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London Photography Exhibitions December 2016

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London photography exhibitions to start December include German photographer Thomas Struth (from the same school as Andreas Gursky and Candida Höfer) and Herb Ritts. While those exhibitions run in Mayfair, Mapplethorpe work is on show in Fitzrovia. Probably for the first time, less controversial still life is juxtaposed with classic Mapplethorpe images considered controversial during his life. Read on for details of these and other exhibitions and most of all, details of opening and closing times.

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Thomas Ruff: New Works

Free admission.
Thomas Ruff is one of the most acclaimed and ground-breaking photographers working today. Ruff studied photography with Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, like Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth. He later returned to Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, this time to teach. He counts Stephen Shore as one of his inspirations.

New Works is an exhibition of photographs of archival media clippings published in U.S. newspapers over the last few decades. Thomas Ruff is a master of a wide gamut of photographic techniques: both digital and analogue. While this exhibition runs in London, there is a major exhibition of Ruff work at the National Museum of Modern Art, in Tokyo.

David Zwirner Gallery is in Mayfair, not far from Berkeley Square. The gallery is also a short walk from Hamiltons Gallery (close to Grosvenor Square).

Free admission.
Where: David Zwirner Gallery.
Ends: Thursday, 5th January.
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Herb Ritts: Super

Free admission.

‘Super’ is a major London photography exhibition which focuses on the work of Herb Ritts the U.S. fashion photographer. Ritts shot much famous fashion photography, working with the major supermodels of the 1990’s. Possibly his most famous capture was the classic Rolling Stone nude cover titled “Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989“. The shot is classic Ritts, who was known for “anti-glamour” photography, preferring to work with natural light.

“Herb made truly unforgettable photographs” – David Fahey.

Hamiltons Gallery celebrates the legacy of Herb Ritts in a new exhibition featuring some rather rare vintage gelatin silver prints of supermodels. The gallery is in Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square and a short walk from Green Park tube station.

Free admission.
Where: Hamiltons Gallery.
Ends: Friday, 27th January.
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Teller on Mapplethorpe

Free admission.
Alison Jacques Gallery presents this fresh take on Robert Mapplethorpe to coincide with what would have been his 70th birthday. With his photography considered homoerotic in some circles, Mapplethorpe was demonised as depraved. This London photography exhibition is curated by Juergen Teller celebrates Robert Mapplethorpe’s poetically intensive, purist style.

During his lifetime, Mapplethorpe separated his hardcore S&M, sensual floral still lives and celebrity portraits. People would only remember the sex pictures if they were in a room with still lives, he feared. Juergen Teller has shown no such fear in curating this new exhibition where explicit images are juxtaposed with the everyday. On show are two, four metre high prints, pasted onto the gallery wall amongst 46 smaller pieces of work some seeming unusual, like a still life of a teaspoon of coffee and lesser known captures of female muses.

Alison Jacques Gallery pays a tribute the controversial photographer considered one of the most important of the 20th century.

“Sexually-explicit images also feature in the exhibition but by interrelating these to a more romantic view of Mapplethorpe’s work, Teller has brought out the essential mission of Mapplethorpe’s work: a life-long quest for perfection of form whatever the subject matter may be. ” – Alison Jacques

Alison Jacques Gallery is in Fitzrovia on Berners Street. If you are visiting at the end of the afternoon, you might consider popping in to the Long Bar (also on Berners Street) for a quick cocktail to start the evening.

Free admission.
Where: Alison Jacques Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 7th January.
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Michael Benson: Atmospheres

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Michael Benson uses raw image data from robotic interplanetary missions to create large-format landscape photographs of the planets, their moons and the Sun. This is first solo exhibition at the Flowers Gallery and it showcases his recent work.

Flowers Central is on Cork Street in Soho, just behind the Royal Academy of Arts. It is a very short walk from Beetles+Huxley.

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Where: Flowers Central Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 3rd December.
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Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali

Free admission.
Malick Sidibé, probably Mali’s most famous photographer, rose to fame by producing his black and white captures of popular culture in Bamako, which is Mali’s largest city. Sidibé won many awards during his life, most noteworthy are the Hasselblad Award for photography and the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Biennale. Malick Sidibé’s Bamako work from the 1950s to 1970s chronicles Mali’s transformation from a French colony to an independent state. For Sidibé photography was youth and joy as a result, his work captured candid images in the streets and nightclubs.

‘There wasn’t a youth trend he didn’t photograph’ – Guardian

Somerset House presents The Eye of Modern Mali which is the first solo Malick Sidibé exhibition in the UK. The displays consists of 45 original prints from the 1960s and 1970s while the gallery soundtrack recreates the spirit and soul of Mali nightclubs.

Somerset House is on the Strand in London, get lunch after seeing the show in Covent Garden or cross Waterloo Bridge to find somewhere to eat on the South Bank.

Free admission.
Where: Somerset House.
Ends: Sunday, 15th January.
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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Tickets: £6 (full price, with donation)
Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 26th February.
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Landscape Photographer of the Year

Free admission

Free admission
Where: London Waterloo.
Ends: Sunday, 5th February.
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THE RADICAL EYE: MODERNIST PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE SIR ELTON JOHN COLLECTION

Singer, Sir Elton John and Tate present an exhibition of modernist photography from Elton John’s private collection. Sir Elton owns around eight thousand photographic works some dating back to 1910. He started collecting in 1990 when he successfully completed rehab, substituting his addiction for alcohol for an addiction for photography. Tate Modern presents an astounding collection which features work by Dorothea Lange, Man Ray, Edward Weston in addition to other pioneers and masters in their respective photographic fields.

The focus of this London photography exhibition, is the coming of age of photography. In total, the gallery displays 200 works by 60 most noteworthy artists.

Tate Modern is on the South Bank of the Thames, across the river from St Paul’s Cathedral. While visiting, leave extra time to explore the Switch House extension to the Tate Modern, if you haven’t yet had a chance to see it. If you’re planning an evening visit to the Tate Modern, you might also consider visiting the Oxo Tower Bar for sunset views over the Thames and the City of London.

Adult Tickets: £16.50 (including £1.50 Gift Aid donation)
Where: Tate Modern.
Ends: Sunday, 7th May.
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Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s

Free admission before midday every day.
Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s is an expansive collection which features over 150 works from 48 female artists. The London photography exhibition is a fascinating window into what drove the movement.

The Photographers’ Gallery is by Liberty of London, not far from either Oxford Street or Regent Street. There is a great café which also serves nice salads, tea, coffee and cakes.

Free admission before midday every day.
Where: The Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 15th January.
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Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948

Free admission.
Closing soon.
Black Chronicles is a new display on at the National Portrait Gallery and is a collaboration with Autograph ABP. In fact the display is part of Autograph ABPs Heritage Lottery Fund project, ‘The Missing Chapter’. The 40 photographs on display provide a snapshot of black lives and experiences in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain.

The National Portrait Gallery is on St. Martin’s Place, a few strides from Leicester Square tube station.

Free admission.
Closing soon.
Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 11th December.
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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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