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Shooting Performance: Edward Woodman and British Art of the 1980s and 1990s

  • 21 September - 7 October 2017, 12-6pm
  • DRAF Symes Mews London NW1 7JE
Lady throwing the word specific from a cliff
Cornelia Parker, Words That Define Gravity (1992), work in progress. Photo: Edward Woodman.

One of the most important photographers in the history of British contemporary art, Edward Woodman has been photographing artists and their work for over four decades, capturing historic moments and influential figures. Shooting Performance includes photographs of important performances and installations by artists such as Stuart Brisley, Anya Gallaccio, David Medalla and Cornelia Parker amongst others from the 1980s and 1990s.

The singularity of Woodman’s achievement and influence lies in the unique collaborations which he undertook with artists which went beyond documentation, forging important creative relationships which became intrinsic to the work. At a time when installation and performance were becoming central to contemporary art practice, he became the photographer of choice for a number of artists who recognised his unique ability to interpret their practice and ideas through his documentation of their work.

Exhibition details

Opening Reception:

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Action for body and voice - EVENING TIDE

Artist Stuart Brisley has created a special action to celebrate Edward Woodman's work which will be performed at the opening reception at 7.15 pm.


21 September - 7 October 2017, 12pm - 6pm, Thursday - Saturday at DRAF Studio. Free entry.

The exhibition is curated by Gilane Tawadros and Judy Adam. Thanks to the Chief Curator, Vincent Honoré, and all the team at DRAF


About Art360

Art360 is a three-year project to develop and sustain the archives of 100 leading modern and contemporary artists and artists’ estates of diverse generations, nationalities, profiles, interests and practices.

As an Art360 participant, Edward Woodman has been able to work closely with curators and archivists and to scan and catalogue thousands of photographic images in his archive.

This exhibition is made possible through the work of Art360 and coincides with Frieze London and DRAF's 10th anniversary this October.

For further information about the exhibition, visit DACS Foundation's website.