David Lynch: the Factory photographs at the Photographers Gallery in London

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The Photographers Gallery in London presents an interesting trium-virat exhibition featuring rare works by David Lynch, Andy Warhol’s and William S. Burroughs.

David Lynch’s dramatic black-and-white photographs of empty and abandoned American factories will be juxtaposed to fifty Andy Warhol photographs capturing mundane moments of his daily life, along with photographs and collages by the poet, writer and drug addict William S. Burroughs. The theme of industrialisation is of great interest to Lynch – my favourite of the three – and in films such as Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980) and Dune (1984) machinery and the sounds of industry dominate the background. He began taking photographs of factories when scouting for shooting locations and many of his images seem to possess an inherent potential for being the setting of a story. Functionless, disintegrating, rundown, the ‘factory’ appears in Lynch’s ‘personal narrative’ as an enclave, a refuge from the onrush of progress and modern technology.