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Photo London 2018 & London Photography Exhibitions May 2018


Photo London 2018, sees the fair, return to Somerset House, now in its fourth edition. With over a hundred galleries participating there is a wealth of photography to discover this year, from discovering emerging artists and new work from established contemporary photographers to taking in classics. These is all that and plenty in between!

Meanwhile away from the photography fervour at Somerset House, there is plenty more photography to see in the London. A few shows are closing soon. If you don’t have time to pop into Opera Gallery in Bond Street to see Ellen von Unwerth’s display, you are in luck. You can flick through a collector’s edition of her latest book, Heimat, at the Taschen stand at Photo London. As well as Ellen von Unwerth, a few more exhibitions are closing soon. These include Birgit Jürgenssen: Nocturnal Light in Fitzrovia and Thomas Mailaender: The Fun Archaeology in Chelsea. Victorian Giants, on at the National Portrait Gallery is also closing soon. Read on for further details on both of these and others, lower down.

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.


Photo London 2018

Closing soon.
Now in it’s fourth year, Photo London is coming of age and establishing itself as a world-class photography fair. This year the event runs from Thursday 17th May until Sunday 20th. As ever the show is huge. This year there are over 100 participating galleries from 18 countries.

Some stands to look out for at Photo London 2018:

  • The Little Black Gallery: Anja Niemei’s project ‘She Could Have Been a Cowboy‘ premieres. The Chelsea Gallery has stand C11 in the West Wing of Somerset House,
  • Amanda Chacharin work in on show at Huxley Parlour’s large stand (G9) at the back of the Pavillion. Amanda Chacharin features as well as eight other contemporary female photographers. There is also Amanda Chacharin work at the Fahey/Klein Stand (B1) in the East Wing
  • Sun Pictures then and Now: examines the Henry Fox Talbot legacy with prints of his famous early window photograph on display in the West Embankment Gallery,
  • Edward Burtynsky recognised as a Master of Photography has some Augmented Reality (AR) in the West Embankment Gallery. You can download an app to you phone or borrow a fair tablet.

Somerset House is on the Strand, by Waterloo Bridge and a couple of minutes walk from Covent Garden. You might consider slipping out to Covent Garden or across the river to the South Bank for a quick lunch before rushing backing to take in the fantastic show.

Closing soon.
Admission: £30 (including £1 transaction fee).
Where: Somerset House.
Ends: Sunday, 20th May.
See the London Photography Galleries list which compliments this London Photography Exhibitions post and is regularly updated with information on opening times and maps.
More information: Photo London.
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The Great British Seaside

Martin Parr is surely one of the nation’s most celebrated photographers. He is 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. For this exhibition featuring new work, Martin Parr is once again at the seaside.

The National Maritime Museum present the work of four feted British photographers. Martin Parr as well as Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts feature. The exhibition celebrates the Great British Seaside. There is a special event next week at the museum. Three of the four photographers on show meet to discuss seaside photography. Booking for Seaside Photography in Conversation is essential.

The National Maritime Museum is in Greenwich a few minutes walk from the Cutty Sark. Greenwich is just several minutes’ train ride from central London though, arguably, a more enjoyable way to get there is on a Thames Clipper!

Adult: £10.35 (with 10% discount vs. ‘show up’ price for booking online, no booking fee charged)
Where: National Maritime Museum.
Ends: Sunday, 30th September.
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More information: Royal Museums Greenwich.
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Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

Tate Modern, London Photography Exhibitions May 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. That work is on the fourth floor, east side of the Boiler House. You will find work from Martin Parr’s ‘Last Resort’ and an equally interesting display of work by Karl Blossfeldt and Germaine Krull. There is no admission fee to see this work in the permanent collection. There is an optional donation 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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Ellen von Unwerth: Ladyland

Closing soon.
Ellen von Unwerth was a fashion model for ten years before moving behind the camera. As a result of her previous long modelling career, she developed a peculiar talent to allow her subjects to lose their inhibitions. She quickly gained recognition as a photographer, working with models such as Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova for GUESS jeans. Her work has been described as bringing a uniquely provocative eroticism.

Ladyland is an exhibition of the most iconic pictures of Ellen von Unwerth’s career. There are thirty photographs on display, dating from her beginnings as a photographer up until now. The display spans her 30 year career, including some more provocative work. As well as the expected, iconic work with Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova, you can see more recent work. In fact, Penelope Cruz and Naomi Campbell feature from Ellen von Unwerth magazine work. While Opera also display work from the recent book, Heimat. Heimat is a German word which expresses a deep feeling of belonging and connection to one’s homeland. Set for the most part in Bavaria, Ellen von Unwerth’s birthplace, heroines demonstrate all that the German region has to offer.

Opera Gallery is on New Bond Street in Mayfair. Both Bond Street and Oxford Circus are a short walk. Green Park underground station is not far either.

Closing soon.
Where: Opera Gallery.
Ends: Friday, 18th May.
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Birgit Jürgenssen: Nocturnal Light

Closing soon.
Birgit Jürgenssen was an Austrian photographer, painter and graphic artist. A heroine of the feminist avant-garde, she made the female body the focus of her work.

Nocturnal Light is a solo show of Birgit Jürgenssen work spanning the period from 1987 to 1996. The show focuses on her experimental fabric photography series and takes its name from a 1987 triptych.

Alison Jacques Gallery is in Fitzrovia on Berners Street. The Gallery is walking distance from Goodge Street as well as Tottenham Court Road tube station. Oxford Circus is also walkable. There is a nice bar also on Berners Street. Long Bar is just opposite the gallery.

Closing soon.
Where: Alison Jacques.
Ends: Saturday, 19th May.
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More information: Alison Jacques.
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Thomas Mailaender: The Fun Archaeology

Michael Hoppen Gallery, Chelsea, London photography exhibitions May 2018
Closing soon.
Thomas Mailaender is a French artist who lives and works between Paris and Marseille. He creates weird and wonderful multimedia work. The Fun Archaeology is a presentation of the eccentric and extreme. Notably, this is Mailaender’s first solo show at Michael Hoppen.

Michael Hoppen are based in Chelsea, near to the King’s Road. The gallery is near to South Kensington tube station as well as Sloane Square. Although the walk is slightly longer from Sloane Square.

Closing soon.
Where: Michael Hoppen.
Ends: Saturday, 26th May.
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William Klein: Fashion + Light

Free admission.
William Klein is one of the world’s most influential photographers. Along with Robert Frank (whose work is on show at Hamiltons at the moment), Klein is considered a father of street photography. His fashion work for Vogue was famed. The approach was unconventional, using a wide-angle, lens close up, often outside with natural lighting.

Hackelbury show abstract light images as well as William Klein fashion work. The studio light images predate his fashion work and can be seen on the lower level of the gallery. There is also some rare fashion work as well as the more well-known pieces. If you got to see William Klein + Daido Moriyama at The Tate Modern in 2012, you will definitely recognise some of the pieces. The rare fashion work is studio based using light painting, which the gallery only convinced Klein to release in 2015.

Hackelbury is in South Kensington close to both Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations. The gallery staff are surely the most welcoming in London. They are also very knowledgable. Be sure to ask to see Klein’s portrait of footballer Eric Cantona in the end room.

Free admission.
Where: Hackelbury.
Ends: Saturday, 2nd June.
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Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Closing soon.
Victorian Giants unites early photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron and Oscar Rejlander. Also included in the list of giants are Lewis Carroll and Lady Clementina Hawarden. Rejlander was initially a painter – he turned to photographer after moving to England. The pioneer mastered the complicated wet-colloidion process for negatives after a three-and-a-half hour crash course in London. Later, he became a teacher to Cameron, Carroll and Lady Hawarden. In fact the four stayed in touch throughout their careers. In spite of this there was some rivalry; Lewis Carroll wrote that ‘he
did not admire Mrs Cameron’s large heads taken out of focus‘.

The art on show is raw, edgy and experimental. This is a ‘jewel-like show of photographs’ – The Telegraph.

The National Portrait Gallery is on St. Martin’s Place. It is near to Leicester Square tube station. Charing Cross station is also just a short walk.

Closing soon.
Adult: £13.85 (including £2 donation and £1.85 online transaction fee).
Where: National Portrait Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 20th May.
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Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins

Barbican Centre, London Photography Exhibitions May 2018
Another Kind of Life, in short, explores the lives of people who have rejected the mainstream. The works touch on gender and sexuality together with countercultures and subcultures. Twenty photographers are featured including Daido Moriyama, Bruce Davidson and Larry Clark. The range of genres and period covered are also broad. There is not just classic documentary photography; street photography and portraiture also feature. The images date from the 1950s up until present day. This is a blockbuster curation reflecting a more diverse view of the world.

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

Standard Ticket: £13.50 (added donation optional, no booking fee applies).
Where: Barbican Centre.
Ends: Sunday, 27th May.
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Under Cover: A Secret History of Cross – Dressers

Under Cover is a reflection on gender non-conformity. The Photographers’ Gallery display 200 images from Sébastien Lifshitz’s private collection. Interestingly, the images on display are from as far back as the 1880s. They show people from different classes, genders, professions and nationalities.

Many of these are very ordinary portraits… . How unremarkable these pictures are, until we realise how precise they are in their studied ordinariness.The Guardian

The Photographers’ Gallery is by Liberty of London, not far from either Oxford Street or Regent Street. The gallery has a great café as well as a print shop.

Free admission before noon every day.
Where: The Photographers’ Gallery.
Ends: Sunday, 3rd June.
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London Photography Exhibitions May 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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