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Photography Exhibitions London April 2019

We add three new shows to the list of Photography Exhibitions in London April 2019. Firstly, we have the Accumulate pop-up exhibition in Shoreditch. Then there is work by a eccentric Victorian at a new gallery in Mayfair. Finally photographs of the vibrant nightlife from Burkina Faso’s second city by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory. That last exhibition, Peuple de la Nuit, runs at David Hill Gallery in Ladbroke Grove. Meanwhile Accumulate: Youth Culture, which feature art made by young, homeless people over 15 workshops runs at the Autograph gallery.

While those exhibitions are just started, there are a few exhibitions by well-established, and much loved photographers in London right now. To begin with, Martin Parr’s show continues at the National Portrait Gallery. Meanwhile, across the river, on the Southbank, the Hayward Gallery hosts the first London Diane Arbus retrospective in twelve years. Also there are currently two Don McCullin shows running one, also on the South Bank and the other at Hamiltons in Mayfair.

Photography Exhibitions London April 2019 Closing Soon

Note that some exhibitions are coming to an end, especially Andy Warhol: Polaroid pictures, at the new Bastian exhibition space in Mayfair. The Alys Tomlinson and Rose Tomlinson displays are also coming to an end. There are details further below about these and the other London photography exhibitions this April.

We also have a post listing ten exciting upcoming photography exhibitions in London for 2019 as well as this weekly update on current London exhibitions. Although some of those shows in the other post are yet to start, we include ten current exciting photography exhibitions open now in London in this post.

Take a look at the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list as well. That list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions. It contains information such as opening times and maps for the London photography exhibitions.


Photography Exhibitions London April 2019

Accumulate: Youth Culture

 Just opened!

Youth culture is a pop-up exhibition at Shoreditch’s Autograph gallery. The Accumulate show takes on the theme of Youth Culture this year. Accumulate, in brief, is a youth homelessness charity providing workshops to young, homeless people in London. The exhibition showcases work produced by participants at over 15 creative workshops. As well as photography, the workshops produce sculpture, fashion and creative writing work. The workshops help build self-confidence as well as well-being of the participants. Besides producing great art, with a more positive mindset, they are better able to make decisions which can improve future prospects.

The exhibition is open the following times this week:

  • Thursday 11th April: 11:00 to 21:00,
  • Friday 12th April: 11:00 to 18:00,
  • Saturday 13th April: 12:00 to 18:00.


Just opened!
  Autograph ABP, Shoreditch. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 13th April.
  More information: Autograph ABP.
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Accumulate: Youth Culture follows on from the Common Ground exhibition last year. That show also featured young photographers. Autograph hold regular photography displays. They aim to enable the public to explore identity, representation, human rights and social justice. The gallery is at Rivington Place in Shoreditch. Shoreditch High Street London Overground station as well as Boxpark Shoreditch are just a few
minutes’ walk. Liverpool Street station is also close; about 900 metres.


Exposed: The Peculiar Photography Revelations of a Victorian Eccentric

 Just opened!

In brief, Exposed: The Peculiar Photography of a Victorian Eccentric is an exhibition featuring the work of Samuel Heracles Gascoigne-Simpson. The work, by the Victorian artist, has recently been rediscovered and subsequently restored. The work is on show at the recently opened Stories Art Gallery in Mayfair.

Stories Art Gallery is on Audley Street in Mayfair. Richard Saltoun and Bastian Galleries as well as Hamiltons Gallery are a short walk from Stories.


 Just opened!
  Stories Art Gallery, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Friday, 26th April.
  More information: Stories Art Gallery.
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Bobo Dioulasso’s Sanlé Sory: Peuple de la Nuit

 Just opened!

Volta Photo: Starring Sanlé Sory and the People of Bobo-Dioulasso – Sanlé Sory speaking about another exhibition

Bobo Dioulasso (or Bobo) is the second largest city in West African country of Burkio Faso. The city has tree-lined streets and semitropical climate, together with a vibrant youth culture. Photographer Ibrahima Sanlé Sory, an unsung hero during his time, is now having his work exhibited all over the world. Following on from a show at the Arts Club in Mayfair late last year David Hill exhibits work made in Bobo by Sanlé Sory. Sanlé Sory captures musicians, dancers and lovers in his home town’s hottest venues.

David Hill Gallery is on Ladbroke Grove in Notting Hill.  The nearest underground station is also on Ladbroke Grove.  Circle Line as well as Hammersmith & City line trains stop there.  Notting Hill is also walkable for a ramble through Portobello Road market on the way home.


 Just opened!
  David Hill, Ladbroke Grove. Map:  
  Until Friday, 31st May.
  More information: David Hill.
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Alys Tomlinson: Ex-Voto

 Closing soon!

Alys Tomlinson is a London-based photographer who was named photographer of the year at the Sony World Photography Awards last year. The ‘spiritual power’ of the series of photographs on a pilgrimage helped her achieve the accolade. Her series was titled Ex-Voto after offerings of Christian offerings of devotion pictured at holy sites across Europe including Lourdes in France and Ballyvourney in Ireland. Tomlinson worked with a 5×4, large format view camera. Ex-Voto was shortlisted for both the BJP IPA prize and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. A book, backed by a Kickstarter project is also set to be published this month.

In the galleries debut of a major body of Alys Tomlinson work, HackelBury present the timeless images from Ex-Voto. HackelBury is in South Kensington close to both Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations. The gallery is also a short walk from the South Kensington museums. The V&A Museum in particular has one of the largest photography collections in the world.


 Closing soon!
  HackelBury, South Kensington. Map:  
  Until Thursday, 18th April.
  More information: HackelBury.
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  HackelBury, South Kensington. Map:  
  Until Thursday, 18th April.
  More information: HackelBury.
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Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr

Martin Parr, chronicler of our age is probably one of the nation’s best-loved and most important photographers. Recent years have seen Martin Parr displays at Tate Modern, Rocket Gallery and The National Maritime Museum as well as a solo show at Huxley Parlour. Clearly a sign of just how in demand his work is right now. In particular, Martin Parr is well known for critically examining 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 as well as abroad. A nuanced commentator on the British class system, Martin Parr is best known for his sharp eye and cheeky sense of humour.

Only Human: Martin Parr is a major new exhibition by Britain’s most widely celebrated photographer. The focus of the show, quite simply, is Martin Parr’s favourite subject: People. His lenses let us explore the current British social climate in the wake of ongoing political processes.

The National Portrait Gallery is on St. Martin’s Place. Located between Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square, there are several transport options.  Leicester Square, as well as Charing Cross, station is just a short walk.  The Photographers’ Gallery is not too much of a long walk either – try to arrive there before midday to get free entry.


Adult with donation (including 2019 Online Transaction Fee): £21.85. Tickets:  
  National Portrait Gallery, Westminster. Map:  
  Until Monday, 27th May.
  More information: National Portrait Gallery.
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Rose English: Form, Feminisms, Femininities

 Closing soon!

Rose English on ‘Form, Feminisms, Femininities’

British artist Rose English is known for her work in performance, installation, theatre, dance and film. Her solo work Plato’s Chair (1983) toured extensively and received many acclaimed reviews.

Form, Feminism, Femininities is Rose English’s first solo exhibition at Richard Saltoun. Several early Rose English photography works are presented for the first time. Ceramics, collage and performance to camera also feature. The display focuses on two moments from early in Rose English’s career: experimentation in the 1970s and later Plato’s Chair.

Richard Saltoun is in Dover Street in Mayfair and an equally short walk from Green Park or Bond Street stations. Huxley-Parlour is also quite close.


 Closing soon!
  Richard Saltoun, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 13th April.
  More information: Richard Saltoun.
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Photography Exhibitions London April 2019

Tom Lovelace: Interval

Tom Lovelace is a British photographer who, in brief, works somewhere between photography, sculpture and performance. His work is conceptually driven while maintaining an aesthetic strength.

Flowers present Interval which is an exhibition of recent Tom Lovelace work. Lovelace, inspired particularly by Poor Theatre, generates a sense of theatre in the everyday. The Poor Theatre performance style defined by Jerzy Grotowski, for instance, involves eschewing traditional theatre spaces. In his analogue Lovelace blurs the boundaries between the permanent and the ephemeral. Internal gallery structures appear in the photographs while the interplay between public and hidden spaces within the gallery is explored.


  Flowers, Kingsland Road. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 27th April.
  More information: Flowers.
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Diane Arbus: In the Beginning

In the Beginning: Diane Arbus | Meet the Curator

Diane Arbus was introduced in the 1967 New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibition New Documents. The curator, John Szarkowski, explained how Arbus belonged to a new generation of photographers. Arbus together with Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand “redirected the technique and aesthetic of documentary photography“. In contrast to earlier work, in particular from the likes of Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange, the focus was on their own personal experience. Her style was to represent her subjects in their natural environment. Arbus tended to focus on outsiders such as transgender people, strippers and other marginalised people in her work. Diane Arbus featured in last year’s Barbican photography exhibition in London: Another Kind of Life.

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning looks at the first seven years of her career (from 1956 to 1962). This is the first solo UK exhibition of Diane Arbus work in twelve years. More than 100 photographs feature. Many of the works are being shown for the first time ever in Europe.

The Hayward Gallery follows up on its reopening Andreas Gursky exhibition last year with this Diane Arbus show. 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: £18.50 (including £1.50 donation and £3.00 online transaction fee). Tickets:  
  Hayward Gallery, Southbank. Map:  
  Until Monday, 6th May.
  More information: Southbank Centre.
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Andy Warhol: Polaroid Pictures

 Closing soon!

Andy Warhol: Polaroid Pictures is the inaugural exhibition at Bastian’s Mayfair exhibition space. The show includes over 60 photographs: portraits as well as self-portraits by Warhol. All of the pictures were made in New York during the 1970s and 1980s. Figures such as David Hockney and Jean-Michel Basquiat feature among the like of John Lennon. Some of the works are being shown, in public, for the very first time.

Bastian is in Mayfair with Bond Street as well as Green Park underground stations just a short walk. Hamilton’s Gallery together with Gasgonian are a short walk. The Photographers’ Gallery in Soho is also within walking distance. That gallery is slightly further than the other two mentioned though.


 Closing soon!
  Bastian, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 13th April.
  More information: Bastian.
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Don McCullin: Proximity

War photojournalist: ‘You wish you could hide behind the camera’

Sir Don McCullin, arguably Great Britain’s most renowned photojournalist, had a whole exhibition dedicated to his work at Photo London 2016. 2019 will see a major retrospective at Tate Britain (read on for further details below). To coincide with that show, Hamiltons will celebrate Sir Don McCullin’s lifetime achievement by exhibiting rare and unseen vintage prints dating back to the 1950s. Sir Don documented many major conflicts of the 20th and 21st century in Africa and the Middle East as well as Vietnam. His lifetime contribution to photojournalism continues today.

Hamiltons Gallery is in Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square and only a short walk from Green Park tube station. For a quick sushi pit stop while walking back to Green Park, Nobu is on Berkeley Street.


  Hamiltons, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 11th May.
  More information: Hamiltons.
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Don McCullin

Don McCullin Tate Modern Trailer

British veteran photographer Sir Don McCullin is one of history’s great war photographers. During his career he worked for The Observer, Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times newspapers but was always remained his own man. “I always gave the art department a very tight edit, and they never asked for more… . They trusted me”, he revealed last year, in an interview for BJP.

Sir Don McCullin’s work has been much celebrated in recent years. As well as his exhibition at Photo London 2016, he featured in Conflict, Time, Photography as Tate Modern in the previous year. There is also a Sir Don McCullin exhibition at Hamiltons Gallery in Mayfair timed to coincide with this retrospective.

Tate Britain presents over 250 photographs by Sir Don McCullin. Each and every image on display is printed by the photographer himself, in his very own darkroom. This comparatively rare opportunity to see a comprehensive selection of work from Sir Don’s career.

Tate Britain is in Pimlico on Milbank. Although the nearest underground station is Pimlico (Victoria Line) Vauxhall Underground as well as mainline stations are within walking distance. On the other side of the Thames, in Vauxhall, there are the Beaconsfield and Newport Street Galleries. Check websites for those galleries for current programmes.


  Admission including £3 donation (advanced ticket, no booking fee, free eticket delivery): £19.00. Tickets:  
  Tate Britain, Pimlico. Map:  
  Until Monday, 6th May.
  More information: Tate.
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Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English as a Second Language

Both Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng are photographers who are fast making their mark on Fashion Photography. Both have roots in the Asia Pacific region and English as a Second Language explores their take on Western conceptions of beauty.

English as a Second Language is part of the same series of displays as Of Rainbows and Omissions, which was on before Christmas at Somerset House. The Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Rooms Series is a series of free shows which put the public in contact with living artists.

Somerset House is on the Strand, near Waterloo Bridge. Covent Garden as well as Holborn tube stations are within walking distance.

Film produced by Raf Fellner for Somerset House


  Free.
  Somerset House. Map:  
  Until Sunday, 28th April.
  More information: Somerset House.
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Photography Exhibitions London April 2019

That’s it for this week’s Photography Exhibitions in London April 2019. Look out for next week’s list of Photography Exhibitions in London!

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