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London Photography Exhibitions September 2018

London photography exhibitions for September include a show from the Malian photographer Malick Sidibé. There is also a look at the struggles and victories of the Windrush generation. That exhibition is at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton while Look at Me, the Sidibé show is at Hackelbury. Hackelbury are based in South Kensington and just a quarter of an hour cycle ride from Michael Hoppen. Notably Michael Hoppen is hosting Shashin: are-bure-boke an exhibition of Japanese photography. Further afield, Modern Masters continues at Hamiltons in Mayfair.

Some photography exhibitions in London, such as The Great British Seaside are ending soon. You can catch Martin Parr work as well as Simon Roberts, David Hurn and Tony-Ray Jones work at that show. Similarly, Earth Photo at the Royal Geographical Society is about to close. Read on for further details on these as well as others. See the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. The London Photography Galleries list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions. It contains information such as opening times and maps for the London photography exhibitions.


Malick Sidibé: Look at Me

Malick Sidibé, probably Mali’s most famous photographer. He rose to fame while producing his black and white captures of popular culture in Bamako, Mali’s largest city. Sidibé won many awards during his life, most noteworthy are the Hasselblad Award for photography as well as the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Biennale.

Hackelbury has a long history working with Malick Sidibé. Notably, they hosted his first ever solo London show. That was back in 2002. The current exhibition is part of a series laid on in order to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

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

Hackelbury is in South Kensington close to both Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations. The gallery is also a short walk from the South Kensington museums. The V&A Museum in particular has one of the largest photography collections in the world.

Where: Hackelbury.
Ends: Saturday, 6th October.
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Expectations: The Untold Story of Black Community Leaders in the 60s and 70s

Expectations is show featuring photography from Neil Kenlock. Kenlock is known for his important work capturing the struggles and victories of Windrush Britain. The show tells the previously untold story of Black British community leaders in the 1960s and 70s.

Black Cultural Archives is on Windrush Square in Brixton and entry is free. Brixton Underground Station as well as the mainline station are a short walk away. You might also want to stop by Photofusion while in the area. They host regular photography exhibitions; for example Chloe Rosser had a show there recently.


Where: Black Cultural Archives.
Ends: Wednesday, 24th October.
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Modern Masters

Hamiltons Gallery

Modern Masters is a new group show at Hamiltons Gallery in Mayfair. Some of the greatest names in Modern and Contemporary photographic history feature. Hamiltons display work from modern masters like Erwin Olaf and back in time to figures from last century such as Robert Frank. They also include work from Helmut Newton and Irving Penn as well as Robert Mapplethorpe and Don McCullin.

Hamiltons Gallery is in Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square and a short walk from Green Park tube station.

Where: Hamiltons.
Ends: Friday, 23rd November.
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Shashin: are-bure-boke

Michael Hoppen gallery holds one of the most extensive collections of modern Japanese photography outside Asia. Shashin: are-bure-boke is a show spread over two floors of the Chelsea gallery. It features some lesser-known Japanese artists. As well as highlighting those artists, the gallery present more familiar photographers such as Daido Moriyama and Masahisa Fukase. The exhibition name is a play on Provoke photography. Provoke was a magazine which crystallised the best of progressive art photography in the 1960s. Although there were just three issues, Provoke went on to influence artists into the 1970s and 80s.

Michael Hoppen is just off the King’s Road. It is close to South Kensington tube station or a slightly further walk from Sloane Square.


Where: Michael Hoppen.
Ends: Monday, 12th November.
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Earth Photo

Closing soon.
Earth Photo is an exhibition showcasing 50 photographs and 4 films. These images were chosen from 1280 submissions to document the earth in all its diversity. The works are centred around four themes: People, Nature, Place and Change.

The Royal Geographical Society is on the corner of Kensington Gore and Exhibition Road in South Kensington. Both Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are across the road. The nearest underground station is South Kensington. High Street Kensington is also in walking distance.

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Where: Royal Geographical Society.
Ends: Friday, 21st September.
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Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive

Alex Prager is known for capturing the disquiet of modern life. She is a film-maker as well as a photographer and makes photographs on specially constructed film sets. These productions are massive, employing hundreds of actors. She takes her cues from the cinematic conventions of film directors as well as fashion photography.

The Photographers’ Gallery presents the first mid-career survey of Alex Prager’s work. Over 40 photographs are presented, spread over two floors. Her celebrated ‘Crowd’ series featuring crowds of dozens of people, each apparently in a private moment of their own. The series presents a quite disjointed culture – Prager’s reflection of the “weird disconnected connection of social media”.

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.

Free admission before 12:00 every day
Where: Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 14th October.
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Omar Victor Diop: Liberty / Diaspora

Free admission.
Omar Victor Diop impressed the Arles festival with his vivid metaphorical portraits of African historical figures in 2015. A few years on, Autograph brings Project Diaspora which he presented at Arles that year, together with Liberty to London. Liberty: A Universal Chronology of Black Protest looks at the diaspora as well as Africa. Recent and past events in the United States, such as the Million Hoodie March and Selma help define the fight for freedom and human rights. Diop takes the lead role in front of the camera in all of the shots. This was the case for Project Diaspora too.

Autograph present Omar Victor Diop’s first solo UK exhibition. The gallery is at Rivington Place in Shoreditch. Shoreditch High Street London Overground station as well as Boxpark Shoreditch are just a few minutes’ walk. Liverpool Street station is also close; about 900 metres.

Free admission.
Where: Autograph ABP.
Ends: Saturday, 3rd November.
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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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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.

Free admission before 12:00 every day
Where: The Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 14th October.
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The Great British Seaside

National Maritime Museum Greenwich
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Closing soon.
Martin Parr is surely one of the nation’s most celebrated photographers. He is 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. For this exhibition featuring new work, Martin Parr is once again at the seaside.

The National Maritime Museum present the work of four feted British photographers. Martin Parr as well as Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts feature. The exhibition celebrates the Great British Seaside.

The National Maritime Museum is in Greenwich a few minutes walk from the Cutty Sark. Greenwich is just several minutes’ train ride from central London though, arguably, a more enjoyable way to get there is on a Thames Clipper!

Closing soon.
Adult: £10.35 (with 10% discount vs. ‘show up’ price for booking online, no booking fee charged)
Where: National Maritime Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 30th September.
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Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

Tate Modern, London Photography Exhibitions September 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 September 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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