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London Photography Exhibitions December 2018

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Photography Exhibitions in London this December remind us of our environment.  With topics such as single use plastics in focus at the moment, this seems a great time for these shows.   Untouched landscapes, in Ansel Adams photographs, as well as a look at ‘civilisation’ feature this week.  The Ansel Adams show is on at the Atlas Gallery in Marylebone.  Meanwhile, further East at the Flowers gallery,  there is a study of Art Photography’s fascination with the way we live.  The show is inspired, in particular, by the recent release of a new book by renowned curators.  Additionally, on a similar theme, Rosie Snell’s Outliers show runs at No 20 Arts in Islington.

Michael Hoppen gallery in Chelsea show rare Bill Brandt work while in South Kensington you can catch Oli Kellet’s show.  That show, Cross Road Blues, runs at HackelBury Fine Art. There is also an interesting free display at Somerset House.  That show  features photographs as well as drawings and sculpture by South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga.   Finally, the Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido show at Huxley-Parlour gallery will end soon.  Read on for further details on these as well as others.

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Ansel Adams: Landscapes of the American West

Atlas Gallery presents work from favourite American landscape photographer Ansel Adams.  The gallery includes some of the Adams’ most recognised photographs, such as Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941.  You also see untouched Calfornian landsacpe in Mount WilliamsonSierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California, 1944. It seems timely to have an Ansel Adams exhibition while our relationship with the environment is front and centre.  Beyond his photography, the artist is known, in particular, for his work towards the preservation of wilderness in his native United States. 

Atlas Gallery is on Dorset Street in Marylebone, a few minutes’ walk from Baker Street tube station. Rococo Chocolate Shop and café is also not far if you fancy a nice hot chocolate after seeing the show.

Just opened.
Where: Atlas.
Ends: Sunday, 2nd February 2019.
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Civilisation

The Civilisation exhibition is timed to coincide with the publication of a William A. Ewing and Holly Roussell book of that name.  In brief, the curators’ latest book, Civilization, The Way We Live Now  explores the fascination of Art Photography with the way we live today.  With this in mind, the exhibition unites five photographers.  Edward Burtynsky and Nadav Kander as well as Robert Polidori, Simon Roberts and Michael Wolf work is presented. All the works, significantly, remind us that at no previous point have we been so interconnected and so interdependent.

Flowers East is in Shoreditch and just a short walk from Hoxton Overground station (interchanges with Underground at Whitechapel as well as Highbury & Islington).  Old Street is also walkable, though this is a longer walk. If you like Vietnamese food, stop for lunch or a snack from one of the nearby restaurants on the Pho Mile.

Where: Flowers, Kingsland Rd.
Ends: Saturday, 22nd 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.

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 together with 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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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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