On The Edge

Photographs by Valentine Schmidt

22 September -31 October 2008

Inspired by her one-time involvement in long distance swimming, this exhibition brings together two fascinating bodies of portraiture, documenting children and adults involved in the more extreme aspects of swimming, from would-be high-board divers to Finnish ice-pool swimmers.

Valentine Schmidt gained her MA in Photography at the London College of Printing in 2002. Major works include 'Plunge', a set of semi-abstract images documenting three London Lidos during the winter months - one in use, one empty and one derelict. Together they speak to the history and demise of the British open-air pool.


Thomas, Valentine Schmidt