We see photographs hundreds if not thousands of times every day in all kinds of contexts – on smart phones, in newspapers, advertising and elsewhere. Considered part of the slow movement menu, slow looking is simply a way of spending longer using skills of observation.
The Photographers’ Gallery is committed to supporting engagement and visual literacy with photography and digital media. We do this through a series of programmes and resources that encourage people to look, discuss and analyse photographs within exhibitions and displays, as well as during events.
Our exhibitions often feature response cards, available in adjacent resource spaces. These invite visitors to comment on specific photographs or projects. Since 2012, we have also programmed the gallery-based Touchstone display featuring a single image. Touchstone also began in an online format, with a different single images, in Summer 2020. Our regular audio-described tours for people with visual impairments hone in on 3 to 6 works for deeper reflection and discussion. These also moved online in 2020, and are currently supported by the Vision Foundation. And for several years, we hosted the Look Again sessions using the Visual Thinking Strategies methodology that involves looking, talking and listening to others’ views.
Below are aspects of our programmes and resources committed to slow looking. We welcome your contributions and involvement.
A programme inviting visitors to spend time with a single image