Lewis's Fifth Floor: A Department Story

Lewis's Fifth Floor: A Department Story

Last week I got a chance to preview a little exhibition going on at The Orange Dot Gallery over on Tavistock Place, Lewis's Fifth Floor: A Department Story.

Photographer Stephen King spent months exploring and snapping the abandoned fifth floor of this iconic department store in Liverpool which closed down in the 1980s,













Published - 23 March 2011

Lewis's Fifth Floor: A Department Story

 

Last week I got a chance to preview a little exhibition going on at The Orange Dot Gallery over on Tavistock Place, Lewis's Fifth Floor: A Department Story.

Photographer Stephen King spent months exploring and snapping the abandoned fifth floor of this iconic department store in Liverpool which closed down in the 1980s, not having been renovated since the 50s. Already having been exhibited in Liverpool and at the Brighton Photo Fringe in 2010, this is the first show in London and runs until the 23 April. The prints add a ghostly twist to the kitsch fifties decor and design elements - it's difficult to imagine these faded rooms once were filled with bustling crowds. The prints are also accompanied by a book which includes interviews with former staff, descriptions of the early 'fashion shows' that went on in-store and little titbits of information about Lewis's that make the project more personal - for example, I discovered that they always employed disabled people to work in the lifts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Duck


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