Our Mission, Vision and Values

The Photographers' Gallery (TPG) is the UK’s foremost centre for the presentation and exploration of photography in all its forms and home to an international community of photographers

A vistor engages with an augmented reality artwork by Mohamed Bourouissa

Our Mission, Vision and Values

The Photographers' Gallery (TPG) is the UK’s foremost centre for the presentation and exploration of photography in all its forms and home to an international community of photographers

Who We Are

The Photographers' Gallery (TPG) is the UK’s foremost centre for the presentation and exploration of photography in all its forms and home to an international community of photographers.
 
Founded in London’s Covent Garden in 1971, the Gallery has been instrumental in championing photography’s pivotal role in culture and society and securing its position as a leading art form, through an inspiring and diverse programme of exhibitions, talks, events, workshops, courses and other activities for anyone interested in photography and its place in the world. 

What’s Important To Us

Our mission is to champion photography for everyone and to stimulate greater understanding and engagement with its value to society and culture. We aim to lead the way in showcasing the very best of photography for all audiences and to ensure international relevance; we encourage impassioned debate and new thinking about the role of the photographic image in society today, we pride ourselves on our innovative learning programmes and we work tirelessly to ensure the Gallery continues to thrive and inspire for future generations. 

Photography for Everyone, Everywhere

We believe that photography matters and the stories it tells should be accessible to everyone, no matter what your level of interest or where you are based. Whether you visit us in person or online, we aim to bring you extraordinary images from photographers of all ages, races, genders, sexualities, backgrounds and abilities.

From the end of 2021, we are launching a new collaboration with Westminster Council, Soho Photography Quarter, as a way of making our work even more visible and continuing to nurture the creative energy of our local Soho neighbourhood.  

Our Communities

We owe everything to the generosity of the people and communities that fuel us. From our talented, diverse and visionary photographers, artists and collaborators; passionate, hard-working staff and trustees; curious, engaged and enlivened audiences; loyal and committed members and patrons; tireless supporters, sponsors and partners; we are held accountable, active and connected.   

New Ideas and Active Discussion

We are a place for and of questions. In a world where we are bombarded with thousands of images every day; where technological, financial and digital advancements have increasingly turned everyone into a photographer; and where a single image can effect change with an unparalleled speed and force, the exploration, understanding and decoding of images has never been more important.

By continuing to drive new thinking and research around the role of photography, we want to encourage an open exchange of ideas and viewpoints.

Inclusivity, Diversity and Accessibility

We believe that a diverse and equal society is essential for creativity and growth. Since our founding we have been committed to supporting and showcasing a broad range of contributors and practices that reflect and inform the world we live in. We further recognise the role that cultivating and enabling a diverse workforce plays in achieving our aims and strive to create a fully inclusive and progressive environment for all those who work for - or with – us. 

Our Environment

Photography has played an essential role in documenting the increasing threat of climate change and woken us up to the devastation wrought on the natural world. Yet we are also conscious that photography itself needs to become more sustainable and the Gallery needs to encourage ways to lessen its impact on the planet.  

From supporting practitioners who advocate ‘greener’ photography techniques, to pledging to reduce our own carbon footprint through reduced transportation of goods, energy efficient lighting, recycling building materials and sharing resources with other arts organisations, reducing our print materials, encouraging visitors to walk or cycle where they can and implementing an environmentally friendly code of conduct across all our activities, TPG aims to be a consciously future-forward, fit for purpose organisation.