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NIEA Talk: Brett Rogers, "Do we need photography-specific galleries in the 21st century? Creating the new The Photographers’ Gallery"

TPG, 16-18 Ramilies Street, 2012, (c) Kate Elliott. Courtesy of The Photographers' Gallery

NIEA Talk: Brett Rogers, "Do we need photography-specific galleries in the 21st century? Creating the new The Photographers’ Gallery"

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Thursday, 22 August, 2013

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Brett Rogers joined The Photographers’ Gallery as Director in 2006. Prior to this she worked in the Visual Arts Department of the British Council where she held the joint roles of Deputy Director and Head of Exhibitions. Rogers has thirty years of experience promoting photography and visual arts both in the UK and in Australia, where she worked as Exhibitions Manager at the Australian Gallery Directors’ Council from 1976 to 1979. In 1980, Rogers moved to the UK to complete an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Rogers’ experience in curating photography exhibitions began in Australia, where she was responsible for supporting original research into neglected areas of Australian women photographers, as well as touring photographic shows from abroad.

During her career at the British Council in London, Rogers’ successfully increased the profile and activity of British photography abroad with shows by such figures as Julia Margaret Cameron, Madame Yevonde and Martin Parr. Rogers was also responsible for initiating a series of important group shows including Documentary Dilemmas: British Documentary Photography in the Nineties, Look at me: Fashion and Photography in Britain 1960-1997Reality Check - British Photography and New Media 2002-2004, and Common GroundAspects of contemporary Muslim experience 2002-2005.

As the UK's primary venue for photography since 1971, The Photographers’ Gallery has been instrumental in establishing photography’s important role in culture and society. It has provided a vital focus for the medium in the heart of London and was the first public gallery in the country to exhibit key names in international photography, such as Juergen Teller (fashion), Robert Capa (photojournalism), Sebastião Salgado (documentary) and Taryn Simon (contemporary art).

Since being appointed Director of the Photographers’ Gallery, Rogers has overseen the Gallery’s move to a former warehouse in W1 and a major redevelopment of the new premises. The refurbished building reopened in 2012 with three floors of galleries, education, retail and café facilities.

 Image: The Photographers' Gallery at 16-18 Ramillies Street, 2012 © Kate Elliott Courtesy of The Photographers' Gallery


College of Fine Arts


Brett Rogers is visiting Australia to participate in the Making Change exhibition and public programs. Her visit has been made possible through cooperation between Galleries UNSW at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW and the Australian Centre for Photography, with support from the Australia Council for the Arts through the International Visitors Program.