Perspectives, Polaroid exhibition, Hamiltons Gallery 1984

David at Hamiltons Gallery
June 19, 1984

Between 19 June and 30 June 1984 an exhibition of David Sylvian’s photography was held at Hamiltons Gallery, 13 Carlos Place (off Grosvenor Square), London W1.

Text from the simple exhibition leaflet, which also included a price list of works for sale:

‘Like many true artists, David Sylvian’s interest[s] are not limited to one form of self-expression. He has drawn and painted since he was a child, and over the last two or three years has become interested in photography.

This interest became more intense when he bought a Polaroid camera during a visit to Tokyo. He was attracted by this “instant” form of photography and soon became aware of the many possibilities for experimentation that it offered an imaginative user.

Before long he found himself with a collection of composite pictures, collages and “treated” photographs, taken in various locations around the world.

This major exhibition of David Sylvian’s work coincides with the release of his new book “Perspectives – Polaroids 82-84”, documenting these pictures.

The book is published by Sylvian’s own company Opium (Arts) Ltd, is in a limited edition and costs £17.50.

Posters and postcards are also available.

Also included in the exhibition are black and white photographs by YUKA, of David Sylvian. The prints are in a limited edition of 10 and will cost £70 including VAT. The frames will cost extra.

Opening Times: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Late night Thursday until 8.00pm
Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Closed Sunday

ADMISSION: £1.50’

Angus McBean wrote a short article on the reverse of one of the postcards available at the exhibition in a custom-printed envelope. See the gallery for the full text.

‘..one thing is quite clear. David Sylvian’s photographs reflect, as does his music, a beautiful, gentle and charming personality.’ Angus McBean

Gallery
  • Hamiltons Gallery - photo by Keiko Kurata

  • Perspectives London poster

  • David arriving at Hamiltons Gallery - photo by Toby Treadwell

  • David arriving at Hamiltons Gallery - photo by Toby Treadwell

  • David arriving at Hamiltons Gallery - photo by Toby Treadwell

  • David arriving at Hamiltons Gallery - photo by Toby Treadwell

  • David at Hamiltons Gallery - photo by Toby Treadwell

  • David at Hamiltons Gallery - photo by Toby Treadwell

  • David at Hamiltons Gallery

  • David at Hamiltons Gallery

  • David at Hamiltons Gallery

  • Photoshoot at Hamiltons Gallery

  • David at Hamiltons Gallery

  • David with Pierre Barouh

  • David with Sandie Shaw, Jansen and Karn

  • David with Karn, Barbieri & Jansen

  • David with Mick

  • David with Mick

  • Mick Karn, Steve Jansen, Richard Barbieri

  • David with Karn, Jansen and Bill Nelson

  • Collage made by David at the preview day

  • Hamiltons Gallery leaflet - front

  • Hamiltons Gallery leaflet - inner

  • Hamiltons Gallery leaflet - rear

  • Perspectives postcard set

  • Perspectives postcard set

  • Perspectives postcard set - Yuka Parc St Cloud

  • Perspectives postcard set - Tree

  • Perspectives postcard set - Angus McBean West Wycombe

  • Perspectives postcard set - Angus McBean commentary

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