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London photography exhibitions to kick off autumn include the great Chinese artist and photographer Wang Qingsong at Beetles+Huxley. Meanwhile the London photography exhibitions from masters of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf continues at the Ben Brown Gallery as does ‘The Temptations of Pierre Molinier’ at Richard Saltoun. After the ‘Boys’ exhibition earlier this year, there is a new ‘Girls’ exhibition at the Little Black Gallery in Chelsea, freshly re-opened after the summer. Read on for more details of these and other London photography exhibitions open now in the capital.

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Wang Qingsong

Free admission.
Wang Qingsong, one of China’s most highly regarded contemporary artists, specializes in digitally enhanced photographs and oil paintings that address universal social conflicts. Wang Qingsong was born at the beginning of the Chinese cultural revolution and his work reflects changes in Chinese society. In one of his best-known works, he “depicts his unsophisticated countrymen in a thrall to empty, tacky consumerism, embracing McDonald’s and Jack Daniels as signs of progress” – The Economist.

Beetles+Huxley present the UK’s first Wang Qingsong retrospective. The exhibition includes some subtle, still lives which are “… pieces are straight from my own heart”, says Wang.

There is a behind-the-scence video available on the Beetles & Huxley website.

Beetles+Huxley is just off Piccadilly, across the road from Fortnum & Mason. For a post viewing treat, pop around the corner into Laduree for some macaroons in the Burlington Arcade.

Free admission.
Where: Beetles+Huxley.
Ends: Saturday, 24th October, 2015.
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Düsseldorf Photography: Bernd & Hilla Becher And Beyond

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Bernd & Hilla Becher met at the Düsseldorf Academy and worked as a duo with their precise captures of industrial buildings probably being their most recognised work: souvenirs of a world recently lost. Cooling Towers (Wood) (B) – a sequence of 9 Bernd & Hilla Becher photographs from 1976 – sold for 281,000 US Dollars in 2014. Their legacy is not only their own work; they influenced a number of other renowned photographers including Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Candida Höffer.

Ben Brown is presenting a major survey of work produced by Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1976. The exhibition shows the work of Bernd & Hilla Becher alongside their former pupils’ work, including Candida Höfer, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth.

Ben Brown Fine Arts is on Brook’s Mews in Mayfair, a short walk from Bond Street Tube Station.

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Where: Ben Brown Fine Arts.
Ends: Saturday, 3rd October, 2015.
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The Temptations of Pierre Molinier

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Pierre Molinier was a French surrealist painter and photographer – an avowed homosexual transvestite, who lived the violence and sexual obsessions his fellow Surrealists only dreamt about. The “Pioneer of Perversity“. Molinier’s fascination with the body and the erotic manifested itself through his carefully staged photographic portraits and self-portraits. Photography allowed dream-like creatures to escape his inner psyche. Molinier is thought to be a forerunner, if not an influence for Cindy Sherman and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Richard Saltoun Gallery presents a solo exhibition of the career and unorthodox life of Pierre Molinier. This is the first London exhibition Molinier’s work in over 20 years and features over 50 ground-breaking exhibits dating from 1952 onwards.

“What human anatomy won’t allow, photomontage makes possible. Molinier’s work is a delirious, rapturous confusion” – Adrian Searle.

The Richard Saltoun Gallery is in Fitzrovia, close to Regent’s Park. For a post-viewing coffee and cinnamon bun, you might want to try the Nordic Bakery on New Cavendish Street.

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Where: Richard Saltoun Gallery.
Ends: Friday, 2nd October, 2015.
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Charles Jones

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Charles Jones gardener and photographer. He might be considered an English Vivian Maier (recently on display at one of the London photography exhibitions): few knew he took photographs, and it was only by luck that a box of his gelatin prints was found in Bermondsey, 22-years after he died in 1959. Though his still life work has been compared to the vegetables of Edward Weston.

Charles Jones’ work was never exhibited in his time. Michael Hoppen presents a selection of Charles Jones prints of diligently photographed the vegetables, fruit and flowers that he grew.

The Michael Hoppen gallery is in Chelsea just off the King’s Road. You might consider Gail’s (on the King’s Road) for a coffee and slice of cake after visiting the gallery.

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Where: Michael Hoppen Galley.
Ends: Wednesday, 30th September, 2015.
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Thomas Ruff: Nature morte

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Thomas Ruff is one of the most acclaimed and ground-breaking photographers working today. The German artist was taught by Bernd Becher (like Andreas Gursky) and counts Stephen Shore as one of his inspirations. Thomas Ruff sees photography as a very classical medium though photographic techniques evolve. His young daughter once asked him what a Polaroid is and it seems to him the negative will soon disappear.

For Thomas Ruff, the negative was the ‘master’ from which the print was made: he thinks it’s worth looking at these masters. The Gasgonian offers you a chance to do just that in the current London exhibition. The negative is the star of this display featuring his latest work. Also on show is some recent work combines positives and negatives to create photograms: a technique pioneered by Bauhaus artist László Moholy-Nagy early last century. Light-sensitive photographic paper is exposed to light, with subjects placed between the light source and the paper, to create shadows on the print. The result is incredible.

The Gasgonian Gallery is a short walk from Bond Street Tube Station. Consider St. Christopher’s Place, on the other side of Oxford Street (not far from the gallery) for lunch after seeing the display. There is a diverse range of food on offer, with many restaurants offering al fresco dining.

Closing soon.
Where: Gasgonian London.
Ends: Saturday, 26th September, 2015.
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Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860

Captain Linnaeus Tripe was a British, Victorian photographer, a pioneer in photography, was best known for the photographs he made in India and Burma on show in this exhibition. The exhibition features 60 images from paper negatives or calotypes.

“Trip is remarkable for the respect with which he treats the structure of indigenous cultures” FT.

“They’re stunning pictures, but they were tough to get, […] it was a real labour of love.” – Roger Taylor, exhibition curator.

The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum is in South Kensington, five minutes walk from South Kensington tube station and a short walk from Hyde Park.

Where: V&A Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 11th October, 2015.
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Girls! Girls! Girls! Part 2

Free admission.
After the Tyler Udal Boys exhibition at the Little Black Gallery in June, which explored the sexuality of your men, the Girls are back in Chelsea. The Little Black Gallery, just off the Fulham Road, has re-opened after the summer with this mixed show featuring 50 pieces of artwork from Bruno Bisang, Bob Barlos Clarke and Vee Spears, amongst others. In front of the lenses are Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington.

Free admission.
Where: The Little Black Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 31st October, 2015.
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Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Fascinating exhibition, illustrating the life of legend Audrey Hepburn with prints from Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn.

The National Portrait Gallery Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum is on St. Martin’s Place, in the West End, between Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square.

Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 18th October, 2015.
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Christina Broom: Soldiers and Suffragettes

Free admission
Christina Broom is considered the United Kingdom’s first, female, professional press photographer and her work from the early 20th century on show in this exhibition reveals her unique observations of London at that time. the work on show, developed from a private collection of over 300 glass plates includes fantastic Suffragettes processions and events.

This exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, is the first ever exhibition dedicated to the photography of Christina Broom 70 years after her death.

“The pioneer finally gets the exhibition she deserves” – Independent.

Images include a portrait of King Edward VII with the Royal Family (including future King George V, grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II) at the Duke of Yorks’ School in Chelsea from 1908.

There is a special event next Thursday (25th June): Christina Broom: Close Up, at the Museum of London, Docklands. Tickets can be bought in advance (discount code available).

The Museum of London Docklands is right by West India Quay in the Docklands tube station and only moments from Canary Wharf.

Free admission
Where: Museum of London Docklands.
Ends: Sunday, 1st November, 2015.
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Victorian London in Photographs

Free admission.
Victorian London in Photographs presents some of the most striking images, in stunning detail, from the dawn of photography, during Queen Victoria’s reign.

On show is the first known photograph taken in London, the opening of the Blackwall Tunnel, the first tube line and life on London’s streets during the times of Dickens.

There is a special tour of the exhibition, with the curator, next month.

London Metropolitan Archives is in Clerkenwell. Stop by nearby Exmouth Market for a coffee any day or for specialist food market on Thursdays and Fridays.

Free admission.
Where: London Metropolitan Archives.
Ends: Thursday, 8th October, 2015.
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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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