London's Tate gallery has received a major donation of photographs of the city that is valued at over £1 million.

More than 1,400 snaps by over 120 photographers are included in the collection, which has been assembled over the last 20 years by Eric and Louise Franck.

Spanning the period from the 1880s up to the 2000s, all the images document the lives and communities of the capital city over the years and include iconic works by photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Irving Penn.

The images will more than double the number of photographs held by the Tate and will help form the basis of the gallery's collection as it seeks to expand.

Curator of photography and international art at the Tate Simon Baker said: "This collection is completely unique, with both an intense focus on London as a subject and great diversity in the range of backgrounds and approaches of the photographers included."

He added it will "fundamentally transform" the organisation's holdings, adding substantial bodies of work by some of the work's most recognised photographers at a single stroke.

Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate, stated he is extremely grateful to Eric and Louise Franck for the gift.

He said photography has become central to the Tate's activities and the acquisition of some of the iconic works and lesser-known snaps will boost the gallery's range in this area.

Mr Franck explained he and Louise have a long associate with the Tate, adding: "We are delighted to be able to make such a significant impact to Tate’s permanent photography collection with this promised gift."

Visitors keen to view the images for themselves will be able to see a selection of the pictures – taken by photographers arriving in the city from abroad – as part of the Another London exhibition, which opens on July 27th.

This will bring together images created by some of the world's most iconic photographers and chart London's people and communities from 1930 to 1980.

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