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London Photography Exhibitions February 2016

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London Photography Exhibitions for February 2016 feature fashion photography, with the Hamiltons exhibition of iconic US photographer Hiro in Mayfair and a celebration of 100 years of Vogue magazine at the National Portrait Gallery. ‘Vogue 100: a Century of Style’, features the work of photographers from Horst P Horst to Marion Testino, stopping by Norman Parkinson and Cecil Beaton on the way! There is also a last chance to catch the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Gallery, which is closing shortly. The Marilyn Monroe London photography exhibition at The Little Black Gallery is also closing soon. Read on to check final dates. More details opening times and gallery locations below.

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Hiro

Iconic US commercial and fashion photographer Hiro is known for his bizarre yet stunning unique aesthetic. Starting out as a young fashion photographer, Hiro was inspired by Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, initially finding work as Avedon’s assistant. Hiro’s fashion work for Harper’s Bazaar, French Vogue and Mirabella was in a an era when fashion photography featured great photographs instead of photographs to simply show the product. Hiro is prominently known for editorial work in Harper’s Bazaar in the 1960s and 1970s, his work featuring unusual juxtapositions continue to influence photographers today.

“Part of Hiro’s genius lies in his ability to transform ‘the most mundane objects or delicate features… A toenail, the pupil of an eye, a mouth or a light-switch are seen with the same concentration. Concentration is Hiro’s most obvious quality. When he takes the whole theatre of fashion to the beach, he returns with a metaphysical contemplation.” Mark Holborn

Hamiltons host a Hiro retrospective featuring a small select subset from Hiro’s diverse and dynamic ouevre. Though the exhibition features just 24 photographs, this is a rare opportunity for Hiro collectors and enthusiasts as some of his most famous works are on sale.
Where: Hamiltons.

Ends: Saturday, 12th March.
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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.

Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 22nd March.
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Mario Cravo Neto: A Serene Expectation of Light

Brazilian Mario Cravo Neto was known for his black and white photography which represented the Candomblé religion which like Mario Cravo Neto, has roots in Salvador, Bahia. He trained as a sculptor with his father and as a photographer in Berlin and New York under Jack Keueger. He is recognised as one on the most important and influential contemporary Brazilian photographers.

Autograph ABP at Rivington Place put on an exhibition of 40 photographs from two series. ‘The Eternal Now’ comprises 20 black and white portraits while ‘Laróyè’ includes colour prints. The exhibition is curated by Gabriela Salgado.

Rivington Place is in Shoreditch, a short walk from Shoreditch High Street London Overground station. You might consider stopping off at Boxpark, a pop-up shopping centre, on the walk back to the station for a coffee.

Where: Rivington Place.
Ends: Saturday, 2nd April.
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The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards

Building Images is an exhibition exploring four architectural themes: Building in use, Exteriors, Interiors and Sense of place and features the work of some of the world’s most renowned architectural photographers. The exhibition at Sto Werkstatt, in Clerkenwell, features winning images from The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2015. The awards aim to reward the creativity of the photographer.

Where: Sto Werkstatt.
Ends: Friday, 25th March.
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Milton Greene & Douglas Kirkland: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Marilyn Monroe

Closing soon.
Milton Greene, the American fashion photographer was best known for the fashion shoots he did with Marilyn Monroe, first capturing her when he was just 26 for Look magazine. He went on to take thousands of captures of Monroe. Douglas Kirkland, was a staff photographer at Look magazine and he shot to fame in 1961 when he shot pictures Marilyn Monroe for the magazine’s 25th anniversary edition.

The Little Black Gallery presents a collection of rarely seen portraits. The Little Black Gallery is in Chelsea, just off the Fulham Road.

Closing soon.
Where: The Little Black Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 27th February.
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Saul Leiter

Free admission before 12 noon.
Saul Leiter started taking photographs at the age of twelve, but it wasn’t until receiving encouragement from W. Eugene Smith that he acquired a 35 mm Leica camera which he initally used to shoot in black and white. In 1948 he started using colour and with Robert Frank and Diane Arbus formed was later known as the New York School of photographers. He spent the next 20 years working a s a fashion photographer for the likes of Elle and Vogue.

“…for [Leiter] the camera provided an alternate way of seeing, of framing events and interpreting reality […] he sought out moments of quiet humanity […], forging a unique urban pastoral from the most unlikely of circumstances.” Martin Harrison.

The Photographers’ Gallery pays tribute to Leiter as a photographer with this exhibition which includes his early black and white as well as colour photographs. 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 12 noon.
Where: The Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 3rd April.
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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

Closing soon.
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.

Closing soon.
Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 21st February.
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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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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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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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