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London Photography Exhibitions this week feature a treat for aficionados of early photography, in the Salt and Silver display at Tate Britain as well as a treat for Landscape lovers too. Premier contemporary landscape photographer, Thomas Joshua Cooper’s exhibition is on at the Fleming Collection in Mayfair. That’s just two of the London photography exhibitions running this week read on for even more below.

If you saw Drawn by Light at London’s Science Museum and had your appetite for early photography whetted, Salt and Silver, at the Tate Modern is a must. If those London Photography exhibitions aren’t enough for one weekend, portrait photographer Idil Sukan shows her talents at her retrospective at the Embassy Tea Gallery, so something for everyone this week – you’re spoiled for choice of London photography exhibitions!

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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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More information: Tate Britain.


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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This Comedian – Idil Sukan

Free admission.
Portrait photographer Idil Sukan’s debut exhibition is a retrospective of over 300 of her works featuring publicity shots of comedians and actors from Steve Coogan to Ruby Wax and Patrick Stewart to Michael Gambon. Some shots, such as the iconic Celia Irmie portriat were captured during previous work as official photographer with the British Independent Film Awards, though the gifted photographer honed her talent at the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh.
Alongside the exhibition are workshops including one on feminism in photography.

Free admission.
Where: Embassy Tea Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 8th March, 2015.
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More information: Embassy Tea Gallery.


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, photgraphing 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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More information: Flowers Gallery.

Anja Niemi: Darlene & Me

Free admission.
Anja Niemi, one of the most compelling contemporary artists of our time explores split personalities in her series on show at The Little Black Gallery. For Anja’s third exhibition at the gallery, she inhabits a house in the Californian dessert and takes on the persona of fictional character Darlene to explore identity. Norweigen Arts describe how Anja aims for “absolute control” enjoying the roles of subject, director and photographer.

Anja Niemi website: www.anjaniemiphotography.com

Free admission.
Where: The Little Black Gallery.
Ends: Tuesday, 10th March, 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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More information: V&A Museum.

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.

Where: The Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Monday, 6th April, 2015.
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More information: The Photographers’ Gallery.

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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More information: Michael Hoppen Gallery.


Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

Guy Bourdin, the French, Fashion Photographer was known for his startling and provocative images which, unconventionally for fashion, told a story, giving the clothes themselves a secondary role. Like his contemporary Helmut Newton, Bourdin worked for Vogue. The two complemented each other according to Bourdin: “Between him and me the magazine became pretty irresistible in many ways… if he had been alone or I had been alone it wouldn’t have worked.” As well as Vogue, Bourdin worked for Harper’s Bazaar and shot campaigns for Chanel, Issey Miyake and Gianni Versace. He is said to be an influence for modern fashion photography icons including Nick Knight and Tim Walker.
This exhibition features over 100 works from the compositional image-maker and is the largest ever exhibition of the influential photographer, charting his career from protege of Man Ray to photography revolutionary in his own right.

Bryan Adams: Wounded – The Legacy of War is also on at Somerset House. For information on Wounded, click here.

Where: Somerset House.
Ends: Sunday, 15th March, 2015.
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Conflict, Time, Photography

Conflict, Time, Photography focuses on conflicts over the last 150 years, since the invention of photography. The exhibition is moving, including photographs of the Hiroshima mushroom cloud as well as more recent images from conflicts in Afghanistan. The London Photography exhibition is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War.

Where: Tate Modern.
Ends: Sunday, 21st June, 2015.
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More information: Tate Modern.

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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