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London Photography Exhibitions January 2016

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London Photography Exhibitions in January 2016 include Gathered Leaves. An exhibition at the Science Museum, from the acclaimed US photographer, Alec Soth.2016 is going to be a fantastic year for photography exhibitions in London. There are several competition London photography exhibitions on this week, including the Taylor Wessing Prize at the National Portrait Gallery and the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award at Waterloo station. Beyond the competitions, Magnum photographer and Britain’s most influential reportage photographer, David Hurn has an exhibition at the Magnum Print Room in Clerkenwell. Don’t miss the last chance to catch the exhibitions which are closing this week! Read on for opening times and closing dates.

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Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves

Alec Soth is regarded at the leading contemporary American photographer, considered the modern heir to America’s rich history of social and geographical landscape going back to Dorothea Land and Walker Evans. Speaking at the exhibition launch, Alec Soth drew on similarities between photography and speech, suggesting everyone can take great photographs, as many are able to speak, though “What’s hard is taking a collection of great pictures and making them work together”.

“[Soth is] an artist who captures a profound sense of what it is to be human, in all its surprising dimensions.” Kate Bush, Head of Photography at Science Museum

The Science Museum in South Kensington is the venue for Alec Soth’s highly anticipated and first major UK exhibition. The exhibition includes the UK premier of Soth’s highly acclaimed recent project Songbook. Gathered Leaves also draws on three other projects: Sleeping by the Mississippi, Niagara and Broken Manual, and comprising photographs taken over the last 16 years.

The Science Museum is on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. If you have time, consider going to the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition across the road at the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as Influence and Intimacy at the Science Museum (details on both below).

Where: Science Museum.
Ends: Monday, 28th March.
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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, a populist high point of the Gallery calendar, returns to the National Portrait Gallery. The first prize winner this time was David Stewart with his portrait titled Five Girls. You can apply to enter the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 competition.

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

Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 21st February.
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David Hurn: The 60s

David Hurn gained his reputation as a photojournalist, working in Hungary during the 1956 revolution. In 1965 he became an Associate Member of Magnum and a full member two years later. Hurn has an international reputation as one of Britain’s most influential reportage photographers.

David Hurn: The 60s focussed on Hurn’s diverse output over the decade, ranging from celebrity portraits to the British at the seaside.

The Magnum Print Room is a stone’s throw from Old Street.

Where: Magnum Print Room.
Ends: Friday, 29th January.
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Disco: The Bill Bernstein Photographs

Closing soon.
Bill Bernstein is an American photographer who specialises in portraits and lifestyle. This exhibition at the Serena Morton Gallery pays tribute to the New York disco scene.

Serena Morton Gallery is in Notting Hill, moments from the Portobello Road.

Closing soon.
Where: Serena Morton Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 23rd January.
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Lee Miller: A Woman’s War

Lee Miller was one of New York’s top fashion models, working with Edward Steichen amongst other legends of the era. In the 1920s, she left New York for Paris to become an established fine are and fashion photographer. After the breakout of WWII, Lee Miller became an acclaimed War Correspondent for Vogue Magazine. By 1943, she took up an opportunity to work as an accredited photojournalist attached to the American military forces. The exhibition features her work from this time.

When she died in 1977, Lee Miller’s body was cremated and her ashes were spread through her herb garden at Farley Farm House in East Sussex.
‘Lee Miller: A Woman’s War’ is a book published to coincide with the London photography Exhibition, telling the story of the lives’ of women affected by the war.

The Imperial War Museum presents previously unseen images of conflict. The project began several years ago, coming from a conversation with Antony Penrose, Lee Miller’s son. The exhibition puts the Lee Miller’s vision of gender during the conflict centre stage.

“This incredible selection […] cements [Lee Miller’s] position as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century” – Artfund.

The Imperial War Museum is on Lambeth Road, close to Elephant & Castle underground and mainline stations.

Where: Imperial War Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 24th April.
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Irving Penn: Flowers

Closing soon.
Penn is well known for his fashion work and associations with Vogue and Issey Miyake. Though he is known as a fashion photographer, he was, above all, an artist. Penn pushed the boundaries of art as well as fashion. Irving Penn once said that photographing a cake can be artCoined a king of still-life, Penn turned portraits of inanimate objects into an art-form. The skilful arrangement of the still-life compositions are at once spare and highly organised. From the 1980s, Penn turned more to colour portraits of flowers, than people: he recognised the inevitable process of mortality in the perfect bloom also being in a terminal state decay.

Hamiltons present an exhibition which entwines the beauty of nature with Irving Penn’s photographic genius.

Closing soon.
Where: Hamiltons.
Ends: Saturday, 16th January.
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Prix Pictet Sixth Cylce: Disorder

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The global prize for photography and sustainability, Prix Pictet, kicks off in London at Somerset House. The sixth annual prize has a ‘Disorder’ theme. Short-listed artists include Alixandra Fazzina with a piece titled ‘A Million Shillings – Escape from Somalia’.

Somerset House is on the Embankment. There is no end of top places to get lunch or just a coffee and slice of cake nearby in Covent Garden, the South Bank or Holborn.

Closing soon.
Where: Somerset House.
Ends: Sunday, 17th January.
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Landscape Photographer of the Year

A must see for any lover of the Great British Landscape. It is free to see the exhibition which is open during normal station opening hours.

Where: London Waterloo Station.
Ends: Sunday, 7th February.
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Julia Margaret Cameron

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 Victoria and Albert Museum presents over 100 images to mark two hundred years since Julia Margaret Cameron’s birth. The exhibition includes some some not seen before work.

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 exhibition on the other side of Exhibition Road, at South Kensington’s Science Museum.

Where: Victoria & Albert Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 14th February.
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Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy

Free admission.
Second South Kensington Julia Mararet Cameron exhibition, marking her 200th anniversary. More above on the V&A museum exhibition.

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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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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