Photography Exhibitions London March 2019

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Photography Exhibitions London March 2019

Unquestionably, a must see this March is the new Martin Parr exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Another recently opened display is Rose English: Form, Feminisms, Femininities at Richard Saltoun. The Martin Parr show, Only Human, is a major exhibition for which Martin Parr explores his favourite subject, that is, People. More details further down the page on these photography exhibitions in London March 2019.

In addition to those two new exhibitions, two other big shows continue. In brief, those are Diane Arbus: In the Beginning and Don McCullin. Diane Arbus is at the Hayward Gallery on the South Bank, while Don McCullin is at Tate Britain in Pimlico. There is another Don McCullin show running, this time in Mayfair, at Hamiltons.

As well as those bigger exhibitions, Tom Lovelace at Flowers and Gerry Cranham at Michael Hoppen are also worth a visit. Finally fashion photographers Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng continue their free exhibition at Somerset House. Read on, further below, for full details of all of these shows.

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.

Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr

Just opened!

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.

Just opened!
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

Just opened!

Rose English is a British artist 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.

Just opened!
Richard Saltoun, Mayfair. Map:
Until Saturday, 13th April.
More information: Richard Saltoun.
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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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Gerry Cranham: Simply the Best

Gerry Cranham is a pioneering British sports photographer. He could be considered the most iconic sports photographer of the 20th century working in US as well as his native Britain. He led the field of sports photography during his 50-year career. His horse racing work in particular attracted attention. While working at Cheltenham race course, he pioneered a technique using a remote shutter release and placing his camera under jumps. This allowed him to get a unique camera angle.

This is the first exhibition of its kind to honour Gerry Cranham . As well as equestrian work, Michael Hoppen present a shot by Cranham of a Muhammad Ali fight in Vegas in 1965.

Michael Hoppen is just off the King’s Road in Chelsea. It is close to South Kensington tube station or a slightly further walk from Sloane Square.

Michael Hoppen, Chelsea. Map: 
Until Saturday, 30th March.
More information: Michael Hoppen.
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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

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.

Gasgonian, Mayfair. Map: 
Until Saturday, 30th March.
More information: Gasgonian.
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Andy Warhol: Polaroid Pictures

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.

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 Thursday, 26th April.
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.

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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London Photography Exhibitions March 2019

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

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