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London Photography Exhibitions January 2016

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London Photography Exhibitions to end January 2016 include the new Saul Leiter exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery, Annie Leibovitz’ London leg of global exhibition: ‘Women: New Portraits’ and Light Works, closing soon at the Atlas Gallery. Don’t miss the last chance to see the exhibitions which are about to close; read on to check final dates. More details opening times and gallery locations below.

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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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Annie Leibovitz: Women – New Portraits

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Annie Leibovitz started her professional photography career in the 1970s and became Rolling Stone Magazine’s Chief Photographer in 1973, shooting 142 covers. At Rolling Stone, Leibovitz’ intimate photographs of celebrities helped define the magazine’s look. Fast forward to 2015 and Annie Leibovitz was chosen as the Principal Photographer for the the Pirrelli 2016 calendar. For the calendar Leibovitz parted from the Pirrelli tradition of featuring sexuality: twelve of the 13 women photographed appeared clothed. Instead of intimacy, the calendar celebrated women’s power, poise, and accomplishments. Leibovitz received the Royal Photographic Society Centenary Medal in 2009.

‘Women: New Portraits’ at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station explores women as whole human beings. The project, which began in 1999, is a life-affirming celebration of womanhood and the portraits reflect the changes of the roles of women today.

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station is a short walk from Wapping London Overground Station. There are some pubs and cafés along the river front in Wapping. If you have more time, you might consider walking along the Thames Path to Canary Wharf for more river views and a rewarding treat at one of the many eateries at Canary Wharf.

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Where: Wapping Hydraulic Power Station.
Ends: Sunday, 7th February.
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More information: UBS Global Art.
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Light Works: The Art of the Photogram

Closing soon.
UPDATE: Extended for two more weeks!
Atlas Gallery bring together a diverse selection of unique works, from artists including Berenice Abbotts, Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy.

The Atlas Gallery is on Dorset Street in Marylebone, a few minutes walk from Baker Street tube station. The Nordic Bakery is also close buy, for a chic Scandinavian coffee and cinnamon bun post-viewing.

Closing soon.
UPDATE: Extended for two more weeks!
Where: Atlas Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 13th February.
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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

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.

Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 21st February.
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David Hurn: The 60s

Closing soon.
David Hurn gained his reputation as a photojournalist, working in Hungary during the 1956 revolution. In 1965 he became an Associate Member of Magnum and a full member two years later. Hurn has an international reputation as one of Britain’s most influential reportage photographers.

David Hurn: The 60s focussed on Hurn’s diverse output over the decade, ranging from celebrity portraits to the British at the seaside.

The Magnum Print Room is a stone’s throw from Old Street.

Closing soon.
Where: Magnum Print Room.
Ends: Friday, 29th January.
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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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Landscape Photographer of the Year

Closing soon.
A must see for any lover of the Great British Landscape. It is free to see the exhibition which is open during normal station opening hours.

Closing soon.
Where: London Waterloo Station.
Ends: Sunday, 7th February.
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More information: Network Rail.
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Julia Margaret Cameron

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 Victoria and Albert Museum presents over 100 images to mark two hundred years since Julia Margaret Cameron’s birth. The exhibition includes some some not seen before work.

The V&A Museum is in South Kensington, on Exhibition Road, a few minutes from South Kensington tube station. You might want to combine the exhibition visit with a trip to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which is a short walk from the museum.

Read on for information on the Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy exhibition on the other side of Exhibition Road, at South Kensington’s Science Museum.

Where: Victoria & Albert Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 14th February.
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Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy

Free admission.
Second South Kensington Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition, marking her 200th anniversary. More above on the V&A museum exhibition.

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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