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London Photography Exhibitions May 2018


London photography exhibitions are so exciting this month. Photo London 2018 is now but a few of weeks away. Highlights this week include two photographers whose focus has been the female form. Ellen von Unwerth celebrates her 30 year career with a new exhibition at Opera Gallery. The show features the images of supermodels, such as Claudia Schiffer, which launched her photographic career. That’s not to mention new work including images from the recent book Heimat. Meanwhile in Fitzrovia, Austrain photographer Birgit Jürgenssen is the focus. That solo exhibition concentrates on work from 1987 to 1996. Importantly Alison Jacques feature the experimental fabric series.

Some exhibitions are closing soon, such as the Sony WPO Awards exhibition at Somerset House. Also, Jocelyn Lee: The Appearance of Things is a fantastic and unique display at Huxley-Parlour, now coming to an end. Finally Robert Frank at Hamiltions is also entering its last week. Read on for further details on both of these and others, lower down.

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Ellen von Unwerth: Ladyland

Just opening.
Ellen von Unwerth was a fashion model for ten years before moving behind the camera. As a result of her previous long modelling career, she developed a peculiar talent to allow her subjects to lose their inhibitions. She quickly gained recognition as a photographer, working with models such as Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova for GUESS jeans. Her work has been described as bringing a uniquely provocative eroticism.

Ladyland is an exhibition of the most iconic pictures of Ellen von Unwerth’s career. There are thirty photographs on display, dating from her beginnings as a photographer up until now. The display spans her 30 year career, including some more provocative work. As well as the expected, iconic work with Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova, you can see more recent work. In fact, Penelope Cruz and Naomi Campbell feature from Ellen von Unwerth magazine work. While Opera also display work from the recent book, Heimat. Heimat is a German word which expresses a deep feeling of belonging and connection to one’s homeland. Set for the most part in Bavaria, Ellen von Unwerth’s birthplace, heroines demonstrate all that the German region has to offer.

Opera Gallery is on New Bond Street in Mayfair. Both Bond Street and Oxford Circus are a short walk. Green Park underground station is not far either.

Just opening.
Where: Opera Gallery.
Opens: Friday, 4th May.
Ends: Friday, 18th May.
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Birgit Jürgenssen: Nocturnal Light

Birgit Jürgenssen was an Austrian photographer, painter and graphic artist. A heroine of the feminist avant-garde, she made the female body the focus of her work.

Nocturnal Light is a solo show of Birgit Jürgenssen work spanning the period from 1987 to 1996. The show focuses on her experimental fabric photography series and takes its name from a 1987 triptych.

Alison Jacques Gallery is in Fitzrovia on Berners Street. The Gallery is walking distance from Goodge Street as well as Tottenham Court Road tube station. Oxford Circus is also walkable. There is a nice bar also on Berners Street. Long Bar is just opposite the gallery.

Where: Alison Jacques.
Ends: Saturday, 19th May.
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Thomas Mailaender: The Fun Archaeology

Michael Hoppen Gallery, Chelsea, London photography exhibitions May 2018
Thomas Mailaender is a French artist who lives and works between Paris and Marseille. He creates weird and wonderful multimedia work. The Fun Archaeology is a presentation of the eccentric and extreme. Notably, this is Mailaender’s first solo show at Michael Hoppen.

Michael Hoppen are based in Chelsea, near to the King’s Road. The gallery is near to South Kensington tube station as well as Sloane Square. Although the walk is slightly longer from Sloane Square.

Where: Michael Hoppen.
Ends: Saturday, 26th May.
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2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

Closing soon.
World Photography Awards returns once again to Somerset House. Notably over 600 talented photographers’ work is on show. As well as those prize-winning photographers’ work, from around the world, there is a room dedicated to Candida Höfer. She has been awarded this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award. Candida Höfer trained at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf under Bernd and Hiller Becher. Andreas Gursky, as well as, Thomas Struth and Thomas Ruff also trained at the Academy under Bernd and Hiller Becher.

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

Closing soon.
Weekend Ticket: £14 (cheaper tickets available for other times or with promotional code currently on website).
Where: Somerset House.
Ends: Sunday, 6th May.
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Jocelyn Lee: The Appearance of Things

Closing soon.
The Appearance of Things, in a word, is Jocelyn Lee’s examination of the physical world. Jocelyn Lee is know for her portraiture as well as landscape work. Importantly, in her portraiture, she shows an interest in the psychological dimensions of the character. Her landscape work is equally rich, driven by existential themes, her use of richly descriptive colour emphasises textures in the subjects.

Huxley-Parlour present Lee’s first UK solo exhibition. Notably, the show features portrait and landscape work from the artist as well as work from the latest project. The latest project, The Appearance of Things, is ongoing and started taking shape in 2016. Lee has already exhibited widely in notable United States institutions as well as internationally.

Huxley-Parlour is just off Piccadilly. With Fortnum & Mason and the Royal Academy of Arts nearby, it is a short walk from Regent’s Street.

Closing soon.
Where: Huxley-Parlour.
Ends: Friday, 11th May.
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Robert Frank

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Robert Frank is a Swiss born photographer. He changed photography when he moved across the Atlantic and produced his book ‘The Americans‘. Even before the book, he garnered support for his unconventional approach, creating a new brand of independently produced street photography. The Americans began a new era in Documentary Photography. Previously the field was about drawing attention to a cause. In contrast, Robert Frank’s photography showed everyday America and ordinary Americans just as they were. At the time it was more common for photographers to publish in magazines rather than books. By persevering with finding a publisher, Robert Frank was able to have more artistic control over his on his work.

Hamiltons present Frank work, not just from America, but also captures made in London and Paris. His seminal trip to a coal-mining village in Wales also makes an appearance. Hamiltons Gallery is in Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square and a short walk from Green Park tube station. Nobu, on Berkeley street is on the way back to the tube station, if you fancy stopping off for some sushi.

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Where: Hamiltons.
Ends: Friday, 11th May.
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William Klein: Fashion + Light

Free admission.
William Klein is one of the world’s most influential photographers. Along with Robert Frank (whose work is on show at Hamiltons at the moment), Klein is considered a father of street photography. His fashion work for Vogue was famed. The approach was unconventional, using a wide-angle, lens close up, often outside with natural lighting.

Hackelbury show abstract light images as well as William Klein fashion work. The studio light images predate his fashion work and can be seen on the lower level of the gallery. There is also some rare fashion work as well as the more well-known pieces. If you got to see William Klein + Daido Moriyama at The Tate Modern in 2012, you will definitely recognise some of the pieces. The rare fashion work is studio based using light painting, which the gallery only convinced Klein to release in 2015.

Hackelbury is in South Kensington close to both Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations. The gallery staff are surely the most welcoming in London. They are also very knowledgable. Be sure to ask to see Klein’s portrait of footballer Eric Cantona in the end room.

Free admission.
Where: Hackelbury.
Ends: Saturday, 2nd June.
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Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Victorian Giants unites early photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron and Oscar Rejlander. Also included in the list of giants are Lewis Carroll and Lady Clementina Hawarden. Rejlander was initially a painter – he turned to photographer after moving to England. The pioneer mastered the complicated wet-colloidion process for negatives after a three-and-a-half hour crash course in London. Later, he became a teacher to Cameron, Carroll and Lady Hawarden. In fact the four stayed in touch throughout their careers. In spite of this there was some rivalry; Lewis Carroll wrote that ‘he
did not admire Mrs Cameron’s large heads taken out of focus‘.

The art on show is raw, edgy and experimental. This is a ‘jewel-like show of photographs’ – The Telegraph.

The National Portrait Gallery is on St. Martin’s Place. It is near to Leicester Square tube station. Charing Cross station is also just a short walk.

Adult: £13.85 (including £2 donation and £1.85 online transaction fee).
Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 20th May.
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Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins

Barbican Centre, London Photography Exhibitions May 2018
Another Kind of Life, in short, explores the lives of people who have rejected the mainstream. The works touch on gender and sexuality together with countercultures and subcultures. Twenty photographers are featured including Daido Moriyama, Bruce Davidson and Larry Clark. The range of genres and period covered are also broad. There is not just classic documentary photography; street photography and portraiture also feature. The images date from the 1950s up until present day. This is a blockbuster curation reflecting a more diverse view of the world.

The Barbican Centre is just a couple of minutes’ walk from Barbican tube station. Liverpool Street and Moorgate are also quite close.

Standard Ticket: £13.50 (added donation optional, no booking fee applies).
Where: Barbican Centre.
Ends: Sunday, 27th May.
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Under Cover: A Secret History of Cross – Dressers

Under Cover is a reflection on gender non-conformity. The Photographers’ Gallery display 200 images from Sébastien Lifshitz’s private collection. Interestingly, the images on display are from as far back as the 1880s. They show people from different classes, genders, professions and nationalities.

Many of these are very ordinary portraits… . How unremarkable these pictures are, until we realise how precise they are in their studied ordinariness.The Guardian

The Photographers’ Gallery is by Liberty of London, not far from either Oxford Street or Regent Street. The gallery has a great café as well as a print shop.

Free admission before noon every day.
Where: The Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 3rd June.
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London Photography Exhibitions May 2018

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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