London’s The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art presents Siren City: Photographs of Naples beginning on June 30, 2010. The photographs, taken by Johnnie Shand Kydd, number at fifty and trace an eight year relationship between artist and city. Known for his portraits of artist friends (especially the YBA’s), Shand Kydd’s vision of Naples is nothing short of seduction. Inspired by the myth of Siren Parthenope, he works to find the “sexy” (if you’ll allow some simplistic reading) of the city to come forth.

Siren City: Photographs of Naples will run to September 12, 2010. The Estorick Collection is located at 39a Canonbury Sq, London, N1. A related book will also be available through Other Criteria.

This will be the first UK showing of the works.

Above (in detail): Boys retrieving ball from balcony, 2006, Silver gelatin print, 50 x 40 cm.

More scenes from Naples after the jump.

Stockings for sale, street stall off Via Toledos, 2009 Silver gelatin print 50 x 40 cm
Girl on a swing, 2004, Silver gelatin print, 96.5 x 96.5 cm
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