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London Photography Exhibitions April 2016

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Even with one month to go to Photo London, photography enthusiasts in London are already being spoilt with the calibre of London Photography Exhibitions in April 2016. Chilean master, Sergio Larraín’s first ever solo London exhibition is open at the Magnum Print Room in Clerkenwell, while some work from his 1950s, British Council sponsored London project is on show at the Barbican in Strange and Familiar. Strange and Familiar is curated by Martin Parr and features photography from Henri Cartier-Bresson as well as Sergio Larraín and 21 other international photographers. A few streets away, Martin Parr’s other exhibition – ‘Unseen City’- continues at the Guildall Art Gallery. Away from the City, in Chelsea, Michael Hoppen Gallery presents original prints from the British Journal of Photography prize-winning photobook, ‘Solitude of Ravens’, by Masahisa Fukase.

Be sure to visit Beetles+Huxley for the Abelardo Morell London photography exhibition before it closes (read on for details). There are still a few weeks left to go see Lee Miller: a Women’s War at the Imperial War Museum. More details on each and every one of these London photography exhibtions below.

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Sergio Larraín

Sergio Larraín is considered to be the most important Chilean photographer of all times and was a living legend of artistic photography. He was a Magnum photographer and internationally recognised for his work in the 1960s, Chile’s finest lensman later became a recluse. His break came in 1958 when he won a bursary from the British Council, for an eight-month reportage project. With the bursary he took his Leica camera – which he had saved up for, working in a cafe – to Britain and captivated shots of the everyday, particularly in London. Just one year later he was invited to join Magnum by Henri Cartier-Bresson, himself being so impressed by the work. Larrain was endlessly experimental. Photographers looking for inspiration might look to the letter Sergio Larraín wrote to his nephew in 1982, when asked where to begin to become a photographertranslated into English.

“The game is going on an adventure, like a sailor boat: drop the sails. […] be in the street all day long, wander and wander in unknown places, sit under a tree when you’re tired, buy a banana or some bread and get on the first train, go wherever you like, and look, draw a bit, and look. Get away from the things you know, get closer to those you don’t know, go from one place to the other, places you like. Then, you’ll start finding things, images will be forming into your head, consider them as apparitions.” – Sergio Larraín on how to become a photographer. There is version in the orginial Spanish.

“A good picture is born from a state of grace. Grace becomes manifest when one is freed from conventions, free as a child in his first discovery of reality. The game is then to organize the triangle.” Sergio Larraín.

Magnum Print Room in London hosts the first solo UK Sergio Larraín exhbtion. ON show will be ten rarely seen photographs from London amongst almost 45 prints, some rare vintage prints, captured in 1950s Chile. The Magnum Print Room is a stone’s throw from Old Street.

Admission: Free.
Where: Magnum Print Room.
Ends: Friday, 22nd April.
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Masahisa Fukase: ‘Solitude of Ravens’

Masahisa Fukase, the Japanese photographer is possibly best known for his grainy, dark and impressionistic depiction of domestic life. His 1986 book ‘Solitude of Ravens‘ was, in 2010, selected as the best photobook of the generation by the British Journal of Photography.

Michael Hoppen Gallery presents the first UK exhibition of vintage prints from ‘Solitude of Ravens’. The prints come directly from the private collection of the Masahisa Fukase Archive. The Michael Hoppen Gallery is in Chelsea, just off the King’s Road, a short walk from South Kensington tube station or slightly further from Sloane Square.

Admission: Free.
Where: Michael Hoppen Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 23rd April.
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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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Abelardo Morell: Through the looking glass

Closing soon.
Abelardo Morell, born in Havanna, Cuba and moved, with his family to New York in 1962. He is known for producing pictures which transform and transcend the ordinary and everyday. Morell is fascinated by the optics and practice of photography. He built a camera obscura, a technique where light is allowed to enter a room through a pinhole and an image is projected (inverted) on the opposite wall, thought to exist from as early as 400 BC. The captures can be found in his book ‘Camera Obscura‘, featuring views of Brooklyn Bride, shot from nearby apartments where he set up a camera obscura.

Through the Looking Glass at Beetles & Huxley, in Mayfair featuring Abelardo Morell images. Beetles+Huxley is just off Piccadilly, not far from Fortnum & Masons or the Royal Academy of Arts and a short walk from Regent’s Street.

Closing soon.
Admission: Free.
Where: Beetles + Huxley.
Ends: Saturday, 16th April.
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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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Performing for the Camera

Performing for the Camera explores the relationship between photography and performance through over 50 seminal photographs. The exhibitions presents the work of photographers such as Cindy Sherman and feature performers from Yves Klein to Yayoi Kusama. The exhibition is broader and more interesting than a narcissistic trope of the selfie, instead “it takes its main focus from the documentation of Performance Art” Art & Photography.

“Poignant, touching, confrontational, painful and joyful” Guardian

“From its earliest beginnings to the age of the selfie, the urge to put on a show for the camera has proved irresistible
Independent

Tate Modern is on the South Bank, across the River Thames from St Paul’s Cathedral. There are so many places to get food along the South Bank from street food to restaurants with fantastic views over the Thames, such as Skylon.

Admission: £16 (adult, with donation).
Where: Tate Modern.
Ends: Sunday, 12th June.
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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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Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Vogue 100: A Century of Style is a real treat for fashion enthusiasts, packed with glamorous, iconic images of artists, actors and aristocracy. The exhibition showcases showcases the remarkabke range of photography commissioned by Vogue since it’s inception in 1916.

The National Portrait Gallery presents over 280 images from the Condé Nast archives. The National Portrait Gallery is on St. Martin’s Place, a few strides from Leicester Square tube station.

Admission: £19 (full price, with donation).
Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 22nd May.
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Lee Miller: A Woman’s War

Lee Miller was one of New York’s top fashion models, working with Edward Steichen amongst other legends of the era. In the 1920s, she left New York for Paris to become an established fine are and fashion photographer. After the breakout of WWII, Lee Miller became an acclaimed War Correspondent for Vogue Magazine. By 1943, she took up an opportunity to work as an accredited photojournalist attached to the American military forces. The exhibition features her work from this time.

When she died in 1977, Lee Miller’s body was cremated and her ashes were spread through her herb garden at Farley Farm House in East Sussex.
‘Lee Miller: A Woman’s War’ is a book published to coincide with the London photography Exhibition, telling the story of the lives’ of women affected by the war.

The Imperial War Museum presents previously unseen images of conflict. The project began several years ago, coming from a conversation with Antony Penrose, Lee Miller’s son. The exhibition puts the Lee Miller’s vision of gender during the conflict centre stage.

“This incredible selection […] cements [Lee Miller’s] position as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century” – Artfund.

The Imperial War Museum is on Lambeth Road, close to Elephant & Castle underground and mainline stations.

Where: Imperial War Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 24th April.
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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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