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Photography Exhibitions London April 2019

With April just about to start, another month of exciting photography exhibitions in London is upon us! This week we add a Günther Förg exhibition in addition to the annual Carmignac Photojournalism award. German artist Günther Förg has his painting as well as photography exhibition at the new Galerie Max Hetzler London gallery space. That is in Mayfair, meanwhile in Chelsea, the Carmgnac Photojournalism Award runs at the Saatchi Gallery.

Note that some exhibitions are coming to an end, especially Renewal at the Imperial War Museum which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. Also ending soon are the Harry Callahan exhibition and David Bailey. Harry Callahan runs and Huxley-Parlour gallery, while David Bailey: The Sixties runs as Gasgonian. Also worth noting, the Don McCullin exhibition at Hamiltons gallery has been extended. 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

Günther Förg: An Intimate Encounter: The Early Years

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Günther Förg was a prolific German painter and sculptor as well as photographer. He was a rebellious artist whose oeuvre embodies a critical, witty yet rigorous critique of the canon of modern art. Galerie Max Hetzler presents early formative works. The exhibition in the gallery’s new London space brings Förg paintings together with large-scale photographs from 1975 to 1995. An Intimate Encounter: the Early Years follows on from the recent Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: A Fragile Beauty.

Galerie Max Hetzler is in Mayfair on Dover Street and just a short walk from Green Park London Underground station. Hamiltons Gallery and Huxley-Parlour Gallery are both in walking distance of the gallery. Read on further below for details of the latest photography shows at those galleries.


 Closing soon!
  Galerie Max Hetzler, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 6th April.
  More information: Galerie Max Hetzler.
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Carmignac Photojournalism Award

The 9th Carmignac Photojournalism Award, dedicated to the Arctic was awarded to Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen. They embarked on a polar expedition: Arctic: New Frontier. In summary, the photographs made on the expedition are “an alarming testimony to the speed of transformation in the region”.

The Saatchi gallery is in Chelsea on the King’s Road. Michael Hoppen photography gallery is a short distance.


  Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea. Map:  
  Until Sunday, 5th May.
  More information: Saatchi Gallery.
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Harry Callahan: Chicago, Detroit

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Harry Callahan was an American photographer, known especially for exploratory photography. He began to take photography seriously after a visit by Ansel Adams to his local camera club. Though self-taught, he went on to become chairman of the photography department at the New Bauhas. Despite going out every morning with his camera to make photographs and returning to spend afternoons making proof prints, he estimated that he never produced more than a dozen final images a year. He said: “If you choose your subject selectively — intuitively — the camera can write poetry.” Harry Callahan was known in particular for his disregard of the traditional limits of landscape photography; he gave equal regard to broad perspectives and individual details.

Huxley-Parlour present Harry Callahan: Chicago | Detroit which is the first major UK exhibition of his work since the 2013 Tate show Nature, Buildings and People. This exhibition focuses on the first two decades of Callahan’s career. Much of the work explores abstraction as well as the technicalities of the photographic medium.

Huxley-Parlour is just off Piccadilly. Close to Fortnum & Mason both the Royal Academy of Arts and Piccadilly and Regents’ Street underground stations are only a short walk. Regent’s Street together with the Photographers’ gallery are slightly further though also walkable.


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  Huxley-Parlour, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 6th April.
  More information: Huxley-Parlour.
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Alys Tomlinson: Ex-Voto

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.


  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

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.


  Richard Saltoun, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 13th April.
  More information: Richard Saltoun.
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Photography Exhibitions London April 2019 continued…

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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David Bailey: The Sixties

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David Bailey has to be one of Britain’s most famous fashion photographers. Together with Terrence Donovan and Brian Duffy – he changed the profile of of the fashion photographer. The three captured the essence of the sixties and then became celebrities in their own right. Bailey is not just known for his photography work: his art work featured in Art Wars at the Saatchi Gallery in 2013. The work was later shown on platforms at Regents’ Park underground station as part of the Art Below project.

Gasgonian present bold and iconic David Bailey photographs. Included are portraits of luminaries of the pop as well as art worlds. Like the current Andy Warhol exhibition, David Hockey Hockney features. In fact here is also a portrait of Andy Warhol. As well as Hockney and Warhol, you can see Jane Birkin and Jean Shrimpton portraits.

The Gasgonian Gallery is just a short walk from Bond Street Tube Station as well as Green Park. Consider St. Christopher’s Place, on the other side of Oxford Street (not that far from the gallery) for lunch after seeing the display.


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  Gasgonian, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 30th March.
  More information: Gasgonian.
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Don McCullin: Proximity

 Exhibition extended!

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.


 Exhibition extended!
  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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Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs

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Free display.
Renewal looks at the period after the end of the First World War. The exhibition is especially relevant this month.  That is as we mark 100 years since the Armistice signing last November.  The show helps to explain how we applied innovation while being resourceful to rebuild the country.  As well as photographs, there are installations and immersive experiences.  You can see over 130 black and white photographs together with documents and objects from time Imperial War Museum archive. The material is not just limited to Britain. The Museum calls upon images from the conflict following the Russian Revolution.  Also included are images from other parts of the world at the time.  This further helps to show, a detailed, global picture of the world during this era.

The Imperial War Museum is on Lambeth Road and close to Elephant & Castle. It is also a short walk from Lambeth North underground station. The mainline as well as underground facilities at Waterloo are also within walking distance


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  Free display.
  Imperial War Museum. Map:  
  Until Sunday, 31st March.
  More information: Imperial War Museum.
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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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