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London Photography Exhibitions

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London Photography Exhibitions list features ten of the best London photography exhibitions on now. Ending soon is Salt & Silver at the Tate Modern – a catalogue of early photography offers an insight into Victorian Britain, and beyond from the pioneers of photography. The work of a master, André Kertész is another of the top London Photography Exhibitions this week. Read on for details of these and other current exhibitions.

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André Kertész in Europe

Free admission
André Kertész in Europe is the first show to focus solely on the Hungarian legend’s European photography. This is a rare exhibition featuring never before seen and intimately revealing work. The James Hyman Gallery showcases works from the estate of one of the twentieth century’s most significant photographers. The works span 70 years beginning with some of Kertész’ earliest, from the 1910, and continuing to 1980s Paris.
André Kertész is said to have influenced Henri Cartier-Bresson and is celebrated for initiating the ‘photo-essay’ style. Henri Cartier-Bresson once said “Each time André Kertész’ shutter clicks, I feel his heart beating”. There is a series on show, from London and Manchester when Kertész visited Henry Moore in 1980. In one capture Henry Moore’s silhouette hangs over a collage of objects including a 1926 print of objects in Mondrian’s studio taken by Kertész.

The James Hyman Gallery is in London’s Saville Row, just behind the Royal Academy of Arts.

Free admission
Where: James Hyman Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 13th June, 2015.
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More information: James Hyman Gallery.


Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860

Closing soon
You may have been to see the Drawn by Light exhibition 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.
Closing soon
Where: Tate Britain.
Ends: Sunday, 7th June, 2015.
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More information: Tate Britain.


Alexander Lindsay: Altitude

Free admission
Alexander Lindsay counts Sebastião Salgado and Andreas Gursky amoungst his influences and his imagery has been consistently compelling. For this exhibition, Alexander Lindsay uses cutting-edge technology to painstakingly, digitally compile and render multiple photographs. Producing giant ‘jigsaw’ panoramas printed and mounted on dibond. He carries out the printing by hand in his studio in Scotland, printing on a vast yet highly detailed scale.

Altitude features gargantuan panoramic prints of vistas from his 20,000 mile, eight-month expedition across South America. You see snow-capped peaks, waterfalls, lakes, flamingos, salt plains all in minute, tack-sharp detail.

“You can feel the warmth of the sun or the force of the wind, in a testimony to the escapism, which Alexander’s photography provides” The Velvet Whisper.

The exhibition is on at Piano Nobile Kings Place, just beside Kings Cross Station.

Free admission
Where: Piano Nobile Kings Place.
Ends: Saturday, 20th June, 2015.
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More information: Piano Nobile.


Tyler Udall: Boys

Free admission
Tyler Udall believes that women are significantly more sexualised than men, by photographers and by viewers. In his book, Auguries of Innocence, he “presents a body of deeply honest memories”: the book is a photo diary documenting four years of Tyler Udall’s life. “Boys” explores the sexuality of young men, blurring the lines between innocence and corruption. The captures are taken from the Auguries of Innocence book.

“[A] lovely mosaic of sex, laughter, loss and growth”, Dazed Digital.

The Little Black Gallery is in Chelsea, just off the Fulham Road.

Free admission
Where: The Little Black Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 20th June, 2015.
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More information: The Little Black Gallery.


Magic Mirror: Exhibition of works by Claude Cahun and Sarah Pucill

Free admission
Claude Cahun, the French surrealist artist, was know for hallenging traditional gender roles in her work. This exhibition features small prints each of which invites a closer, inquisitive look. The reward: an alternative illusionary perspective.
The exhibition is on at Bow Arts: The Nunnery in Bromley-by-Bow.

Free admission
Where: Bow Arts – The Nunnery.
Ends: Sunday, 14th June, 2015.
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More information: Bow Arts.


Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness

Free admission
Christopher Williams investigates photography as the defining medium of modernism.

“Everything you see is lengthily conceived and minutely considered, even when the pay-off seems surprisingly minimal.” – The Guardian.

The Whitechapel Gallery is on Whitechapel High Street.
Free admission
Where: Whitechapel Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 21st June, 2015.
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More information: Whitechapel Gallery.


Ishiuchi Miyako: Frida

Free admission
Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako is a photographic record of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe and belongings.

The Michael Hoppen Gallery is just off the King’s Road, in Chelsea.

Free admission
Where: Michael Hoppen Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 12th July, 2015.
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More information: Michael Hoppen Gallery.


Thomas Struth

Free admission
Closing soon
The exhibition features shots from his “This Place” series at beautiful Marian Goodman Gallery. The high ceiling, open space and natural light show the photographs in their best light.

Free admission
Closing soon
Where: Marian Goodman Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 6th June, 2015.
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More information: Marian Goodman Gallery.


Henry Wessel: Incidents

Free admission
Henry Wessel is an arguably under-appreciated American photographer, who counts William Carlos Williams and André Kertész as his influences. The free exhibition at Tate Britain features 27 undated photographs which were recently acquired by the gallery. “Captured from his car, on the street, or in other public places, and taken with minimal interaction with the subject, these commonplace scenes are framed by Wessel as if they were isolated moments from a grander narrative.” – Tate.
If you can’t make it into London to see the prints, you might consider by the collection book.
Free admission
Where: Tate Modern.
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More information: Tate Modern.


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. Revelations while covering a similar period has a scientific focus, exploring the 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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More information: Science Museum.





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