This is a quick heads-up on a couple of things going on in London at the moment. Today I had a wander down to the Charing Cross Road and I got a feeling I was being watched. The buildings on Mannette Street had been covered with enormous building sized prints by the French Photographer JR. It was causing quite a stir. The nearby Lazarides Gallery was covered from floor to ceiling with A3 blowups of the contacts and a rather powerful video, go take a look. All the portraits are shot in black and white with a 28mm lens closeup. There is a website which is worth fighting through the horrid navigation for. www.28millimetres.com Check out the photos from Brazil
For some more conventional portraits, the National Theatre has an exhibition of portraits by Simon Annand, of actors and actresses doing what they do in the 30 minutes before the curtain goes up. Its a charming collection and well worh seeing before its taken down on the 9th November.
Meanwhile over at the National Portrait Gallery, they are preparing to show Annie Liebovitz's life from 1990 to 2005. The show starts on the 16th October. Then on the 6th November they will be showing the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.