This premiere show of his work Up West encompasses a portrait of London's West End over the the last ten years,
depicting fluctuations in the area's landscape and the people who flock there in droves to eat, shop, find
entertainment and engage in nights out on the lash.
The West End encompasses London's most touristic enclaves of Soho, Chinatown and Mayfair. The area with its
energy, diversity and endless points of interest brings together tourists, locals, suburban weekenders, businessmen,
politicians, media, theatre-goers and the gay community. Superficial class issues rise to the surface in Oxford
Street and isolation sets in as people seek pockets of solitude away from the crowded throng. Through Solomons'
eyes we see the West End as it exists this very moment, and traces of its recent history through the past decade as
the project draws to a conclusion this year.
The title of this instalment, Up West, comes from a working class term commonly heard in the TV soap Eastenders
indicating a venture into the West End for entertainment purposes -'We're heading up west tonight'.
David Solomons was born in London and started out as a self-taught photographer before studying Documentary
Photography at Newport, Wales. Since then he has focused on self-initiated documentary and portrait projects. He
has self-published two books of his work: Happenstance: Black and White Photographs 1990-2007 and Underground,
both of which have been exhibited. Happenstance was exhibited at Oxford House in Bethnal Green, London, and
Underground was a finalist of the Observer Hodge Award being exhibited at The Photographers Gallery in London.
David Solomons is a member of the street photography collective in-Public.
12 March to 4 April, 2010 -Opening Night Preview: Thursday 11 March from 7pm
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