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London Photography Exhibitions

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London Photography Exhibitions this week include exhibitions by two masters: one of photojournalism the other of lanscape photography, in Henri Carier-Bresson and Thomas Joshua Cooper. The two London photography exhibitions are within walking distance of each other, off Piccadilly. Also in Mayfair, Ruben Brulat has an exhibition at Lamb Arts, which is closing soon. If that’s not enough London Photography Exhibtions for one day and the weather is nice, you might consider strolling accross Hyde Park to a new exhibition at the Science Museum. Revalations: Experiments in Photography features some rare early prints. Read the full list below for more on these and other London Photography Exhibitions open this weekend.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson: A Decisive Collection

Closing soon!
Free admission.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, is considered to be the father of photojournalism. He coined the term the “Decisive Moment”, an inspiration to his followers. Cartier-Bresson always used a Leica camera with 35 mm film and was vehemently opposed to cropping, once saying “If it’s not correct it’s not by cropping […] that you improve it. If a picture is mediocre, well it remains mediocre. ”

This Beetles+Huxley show contains some virtually unseen, amongst some of the most famous Cartier-Bresson captures. Naturally Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris, 1932 is amongst the more famous prints included.

“This fantastic display is a collection of masterfully moving photographs by one of the greatest photographers to have lived and is definitely not one to be missed, so catch it before it’s gone!” Artefact magazine.

Closing soon!
Free admission.
Where: Beetles + Huxley.
Ends: Thursday, 26th March, 2015.
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Thomas Joshua Cooper: Scattered Waters – Sources Streams Rivers

Thomas Joshua Cooper is one of the most celebrated and distinctive landscape photographers working anywhere in the world today. The San Franciscan photographer counts another California-born landscape photographer, Ansel Adams, as well as other giants of 20th century photography: Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand and Robert Frank as his influences.

Cooper ‘makes’ pictures, prefering that verb rather than snap of shoot when talking about his work. Cooper made a series of vows some years ago: “[only to] photograph landscape; only use black and white film; only use one camera and one lens; and only ever [to make] one exposure – ‘one picture, one chance’”. The result? Making of a Cooper image can take days, weeks or months.

The photographer has been working on a project for the last 32 years, in which he has married his taste for travel with chronicling how rivers and streams define the identity of Scotland, his adopted ‘home’. This fleming collection display a series of pictures of the Forth and Clyde rivers crossing the country from east to west and a Sea River triptych from the Gulf of Corryvreckan off the west coast of the British nation.

The accompanying book is on sale at the gallery, is a “book for photographers” according to one review, which “speaks the language of photography quietly and elegantly”.

Where: Fleming Collection.
Ends: Saturday, 11th April, 2015.
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Mapping Continents

Closing soon!
Mapping Continents attempts to dissolve preconceived distinctions between nature and culture and features the work of photographer Ruben Brulat. In his landscape shots of nature, Ruben Brulat “openheartedly embraces nature, his gesture providing a powerful
symbiosis
with it, experiencing the origin of life itself”.

Closing soon!
Where: Lamb Arts.
Ends: Saturday, 28th March, 2015.
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Revelations: Experiments in Photography

The Science Museum follows on from the Drawn by Light exhibition, which showcased over 150 years of photography from the Royal Photographic Society archive. Revalations while covering a similar period has a scientific focus, exploring teh role of photograph in Science and “featuring some of the rarest images from the pioneers of photography”.

“The curators should be commended for making this potentially overwhelming subject into a show that engages on many levels, social, scientific, historic, and visual”. Telegraph

Where: Science Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 13th September, 2015.
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Samantha Roddick: Hidden Within

Free admission.
Samantha Roddick: Hidden Within explores the sexual experience in modern society. This is the first artistic project by the original founder of the erotic boutique, Coco de Mer: “Sex has been sold into consumerism and there is a massive gap between what we individually experience sexually and how the media represents it. We need to start to envision how a healthy sexual society behaves.” Samantha Roddick
The display includes 144 images directed by Samantha Roddick herself and explores the sexual objectification of women in our culture. “Every detail has been considered and perfected.” Michael Hoppen Gallery.

The exhibition opens on Friday 20th March 2015.

Free admission.
Where: Michael Hoppen Gallery.
Ends: Friday, 1st May, 2015.
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Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860

You may have been to see the Drawn by Light exhibiton at the Science Museum which featured image from the 250,000 image The Royal Photographic Society archive, which started collecting pieces in 1853. This exhibition focusses on that nascent period of the photography and the Royal Photographic Society, promising to be a rare and revealing collection of early photography.

Salt and Silver features prints created by Henry Fox Talbot’s process which made the production of photographic paper prints possible. At the time, contemporary, Daguerre’s process (which was invented in conjunction with Niépce) produced only a single Daguerrotype image on a silver-plated copper plate. Tate Britain aims to draw attention to the process which is not very well-known in Britain, despite originating from Henry Fox Talbot’s Wiltshire laboratory at Lacock House. The prints on show are some of the rarest and earliest prints produced around the birth of photography.

On display are images by Roger Fenton from the Crimean War and Linnaeus Tripe’s shots from a flood-swept India. Naturally Henry Fox Talbot’s capture of Nelson’s Column being constructed in Trafalgar is also on show, but the show isn’t intended as a historical archive, Prospero writes: “This show makes very clear that photography’s earliest practitioners appreciated the artistic possibilities of the new medium.” According to the Evening Standard, “you see […] not just a portrait of the world in the 19th century but the blueprint for the dominant and democratic medium of our own age”.
Joint tickets for entry to Sculpture Victorious, also at Tate Britain can be arranged.
Where: Tate Britain.
Ends: Sunday, 7th June, 2015.
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The Mountains of Majeed

The Mountains of Majeed at the Flowers Gallery is a reflection by Edmund Clark on the end of “Operation Enduring Freedom” in Afgahanistan. Clark spent 10 days at Bagram Airfield in 2013, photographing everything from mess halls and sewage treatment system to colourful murals and paintings.
Free admission.
Where: Flowers Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 4th April, 2015.
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Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience

Free admission.
This display features images from the Victoria and Albert museum archive, and, show cases photographic responses the the Black British Experience from the 1950s to the 1990s in Britain. The images are joined by oral commentary provided by the Black Cultural Archives which aims to raise awareness of the contribution of black Britons to British culture, society, and the art of photography.
Free admission.
Where: V&A Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 24th May, 2015.
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Human Rights Human Wrongs

This photojournalism exhibition showcases an overwhelming 300 black and white images from the Black Start agency, spanning 50 years of international history. The exhibition is remarkable: intense, informative, historically significant and often harrowing according to the Evening Standard.”Moving around the gallery is like leaping in a disorientating way across time and space” Disphotic.
Also on at the Photographers’ Gallery is

Where: The Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Monday, 6th April, 2015.
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Guy Bourdin – Walking Legs

Free admission.
Michael Hoppen Gallery is a gallery in Chelsea which shows contemporary as well as classic photography. The latest exhibition opens on Friday 6th February and focusses on Bourdin’s 1979 campaign for Charles Jourdan. Bourdin had a long collaboration with the shoe fashion house and typical to Bourdin’s style, the feature of the campaign was not the Charles Jourdan shoes, but a pair of walking legs shot around England. If you like this exhibition then you definitely also visit “Image Maker” at Somerset house, mentioned below.
Free admission.
Where: Michael Hoppen Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 28th March, 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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