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London Photography Exhibitions April 2017

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London photography exhibitions this April include the return of the World Photography Organisation to Somerset House, with Photo London, this is probably one of the most anticipated annual photography events held annually at Somerset House. Over in Mayfair, at the David Zwirner Gallery, there is a rather interesting exhibition of sociophotgraphic artist Christopher Williams’ work. In addition to these new additions, a few exhibitions are ending this week, read on for details.

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Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition

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World Photography Awards returns to Somerset House for the tenth edition, although it doesn’t even feel like a year has passed since this photography exhibition was last here. This year probably the most important British ‘chronicler of our age‘, Martin Parr, has been honoured with an award for Outstanding Contribution to Photography, following in the footsteps of Elliot Erwitt, William Klein and William Eggleston.

Somerset House is on the Strand, by Waterloo Bridge and a couple of minutes walk from Covent Garden.

Closing soon.
Full price adult weekend ticket: £11 (with discount) .
Where: Somerset House.
Begins: Friday 21st April.
Ends: Sunday, 7th May.
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Christopher Williams: Open Letter – The Family Drama Refunctioned? (From the Point of View of Production)

Free admission.
Christopher Williams is an American photographer whose work has maybe most accurately been described as sociophotgraphic. Williams’ work uses a new perception while exploring politics and history. This is Williams’ first major London retrospective in two years. Christopher Williams work is held in many important international collections including the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

David Zwirner Gallery is in Mayfair, not far from Berkeley Square. The gallery is also a short walk from Hamiltons Gallery (close to Grosvenor Square).

Free admission.
Where: David Zwirner Gallery.
Ends: Saturday, 20th May.
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The Ceremony of Life: Early works by Martin Parr

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Free admission.

Martin Parr has had almost back-to-back London photography exhibitions either of his own work or exhibitions that he curated since early 2016. While for other photographers that might seem enough to satisfy the appetite, with Martin Parr the thirst for more grows. The Ceremony of Life focuses on Martin Parr’s earlier work and consequently, more subtle, black and white prints feature instead of the the bolder colours he became known for later in his career. The exhibition shows seeds the social commentary narrative Parr ultimately gained renown for. The keen eye and humour are both still present though. Obviously this is not Martin Parr’s first exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery, (there was ‘The Cost of Living’ in 1990 for example). The exhibition does come forty years on from Parr’s very first solo exhibition there though.

The Photographers’ Gallery is by Liberty of London, about a stone’s throw from either Oxford Street or Regent Street. There is a great café which also serves delicious salads, tea, coffee and cakes while the gallery is open.

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Where: The Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 23rd April.
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Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s

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Free admission.
Making Jamaica features 70 archival images of captures made in Jamaica during probably the most transformative time of her modern history. The photographs catalogue economic and social change amid the same unspoiled beauty that has made the Caribbean island become such a popular getaway in recent times.

Rivington Place is in Shoreditch, less than half a mile’s walk from Shoreditch High Street London Overground station. You might consider stopping off at Boxpark, a pop-up shopping centre, for a coffee while you are in the area.

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Where: Rivington Place.
Ends: Saturday, 22nd April.
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Scarlett Hooft Graafland: Discovery

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Free admission.
Scarlett Hooft Graafland is maybe most known for travelling to remote corners of the world and makes staged, choreographed photographs in the austere surroundings of the isolated surroundings she selects. Scarlett collaborates closely with local people and it is, most of all, the mutual trust she is able to engender with local people that affords the creation of such rich and authentic imagery.

‘I explore the “hyperreal” scene using the gift of natural light and brightness, as well as vivid colour palettes’ Scarlett Hooft Graafland.

Flowers Gallery presents ‘Discovery’ a rather fantastic display which with Hooft Graafland’s talent evokes an almost unspoilt world.

Flowers Central is on Cork Street in Soho, which is almost a stone’s throw from the Royal Academy of Arts.

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Where: Flowers Cork Street.
Ends: Friday, 21st April.
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Elger Esser: Morgenland

Free admission.
Elger Esser is a German photographer of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, famous for producing Andreas Gursky, Candida Hoffer, Thomas Struth as well as another handful of well known contemporary photographers. Parasol Unit finally presents Esser’s first solo UK exhibition, Morgenland. Morgenland features photographs captured in the Middle East, most of all in Lebanon, Egypt and Israel.

The photographs are troublingly gorgeous.

The Parasol Unit is probably about the same distance from Old Street and Angle tube stations. Walk along the canal towards Upper Street for something to eat while you’re in the area.

Free admission.
Where: Parasol Unit.
Ends: Sunday, 21st May.
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Roger Mayne

Free admission before noon every day.
Roger Mayne is one of Britain’s best known documentary photographers. Roger was famous for collaborating with other artists including musicians and architects and having close links with the St. Ives artists based in Cornwall.

Probably Roger Mayne’s most famous work is the black and white documentary photography series – Southam Street – in which the protagonists are the children of the urban street in one of the poorest areas of 1950s London: Notting Hill. While this important work is featured at the show, there is a wealth of work from other projects on display, some not seen in decades.

The work Mayne did for the British pavilion at Milan Triennale in 1964 is probably most interesting for Mayne enthusiasts. That is because Mayne is best known for his black and white documentary photography, and this commission featured colour work of the British at leisure, engaging in sports and other pursuits all shot in a style more familiar to Martin Parr’s followers. The curators Anna Douglas and Karen McQuaid have done an outstanding job in recreating the Milan experience from 1964 as faithfully and meticulously as possible. This includes music from the same composer as the original show and an arc of five screen onto which the carefully choreographed transition of the projects follow Mayne’s own original directions.

Photographers’ Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery is by Liberty of London, not far from either Oxford Street or Regent Street. There is a great café which also serves delicious quiches, salads, cakes and speciality teas.

Free admission before noon every day.
Where: Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 11th June.
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More information: Tate Modern.
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Richard Mosse: Incoming

Closing soon.
Free admission.
Incoming is a small display at the Barbican centre featuring video in addition to photography. Use the Barbican tube station or the walks from Liverpool Street or Moorgate are probably almost as easy.
Closing soon.
Free admission.
Where: Barbican Centre.
Ends: Sunday, 23rd April.
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Edmund Clark: War of Terror

Free entry.
British photographer Edmund Clark gained access to Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba where the U.S. government held enemy combatants during the War on Terror. Clark also photographed a house which was subject to a Control Order. Control Orders were introduced by the British government as a counter-terrorism measure. The idea was to restrict an individual’s liberty for the purpose of protecting members of the public from a risk of terrorism. During the three days Clark spent in the house, he made uncomposed images and published them in the book Control Order on leaving the house.

War on Terror is an immersive experience which brings together several sources of material, correspondence from round the world sent to a British detainee at Guantanamo Bay as well as Edmund Clark’s own photography at the facility. In addition you can see photographs from the suburban UK house which was under a Control Order.

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

Free entry.
Where: Imperial War Museum.
Ends: Monday, 28th August
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THE RADICAL EYE: MODERNIST PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE SIR ELTON JOHN COLLECTION

Singer, Sir Elton John and Tate present an exhibition of modernist photography from Elton John’s private collection. Sir Elton owns around eight thousand photographic works some dating back to 1910. He started collecting in 1990 when he successfully completed rehab, substituting his addiction for alcohol for an addiction for photography. Tate Modern presents an astounding collection which features work by Dorothea Lange, Man Ray, Edward Weston in addition to other pioneers and masters in their respective photographic fields.

The focus of this London photography exhibition, is the coming of age of photography. In total, the gallery displays 200 works by 60 most noteworthy artists.

Tate Modern is on the South Bank of the Thames, across the river from St Paul’s Cathedral. While visiting, leave extra time to explore the Switch House extension to the Tate Modern, if you haven’t yet had a chance to see it. If you’re planning an evening visit to the Tate Modern, you might also consider visiting the Oxo Tower Bar for sunset views over the Thames and the City of London.

Adult Tickets: £16.50 (including £1.50 Gift Aid donation)
Where: Tate Modern.
Ends: Sunday, 7th May.
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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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