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Open for Business

Discover the story of contemporary British industry as seen through the lens of nine world-class Magnum photographers

This exhibition is now closed.

In 2013, Jonas Bendiksen, Stuart Franklin, Bruce Gilden, David Hurn, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Chris Steele-Perkins and Alessandra Sanguinetti photographed over 100 workplaces across the UK, from one-man businesses to FTSE 100 companies.

Through eye-opening photography and film footage, Open for Business celebrates the resilience of British industry. From traditional, handmade crafts, foundries and assembly lines to modern, intelligent automation, laboratories and high-tech cleanrooms, this economic sector demonstrates an extraordinary adaptability and diversity.

Discover a different side of London in the work of award-winning American street photographer, Bruce Gilden, who focuses on the varied manufacturing taking place in the city. Creating unflinching portraits of workers at the Tate & Lyle and Vauxhall factories, Gilden demonstrates the physical impact of work, and raises questions about the social responsibilities of companies to their employees.

As British industry faces several challenges, Open for Business reveals the daily struggle at a human level as businesses attempt to cut costs, streamline processes and level up to international competition. The project captures British manufacturing’s effect on regional culture and community life, and celebrates the work, activities and lives of its employees.

For more information about the project, visit the Open for Business website

See behind the scenes images of the photographers' shoots on the Open for Business Tumblr.

About the exhibition

Floor: 1
Price: Free
Open: From  22/08/14
To       2/11/14
  • Conor. Tate & Lyle sugar refinery, London
    Credits : © Bruce Gilden/MAGNUM PHOTOS
  • Renishaw, Bristol. Worker on the assembly line at the precision engineering plant
    Credits : © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
  • Alison Tod and Tracey Williams hand embellishing a creation with fine chain detailing
    Credits : Alison Tod Milliners, Abergavenny © David Hurn / Magnum Photos
  • Inspection and service hatch on a section bending machine
    Credits : The Angle Ring Ltd, Tipton, Black Country. Large scale metal bending. © Peter Marlow / Magnum Photos
  • Princess Yachts, Plymouth. 72 foot motor yachts. L/R, Tony Bruce, Darrell Bratcher, Craig Wickes, Mark Lavis
    Credits : © Chris Steele-Perkins / Magnum Photos
  • Trudi Madden, canteen cashier. Siemens, Congleton.
    Credits : © Alessandra Sanguinetti / Magnum Photos
  • William Halstead, weavers of fine mohair and worsteds since 1875, Bradford
    Credits : © Jonas Bendiksen / Magnum Photos
  • Bombardier, Derby. Train production
    Credits : © Mark Power / Magnum Photos
  • Pelamis wave machines, the Sound of Hoy, Orkney Islands
    Credits : © Stuart Franklin / Magnum Photos

Open for Business has been commissioned and produced by Multistory in collaboration with Magnum Photos and made possible with funding from Arts Council England and the National Lottery, through the Strategic Funds Touring Programme, and the cultural partners.

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