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London Photography Exhibitions May 2016

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London Photography Exhibitions for May 2016, include Polly Penrose and WPO Sony World Photography Awards exhibition, both end on Sunday. More details on these exhibitions below.

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Polly Penrose: 10 Seconds

Opens Friday, 6th May
Polly Penrose is known for her nude self portraits in awkward positions. Her style involves hammering her body into the landscape. In ‘Satin Curtain‘, she is sat balancing on a curtain, facing the window of an otherwise empty room, while another comical self portrait sees Polly laying on some rolls of coloured fabric in another nondescript room. The 10 Seconds exhibition lends its name from the ten seconds Polly has to find her pose before shutter release, once she has set the camera’s self timer off.

The exhibition is only on for the weekend at the Hoxton Gallery, close-by tube stations are Old Street and Barbican.

Where: Hoxton Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 8th May.
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2016 Sony World Photography Exhibition

Closing soon.
Sony World Photography Exhibition returns to Somerset House. This year, an Iranian photojournalist won the top prize. The exhibitions features images from 16 different categories, with entries from photographers from 186 countries.

Closing soon.
Admission: £7.50 weekday, £8.50 weekend.
Where: Somerset House.
Ends: Sunday, 8th May.
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More information: World Photography Organisation.
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Simon Norfolk: Under London

Free admission.

Simon Norfolk is British based photographer known for his landscape work. In 2003 he was nominated for the Citibank Prize (now known as the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize).

Under London presents photographs of ten objects found at archaeological digs across the capital and photographed by Simon Norfolk, above ground, close to where they were found. The images on display were published in a recent edition of National Geographic magazine.

The Museum of London is in the City of London close to the Barbican Centre where you can currently catch the Martin Parr curated exhibition ‘Strange and Familiar’ – read on for more details.

Free admission.
Where: Museum of London.
Ends: Sunday, 3rd July.
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Robert Clayton: Estate

Free admission.
Robert Clayton is a documentary photographer. In 1991 he set about capturing life on the Lion Farm Estate in Oldbury. The images provide an insightful glimpse into the past. The estate appears as a both far from anywhere and, more astonishingly, deserted to the point of desolation.

Four Corners gallery presents Robert Clayton’s images alongside his documentary film. The Four Corners Gallery is in Bethnal Green. The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council England.

Free admission.
Where: Four Corners Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 29th May.
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Magical Surfaces: The Uncanny in Contemporary Photography

Free admission.

Magical Surfaces features the work of Stephen Shore and six other photographers exploring the uncanny indifferent forms, using photography as the medium. The exhibition is on now at the Parasol Unit in Hoxton.

Free admission.
Where: Parasol Unit.
Ends: Sunday, 19th June.
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Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

Henry Fox Talbot could be considered the father of modern photography. In his lab at Lacock Abbey, near Chippenham in Wiltshire, he invented the 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. Fox Talbot’s negative positive process allowed mass production of prints from a single negative, giving birth to modern photography.

Fox Talbot’s calotype photographic process was partly inspired when he was unable to capture the features of a village and distant mountains at Lake Como in Italy using a simple draughtsman’s tool. Though later with he drew on inspiration from the Dutch masters, noting how the mundane can make for captivating photographs in his book ‘The Pencil of Nature‘: “A painter’s eye will often be arrested where ordinary people see nothing remarkable. A casual gleam of sunshine, or a shadow thrown across his path, a time-withered oak, or a moss-covered stone may awaken a train of thoughts and feelings, and picturesque imaginings.” Henry Fox Talbot, The Pencil of Nature.

The Science Museum presents a major new exhibition. “Alongside his technical influence, Talbot’s personal legacy today is undoubtedly the beautiful photographs he produced” – Prospero. On display at ‘The Dawn of Photography’ are original prints the ‘The Pencil of Nature’. Lucky visitors, able to see the exhibition early will be treated to a display of rare daguerrotypes, which the Science Museum was able to procure from French archives until June: the rivalry continues between Daguerre and Fox Talbot. Visitors will be able to see both technologies side-by-side and make their own judgement.

The Science Museum is on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. If you have time, consider going to the Paul Strand exhibition across the road at the Victoria and Albert Museum (details on both below).

Admission: £8 (adult 17+ years).
Where: Science Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 11th September.
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Strange and Familiar

Magnum photographer, Martin Parr curates an exhibition of photographs of Britain through the eyes of foreigners. The foreigners are photographers from Magnum photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sergio Larraín (whose first UK solo exhibition is on this Spring at the Magnum Print Room) to Gary Winogrand and Robert Frank.

“A stranger brings a fresh eye…and can see and record the qualities peculiar to his city.” – The Economist

Joint tickets are available from the Barbican for Strange and Familiar and Unseen City – an exhibition of Martin Parr’s own work at the Guildhall Art Gallery, just a few minutes’ walk from the Barbican Centre. (details below).

Admission: £12.00 (standard).
Where: Barbican Art Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 19th June.
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Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)

This is a major exhibition showing the impact of computer and digital technology going back to the 1960s. Electronic Superhighway is a “varied exhibition […] moving back in time from contemporary to early examples of art using digital processes” Charles Harrop Griffiths.

The Whitechapel Gallery is on Whitechapel High Street.

Admission: £13.50 (standard admission, with gift aid).
Where: Whitechapel Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 15th May.
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Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century

Paul Strand was on of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Paul Strand decided to become a photographer after a field trip to Alfred Steiglitz’ Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession in New York. Inspired by the photography of Steichen and others on that day he soon went on to produce photographic and painted work received recognition.

The Victoria & Albert Museum is staging the first major British Paul Strand retrospective since his death. Vintage prints from the V&A’s own collection will be on display, amongst some 200 artifacts. Paul Strands 1954 photographs captured in South Uist in the Outer Hebrides are also on show.

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 and Alec Soth’s Gathered Leaves exhibitions on the other side of Exhibition Road, at South Kensington’s Science Museum.

Where: Victoria & Albert Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 3rd July.
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Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr

Martin Parr, one of Britain’s best-loved and most important photographers. Parr critically examines elements of modern life in his intimate, satirical and anthropological photography. He captures the British in quiet villages, at fairs and churches, in supermarkets, in their homes and holiday at the Great British seaside and abroad. A nuanced commentator on the British class system, Martin Parr is best known for his sharp eye and cheeky sense of humour. He is one of the nation’s most celebrated photographers.

Guildhall Art Gallery presents the result of two years’ examination of the eccentricity of the City of London showcasing bizarre rituals at the heart of the European financial capital city. Martin Parr brings to life the pomp and ceremony, traditions and people that are the City of London. For Parr enthusiasts, the short walk over to the Barbican Centre is a must. There you can see the ‘Strange and Familiar‘ exhibition, curated by Martin Parr offering a further take on the British identity.

The Guildhall Art Gallery is in the City of London in Guildhall Yard which is a short walk from Bank Underground Station. To explore another great British institution – the roast dinner – try a takeaway roast from Fuzzy’s Grub on nearby Mason’s Avenue.

Where: Guildhall Art Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 31st July.
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