London Transport Museum - Last Stop Press Release
A photographic exhibition of the Routemaster
London Transport Museum16 May–27 July 2008
Ralf Obergfell presents Last Stop, a photographic celebration of one of London’s most famous icons – the Routemaster bus, at London Transport Museum. The exhibition opens on 16 May 2008 and builds upon the Museum’s new focus on design innovation. It is the first in a programme of events that will explore different aspects of urban culture, art and social history.
The vibrant images capture moments during the Routemasters’ final eighteen months of regular service and also social portraits of staff and passengers. They pay tribute to the bus’s warm, weighty yet elegant design features.
German born, Ralf has been drawn to London ever since he saw a Routemaster on television in his teens. He was struck by the bright red, the curves and the powerful design. He said, “Last Stop is not an exercise in protest, or even nostalgia; it is a tribute to the unique and dynamic role the Routemaster played in London life”.
A book to accompany the exhibition will appeal to all urban design junkies and is available in London Transport Museum’s shop and online at www.ltmuseum.co.uk. It is also available at selected bookstores. Fully illustrated throughout with hundreds of photographs, it retails for £14.99.
A number of special events have been organised to coincide with the exhibition – further information about these can be found at www.ltmuseum.co.uk.
Last Stop takes place in the Museum’s CBS Outdoor gallery and admission is included in the main Museum ticket price. It runs until 27 July 2008.