London Photography Exhibitions June 2018



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London Photography Exhibitions June 2018


Two new photography exhibitions in London are now open. Both are exciting. First there is Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing. This is the first major UK solo show of the US proto-feminist’s work. The second new show features Tish Murtha. Tish Murtha was also a social documentary photographer. The gallery bring together six major bodies of her work.

As well as the new shows, Shape of Light continues at Tate Modern. Note that some photography exhibitions in London are about to end. Derek Parfit: The Mind’s Eye is open until Saturday. Meanwhile Olaf Otto Becker runs until next week. Read on for further details on these as well as others.

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Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing

Barbican Centre, London Photography Exhibitions June 2018

Barbican Centre


Just opened.
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.

Just opened.
Where: Barbican Centre.
Ends: Sunday, 2nd September.
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Tish Murtha: Works: 1976 – 1991

Just opened.
Tish Murtha was known, in the main, for documenting marginalised communities. One of her best known works, Youth Unemployment (1981), portrayed dereliction in Newcastle. That was after a doubling in the local unemployment rate. Importantly, her images were used in parliament as evidence of a disturbing reality. As well as Youth Unemployment, five other major bodies of Murtha worked are surveyed. These include London by Night together with Elswick Revisited.

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.

Just opened.
Where: The Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 14th October.
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The Mind’s Eye: Derek Parfit

Closing soon.
Derek Parfit, who died last year, was perhaps the most original moral philosopher in the English-speaking world. He examined personal identity and rationality in addition to ethics.

While Derek Parfit was world-renowned for his philosophy work, his photographic work was not displayed in his lifetime. Narrative present the first ever exhibition of Derek Parfit’s photography. Parfit was a very keen photographer, employing professional retouchers to remove objects: “capturing an ideal”, according to Janet Radliffe Richards. The works are selected to examine Parfit’s idiosyncratic method and practice.

There is an event at the Photographers’ Gallery to coincide with the exhibition. Philosophers Jeff McMahan, Janet Radcliffe-Richards together with Nigel Warburton join film researcher Mary Wild to discus Parfit’s photographic oeuvre.

Narrative Projects is on New Cavendish Street in Fitzrovia. Oxford Circus and also Goodge street underground stations are in walking distance. The Photographers’ Gallery is also a short walk.

Closing soon.
Where: Narrative Projects.
Ends: Saturday, 30th June.
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Olaf Otto Becker

Closing soon.
Olaf Becker is a German photographer who has notably spent 14 summers travelling across the west coast of Greenland. The artist travelled alone in a small open boat during the journey and used large format equipment. Huxley-Parlour present over 20 large-scale colour prints from the 4,000 km journey. The works come from Becker’s 2003-2006 series ‘Broken Lines’ as well as the ‘Illusiat’ series. Significantly, this is first solo UK exhibition of Olaf Otto Becker work.
Huxley-Parlour is just off Piccadilly. With Fortnum & Mason and the Royal Academy of Arts nearby, it is a short walk from Regent’s Street.

Closing soon.
Where: Huxley-Parlour.
Ends: Friday, 6th July.
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Cindy Sherman

Sprüth Magers London, London photography exhibitions june 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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Family Values: Polish Photography Now

Free admission.
Family Values is an exhibition featuring the work of Polish photographers, principally Zofia Rydet. Rydet’s series ‘Sociological Record’ is probably one of the most important achievements in 20th Polish photography. Something of a Polish August Sander, she set out to provide a comprehensive documentary portrait of Polish domestic life. 20,000 Polish families welcomed Zofia Rydet into their homes on her 20-year mission. Long admired in Poland, Rydet is now gaining prominence from a wider, international audience.

The show is curated by Kate Bush and also features work from contemporary Polish photographers. Józef Robakowski and Aneta Grzeszykowska as well as Weronika Gęsicka, Aneta Bartos and Adam Palenta feature.

Calvert 22 Foundation is in Shoreditch and only a short walk from Shoreditch High Street London Overground Station. Old Street as well as Liverpool Street Underground stations are also both walkable.

Free admission.
Where: Calvert 22 Foundation.
Ends: Sunday, 22nd July.
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August Sander: Men without Masks

August Sander is a pioneer in documenting human diversity. Armed with just a large format camera with glass plate negatives his ‘People of the 20th Century‘ project documented mid-1920’s Germany. Although he didn’t come from an artist background, Sander’s work influenced important photographers of the twentieth century. Both Walker Evans and Diane Arbus were thought to be influenced by Sander.

The rare, large scale photographs on show at Hauser & Wirth in ‘Men without Masks’ are impressive. Sander chose to stick with older large format technology rather than the then, new, Leica camera in order to capture more detail. The oversize printing in the exhibition showcases this fine detail on the faces of the sitters. Not only the quality of the printing but also the number of portraits on show make the show outstanding.

Hauser & Wirth are on Saville Row with Oxford Circus and Piccadilly London Underground stations only a short walk. There are almost as many photography galleries as tailors in the area, with Huxley-Parlour as well as The Photographers’ Gallery a few minutes’ walk away.

Where: Hauser & Wirth.
Ends: Saturday, 28th July.
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Daido Moriyama: Scene

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.

Where: Hamiltons.
Ends: Friday, 17th August.
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Jacques Henri Lartigue: C’est Chic

Michael Hoppen Gallery, Chelsea, London photography exhibitions June 2018

Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea


French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue is known for his shots of Parisian fashion models as well as his friends and family. He is such a giant of photography, that it is impossible to imagine the 20th century photographic landscape without him. Lartigue pursued photography for his love of the art and also to document what he held precious. He was hailed as a founder of modern photography yet his work had limited influence on the development of photography during the twentieth century. This is because much of his work virtually unknown until half a century after he reach his artistic peak.

Paul Smith has curated two concurrent London exhibitions to celebrate Lartigue. This one at Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea like teh other at Paul Smith, Covent Garden bring to light some rare treats. The focus is Lartigue’s magical eye. ‘Effortlessly chic‘ work from three decades 1950s, 60s and 70s, is featured.

Michael Hoppen Gallery is in Chelsea . They are based just off the King’s Road. The gallery is close to South Kensington tube station or a slightly further walk from Sloane Square. Michael Hoppen opening hours change in the summer. Notably it is closed on Saturdays during July and August.

Where: Michael Hoppen.
Ends: Saturday, 28th July.
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Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

Tate Modern, London Photography Exhibitions June 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 June 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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