The end results of the project
This publication contained the personal projects of all those who saw the LVP through to the end—up to five representative images plus a brief statement of intention, hope and experience. Some of our photographers were unable to see their project through to the presentation stage—home, work, accident, moving to Australia—a multitude of reasons why things didn’t turn out the way that ambition and expectation promised.
The exhibition took place at Goldsmiths College, University of London, for four weeks during August 2012. Each of the photographers exhibited a ‘signature’ image from their final project. The exhibition in tandem with the publication launch of the book of the LVP was an important component of the Project. We held a ‘Farewell to The LVP’ meetup in the late Autumn of 2012 but the opening of the exhibition by Nick Raynsford MP and the book launch marked the moment of completion for its participants. We were blessed by fine weather and a fine publisher working comfortably within the deadline.
The completion of the LVP happily coincided with the annual art festival of Deptford X. Equally helpful was the decision by the transport authorities to upgrade Deptford station and thus provide the artists with high quality hoardings upon which to create some fine displays. The LVP took advantage of this and the Project was displayed throughout the Summer Olympic months. Thanks also to Art Hub on Creek Road for the loan of their brick wall as a parallel art space. One of each of the LVP participants’ images was displayed.
The London Villages Project is a distinctive record of London at a pivotal moment in its history and we believe that the work of the Project’s participants will be of value to generations of researchers, photographers and Londoners as decades tick by. As far as ‘permanent’ can be, a permanent location (actual and virtual) will be sought; a location that will allow easy access, search facilities and additions (if it was seen to be of benefit to add to the collection yearly as a permanent project by Londoners for London). It is also useful to see the model of organisation of The LVP as one which London Independent Photography might adopt for future long-term projects. The networking between members throughout the year and its subsequent display was certainly a key component of the enterprise and of its success.