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David Lynch: The Factory Photographs

‘Untitled’ (Lódź), 2000, photograph by David Lynch
‘Untitled’ (Lódź), 2000, photograph by David Lynch

An exhibition of photographs by Oscar nominated director, writer, producer David Lynch is currently on display at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. Initially Lynch took photographs of factories when scouting for shooting locations. But he later began taking trips just to photograph factories. He told the Financial Times:

Sometimes it was a definite planned trip to photograph factories,” he explained. “And sometimes it was an offshoot. I’d be in a place, I’d hear about something and I’d try to go there. But really, I think my friends in Poland who ran the Camerimage film festival, they’re the people who organised the most . . . different factories, and there were some beauties.

He goes on to say:

It’s not an intellectual thing. It’s just, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so a beautiful garden for some would give the same thrill – but there’s something about a factory that’s like a beautiful garden.

‘Untitled’ (Berlin), 1999, photograph by David Lynch
‘Untitled’ (Berlin), 1999, photograph by David Lynch

The exhibition consists of 80 images taken between 1980 and 2000, and it also features a sound work created by Lynch. The black and white photographs on show span various locations including; Germany, Poland, New York and England. The exhibition is curated by Dr Petra Giloy-Hirtz, a curator and author based in Munich. The show opened January 17, 2014 and continues through March 30, 2014.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Lynch has published David Lynch: The Factory Photographs which is also available for purchase at the Photographers’ Gallery Bookshop.

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