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Make Mine a Half.

Simon Annand at the Idea Generation Gallery, Shoreditch.


Unless you’re more prepared for the summer than most, it’s not often that you’ll get to feel smug while looking at a shirtless picture of Daniel Craig. But then again it’s not often that you can look at a shirtless picture of Daniel Craig know that you’re getting a healthy dose of culture.

You see Craig is one of the many familiar faces to feature in the latest exhibition from photographer Simon Annand. Entitled The Half, it brings together over 60 behind-the-scenes photographs of theatre stars in the final 30 minutes before curtain up.

With the likes of Matt Lucas, Amanda Holden and Daniel Radcliffe alongside a host of other names, the exhibition showcases some personal and intimate moments, plucked from more than 25 years worth of backstage access in London’s glittering West End.

Tucked away in the backstreets of Shoreditch this new exhibition is ideal for whiling away a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon. And non-Londoners fear not; Annand’s 2008 book of the same name features much of the work exhibited here and will also look rather dapper on the coffee table (next to GT, naturally).

In short, with its mixture of familiar faces and independent talents, humour, passion and sentiment this free exhibition is definitely worth a visit. There’s even a portrait featuring two fine male bums – all in the name of culture, of course.


The Half is open now and runs until 8 April at the Idea Generation Gallery, Shoreditch.

Words: Luke Campbell

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