TAKING A SHOT AT NORMAN
Astragal went east last week to The Yard on Old Street for the opening of the Architecture Foundation show, 'I Shot Norman Foster'. The photography exhibition featured work by Richard Wentworth, Jemima Stehli, Olivia Beasley, Poppy de Villeneuve, Chris Steele-Perkins and Norbert Schoemer, reinterpreting some of Foster's most famous buildings. Veteran journos Eddie Heathcote and Ken Powell were among those admiring the snaps on display.
Also gracing the occasion was the great man himself, Norman Foster, who descended on the event wearing a fetching black polo-neck and salmon-pink suit - the less said about that, the better. 'What a terrific idea, ' his lordship said of the show, 'and what a diversity of images featured'. When one hack attempted to pin him down, Norm went on to brush off his loss at this year's Stirling Prize with typical ambiguity. 'It was great to be shortlisted for once, ' he murmured, before leaving mid-sentence to talk to someone more interesting.