Brett Rogers leaves the photographers gallery

Bret Rogers. Photo: Suki Dhanda

Brett Rogers, the director of the Photographers’ Gallery in London, has resigned after 16 years.

In 2012, the curator oversaw the nonprofit’s move to its five-storey, purpose-built premises just off Oxford Street. Earlier this year, he launched the Soho Photography District, featuring a bi-annual program showcasing photography on local streets.

Under Rogers’ leadership, the gallery’s Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize winners include Cao Fei in 2021, Mohamed Bourouissa (2020), Susan Meiselas (2019), Richard Mosse (2014), and Walid Raad (2007). This year, American artist Deana Lawson won the £30,000 prize.

Rogers succeeded founding director Sue Davies, who held the position from 1971 to 1991.

Rogers said: “The Gallery has been an essential part of my cultural life since I arrived in London as a postgraduate student in 1980… Over the past three decades the position of photography has evolved from the margins of institutional recognition to become one of the most ubiquitous and significant art forms. The Gallery has undoubtedly played an important role in this transformation and in galvanizing attention to the central role that technology plays in our broader, image-laden culture.

The gallery says it aims to name a successor by December 2022.


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