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London Photography Exhibitions this February 2018 are the best in London for a while. Ahead of the new Barbican photography exhibition there is a new Daido Moriyama display at Michael Hoppen. The epic Andreas Gursky exhibition at Hayward Gallery continues. There is also a free Gursky display at White Cube Gallery.

Finally the UAL Olympus UK Photography Award 2018 exhibition ends soon. Read on for more details below.

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Daido Moriyama

Just opened.
Free admission.
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. 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.

The importance of Moriyama’s work is clear from the number of displays just in London. Apart from this show at Michael Hoppen gallery, Barbican is hosting “Another Kind of Life” from the end of February. On top there is a permanent display of Moriyama work at the Tate Modern.

Michael Hoppen presents a rare set of vintage silver prints. They are based in Chelsea, just off the King’s Road. It is close to South Kensington tube station or a slightly further walk from Sloane Square.

Just opened.
Free admission.
Where: Michael Hoppen Gallery.
Ends: Thursday, 29th March.
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Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky is a German photographer, formerly a student of influential photographers Hilla and Bernd Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Gursky is now a professor at the Kunstakademie. That hallowed institution was attended by a long list of notable photographers including Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth and Candida Höfer. Gursky is undoubtedly one of the most successful modern photographers with no fewer than six of his photographs featuring in the list of 20 Most Expensive Photos Sold at Auction. Of course, he also has the top spot with ‘Rhein II, 1999‘ which went for £2.7 million at auction in November, 2011.


What makes his photographs so expensive?

First of all the prints are huge; Rhein II is almost 12 feet (16 metres) wide. He uses medium format cameras to capture pictures and then manipulate them digitally, creating abstracts. The purpose of the digital manipulation is not to create fictions, instead to heighten the image of something that exists in the world. Andreas Gursky photographs and a social commentary which reveal “how do we order the world around around us“. It is not just Andreas Gursky’s artistic vision which makes his work so valuable. In addition, his works are rare; of the edition of six which made up Rhein II, four are in museums and only two are in private collections.

Andreas Gursky’s to large-scale photographs of landscapes, people and architecture, captures the modern world in seductive detail. He displays a methodical approach similar to that of Hilla and Bernd Becher who offered him critical training. Similarities can be noted in the use of repitition, the feature of textures, symmetry and pattern. He also counts landscape photographer John Davies and large-format colour photography pioneer Joel Sternfeld amongst those who influenced him. Gursky’s typically uses a high point of view. This is considered democratic in that it gives equal importance to every element in the composition. The result is “somewhere between photography and paintings


Hayward Gallery Reopens

Hayward Gallery, London Photography Exhibitions, South Bank
The Hayward Gallery, on the South Bank has re-opened after a two-year refurbishment with a treat for photography enthusiasts; the first major UK Andreas Gursky retrospective. The gallery present 60 images from the early 80s to Gursky’s latest work. The curator definitely had to include, the most famous Gursky, Rhein II, but there is more recent work. As an example, manipulated images made using high end digital large format cameras. The images are particularly digitally manipulated. As a result the output mimics the initial inspiration; a mobile phone capture from a moving train. This is another social comment on the world around us.

If you are keen to see full scale Gursky work, but find the entrance fee a little high you might consider going to the White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey.

The Brutalist Hayward Gallery is close to Waterloo Tube Station and on the South Bank. It’s a short walk from the Strand so you might consider combining the gallery visit with a Theatreland trip.

Supporter Standard Ticket: £18.50 (including transaction fee).
Where: Hayward Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 22nd April.
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Hiro

Free admission.
Iconic US commercial and fashion photographer Hiro is known for his bizarre yet stunning unique aesthetic. Starting out as a young fashion photographer, Hiro was inspired by Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, initially finding work as Avedon’s assistant. Hiro’s fashion work for Harper’s Bazaar, French Vogue and Mirabella was in an era when fashion photography featured great photographs instead of photographs to simply show the product. Hiro is prominently known for editorial work in Harper’s Bazaar in the 1960s and 1970s, his work featuring unusual juxtapositions continue to influence photographers today.

Hamiltons host a Hiro display featuring prints not been previously editioned, so have not been outside of magazine covers.

Hamiltons Gallery is in Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square and a short walk from Green Park tube station. Nobu, on Berkeley street is on the way back to the tube station, if you fancy stopping off for some sushi.

Free admission.
Where: Hamiltons Gallery.
Ends: Friday, 23rd March.
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Valda Bailey: The Sun Beyond the Shadow

Free admission.
Valda Bailey is a photographer from Jersey known as an expert in the Intentional Camera Movement technique. Typically landscape photographers invest in a strong and stable tripod. Additionally, they also use camera functions to minimise vibrations caused by internal movement within the camera. This all helps to get the sharpest picture possible. Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) throws this all out the window. Instead, the photographer deliberately moves the camera – panning or following a particular pattern – to blur the created photograph. The technique can create new textures in the image. The result might be something like the Impressionist painters’ work.

Valda Bailey was a painter before taking up photography seriously and uses ICM and multiple exposure to create abstract shapes in her photography. Her intention is to convey feelings invoked by the landscape, drawing on its essence rather than a focus on its detail.

MMX Gallery presents a range of prints from Bailey’s oeuvre in “The Sun beyond the Shadows”. MMX Gallery is in New Cross. New Cross, on the London Overground and mainline, is the closest station. The DLR station at Deptford Bridge is near too.

Free admission.
Where: MMX Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 10th March.
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UAL Olympus UK Photography Award 2018

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Olympus and the Bermondsey Project space join forces for the second year running to stage the University of the Arts London (UAL) UK Photography Award 2018. Based on the theme Photo Evidence: Between (Media) Representation and Reality the competition is split into three sections.

The Bermondsey Project Space is probably less than a minute’s walk from the White Cube Gallery. London Underground stations are also nearby at London Bridge and Bermondsey.

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Where: Bermondsey Project Space.
Ends: Saturday, 24th February.
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Into the Woods: Trees in Photography

Free admission.
Into the Woods is a free display on at the V&A Museum which uses photography to explore trees as an inspiration for artists. Some photographs date back to the 1850s and notable photographers featured include Ansel Adams and Alfred Stieglitz. The display is in room 38a of the museum. The V&A will become one of the most comprehensive photography centres in the world. The first phase of the will be ready this autumn.

The V&A Museum is in South Kensington, on Exhibition Road, not more than a few minutes from South Kensington tube station.

Free admission.
Where: V&A Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 22nd April.
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Merrie Albion – Landscape Studies of a Small Island

Free admission.
Simon Roberts is known for uniquely documenting British customs and practices in the great British landscape. He is by no means limited to the field of photography though. In 2012, Roberts created the Credit Crunch Lexicon installation at Swiss Cottage Gallery. However Merrie Albion focuses on his photographic work. It brings together what is in effect ten years’ of Roberts’ work.

Flowers Gallery present new work, including previously unpublished prints. The gallery is in Shoreditch on Kingsland Road, near to Hoxton Overground station. If you like Vietnamese food, stop for lunch at one of the nearby restaurants on the Pho Mile.

Free admission.
Where: Flowers Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 10th March.
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Andreas Gursky: Rückblick

Free admission.
This display is timed to run alongside the Hayward Gallery exhibition. White Cube offer you a chance to see this Gursky print with no admission fee. They are displaying “Rückblick 2015“, which shows the last four German chancellors in a fictional scene. In a word, this is a fantastic example of Gursky work. For that reason it is worth a visit even if you have already been to the Hayward Gallery show.

White Cube is very near to London Bridge. Also nearby is Bermondsey London Underground station.

Free admission.
Where: White Cube Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 8th April.
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Composing for the Camera: György Kepes

Free admission.
Composing for the camera features studio photograms from Hungarian photographer György Kepes. The compositions were specifically contrived for the captures. This is a free display as part of the permanent collection at the Tate Modern.

Tate Modern is on the South Bank of the Thames, and just a few minutes’ walk from St. Paul’s tube station. The shows seems like a perfect drop-in on a walk along the South Bank on a a sunny day.

Free admission.
Where: Tate Modern: Boiler House Level 2 East.
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Daido Moriyama

Free admission.
This is a permanent display in the Tate Modern in the Artist rooms. In addition to prints of famous Moriyama images hung on the walls, there is a looping projection of dozens of other images – all inspiring.

Tate Modern is on the South Bank of the Thames, and just a few minutes’ walk from St. Paul’s tube station. The shows seems like a perfect drop-in on a walk along the South Bank on a sunny day.

Free admission.
Where: Tate Modern: Boiler House Level 4 East.
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London Photography Exhibitions February 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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