in a former industrial Art Nouveau style building designed by Ferdinand Boberg on the waterfront of Stockholm. The London venture will be the privately-run museum’s first gallery outside Sweden and will no doubt echo the calibre of photographic exhibitions they’ve programmed, working with international names like Annie Leibovitz and David LaChapelle.
“We are very excited to welcome Fotografiska – The London Museum of Photography to The White Chapel Building,” said John Burns, CEO of Derwent London, who is developing the building. “We believe their arrival will be a major benefit to the area and Fotografiska’s character endorses the Group’s focus on good design. This pre-let means that we will have successfully let the entire property.”
The London Museum of Photography will open in 2018 at The White Chapel Building, 10 Whitechapel High Street E1 8QS.