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London Photography Exhibitions May 2016

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Just one week to go until Photo London 2016. With 80 galleries and countless photographers represented, Photo London is the London photography exhibition calendar highlight of the year.

In the meantime, London photography exhibitions to visit this week include chines photographer Zhang Kechun’s exhibition at Beetles + Huxley, Fox Talbot: Dawn of Photography at the Science Museum and Unseen City which feature photographs by Martin Parr. Much more detail on these below. Note that Electronic Superhighway at the Whitechapel Gallery is closing soon, check below for opening times and closing date.

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Zhang Kechun

Free admission.
Zhang Kechun spent two years photographing from the banks of the Yellow River, considered the cradle of Chinese civilisation. He made his captures on overcast days with gloomy skies and deliberately overexposed the images. The aim: creating an otherworldly, surreal feel, carrying a message of hope.

“Kechun is moved not only by the notion of working with the landscape but also with the people within that landscape” – Alexander Strecker.
Zhang Kechuns next project, Between the Mountains and the Water, he takes advantage of his other job as a tour guide, to make capturing the high-speed changes China is undergoing.

Beetles + Huxley present Zhang Kechun photographs in is first ever UK solo exhibition. Beetles+Huxley is just off Piccadilly, not far from Fortnum & Masons or the Royal Academy of Arts and a short walk from Regent’s Street.

Free admission.
Where: Beetles + Huxley.
Ends: Saturday, 21st May.
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Simon Norfolk: Under London

Free admission.

Simon Norfolk is British based photographer known for his landscape work. In 2003 he was nominated for the Citibank Prize (now known as the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize).

Under London presents photographs of ten objects found at archaeological digs across the capital and photographed by Simon Norfolk, above ground, close to where they were found. The images on display were published in a recent edition of National Geographic magazine.

The Museum of London is in the City of London close to the Barbican Centre where you can currently catch the Martin Parr curated exhibition ‘Strange and Familiar’ – read on for more details.

Free admission.
Where: Museum of London.
Ends: Sunday, 3rd July.
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Robert Clayton: Estate

Free admission.
Robert Clayton is a documentary photographer. In 1991 he set about capturing life on the Lion Farm Estate in Oldbury. The images provide an insightful glimpse into the past. The estate appears as a both far from anywhere and, more astonishingly, deserted to the point of desolation.

Four Corners gallery presents Robert Clayton’s images alongside his documentary film. The Four Corners Gallery is in Bethnal Green. The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council England.

Free admission.
Where: Four Corners Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 29th May.
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Magical Surfaces: The Uncanny in Contemporary Photography

Free admission.

Magical Surfaces features the work of Stephen Shore and six other photographers exploring the uncanny indifferent forms, using photography as the medium. The exhibition is on now at the Parasol Unit in Hoxton.

Free admission.
Where: Parasol Unit.
Ends: Sunday, 19th June.
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Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

Henry Fox Talbot could be considered the father of modern photography. In his lab at Lacock Abbey, near Chippenham in Wiltshire, he invented the process which made the production of photographic paper prints possible. At the time, contemporary, Daguerre’s process (which was invented in conjunction with Niépce) produced only a single Daguerrotype image on a silver-plated copper plate. Fox Talbot’s negative positive process allowed mass production of prints from a single negative, giving birth to modern photography.

Fox Talbot’s calotype photographic process was partly inspired when he was unable to capture the features of a village and distant mountains at Lake Como in Italy using a simple draughtsman’s tool. Though later with he drew on inspiration from the Dutch masters, noting how the mundane can make for captivating photographs in his book ‘The Pencil of Nature‘: “A painter’s eye will often be arrested where ordinary people see nothing remarkable. A casual gleam of sunshine, or a shadow thrown across his path, a time-withered oak, or a moss-covered stone may awaken a train of thoughts and feelings, and picturesque imaginings.” Henry Fox Talbot, The Pencil of Nature.

The Science Museum presents a major new exhibition. “Alongside his technical influence, Talbot’s personal legacy today is undoubtedly the beautiful photographs he produced” – Prospero. On display at ‘The Dawn of Photography’ are original prints the ‘The Pencil of Nature’. Lucky visitors, able to see the exhibition early will be treated to a display of rare daguerrotypes, which the Science Museum was able to procure from French archives until June: the rivalry continues between Daguerre and Fox Talbot. Visitors will be able to see both technologies side-by-side and make their own judgement.

The Science Museum is on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. If you have time, consider going to the Paul Strand exhibition across the road at the Victoria and Albert Museum (details on both below).

Admission: £8 (adult 17+ years).
Where: Science Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 11th September.
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Strange and Familiar

Magnum photographer, Martin Parr curates an exhibition of photographs of Britain through the eyes of foreigners. The foreigners are photographers from Magnum photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sergio Larraín (whose first UK solo exhibition is on this Spring at the Magnum Print Room) to Gary Winogrand and Robert Frank.

“A stranger brings a fresh eye…and can see and record the qualities peculiar to his city.” – The Economist

Joint tickets are available from the Barbican for Strange and Familiar and Unseen City – an exhibition of Martin Parr’s own work at the Guildhall Art Gallery, just a few minutes’ walk from the Barbican Centre. (details below).

Admission: £12.00 (standard).
Where: Barbican Art Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 19th June.
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Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)

Closing soon.
This is a major exhibition showing the impact of computer and digital technology going back to the 1960s. Electronic Superhighway is a “varied exhibition […] moving back in time from contemporary to early examples of art using digital processes” Charles Harrop Griffiths.

The Whitechapel Gallery is on Whitechapel High Street.

Closing soon.
Admission: £13.50 (standard admission, with gift aid).
Where: Whitechapel Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 15th May.
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Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century

Paul Strand was on of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Paul Strand decided to become a photographer after a field trip to Alfred Steiglitz’ Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession in New York. Inspired by the photography of Steichen and others on that day he soon went on to produce photographic and painted work received recognition.

The Victoria & Albert Museum is staging the first major British Paul Strand retrospective since his death. Vintage prints from the V&A’s own collection will be on display, amongst some 200 artifacts. Paul Strands 1954 photographs captured in South Uist in the Outer Hebrides are also on show.

The V&A Museum is in South Kensington, on Exhibition Road, a few minutes from South Kensington tube station. You might want to combine the exhibition visit with a trip to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which is a short walk from the museum.

Read on for information on the Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy and Alec Soth’s Gathered Leaves exhibitions on the other side of Exhibition Road, at South Kensington’s Science Museum.

Where: Victoria & Albert Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 3rd July.
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Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr

Martin Parr, one of Britain’s best-loved and most important photographers. Parr critically examines elements of modern life in his intimate, satirical and anthropological photography. He captures the British in quiet villages, at fairs and churches, in supermarkets, in their homes and holiday at the Great British seaside and abroad. A nuanced commentator on the British class system, Martin Parr is best known for his sharp eye and cheeky sense of humour. He is one of the nation’s most celebrated photographers.

Guildhall Art Gallery presents the result of two years’ examination of the eccentricity of the City of London showcasing bizarre rituals at the heart of the European financial capital city. Martin Parr brings to life the pomp and ceremony, traditions and people that are the City of London. For Parr enthusiasts, the short walk over to the Barbican Centre is a must. There you can see the ‘Strange and Familiar‘ exhibition, curated by Martin Parr offering a further take on the British identity.

The Guildhall Art Gallery is in the City of London in Guildhall Yard which is a short walk from Bank Underground Station. To explore another great British institution – the roast dinner – try a takeaway roast from Fuzzy’s Grub on nearby Mason’s Avenue.

Where: Guildhall Art Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 31st July.
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Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Vogue 100: A Century of Style is a real treat for fashion enthusiasts, packed with glamorous, iconic images of artists, actors and aristocracy. The exhibition showcases showcases the remarkabke range of photography commissioned by Vogue since it’s inception in 1916.

The National Portrait Gallery presents over 280 images from the Condé Nast archives. The National Portrait Gallery is on St. Martin’s Place, a few strides from Leicester Square tube station.

Admission: £19 (full price, with donation).
Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 22nd May.
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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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