CHRIS FLOYD One Hundred & Forty Characters 3 November — 17 November 2011
(from left: @sarahdrinkwater, @isabelleOC, @carolineno, @tc_1, @mrsLRCooper)
HOST Gallery is pleased to announce One Hundred & Forty Characters, an exhibition by British photographer Chris Floyd. This will be the inaugural exhibition in HOST’s newly refurbished and expanded space on Honduras Street. One Hundred & Forty Characters is inspired by Floyd’s interaction with the photographers, editors and other people he follows on Twitter. The project began in 2010 as a means to put faces to the online names he had become familiar with and culminates in this exhibition of 140 portraits of individuals at HOST. The exhibition is printed and supported by Hewlett Packard.
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“The idea for this came at a moment when I realised I had not seen or spoken to any of my closest, real and actual friends for over a month, although I communicated with some of those people on Twitter several times a week in bursts of 140 characters or less, yet I had never even met any of them,” says Floyd. “As we are now well and truly living in a digital age I am aware that this ‘state of being’ is only going to deepen and the traditional ways our friendships play out, although they will not go away anytime soon, are going to have to make room for a new way of doing things.” In the exhibition of One Hundred & Forty Characters Floyd bridges the gap between how we maintain traditional relationships and how we increasingly form friendships through online communications. About Chris Floyd Chris Floyd was born in Hertfordshire in 1968. He began working as a photographer’s assistant in 1989 before starting his own photographic career, primarily working in the editorial field for The Sunday Times Magazine, Guardian Weekend Magazine, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, and Wallpaper* amongst others. Floyd has exhibited his photography in the 2008 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize show and the 2008 & 2010 American Photography collections. Related Events 10 November – Twight Night at HOST with @poppyd @alexispetridis, @gracedent, @rhodri, @stevefurst and others. For more information and press images please contact Ollie Whitehead: firstname.lastname@example.org – 020 7253 8801