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London Photography Exhibitions December 2018

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Although 2018 is starting to come to an end, there are still fresh exhibitions opening in London this week.  This week also sees the return of the Fix Photo to Southwark.  The festival includes the launch of Chloe Rosser’s new book.  Meanwhile in Islington Rosie Snell features at No 20 Arts.  Outliers examines our relationship with nature with Swiss and Greenlandic landscapes.

Back in Central London, the free Athi-Patra Ruga show continues at Somerset House.  Further west, Michael Hoppen present rare Bill Brandt work in Chelsea.  Meanwhile, Huxley-Parlour are hosting Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido work for a couple more weeks.   That show features work from the two quite distinct artists around a suburbia theme.  Read on for more details which are given further below.

Note that this is the last weekend to see the New East Photo Prize 2018. The show runs at Calvert 22 until Sunday.  Read on for further details on these as well as others. Take a look at the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list as well. That list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions. It contains information such as opening times and maps for the London photography exhibitions.


Fix Photo Festival 2018

Closing soon.
Fix Photo Festival which is now in its third year is at the Menier Gallery.  The Grade II listed building is a former chocolate factory.  There are some treats at the festival including the launch of Chloe Rosser’s Form and Function book.  As well as Chloe Rosser, artists on show include Emily Bitcon, Karl Blossfeldt and Chris Steele-Perkins.  The four themes of the festival are Connection, Essence, Structure and Year of the Woman.  There are other events including networking and a panel discussion on Freedom of Expression.  LA Noble gallery director, Laura Noble is also offering portfolio reviews.  She is known for her texts on collecting photography, and in particular the book “The Art of Collecting Photography“.  Laura also recently wrote a piece in the Guardian to offer tips on finding gems.

Menier Gallery is in Southwark (postcode SE1 1RU) and is just a few minutes from both Tate Modern and Borough Market. The nearest London Underground station is Borough, with London Bridge also a short walk.

Closing soon.
Where: Menier Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 1st December.
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Outliers: Rosie Snell

Just opened.
British photographer Rosie Snell is known for her Art of Conflict series.  The disquieting landscapes which bear the inscriptions of war examine the impact of war.   Outliers, this current exhibition,  includes paintings, as well as photography.  The work is inspired by icy Swiss and Greenlandic landscapes.  The delicate and fragile ice which features in the dreamlike scenes allows us to explore our  complicated relationship with nature.

No 20 Arts is in on Cross Street in Islington and just a short walk from Upper Street.  The nearest London Underground stations are Angel and Highbury & Islington.  Essex Road main line station is also walking distance and a little closer than the other two.

Just opened.
Where: No 20 Arts.
Ends: Sunday, 6th January 2019.
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Bill Brandt: Vintage Works

Michael Hoppen Gallery, Chelsea, London photography exhibitions December 2018
Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea

Just opened.
Bill Brandt adopted Britain as his home and produced some of his finest work while living here.  His work is much loved for its style.  In particular, he was known for being able to present the mundane as fresh and strange.  In the 1930s, he assisted Man Ray in Paris.  There he learned processes from Man Ray such as the use of excessive grain and also extreme cropping.  This can be seen in, probably, his best known series which includes, Nude, East Sussex Coast, 1958.

Michael Hoppen Gallery, in Chelsea, presents a display of rare Bill Brandt work. The works on show are vintage prints which come directly from the Brandt family collection.

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.

Just opened.
Where: Michael Hoppen.
Ends: Saturday, 19th January 2019.
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Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

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Somerset House, London

Free Exhibition.
Athi-Patra Ruga is a South African artist.  He critiques the status quo, using parody and alternative identities.  He uses multiple media to examine sexuality and dystopia.  In this, his first major solo UK exhibition, he presents three recent series of work.  As well as photography, the exhibition includes drawings, sculpture and film.  This display forms part of the Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Rooms Series at Somerset House.  That is a series of free shows which put the public in contact with living artists.

Somerset House is on the Strand, near Waterloo Bridge. Covent Garden as well as Holborn tube stations are within walking distance.

Free Exhibition.
Where: Somerset House.
Ends: Monday, 14th January 2019.
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This Side of Paradise: Narrative, Cinema and Suburbia in the Work of Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido

Miles Aldridge is a fiercely original British fashion photographer.  He is known for his fashion photography work, especially, for Vogue Italia. Often women are the focus of Miles Aldridge work.  Typically, they will appear troubled, passive or disturbed. Two Miles Aldridge obsessions: colour and women were showcased in a major retrospective in 2013.  I Only Want you to Love Me featured hand drawn story-boards as well as large scale prints: Aldridge at Central St. Martins College in London.

Todd Hido is an American photographer.  In contrast to Aldridge, his work alludes to the quiet and mysterious side of suburban America.  Urban housing shot, in particular, on an overcast day is a signature of his work.  Vivid colours in the evening sky are also a hallmark.  Similarly to Edward Hooper’s work, Hido’s work expresses an emotional poignancy and mystery.  Hido is influenced by Walker Evans as well as Gursky and Stephen Shore.

Huxley-Parlour unite these two artists whose styles are quite different from each others.  Nevertheless, the common theme of suburbia is one which could be explored with either artist’s work alone.  Twenty large scale colour photographs are presented.   The Hido works on display are from his Houses at Night series.

Huxley-Parlour is just off Piccadilly, not far from either Fortnum & Mason or the Royal Academy of Arts.  Piccadilly tube station is closest, with both Regent’s Street and Green Park also a short walk.

Where: Huxley-Parlour.
Ends: Saturday, 15th December.
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Oli Kellet: Cross Road Blues

Oli Kellet was previously an ad creative.  His photography is known for exploring the everyday as well as the overlooked.  For example, one series of his work points out British place names re-interpreted in an American setting.  Also set in America, the series Cross Road Blues is presented by HackelBury.   This series features large-scale photographs made at crossroads in US cities.  This is the first UK solo exhibition for the British photographer.

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 Fine Art.
Ends: Saturday, 23rd February 2019.
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Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs

Free display.
Renewal looks at the period after the end of the First World War. The exhibition is especially relevant this month.  That is as we mark 100 years since the Armistice signing this November.  The show helps to explain how we applied innovation while being resourceful to rebuild the country.  As well as photographs, there are installations and immersive experiences.  You can see over 130 black and white photographs together with documents and objects from time Imperial War Museum archive. The material is not just limited to Britain. The Museum calls upon images from the conflict following the Russian Revolution.  Also included are images from other parts of the world at the time.  This further helps to show, a detailed, global picture of the world during this era.

The Imperial War Museum is on Lambeth Road and close to Elephant & Castle. It is also a short walk from Lambeth North underground station. The mainline as well as underground facilities at Waterloo are also within walking distance.

Free display.
Where: Imperial War Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 31st March 2019.
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New East Photo Prize 2018

Closing soon.
Free entry.
New East Photo Prize is a biennial photography prize. Significantly, it showcases work from Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia.  Work is welcomed from professional as well as non-professional photographers from a total of 29 countries.  Calvert 22 Foundation present work from the 16 finalists.  Included is the series Othodoxia from the Romanian artist Antal Bánhegyesy together with Vika Eksta’s work.  The Eksta work explores the Devil’s Lake in Latvia.

Calvert 22  support culture and creativity from the New East in particular.  As well as hosting exhibitions and events, they support research.  Calvert 22 Foundation is in Shoreditch and only a short walk from Shoreditch High Street London Overground Station. Old Street, as well as, Liverpool Street Underground stations are also both short walks.

Closing soon.
Free entry.
Where: Calvert 22 Foundation.
Ends: Sunday, 2nd December.
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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

National Portrait Gallery, London photography exhibitions December 2018
National Portrait Gallery, London

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, is a populist high point of the Gallery calendar.  It returns to London this autumn. 57 works are on show including the winner of the £15,000 prize.  The entries were judged by photographer Miles Aldridge as well as curators and directors from London galleries. First in the competition was Alice Mann with ‘Drummies‘. 

There are a few photography displays at the National Portrait Gallery on right now. As well as the Mayotte Magnus work mentioned below, you can see some Simon Frederick work. His display, Black is the New Black, is also free to view.

The National Portrait Gallery is on St. Martin’s Place and a few strides from Leicester Square tube station. Charing Cross station, by Trafalgar Square, is also a short walk.

Adult with donation: £7.85 (including £1.85 online transaction fee).
Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 27th January 2019.
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Illuminating Women: Photographs by Mayotte Magnus

Free display
Significantly, 1977 saw the National Portrait Gallery host their first photographic exhibition to focus on female achievement. Nearly ninety portraits by Mayotte Magnus were displayed in the landmark exhibition.  Each featured an eminent British women. Magnus photography is known for placing subjects in the spotlight by employing her instinct for composition as well as harmony.  Magnus was allowed free reign to choose the subjects of the 100 commissioned portraits. By and large, the exhibition was a success.  There were as many as 30,000 visitors. In fact, the works were shown in public again the following year and in the presence of the Prime Minister. Equally as important as the National Gallery exhibition, this show was to mark the 50 years of the Women’s vote.

The National Portrait Gallery is on St. Martin’s Place. Located between Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square, there are several transport options.  Leicester Square, as well as Charing Cross, station is just a short walk.  The Photographers’ Gallery is not too long a walk either – try to arrive there before midday to get free entry.

Free display
Where: Room 32, Floor 1, National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 24th March 2019.
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London Photography Exhibitions December 2018

That’s it for this week’s London Photography Exhibitions December 2018. Look out for next week’s list of Photography Exhibitions in London!

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