Franklyn Rodgers:
Devotion - A Portrait of Loretta

27 April – 7 July 2018


London, UK

Free exhibition

Photographer Franklyn Rodgers pays homage to a figure sacred in his life: his mother, Loretta.

Over several years, Rodgers photographed Loretta and the circle of friends important to her. The large-scale portraits in Devotion recognise the significance of these close-knit relationships: mother and son, and between friends. His visual care for such deeply personal subjects is evident in the exquisite and refined grandeur of these works, the result of a methodology built on intimacy and trust.

Please note the gallery will be closed to the public on Tuesday 12 June, for an event. 

Rodgers’ photographs investigate what it means to look into the human face. He drew inspiration from work of French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, who claimed that our individual obligations and morality are found in the recognition of the suffering and mortality of others. Identity becomes both a departure and return to the self.

This exhibition is an act of devotion to his mother and the intimate familial moments of love, care, tenderness and affection in these relationships. Loretta and the devoted network around her are a testament to the case for greater safekeeping and care across the human condition.

Join us at the opening event for our new exhibitions Franklyn Rodgers: Devotion - A Portrait of Loretta and Marcia Michael: I Am Now You - Mother and on Thurs 26 April, 6:30 - 8:30pm.

About Franklyn Rodgers

Since the mid 1990s, Franklyn Rodgers has established himself as an artist best known for his unique and distinctive photographic portraits - often working with large format and on traditional film.

Rodgers has exhibited internationally, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (2011); Southbank Centre in London (2011); National Portrait Gallery in London (2008); Royal Academy in London (2006); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and during Les Rencontres d’Arles in France. His work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Autograph.

His first monograph The Philosophy of Strangers was published in October 2007 by Autograph.

Portrait of Baroness Doreen Lawrence

Frankyln Rodgers’ portrait of Baroness Doreen Lawrence can now be seen in our current exhibition Devotion - A Portrait of Loretta.

This is the first work in a major new commission by Autograph, commemorating women from diverse cultural backgrounds whose lives are devoted to seeking political and social justice. Read more >

Curated by

Franklyn Rodgers: Devotion - A Portrait of Loretta is curated by Mark Sealy and Renée Mussai at Autograph ABP.

Directions and opening hours

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place

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Exhibition opening times
Tues, Wed, Fri 11am – 6pm
Thurs 11am – 9pm,
Sat 12 – 6pm
The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays

Visiting Information

We look forward to welcoming you to Autograph ABP. Admission to the exhibition is free and unticketed.

Visiting Autograph ABP
We are fully accessible with step free access to all areas of the building. A lift is available to all floors.

Ground Floor
Gallery 1, Franklyn Rodgers: Devotion - A Portrait of Loretta

Free lockers, ask at information desk for key
Accessible toilets
Baby change facilities
Information desk
Education Studio
Book and print sales

First Floor
Accessible toilets

Second Floor
Gallery 2, Marcia Michael: I Am Now You - Mother

Stuart Hall Library (Iniva). Hours >
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Accessible Parking
If you would like to book an accessible parking bay or discuss your access needs, please contact us at 0207 7491240 or info@rivingtonplace.org before your visit.

Children and group visits
We are pram friendly, and welcome children to the gallery when accompanied by an adult.
Self-directed groups are welcome to the gallery. If you would like to book a workshop for your school or group, contact ali@autograph-abp.co.uk

More about visiting
You are welcome to take photographs for personal use or social media, tag us @autographabp on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We do not allow photographs to be taken in the galleries with large SLR cameras.

If you would like to take photographs for commercial or press use, please contact leyla@autograph-abp.co.uk before your visit.

To protect the artworks, please do not bring food or drink into the galleries.
We welcome guide dogs , however cannot allow other dogs into the building.


Exhibtion opening
Thurs 26 April, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Free, read more »

Gallery closure dates

The galleries will be closed to the public on the following dates:

Tuesday 12 June

As seen in:

  • Franklyn Rodgers, Mrs Iris Simms, 2013
  • Exhibition at Autograph. Photo: Zoe Maxwell
  • Franklyn Rodgers, Mrs Loretta Rodgers – Crown, 2013
  • Franklyn Rodgers, Mrs Loretta Rodgers, 11 March 2012