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Photography Art Exhibitions London August 2020

Photography art exhibitions in London this August include work at a new outdoor space at Kings Cross. As well as that show there is a display at Borough Market highlighting UK poverty. Further we have added an online exhibition of American photography at the Zurich based Fabian & Claude Walter gallery. That show, which can be accessed for free, with no need to enter personal details, presents work from favourite American artists such as Saul Leiter, Herb Ritts and Vivian Maier. Meanwhile the display at the huge new space at Kings Cross presents work exploring idealised image of modern everyday life by three photographers. Finally the important Joseph Rowntree Foundation display on poverty at Borough Market presents 20 photographs by Jillian Edelstein.

In addition to those three exhibitions, the fantastic Masculinities display continues at the Barbican Centre in the City. Meanwhile, David Goldblatt’s Johannesburg exhibition continues at the Goodman Gallery. Finally the Waiting summer exhibition contines at South Kensington’s HackelBury gallery. More details on these art photography exhibitions in London this summer can be found further down the page.

As well as this post we have a regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. That list compliments this post on Photography Art Exhibitions in London so is also worth a peek. It contains information such as opening times and maps for the London art photography exhibitions.

As well as those shows there is a major exhibition continuing at Barbican. This looks at how the concept of masculinity continues to evolve. Using photography and cinematography as media, it explores the evolution from the 1960s until now.


Games we Play

Games we Play is the first display at a new site, put on in collaboration with the Photographers’ Gallery. This open air display is at the Outdoor Art Project at Kings Cross, a major transport hub in London. The Outdoor Art Project is one of the largest free and permanent outdoor exhibitions for photography in London. The show features work by Julie Cockburn and Weronika Gęsicka as well as Luke Stephenson. Luke Stephenson is known for capturing an essence of British eccentricity. Julie Cockburn studied at Central St. Martins School of Art and Design and transforms found objects into works of art. Finally, Weronika Gęsicka is a recent Foam Talent winner. The polish photographer explores the concept of memory through the medium. Together these three photographers explore and demystify idealised images of everyday life in Games we Play.

The playful and summer-themed display is on show now in Kings Cross. The prints stand on 15 benches which are separated to allow them to be enjoyed on a socially distanced stroll across the site. Games we Play runs until 1 November.

The Outside Art Project — Kings Cross. Map:
Until Sunday, 1st November, 2020.
More information: Kings Cross.
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Picture Britain: Our People, Our Poverty

Our People, Our Poverty is an exhibition at Borough Market, put on by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation strives to tackle the root causes of UK poverty. The 20 portraits on show were taken by Jillian Edelstein. For the images, Jillian asked the sitters, from across the country, “what is the one thing you could not live without?”. The images are displayed on screens with the sitter’s story, captured by journalist Stephen Armstrong.

Borough Market. Map:
Until Thursday, 31st December, 2020.
More information: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
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Perceptions – People in American Photography

Online Exhibition hosted by Fabian & Claude Walter Gallery.

People in American Photography is a summer online exhibition featuring work by some of the most renowned American photographers. Saul Leiter, Sally Mann and Herb Ritts feature along the more recenltly discovered, though equally admired Vivian Maier.

The Fabian & Claude Walter Gallery gallery is based in Zurich. In fact, the exhbition is also open for personal visits to the Zurich gallery, by appointment, until Saturday 29th August.

Online Exhibition hosted by Fabian & Claude Walter Gallery.
Until Friday, 21st August 2020.
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London Art Photography Exhibitions August 2020

David Goldblatt: Johannesburg 1948 – 2018

David Goldblatt was a South African photographer, active during the apartheid period and also the transition to democracy. While documenting the struggles of South Africans during the apartheid era, he tended to focus on the values and conditions which produced events, rather than violence or protest. Later, with democracy established, he turned his lenses to the South African landscape. Much of his work was black-and-white — he felt colour “too sweet a medium to express the anger, […] that apartheid inspired“.

London’s Goodman Gallery presents the first major solo David Goldblatt exhibition in London since the 1980s. David Goldblatt: Johannesburg 1948 – 2018 explores the artists work inspired by the city he lived in for 50 years. In the light of the nations’ transition, the works explore a city divided by structural racism and subject to waves of trauma and resistance.

The Goodman Gallery is in Mayfair on Cork Street, that is not at all far from the Royal Academy. With galleries in Cape Town and London, it has been a pre-eminent African gallery since the 1960s.

Goodman. Map:
Until Tuesday, 15th September, 2020.
More information: Goodman Gallery.
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Jan Svoboda: Against the Light

Enigmatic Czech artist Jan Svodoba created painterly photographs. Described as a meticulous study in nothingness, his approach was an expression of political resistance. His work involved much as much craft, equally in the dark room as behind the camera. He skilfully manipulating negatives using the developer together with and enlarger, sculpting light to realise his vision. In times of lockdown this work is especially resonant, with Svodoba working intensely and solitarily in his home studio.

The Photographers’ Gallery presents around 50 vintage Svodoba works. The show is also organised with The Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic. The work returns to the gallery some years after the first ever UK Jan Svodoba, that is in 1982.

The Photographers’ Gallery is in Soho and only a short walk from both the Oxford Circus underground station and bus stops on Oxford Street. At this time, you need to book tickets in advance either in person or on +44 (0)20 7087 9300.

Photographers’ Gallery. Map:
Until Sunday, 20th September, 2020.
More information: Photographers’ Gallery.
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Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

Barbican Centre: Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

This major exhibition takes a look on how the concept in a social context from the 1960s until now. The show unites the art-forms for photography and film making to explore ever evolving concept. It features work from Sunil Gupta and Isaac Julien as well as around 50 other artists,

Tickets must be booked in advance, due to reduced capacity. Note, Barbican Centre advise, the exhibition contains some work of an adult nature. While children under 12 are allowed to visit, they must be accompanied by an adult. You can book on the exhibition webpage. The Barbican Centre is not much more than a couple of minutes’ walk from Barbican tube station. Liverpool Street and Moorgate are also quite close.

Standard (Mon – Fri) with £2 donation (no booking fee is charged): £17.00 Tickets:
Barbican Centre, City. Map:
Until Sunday, 23rd August.
More information: Barbican Centre.
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Waiting

Waiting is HackelBury gallery’s summer exhibition. The display features works by William Klein as well as cameraless photography art by Garry Fabian Miller. Hackelbury is in South Kensington close to both Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations.

HackelBury Fine Art, South Kensington. Map:
Until September.
More information: HackelBury.
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Photography Art Exhibitions London August 2020

Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton was a fashion photographer, working for British and French Vogue as well as Vanity Fair. As well as his fashion work, he was know for society portraits. He often photographed Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Huxley Parlour features sublime work from Cecil Beaton’s early career, during the 1920s.

The Huxley Parlour Gallery is based in Mayfair, not far from Piccadilly Circus.

Huxley-Parlour, Mayfair. Map:
Until Friday, 18th September.
More information: Hamiltons.
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London Art Photography Exhibitions August 2020

Valérie Belin: Reflection

Victoria and Albert Museum: Valérie Belin’s ‘Reflection’ series for the V&A

Valérie Belin is a photographer born in France and trained at École des Beaux-Arts de Bourges. In essence, Belin’s work is known for exploration of the human body as a vessel for abstraction. She photographs models and mannequins together with dancers and bodybuilders all with the purpose of a central theme. That theme is reality in contrast to the artificial and whether fictions can give rise to the real.

Reflection is a V&A commission of Valérie Belin works. The work is inspired by the Museum’s own collection.

V&A, South Kensington. Map:
Until Monday, 23rd August.
More information: V&A.
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Collecting Photography: From Daguerrotype to Digital

Collecting Photography features highlights from the V&A’s especially broad photography collection. The display is an exploration of the history of photography via the act of collecting. Items from early daguerrotypes, for example, right up to modern prints features. Particularly interesting, the work by pioneer Eadweard Muybridge features. This is a free display in the Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre.

The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum is in South Kensington, five minutes’ walk from South Kensington tube station and a short walk from Hyde Park.

V&A Museum, South Kensington. Map:
Until Friday, 4th September.
More information: V&A Museum.
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Photography Exhibitions London August 2020

That’s it for this week’s Photography Exhibitions in London August 2020. Look out for still more Photography Exhibitions in London next week!

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