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Photography Exhibitions London February 2019

Photography Exhibitions London February 2019 sees a second Don McCullin show open. Both shows help to demonstrate a lifetime of achievement by perhaps the greatest documentary photographer of our time. The latest exhibition, Don McCullin, is at Tate Britain while another opened last week at Hamiltons in Mayfair. Meanwhile in Soho, Hauser & Wirth present Zoe Leonard: Aerials. That show is ending soon, read on for further details below on Aerials.

We 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.

Read on below for full details of all shows, though in particular, there is the free display at Somerset House by two fashion photographers. Hanna Moon as well as Joyce Ng have roots in the Asia Pacific region and present a take on Western conceptions of beauty. See further information below.

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.

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 and 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.

 Just opened!
  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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Zoe Leonard: Aerials

Zoe Leonard is an American photographer who favours the traditions of both Eugène Atget and Walker Evans. She is know for her sculpture work as well as photography and has frequently exhibited both at Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work explores gender and sexuality, migration and displacement – all topical themes in present day America as well as wider afield. Her work is rigorously conceptual as well as highly personal.

Hauser & Wirth present Zoe Leonard: Aerials the first exhibition dedicated to her work the London gallery. Notably, Aerials is a series amongst her earliest of work, created in the mid to late 1980s. The series is a reminder of her long standing interest in vernacular, popular as well as practical uses of photography.

Hauser & Wirth are on Saville Row with both Oxford Circus and Piccadilly London Underground stations only a short walk. There are almost as many photography galleries as tailors in the area, with Huxley-Parlour as well as The Photographers’ Gallery a few minutes’ walk away.

  Closing soon!
  Hauser & Wirth. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 9th February.
  More information: Hauser & Wirth.
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Feminism and Media

Feminism and Media is a display which looks at how gender stereotypes from the mass media have been confronted and subverted by feminist artists in the past 50 years. Valentina Ravaglia curates the display which includes photography by artist Valie Export together with work by other feminist artists. Genital Panic, 1969 by Valie Export was also featured in Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography at The Museum of Modern Art a few years back.

The Tate Modern is on the South Bank of the Thames, and just a few minutes’ walk from St. Paul’s tube station. There is also always some interesting photography within in the Tate permanent displays. Although there is no admission fee to see the permanent collection, there is an optional donation.

  Free display.
  Natalie Bell Building Level 4 East, Tate Modern. Map:  
  More information: Tate.
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Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English as a Second Language

Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng are two 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.

There is a one day masterclass at Somerset House on 9 March, following International Women’s Day 2019. Both Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng will introduce attendees to their site responsive artist process. Full tickets are £15 and available from the Somerset House website. 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

  Somerset House. Map:  
  Until Sunday, 28th April.
  More information: Somerset House.
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Ulay is an artist whose past work brings together performance and body art as well as photography. He gained recognition for his Polaroids series from the early seventies and then later for collaborations with Marina Abramović. Later still, in the 1990s, Ulay returned to focus on photography, calling attention to the marginalised individual and tackling nationalism and racism as well as inequality.

Richard Saltoun presents the first solo London Ulay show since 2013. The display focuses on the artist’s committent to exploring and expanding the medium of photography.

The gallery 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. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 23rd February.
  More information: Richard Saltoun.
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Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea

Roger Fenton was a pioneer of early photography.  His work was included in the Salt and Silver: Early Photography at Tate Britain a few years back.  With tensions between Ukraine and Russia remaining on a knife edge it seems poignant to take a fresh look at his images from the Crimea.  In fact this is the first exhibition to focus on Sir Roger Fenton’s 1855 photographs from the Crimean War.  Capturing the futility of war, he created the genre of War Photography.  Furthermore, he helped raise awareness of the conditions faced by those fighting the war, on the ground.

The Royal Collection Trust presents a selection from the 50 photographs which Sir Roger was commissioned to produce.  The display is at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.  Both Victoria and Green Park London underground stations are within walking from the palace.

  Adult: £12. Tickets:  
  The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Map:  
  Until Sunday, 28th April.
  More information: Royal Collection Trust.
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Oli Kellet: Cross Road Blues

Oli Kellet was previously an ad creative.  His photography is known for exploring the everyday as well as the overlooked.  For example, one series of his work points out British place names re-interpreted in an American setting.  Also set in America, the series Cross Road Blues is presented by HackelBury.   This series features large-scale photographs made at crossroads in US cities.  This is the first UK solo exhibition for the British photographer.

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 Fine Art. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 23rd February.
  More information: HackelBury Fine Art.
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Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs

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 this 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

  Free display.
  Imperial War Museum. Map:  
  Until Sunday, 31st March.
  More information: Imperial War Museum.
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Illuminating Women: Photographs by Mayotte Magnus

Free display
Significantly, 1977 saw the National Portrait Gallery host their first photographic exhibition to focus on female achievement. Nearly ninety portraits by Mayotte Magnus were displayed in the landmark exhibition.  Each featured an eminent British women. Magnus photography is known for placing subjects in the spotlight by employing her instinct for composition as well as harmony.  Magnus was allowed free reign to choose the subjects of the 100 commissioned portraits. By and large, the exhibition was a success.  There were as many as 30,000 visitors. In fact, the works were shown in public again the following year and in the presence of the Prime Minister. Equally as important as the National Gallery exhibition, this show was to mark the 50 years of the Women’s vote.

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 long a walk either – try to arrive there before midday to get free entry.

  Free display.
  Room 32, Floor 1, National Portrait Gallery. Map:  
  Until Sunday, 24th March.
  More information: National Portrait Gallery.
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Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year Exhibition

An exhibition of the winning images from around the world for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. This years’ exhibition is the biggest to date. On show are images shot by astro-photographers worldwide.  A dramatic image of the Milky Way by Brad Goldpaint was the winner this year.  Meanwhile UK photographer Andrew Whyte called attention to the issue of light pollution.

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.  However, arguably, a more enjoyable way to get there is on a Thames Clipper!

  Adult tickets (booked online): £9. Tickets:  
  National Maritime Museum. Map:  
  Until Sunday, 5th May.
  More information: Royal Museums Greenwich.
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London Photography Exhibitions February 2019

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

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