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London Photography Exhibitions July 2018


London photography exhibitions July 2018 include three exhibitions just added to the list. First an exploration of the Conceptual art movement through two decades photography. That exhibition at Richard Saltoun has only just opened. Meanwhile in Kentish Town there is an interesting project by photographer Daniel Reagan. His insightful study based in a suicide refuge centre focuses on staff as well as patients. There is something altogether different in Soho. Against the Grain explores skate culture, the freedoms, expression and rebellion that it offers.

As well as the new shows, Shape of Light continues at Tate Modern and Dorothea Lange is on at Barbican. Note that some photography exhibitions in London are about to end. In particular, Family Values by much loved Polish photographer Zofia Rydet. Read on for further details on these as well as others.

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AKTION: Conceptual Art And Photography (1960 – 1980)

Just opened.
In brief, AKTION investigates the Conceptual art movement over two decades of photography. In particular, the exhibition explores Conceptual art photography practices dealing with Feminism and political activism together with performance and social critique. The exhibition takes in 26 artists including Eleanor Antin and Dennis Oppenheim as well as Ger van Elk.

Richard Saltoun is in Dover Street in Mayfair and an equally short walk from Green Park or Bond Street stations. There are also a few other photography galleries on neighbouring streets.

Just opened.
Where: Richard Saltoun.
Ends: Saturday, 25th August.
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I Want to Live

Photographer Daniel Reagan took pictures while working on a project at a suicide respite centre. Uniquely, Maytree is a suicide refuge centre occupying a space between professional medical support and volunteer helplines. The project focuses on staff as well as patients. Daniel Reagan is a suicide survivor and investigates what brings people to volunteer to help those in suicidal crisis together with the impact on their own mental health.

Free Space Project is at Kentish Town Health Centre and Kentish Town West as well as Camden Road train stations a short distance away. Maytree is a registered charity and you can make donations via the Maytree website.

Where: Free Space Project.
Ends: Friday, 12th October.
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Against the Grain: Skate Culture and the Camera

Just opened.
Exciting exhibition exploring the emblem of expression, freedom and rebellion that is skateboarding. The show exclusively features photographers well known within the skater community for circulating their work. Eleven international photographers are featured including J. Grant Brittain and Dobie Campbell together with Glen E. Friedman. Film clips as as well as photography are featured.

Against the Grain is at 15 Bateman Street is in Soho. The gallery is only a short walk from nearby cafes and restaurants on Compton Street. Soho Square is also nearby if you just want to grab a snack and sit outside.

Just opened.
Where: 15 Bateman Street.
Ends: Sunday, 22nd July.
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Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing

Barbican Centre, London Photography Exhibitions July 2018

Barbican Centre


Just opened.
Dorothea Lange is probably best known for her work for the U.S. Farm Security Agency during the Great Depression. Roy E. Stryker who was head of the Information Division at FSA commissioned Dorothea Lange as well as Walker Evans and Gordon Parks amongst others.
Consequently, they set out to catalogue the struggles of rural life. Significantly, some 77,000 prints were made from 164,000 developed negatives.

Dorothea Lange’s work is especially known for humanising the consequences of the depression. She showed not only despair and loss, but also a sense of pride. Her ‘Migrant Mother‘ image, probably the most famous, became a symbol of the Great Depression.

Barbican present the first ever British Dorothea Lange retrospective. She is recognised as a proto-feminist as well as a “powerful woman of unparalleled vigour and resilience”. There is a gallery devoted to the Migrant Mother, Florence Owens Thompson, with five variations as well as previous shots.

Dorothea Lange / Vanessa Winship: A photography double bill

A sister exhibition runs alongside Politics of Seeing at Barbican. Vanessa Winship: And Time Folds is the first major solo UK exhibition of Winship’s work. That exhibition of over 150 images uncovers the fragile nature of our landscape and society. A ticket for Politics of seeing with also get you into And Time Folds on the same day.

Meanwhile, there’s another depression era photography exhibition in London’s Whitechapel Gallery. That exhibition chiefly features prints from destroyed negatives, rejected by Roy E. Stryker. ‘Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America‘ has free admission.

The Barbican Centre is just a couple of minutes’ walk from Barbican tube station. Liverpool Street and Moorgate are also quite close.

Where: Barbican Centre.
Ends: Sunday, 2nd September.
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Tish Murtha: Works: 1976 – 1991

Tish Murtha was known, in the main, for documenting marginalised communities. One of her best known works, Youth Unemployment (1981), portrayed dereliction in Newcastle. That was after a doubling in the local unemployment rate. Importantly, her images were used in parliament as evidence of a disturbing reality. As well as Youth Unemployment, five other major bodies of Murtha worked are surveyed. These include London by Night together with Elswick Revisited.

The Photographers Gallery “offers a tender and frank perspective on a historic moment”. The gallery is between Oxford Street and Liberty of London. It is not far from either of the underground stations at Oxford Street or Piccadilly.

Where: The Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 14th October.
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Cindy Sherman

Sprüth Magers London, London photography exhibitions july 2018

Sprüth Magers London


Cindy Sherman is one of the most influential figures in contemporary art. In particular, the American photographer is known for her conceptual portraits. She was making ‘selfies’ long before the term existed. Probably her most famous series is ‘Untitled Film Stills‘. Cindy Sherman challenges social stereotypes, dressing up in wigs and vintage clothing, and putting herself in front of the camera. The series comprises 69 black and white images made between 1977 and 1980. Photograph Number 48 from the series features in the list of 20 Most Expensive Photos Sold at Auction. In total Cindy Sherman work appears six times in that list. The most expensive being ‘Untitled 96 1981’, in third place. The chromogenic colour print was sold for $3.9 million by Christie’s in 2011.

This exciting display at Sprüth Magers features new work from Cindy Sherman’s latest series. The 2016 series stars Sherman as the ‘grandes dames’ of 1920s Hollywood cinema. The photographs on show are created using dye sublimation: heat is used to transfer the dye directly onto metal. Notably, no glass protection is needed. Consequently, the images appear more immediate and vital.

Sprüth Magers is in Mayfair, and just a short walk from Green Park tube station and also Bond Street. If the weather’s good it might be worth getting a sandwich to eat on a bench in Berkeley Square.

Where: Sprüth Magers.
Ends: Saturday, 1st September.
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Family Values: Polish Photography Now

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Family Values is an exhibition featuring the work of Polish photographers, principally Zofia Rydet. Rydet’s series ‘Sociological Record’ is probably one of the most important achievements in 20th Polish photography. Something of a Polish August Sander, she set out to provide a comprehensive documentary portrait of Polish domestic life. 20,000 Polish families welcomed Zofia Rydet into their homes on her 20-year mission. Long admired in Poland, Rydet is now gaining prominence from a wider, international audience.

The show is curated by Kate Bush and also features work from contemporary Polish photographers. Józef Robakowski and Aneta Grzeszykowska as well as Weronika Gęsicka, Aneta Bartos and Adam Palenta feature.

Calvert 22 Foundation is in Shoreditch and only a short walk from Shoreditch High Street London Overground Station. Old Street as well as Liverpool Street Underground stations are also both walkable.

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Where: Calvert 22 Foundation.
Ends: Sunday, 22nd July.
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August Sander: Men without Masks

August Sander is a pioneer in documenting human diversity. Armed with just a large format camera with glass plate negatives his ‘People of the 20th Century‘ project documented mid-1920’s Germany. Although he didn’t come from an artist background, Sander’s work influenced important photographers of the twentieth century. Both Walker Evans and Diane Arbus were thought to be influenced by Sander.

The rare, large scale photographs on show at Hauser & Wirth in ‘Men without Masks’ are impressive. Sander chose to stick with older large format technology rather than the then, new, Leica camera in order to capture more detail. The oversize printing in the exhibition showcases this fine detail on the faces of the sitters. Not only the quality of the printing but also the number of portraits on show make the show outstanding.

Hauser & Wirth are on Saville Row with Oxford Circus and Piccadilly London Underground stations only a short walk. There are almost as many photography galleries as tailors in the area, with Huxley-Parlour as well as The Photographers’ Gallery a few minutes’ walk away.

Where: Hauser & Wirth.
Ends: Saturday, 28th July.
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Daido Moriyama: Scene

Daido Moriyama is one of the most influential Japanese photographers of his generation. He is probably best known for his style of black and white street photography. You only need to look at he number of photography exhibitions in London in 2018 alone to appreciate his importance. He was featured as one of only 20 photographers at the acclaimed Barbican show ‘Another Kind of Life’, a solo exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery as well the Pavilion Commission at Photo London 2018.

Moriyama’s shots can look like unintentional snapshots at first. However, a closer look reveals his social commentary. His work highlights the breakdown of traditional values in modern Japan. He counts William Klein and Eikoh Hosoe as his principal influences: he worked as an assistant to Eikoh Hosoe.

‘Scene’ is curated by Tim Jefferies and exclusively features silkscreens on canvas. Hamiltons Gallery is in Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square and a short walk from Green Park tube station. Sprüth Magers Gallery is also just a short walk: see above for details of the Cindy Sherman show on there right now.

Where: Hamiltons.
Ends: Friday, 17th August.
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Jacques Henri Lartigue: C’est Chic

Michael Hoppen Gallery, Chelsea, London photography exhibitions July 2018

Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea


French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue is known for his shots of Parisian fashion models as well as his friends and family. He is such a giant of photography, that it is impossible to imagine the 20th century photographic landscape without him. Lartigue pursued photography for his love of the art and also to document what he held precious. He was hailed as a founder of modern photography yet his work had limited influence on the development of photography during the twentieth century. This is because much of his work virtually unknown until half a century after he reach his artistic peak.

Paul Smith has curated two concurrent London exhibitions to celebrate Lartigue. This one at Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea like teh other at Paul Smith, Covent Garden bring to light some rare treats. The focus is Lartigue’s magical eye. ‘Effortlessly chic‘ work from three decades 1950s, 60s and 70s, is featured.

Michael Hoppen Gallery is in Chelsea . They are based just off the King’s Road. The gallery is close to South Kensington tube station or a slightly further walk from Sloane Square. Michael Hoppen opening hours change in the summer. Notably it is closed on Saturdays during July and August.

Where: Michael Hoppen.
Ends: Saturday, 28th July.
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Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

Tate Modern, London Photography Exhibitions July 2018

Tate Modern Boiler House, South Bank.


The Shape of Lights is a stunning celebration of 100 years of photography and abstract art. This is the first major exhibition to explore that relationship between photography and abstract art. The show features not only the fathers of art photography like Alfred Stieglitz and László Moholy-Nagy; modern masters such as Thomas Ruff are also included.

Tate Modern is on the South Bank of the Thames, and just a few minutes’ walk from St. Paul’s tube station. The show seems like a perfect drop-in on a walk along the South Bank on a sunny spring day. There is also some fantastic photography on show on permanent display. As an example, you will find work from Martin Parr’s ‘Last Resort’ and an equally interesting display of work by Karl Blossfeldt and Germaine Krull. Equally important: there is no admission fee to see this work in the permanent collection. There is an optional donation instead of an admission fee though.

Adult: £16.00 (booked online at least 24 hours in advance, no booking fee charged)
Where: Tate Modern.
Ends: Sunday, 14th October.
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London Photography Exhibitions July 2018

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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