Good that Londoners will be able to see this wonderful exhibition which we all saw at the Conservation Centre here in 2010.
Lewis’s Fifth Floor: A Department Story
photographs by Stephen King
Orange Dot Gallery
18 March – 23 April 2011
Open: Friday 18 March – 23 April (Tue – Sat, 11am – 6pm)
Lewis’s Department Store was a Liverpool landmark. Trading over nine floors from 1856, it was once the epitome of style and decadence. The fifth floor of the store was bombed during the Blitz and reopened in 1953 with restaurants, hairsalons and Festival of Britain inspired design features.
This floor closed to the public in the 1980s and was never refurbished. In 2009 Stephen King photographed the floor, a part of retail history that had been frozen in time. His photographs were exhibited in Liverpool in February 2010, attracting over 45,000 visitors.
By the opening night of the exhibition Lewis’s had announced its closure, decades of recession had forced it to stop trading after 150 years. People lost their jobs and the city lost ‘the people’s friend’ as it was known, to make way for a new retail and leisure complex.
The Lewis’s exhibition went on to be part of the Brighton Photo Fringe 2010 where Stephen King won the award for Best Emerging or Early Career Photographer.
Prints and book available for sale