TOTO at Clerkenwell Design

Photography winners announced

To complement an exhibition celebrating ten years of magazine work by respected specialist photographer Gareth Gardner, Japanese bathroom manufacturer TOTO hosted a workshop for photography enthusiasts on the third day of the Clerkenwell design festival. The workshop, run by Gareth, drew on his expertise photographing major building projects, inside and out, as well as portraits of leading architects and interior designers.

The participants included amateurs and professionals armed with the whole range of cameras from iPhones to sophisticated Nikon SLRs with an array of lenses. All were given four themes (Pattern & Detail, Architecture & Urban, People, Action and Movement) and just one hour ‘in the field’ to explore the delights of photogenic Clerkenwell. Despite a surprising, and thankfully brief, onslaught of May hailstones just after they left the TOTO showroom, the results were impressive in terms of quantity and quality.

Back at the showroom, the participants enjoyed a lively review of their work, explored different techniques and professional tips from Gareth, and peer-selected three images for prizes. The winner and two runners up receive large format prints of their works kindly donated by the Clerkenwell imaging house ISIS London (


The prize-winners, in order, are:

1st Prize: ‘Umbrella Man’ by architecture student Amaobi Ike

2nd Prize: ‘Chairs’ by photographer and film-maker Sahidé Sanin

3rd Prize: ‘Red Staircase’ by interior designer Inan Gokcek.

TOTO was an official partner of this year’s successful annual Clerkenwell Design Week (21-23 May 2013) and was delighted to dedicate its gallery space to a 10 year retrospective of the magazine work of photographer/journalist Gareth Gardner, whose compelling images have appeared in leading British architecture and design magazines.

In addition to the photographic workshop, during the three day design festival Gareth was joined by Crafts magazine editor Grant Gibson, and Urban Salon founder Alex Mowat to explore the challenges of photographing buildings and interior. They and a lively audience of architects, interior designers and professional photographers debated the sometimes conflicting needs of portfolios and editors, as well as the issues of copyright, aesthetics and commissioned vs inhouse photography.