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est. 2007
  1. Birdy pick of the week: Luke Stephenson

    It’s the last day of the London 2012 Olympics so my blanket British coverage on Wee Birdy is drawing to an end. I couldn’t think of a better ‘Birdy of the Week’ than British artist Luke Stephenson‘s series of show bird portraits. Obsessed with Britishness and the “eccentricty of Britain”, Luke’s series of birds attempts to capture the slightly bonkers world of British hobbyists, while also demonstrating a sensitivity to the individual beauty and personality of his subject matter. He’s the British show bird world’s answer to Martin Parr, and the series, titled ‘The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds‘, is an ongoing project, with the idea that it will one day be ‘complete’. New installments of photographs will be released every few years. You can purchase limited edition prints of Luke’s work from The Photographers Gallery in London.

    The Photographers’ Gallery
    16-18 Ramillies Street
    London W1F 7LW
    Tel. 020 7087 9300
    Nearest tube: Oxford Circus
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map.

    Opening hours:
    Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm
    Thursday 10am-8pm
    Sunday 11.30am-8pm

    Click here for more Best of British picks.

    • https://www.facebook.com/PeonyandThistle Peony and Thistle

      Beautiful birds! Thanks for sharing!

      • Anonymous

        You’re welcome – couldn’t resist Luke’s colour-saturated portraits! X

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    • Catherine

      I have loved Luke Stephenson’s bird portraits since I first saw them – utterly adorable!

    • sarah stevens

      Great, took me back to childhood, we showed many of the birds in the photo. Thanks for the memory.