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RIBA Trust present Battersea Power Station by Michael Collins Exhibition


07 July 2009

Press office contact:

Beatrice Cooke
T: +44 (0)207 307 3813
E: beatrice.cooke@riba.org

Exhibition 3 - 29 September 2009

Gallery 1, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1, Free entrance


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is delighted to present the exhibition Battersea Power Station: Photography by Michael Collins. A series of large scale colour photographs (4' by 5') of Battersea Power Station by artist Michael Collins will give a fascinating and faithful account of this British landmark as it exists today.


The images show Battersea Power Station as what Collins describes as a "twentieth century ruined castle" – a building that was built to last, with a high quality structure and interior, including Art Deco walls and ceilings. A remarkable and much-loved London landmark, very few people have seen the people close-up as it is not open to the public and has a safety exclusion zone. Collins' images of the interior reveal the control rooms in their original splendour and the magnificence of the ceramic turbine halls.


Collins applies the principles of record picture photography to his images – placing an emphasis on clear, unadorned, detailed description – a practice that has been employed by architects and civil engineers since 1843 to give a photograph that is as plainly realistic as possible. This results in pictures with a seemingly neutral mode, which leaves the viewers free to explore the photograph on their own terms. 


Michael Collins is a photographer based in London who uses a 8 x 10 inch plate camera and digital printing technology to create his unique style of applied record photography. Over the last ten years he has been photographing industrial landscapes and structures in England.  He has covered subjects including the redevelopment of St Pancras, the construction of the M6 Toll Motorway, the Jaguar and Rover car factories in Birmingham and a host of other projects across the country. His work has been exhibited in the Barbican Art Gallery, London and is in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Recently he had an exhibition of London City Scapes at City Hall which will appear in New York in September 2009. He is the author of Record Pictures, a book aboutthis genre of photography and his work has been published in The Guardian, Granta and the Daily Telegraph, for whom he is a former picture editor.


Exhibition sponsored by Treasury Holdings UK.


Notes to editors

  1. For further information and images please contact Beatrice Cooke in the RIBA Press Office on 020 7307 3813 or email: beatrice.cooke@inst.riba.org


  1. Battersea Power Station: Photography by Michael Collins will be exhibited at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD. Tel: 020 7580 5533; www.architecture.com/programmes. Nearest tubes are Regents Park, Oxford Circus and Great Portland Street.  The exhibition and RIBA Café and bar are open Monday to Saturdays 10am – 5pm, Tuesday 10.00- 9pm, free entry.  Evening or weekend functions sometimes affect gallery opening times.  If planning a visit on a Saturday or late weekday afternoon, it is advisable to call beforehand: 020 7307 3888.


  1. Treasury Holdings UK manages the Battersea Power Station project on behalf of Real Estate Opportunities Ltd.  The project is one of the country's most important developments, as it will provide the catalyst to the mixed use regeneration of Nine Elms.  Nine Elms is one of Central London's greatest opportunities, with over 200 acres of development land which will become a nw London quater in the next 15-20 years. The Treasury Holdings Group was established in Dublin in 1989 by John Ronan and Richard Barrett. Treasury Holdings has been a pioneer in the property sector, and has consistently been ahead in identifying and capitalising on property trends. The Treasury Holdings Group now operates globally, across two continents and in seven countries. For more information on the Battersea Power Station site or to learn about Treasury Holdings other projects please visit www.treasuryholdings.com or www.batterseapowerstation.com


  1. The RIBA Trust manages the cultural assets of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), including the internationally recognised collections of the British Architectural Library. It is the UK's national architecture centre, delivering the RIBA Awards and RIBA Stirling Prize (broadcast live on     Channel 4); the Royal Gold Medal; International and Honorary Fellowships; a full programme of lectures, exhibitions, tours and other events; and an education programme.


  1. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of the RIBA. To celebrate this milestone the Institute is looking forward to a programme of special events to be held throughout the year that aims to show the breadth of our activities throughout the world of architecture, engage an even wider public and celebrate the benefits to society of good design. For further information visit www.architecture.com




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