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London Photography Exhibitions – Coming Week

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Mark Neville’s exbhition at Alan Cristea’s Gallery, close to Regent Street, ends this weekend. This is the first solo exhibition for the British artist at Alan Cristea.

Although Skate at Somerset House is over, there are still two great reasons to visit: Guy Bourdin and Bryan Adams. The Bourdin exhibition, at Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries, starts with a series of Bourdin shots from a 1970’s tour of England for the ‘Walking Legs series’. This first room is replete with prints of Bourdin’s shots of detached manikin legs set around the British countryside, setting Bourdin apart from fashion photographers that preceded him: clothing is not the protagonist. The exhibition is complete, featuring material from Bourdin’s estate between 1955 and 1987. Even Bourdin’s meticulously detailed sketches of his shoots are on show. You get a feel for the control he had over whole creative process by studying his crops for images to be featured on magazine covers. Finally before becoming a photographer, Bourdin was an artist – his paintings are also on display. Don’t leave it ’till the last day, many who see the exhibition want to go back and see it again!

Also at Somerset House is Bryan Adams’ Wounded Exhibition. A reflection on the human side of servicemen serving in recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
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Mark Neville: London/Pittsburgh

Alan Cristea Gallery stages a solo exhibition of British artist Mark Neville. In the exhibition the artist, who has an interest in the social function of art, explores differences in British and American society. Diverse, multicultural London is contrasted to Pittsburgh, where the race divide is more marked.
 
Where: Alan Cristea Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 24th January, 2015.
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More information: Alan Cristea Gallery.
 

Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

Guy Bourdin, the French, Fashion Photographer was known for his startling and provocative images which, unconventionally for fashion, told a story, giving the clothes themselves a secondary role. Like his contemporary Helmut Newton, Bourdin worked for Vogue. The two complemented each other according to Bourdin: “Between him and me the magazine became pretty irresistible in many ways… if he had been alone or I had been alone it wouldn’t have worked.” As well as Vogue, Bourdin worked for Harper’s Bazaar and shot campaigns for Chanel, Issey Miyake and Gianni Versace. He is said to be an influence for modern fashion photography icons including Nick Knight and Tim Walker.
This exhibition features over 100 works from the compositional image-maker and is the largest ever exhibition of the influential photographer, charting his career from protege of Man Ray to photography revolutionary in his own right.
 
Where: Somerset House.
Ends: Sunday, 15th March, 2015.
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More information: Somerset House.
 

Bryan Adams: Wounded – The Legacy of War

Free Admission.
Wounded is a compilation of over 30 photographs by Bryan Adams, more commonly known as the singer who performed the power ballad which spent 16 weeks at the top of the UK charts. The photographs are portraits of young British servicemen and servicewomen who were injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book, Wounded: The Legacy of War published by Steidl, priced at £50 with proceeds from the book going to veteran support charities BLESMA, Blind Veterans UK, Combat Stress and SSAFA, and War Child. It features images of 40 veteran soldiers taken by Adams, accompanied by each soldier’s personal story.
 
Free admission.
Where: Somerset House.
Ends: Sunday, 25th January, 2015.
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More information: Somerset House.
 

Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection

Drawn by light is a collection of “some of the greatest photographs taken by some of the greatest photographers who ever lived” according to Colin Harding, a curator at the National Media Museum. The Royal Photographic Society archive consists of over 250,00 images, making it one of the most important and comprehensive photographic collections globally. This exhibition brings together over 200 highlights form the collection ranging from with work of early photography pioneers such as Julia Margaret Cameron and William Henry Fox Talbot to modern day giants such as Martin Parr and Terry O’Neill.
 
Where: The Science Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 1st March, 2015.
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More information: The Science Museum.
 
 

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Still Life

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s catalogue is composed of a number of series, each having a distinct theme and similar attributes. His use of an eight by ten-inch, large format camera has earned him a reputation as a photographer of the highest technical ability. Still Life is an exhibition of large-format photographs from Hiroshi Sugimoto’s ongoing Diorama series.
 
Where: Pace Gallery (Burlington Gardens).
Ends: Saturday, 24th January, 2015.
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More information: Pace Gallery (Burlington Gardens).
 

Snowdon: A Life View

Free Admission.
On leaving university, then Antony Armstrong-Jones became a fashion photographer and became known for his royal studies, which included portraits of HRH Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on their 1957 Canada tour. He was made Earl Snowdon on marrying into the Royal Family. Lord Snowdon is best known for his portraits of notable global figures and for bringing an informal approach to royal portraits. The display celebrates a major gift of photographs from Lord Snowdon to the National Portrait Gallery in 2013.
 
Free admission.
Where: The National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 21st June, 2015.
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More information: National Portrait Gallery.
 

Conflict, Time, Photography

Conflict, Time, Photography focuses on conflicts over the last 150 years, since the invention of photography. The exhibition is moving, including photographs of the Hiroshima mushroom cloud as well as more recent images from conflicts in Afghanistan. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War.
 
Where: Tate Modern.
Ends: Sunday, 21st June, 2015.
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More information: Tate Modern.
 

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Free Admission.
An exhibition of the winning images from around the world for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition. Features solar eclipses, aurorae, nebulae and much, much more.
 
Free admission.
Where: Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Ends: Sunday, 22nd February, 2015.
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More information: Royal Observatory Greenwich.
 
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