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London Photography Exhibitions August 2018

There is a decent number of photography exhibitions in London worth seeing this August. We have just added Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive to the list. This is a mid-career survey of her remarkably rich career, including images from the Crowd series. Don’t forget you can get into the exhibition for free before noon any day. Beyond Soho there is a fair bit of photography on show. In Shoreditch you can see the new Victor Diop show Liberty / Diaspora. Meanwhile, Shape of Light continues at Tate Modern while on the other side of the river at Barbican you can see Dorothea Lange. Influential Cindy Sherman continues her exhibition at Sprüth Magers while in Camden there is an interesting Peter Fraser display.

Unfortunately some shows end this month. In particular, Rodin: the Photographs ends soon. Read on for further details on these as well as others. See the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. The London Photography Galleries list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions. It contains information such as opening times and maps for the London photography exhibitions.


Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive

Alex Prager is known for capturing the disquiet of modern life. She is a film-maker as well as a photographer and makes photographs on specially constructed film sets. These productions are massive, employing hundreds of actors. She takes her cues from the cinematic conventions of film directors as well as fashion photography.

The Photographers’ Gallery presents the first mid-career survey of Alex Prager’s work. Over 40 photographs are presented, spread over two floors. Her celebrated ‘Crowd’ series featuring crowds of dozens of people, each apparently in a private moment of their own. The series presents a quite disjointed culture – Prager’s reflection of the “weird disconnected connection of social media”.

The Photographers Gallery “offers a tender and frank perspective on a historic moment”. The gallery is between Oxford Street and Liberty of London. It is not far from either of the underground stations at Oxford Street or Piccadilly.

Free admission before 12:00 every day
Where: Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 14th October.
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Omar Victor Diop: Liberty / Diaspora

Free admission.
Omar Victor Diop impressed the Arles festival with his vivid metaphorical portraits of African historical figures in 2015. A few years on, Autograph brings Project Diaspora which he presented at Arles that year, together with Liberty to London. Liberty: A Universal Chronology of Black Protest looks at the diaspora as well as Africa. Recent and past events in the United States, such as the Million Hoodie March and Selma help define the fight for freedom and human rights. Diop takes the lead role in front of the camera in all of the shots. This was the case for Project Diaspora too.

Autograph present Omar Victor Diop’s first solo UK exhibition. The gallery is at Rivington Place in Shoreditch. Shoreditch High Street London Overground station as well as Boxpark Shoreditch are just a few minutes’ walk. Liverpool Street station is also close; about 900 metres.

Free admission.
Where: Autograph ABP.
Ends: Saturday, 3rd November.
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The Influence Project

Free admission.
The Influence Project celebrates the global impact of African American musicians. The work on display was made by photographer Alexis Chabala. The display is in the East Wing Galleries at Somerset House.

Somerset House is on the Strand. The nearest underground stations are Temple and Covent Garden together with Holborn. There are plenty of places to eat nearby on the Strand as well as in Covent Garden.

Free admission.
Where: Somerset House.
Ends: Wednesday, 22nd August.
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Peter Fraser: Mathematics

Peter Fraser together with fellow British photographers Martin Parr and Paul Graham, was a colour photography pioneer. He is known for taking a ‘Master painter‘ approach not only to colour but also paying great attention to composition, light and shadows. One of Peter Fraser’s profound influences is the 1977 film Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames. The focus of one scene of the film is how small particles, which constitute larger complex particles, can themselves appear complex. This complexity is revealed while magnifying objects by powers of ten. This influence is evident in his photography. Often it seems he is holding a magnifying glass up to ordinary every objects.

Camden Arts Centre present Peter Fraser’s most recent body of work. Mathematics looks at how time, space and everything within it can be described using maths. The exhibition unites an apparently disparate range of photographic subjects. The images draw our attention to the underlying patterns and forces which shape our perception of the universe.

Camden Arts is just off on the Finchley Road. The centre is moments from Finchley Road & Frognall Overground station while Hampstead underground station is a little further. Hamsptead station is around a 15 minute walk.

Where: Camden Arts Centre.
Ends: Sunday, 16th September.
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Auguste Rodin: The Photographs

Closing soon.

Huxley-Parlour present an exhibition of 30 vintage photographs taken at Rodin’s studio. Photographs of ‘The Burghers of Calais’, ‘Monument to Balzac’ and ‘Eternal Springtime’ are on show. The images were taken by Jacques-Ernest Bulloz and Eugène Druet as well as Pierre Choumoff.

Rodin work is the focus of another display in London. Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece is on at the British Museum. The exhibition is on until the end of July.

Huxley-Parlour is just off Piccadilly. With Fortnum & Mason and the Royal Academy of Arts nearby, it is a short walk from Regent Street.

Closing soon.
Where: Huxley-Parlour Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 11th August.
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AKTION: Conceptual Art And Photography (1960 – 1980)

In brief, AKTION investigates the Conceptual art movement over two decades of photography. In particular, the exhibition explores Conceptual art photography practices dealing with Feminism and political activism together with performance and social critique. The exhibition takes in 26 artists including Eleanor Antinand Dennis Oppenheim as well as Ger van Elk.

Richard Saltoun is in Dover Street in Mayfair and an equally short walk from Green Park or Bond Street stations. There are also a few other photography galleries on neighbouring streets.

Where: Richard Saltoun.
Ends: Saturday, 25th August.
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I Want to Live

Photographer Daniel Reagan took pictures while working on a project at a suicide respite centre. Uniquely, Maytree is a suicide refuge centre occupying a space between professional medical support and volunteer helplines. The project focuses on staff as well as patients. Daniel Reagan is a suicide survivor and investigates what brings people to volunteer to help those in suicidal crisis together with the impact on their own mental health.

Free Space Project is at Kentish Town Health Centre and Kentish Town West as well as Camden Road train stations a short distance away. Maytree is a registered charity and you can make donations via the Maytree website.

Where: Free Space Project.
Ends: Friday, 12th October.
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Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing

Barbican Centre, London Photography Exhibitions August 2018

Barbican Centre

Dorothea Lange is probably best known for her work for the U.S. Farm Security Agency during the Great Depression. Roy E. Stryker who was head of the Information Division at FSA commissioned Dorothea Lange as well as Walker Evans and Gordon Parks amongst others.
Consequently, they set out to catalogue the struggles of rural life. Significantly, some 77,000 prints were made from 164,000 developed negatives.

Dorothea Lange’s work is especially known for humanising the consequences of the depression. She showed not only despair and loss, but also a sense of pride. Her ‘Migrant Mother‘ image, probably the most famous, became a symbol of the Great Depression.

Barbican present the first ever British Dorothea Lange retrospective. She is recognised as a proto-feminist as well as a “powerful woman of unparalleled vigour and resilience”. There is a gallery devoted to the Migrant Mother, Florence Owens Thompson, with five variations as well as previous shots.

Dorothea Lange / Vanessa Winship: A photography double bill

A sister exhibition runs alongside Politics of Seeing at Barbican. Vanessa Winship: And Time Folds is the first major solo UK exhibition of Winship’s work. That exhibition of over 150 images uncovers the fragile nature of our landscape and society. A ticket for Politics of seeing with also get you into And Time Folds on the same day.

Meanwhile, there’s another depression era photography exhibition in London’s Whitechapel Gallery. That exhibition chiefly features prints from destroyed negatives, rejected by Roy E. Stryker. ‘Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America‘ has free admission.

The Barbican Centre is just a couple of minutes’ walk from Barbican tube station. Liverpool Street and Moorgate are also quite close.

Where: Barbican Centre.
Ends: Sunday, 2nd September.
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Cindy Sherman

Sprüth Magers London, London photography exhibitions August 2018

Sprüth Magers London


Cindy Sherman is one of the most influential figures in contemporary art. In particular, the American photographer is known for her conceptual portraits. She was making ‘selfies’ long before the term existed. Probably her most famous series is ‘Untitled Film Stills‘. Cindy Sherman challenges social stereotypes, dressing up in wigs and vintage clothing, and putting herself in front of the camera. The series comprises 69 black and white images made between 1977 and 1980. Photograph Number 48 from the series features in the list of 20 Most Expensive Photos Sold at Auction. In total Cindy Sherman work appears six times in that list. The most expensive being ‘Untitled 96 1981’, in third place. The chromogenic colour print was sold for $3.9 million by Christie’s in 2011.

This exciting display at Sprüth Magers features new work from Cindy Sherman’s latest series. The 2016 series stars Sherman as the ‘grandes dames’ of 1920s Hollywood cinema. The photographs on show are created using dye sublimation: heat is used to transfer the dye directly onto metal. Notably, no glass protection is needed. Consequently, the images appear more immediate and vital.

Sprüth Magers is in Mayfair, and just a short walk from Green Park tube station and also Bond Street. If the weather’s good it might be worth getting a sandwich to eat on a bench in Berkeley Square.

Where: Sprüth Magers.
Ends: Saturday, 1st September.
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Daido Moriyama: Scene

Closing soon.

Daido Moriyama is one of the most influential Japanese photographers of his generation. He is probably best known for his style of black and white street photography. You only need to look at he number of photography exhibitions in London in 2018 alone to appreciate his importance. He was featured as one of only 20 photographers at the acclaimed Barbican show ‘Another Kind of Life’, a solo exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery as well the Pavilion Commission at Photo London 2018.

Moriyama’s shots can look like unintentional snapshots at first. However, a closer look reveals his social commentary. His work highlights the breakdown of traditional values in modern Japan. He counts William Klein and Eikoh Hosoe as his principal influences: he worked as an assistant to Eikoh Hosoe.

‘Scene’ is curated by Tim Jefferies and exclusively features silkscreens on canvas. Hamiltons Gallery is in Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square and a short walk from Green Park tube station. Sprüth Magers Gallery is also just a short walk: see above for details of the Cindy Sherman show on there right now.

Closing soon.
Where: Hamiltons.
Ends: Friday, 17th August.
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Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

Tate Modern, London Photography Exhibitions August 2018

Tate Modern Boiler House, South Bank.


The Shape of Lights is a stunning celebration of 100 years of photography and abstract art. This is the first major exhibition to explore that relationship between photography and abstract art. The show features not only the fathers of art photography like Alfred Stieglitz and László Moholy-Nagy; modern masters such as Thomas Ruff are also included.

Tate Modern is on the South Bank of the Thames, and just a few minutes’ walk from St. Paul’s tube station. The show seems like a perfect drop-in on a walk along the South Bank on a sunny spring day. There is also some fantastic photography on show on permanent display. As an example, you will find work from Martin Parr’s ‘Last Resort’ and an equally interesting display of work by Karl Blossfeldt and Germaine Krull. Equally important: there is no admission fee to see this work in the permanent collection. There is an optional donation instead of an admission fee though.

Adult: £16.00 (booked online at least 24 hours in advance, no booking fee charged)
Where: Tate Modern.
Ends: Sunday, 14th October.
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London Photography Exhibitions August 2018

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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