Saturday, 12 June 2010

A lesson in exhibition lighting

I can now honestly say i've seen my fair share of galleries and gallery spaces throughout Europe. But, in this small Polish gallery, i saw something that i was busy imagining a long time ago. The way lights work in this particular gallery made me rethink all the ideas i had about lighting and shadows in galleries. In the two spaces at the 13 Muz they had a brilliant system of lighting that focused all the energy exactly on the image. Like so:

These are very approximate sizes - i photographed them while they were shuffling images around but the idea still remains. With the aid of a barn door like system, the little lights kept the photographs in full light while keeping the rest of the room pitch black.