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London photography exhibitions this autumn include two Julia Margaret Cameron exhibitions to mark her 200th birthday. The first ‘Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy’ has opened at the Media Space in South Kensington’s Science Museum. Julia Margaret Cameron took a more artistic approach to photography than some contemporaries, opting for a softer focus than that permitted by the camera she used. 94 images from an album of her finest work are on display, for the exhibition which has no admission charge.

While the Wang Qingsong exhibition continues at Beetles+Huxley, the ‘Invisible Man’, Liu Bolin has an exhibition at Magda Danysz gallery in Fitzrovia. He is known for his extreme ‘Where’s Wally’ approach to photography, a master at camouflaging himself in the scenes of his images. For ‘The Hacker Series’ he replaces images on institutional websites, with ones in which he is camouflaged, challenging the notion of reality in the digital age. Read on for more details of these and other London photography exhibitions open now in the capital. Note that some London photography exhibitions are closing soon, more details below.

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Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy

Free admission.
Julia Margaret Cameron, born in Calcutta in 1815, took up photography on receiving a camera as a gift from her daughter and son-in law, Julia and Charles Norman. For the next eleven years, until her death, she exploded creatively, by the coercive force of her eccentric personality, she made portraits, using family members, servants and local residents as models. Of the camera, Julia Margaret Cameron wrote, “and it has become to me as a living thing, with voice and memory and creative vigour.” Though considered to demonstrate sloppy craftsmanship by contemporaries. She ignored the critics and deliberately used a soft focus and long exposures, instilling an uncommon sense of breath and life in her pictures.

The Media Space at South Kensington’s Science Museum marks Julia Margaret Cameron’s 200th birthday with this exhibition. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the Herschel Album (1864). 94 images which Julia considered to be her finest work.

The Science Museum is on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. Consider stopping for a crêpe on the walk back to South Kensington tube station at Kensington Crêperie after the exhibition.

Free admission.
Where: Science Museum.
Ends: Monday, 28th March, 2016.
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Liu Bolin: The Hacker Series

Liu Bolin is an artist born in the Chinese Shandong Province in 1973. He is also known as The Invisible Man. His work features himself camouflaged, blended so well – into even complex surroundings – that passers by don’t even realise he is there until he moves. Earthquake rubble and traditional British telephone boxes present no challenge to Liu Bolin. He can take ten hours to get a single capture just how he wants it.

“Recognized all over the world as one of the most famous photographers of his generation; Liu Bolin doesn’t lack of daring.” Hedonist Magazine
The Hacker Series at the London Magda Danysz Gallery is Liu’s latest work and explores what remains real in the contemporary virtual world. He “challenges the power of images” replacing the original ones with ‘Invisible Man’ images on websites: a performance inside the world wide web.

Magda Danysz Gallery is on Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia. Further south (heading towards Oxford Street) you will find a number of cafés and resuarants for post viewing replenishment.

Where: Magda Danysz Gallery.
Ends: Wednesday, 7th October, 2015.
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Wang Qingsong

Free admission.
Wang Qingsong, one of China’s most highly regarded contemporary artists, specializes in digitally enhanced photographs and oil paintings that address universal social conflicts. Wang Qingsong was born at the beginning of the Chinese cultural revolution and his work reflects changes in Chinese society. In one of his best-known works, he “depicts his unsophisticated countrymen in a thrall to empty, tacky consumerism, embracing McDonald’s and Jack Daniels as signs of progress” – The Economist.

Beetles+Huxley present the UK’s first Wang Qingsong retrospective. The exhibition includes some subtle, still lives which are “… pieces are straight from my own heart”, says Wang.

There is a behind-the-scence video available on the Beetles & Huxley website.

Beetles+Huxley is just off Piccadilly, across the road from Fortnum & Mason. For a post viewing treat, pop around the corner into Laduree for some macaroons in the Burlington Arcade.

Free admission.
Where: Beetles+Huxley.
Ends: Saturday, 24th October, 2015.
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Düsseldorf Photography: Bernd & Hilla Becher And Beyond

Closing soon.
Bernd & Hilla Becher met at the Düsseldorf Academy and worked as a duo with their precise captures of industrial buildings probably being their most recognised work: souvenirs of a world recently lost. Cooling Towers (Wood) (B) – a sequence of 9 Bernd & Hilla Becher photographs from 1976 – sold for 281,000 US Dollars in 2014. Their legacy is not only their own work; they influenced a number of other renowned photographers including Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Candida Höffer.

Ben Brown is presenting a major survey of work produced by Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1976. The exhibition shows the work of Bernd & Hilla Becher alongside their former pupils’ work, including Candida Höfer, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth.

Ben Brown Fine Arts is on Brook’s Mews in Mayfair, a short walk from Bond Street Tube Station.

Closing soon.
Where: Ben Brown Fine Arts.
Ends: Saturday, 3rd October, 2015.
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The Temptations of Pierre Molinier

Closing soon.
Pierre Molinier was a French surrealist painter and photographer – an avowed homosexual transvestite, who lived the violence and sexual obsessions his fellow Surrealists only dreamt about. The “Pioneer of Perversity“. Molinier’s fascination with the body and the erotic manifested itself through his carefully staged photographic portraits and self-portraits. Photography allowed dream-like creatures to escape his inner psyche. Molinier is thought to be a forerunner, if not an influence for Cindy Sherman and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Richard Saltoun Gallery presents a solo exhibition of the career and unorthodox life of Pierre Molinier. This is the first London exhibition Molinier’s work in over 20 years and features over 50 ground-breaking exhibits dating from 1952 onwards.

“What human anatomy won’t allow, photomontage makes possible. Molinier’s work is a delirious, rapturous confusion” – Adrian Searle.

The Richard Saltoun Gallery is in Fitzrovia, close to Regent’s Park. For a post-viewing coffee and cinnamon bun, you might want to try the Nordic Bakery on New Cavendish Street.

Closing soon.
Where: Richard Saltoun Gallery.
Ends: Friday, 2nd October, 2015.
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Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860

Free admission.
Closing soon.
Captain Linnaeus Tripe was a British, Victorian photographer, a pioneer in photography, was best known for the photographs he made in India and Burma on show in this exhibition. The exhibition features 60 images from paper negatives or calotypes.

“Trip is remarkable for the respect with which he treats the structure of indigenous cultures” FT.

“They’re stunning pictures, but they were tough to get, […] it was a real labour of love.” – Roger Taylor, exhibition curator.

The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum is in South Kensington, five minutes walk from South Kensington tube station and a short walk from Hyde Park.

Free admission.
Closing soon.
Where: V&A Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 11th October, 2015.
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Girls! Girls! Girls! Part 2

Free admission.
After the Tyler Udal Boys exhibition at the Little Black Gallery in June, which explored the sexuality of your men, the Girls are back in Chelsea. The Little Black Gallery, just off the Fulham Road, has re-opened after the summer with this mixed show featuring 50 pieces of artwork from Bruno Bisang, Bob Barlos Clarke and Vee Spears, amongst others. In front of the lenses are Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington.

Free admission.
Where: The Little Black Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 31st October, 2015.
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Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Fascinating exhibition, illustrating the life of legend Audrey Hepburn with prints from Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn.

The National Portrait Gallery Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum is on St. Martin’s Place, in the West End, between Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square.

Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 18th October, 2015.
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Christina Broom: Soldiers and Suffragettes

Free admission
Christina Broom is considered the United Kingdom’s first, female, professional press photographer and her work from the early 20th century on show in this exhibition reveals her unique observations of London at that time. the work on show, developed from a private collection of over 300 glass plates includes fantastic Suffragettes processions and events.

This exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, is the first ever exhibition dedicated to the photography of Christina Broom 70 years after her death.

“The pioneer finally gets the exhibition she deserves” – Independent.

Images include a portrait of King Edward VII with the Royal Family (including future King George V, grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II) at the Duke of Yorks’ School in Chelsea from 1908.

There is a special event next Thursday (25th June): Christina Broom: Close Up, at the Museum of London, Docklands. Tickets can be bought in advance (discount code available).

The Museum of London Docklands is right by West India Quay in the Docklands tube station and only moments from Canary Wharf.

Free admission
Where: Museum of London Docklands.
Ends: Sunday, 1st November, 2015.
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Victorian London in Photographs

Free admission.
Closing soon.
Victorian London in Photographs presents some of the most striking images, in stunning detail, from the dawn of photography, during Queen Victoria’s reign.

On show is the first known photograph taken in London, the opening of the Blackwall Tunnel, the first tube line and life on London’s streets during the times of Dickens.

There is a special tour of the exhibition, with the curator, next month.

London Metropolitan Archives is in Clerkenwell. Stop by nearby Exmouth Market for a coffee any day or for specialist food market on Thursdays and Fridays.

Free admission.
Closing soon.
Where: London Metropolitan Archives.
Ends: Thursday, 8th October, 2015.
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That’s it for this week’s London Photography Exhibitions, look out for next week’s list of London Photography Exhibitions!

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