Interested in hearing around Proud Galleries’ upcoming exhibition, ‘Reality is a Dirty Word’, a captivating look at post-war London through the lens of one of the country’s greatest filmmakers, Ken Russell, opening on 1st December. This unique exhibition of original prints signed by the late Ken Russell is a candid insight into lost London through the eyes of one of Britain’s most exuberant characters.
Russell was a fearless eccentric who went on to make ground breaking works as “the wild man of British cinema”. But prior to earning his iconic status as a film director, Russell forged a career as a photographer in 1951, capturing humorous scenes which were in stark contrast to the austere feel of post-war recovery and producing some of Britain’s most significant historical records of the fashions, the cultures and most importantly the people during this shifting time.
Throughout his time as a photographer Russell used his cinematic eye to create mini-dramas out of ordinary mundane moments, including men on penny-farthing bikes, a landlady in Hyde Park breaking archaic regulations, children dressed in adult’s clothes and a dancer wearing an upturned hip bath like a tortoise shell.
Proud Chelsea will exhibit Russell’s last signed body of work; an exclusive collection of rare prints illustrating his rebellious and quirky nature and revealing a beautiful and honest insight into the repercussions of World War Two in Britain.