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Photography Exhibitions London August 2019

London photography exhibitions this August include some important work from a prolific cataloguer of the Black British struggles and victories. More specifically, Neil Kenlock revels lost legacies of the Black British Panthers. The show is across two south London galleries (both Photofusion and 198 Contemporary Arts). Meanwhile at The South London Gallery, the Ghanian-Russian photographer Liz Johnson Artur’s work is on show.

As well as Liz Johnson Artur, there are a few exhibitions featuring female photographers in London this summer. Firstly, there is the major Cindy Sherman retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery. Then at Huxley-Parlour, you can see some colour work from the secretive street photographer Vivian Maier. And it is not just solo shows on right now; there is also a group exhibition too. Nine female photographers showcase their work at the Flowers gallery’s Her Ground display. Finally there is the Maxine Walker display at Autograph ABP which is closing soon. Note there are also only a couple more weekends to see Erwin Olaf: Women at Hamiltons. The show (together with three exhibitions in his native Holland) celebrates the artist’s 60th birthday.

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Photography Exhibitions London August 2019

Neil Kenlock: Lost Legacies of the British Black Panthers

What heritage means to me: Neil and Emelia Kenlock

Neil Kenlock was born in Jamaica and moved to Brixton, in London, in order to join family there. He worked for photographic studios before being offered a role as staff photographer at the British newspaper West Indian World. He was recognised for his work cataloguing the Windrush generation with an exhibition at the Black Cultural Archives last year. His work is also held in the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Kenlock is known, for his important work capturing the struggles and victories of Black Britain as well as documenting the Black Panther movement. The Black Panther movement in the UK, differed from the US faction in that the UK movement was about educating people. That is to say, in the UK, it was a grass-roots organisation of constant community activism and social responsibility. It is the Black Panther work that is the focus of this Photofusion exhibition . In essence the show offers a look at community activism in 1970s and 80s Brixton. As well as Photofusion, 198 Contemporary Arts is co-hosting the exhibition. 198 Contemporary Arts is in Herne Hill, close to Herne Hill mainline station. It is just over a 20 minute walk from Photofusion, for the most part, down Railton Road.

Note that Photofusion moved earlier this year. Follow the map link below for the new address.

Photofusion, Brixton. Map:
Until Friday, 30th August.
More information: Photofusion.
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Liz Johnson Artur: If You Know the Beginning, the End is No Trouble

Liz Johnson Artur is a London-based Ghanaian-Russian photographer. She holds an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art. Liz Johnson Artur wants her photographs to sustain the test of time. She pays close attention to self presentation and her monograph with Bierke Verlag was one of the ‘Best Photo Books 2016‘.

The South London gallery present Liz Johnson Artur’s first solo UK exhibition. The show features photographs in London as its focus. The gallery is in Camberwell and only a short walk from Peckham Rye main line train station.

South London Gallery, Camberwell. Map:
Until Friday, 30th August.
More information: South London Gallery.
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Vivian Maier: Colour Photographs

Just opening!

Vivian Maier, intensely guarded and private, was not know for her photographic work during her life. She was a prolific street photographer, though her work was only discovered in 2007. That is when a massive hoard of 100,000 negatives from her storage locker was auctioned off. John Maloof, a history enthusiast discovered the negatives and started sharing them, generating significant interest. This subsequently lead to the creation of the 2013 documentary Finding Vivian Maier.

Huxely-Parlour present some of Vivian Maier’s lesser-known colour work. Huxley-Parlour (then Beetles & Huxley Gallery) hosted a Vivian Maier exhibition in 2015. That exhibition featured prints made from Vivian Maier’s extensive black and white negative archive. Many of the colour prints on display are being shown in the UK for the first time.

Just opened!
Huxley-Parlour Gallery, Mayfair. Map:
Until Saturday, 14th September.
More information: Huxley-Parlour Gallery.
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London Photography Exhibitions August 2019

Maxine Walker: Untitled

British Jamaican photographer Maxine Walker’s work asks questions about identity and challenge racial stereotypes. The seminal series of self portraits Maxine Walker: Untitled draws attention to facial features. The ten photographs intimate that blackness can, and must not be stripped away.

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

Autograph, Shoreditch. Map:
Until Saturday, 17th August.
More information: Autograph Gallery.
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Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Photopoetry

Manuel Álvarez Bravo, is one of the most revolutionary Latin American photographers. He was self-taught, though later taught photography. Álvarez Bravo knew Edward Weston and was, in fact, encouraged in a letter from the influential American Photographer in 1929. Indeed, Weston wrote: “Photography is fortunate in having someone with your viewpoint. It is not often I am stimulated to enthusiasm over a group of photographs.” He also received encouragement from Mexican muralist Diego Rivera as well as Frida Kahlo.

Manuel Álvarez work early work drew on European influences but was later inspired by the Mexican muralist movement. His subjects ranged from nudes to studies of burial rituals. The work is known for weaving light as well as silence in a unique photopoetry to portray the human condition.

The Photographers’ Gallery Print Sales Gallery presents a collection Manuel Álvarez Bravo work. The images are take from a 2008 Thames & Hudsonbook, that is Manuel Álvarez Photopoetry. The Photographers’ Gallery is on Ramillies Street, not far from either Oxford Street or Regent Street. The gallery has a great café which also serves nice salads, and a range of treats too!

Photographers’ Gallery, Soho. Map:
Until Sunday, 8th September.
More information: Photographers’ Gallery.
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Photography Exhibitions London August 2019

Ernest C. Withers: Civil Rights & the Memphis Blues

American photojournalist Ernest Withers captured more than five million images and over 60 years. From Aretha Franklin to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he captured the moment as momentous change was afoot. From the 1950s, Withers photographed Black resistance, above all documenting a visual memory of American history.

The Michael Hoppen Gallery is in Chelsea, just off the King’s Road. It is a short walk from South Kensington tube station and also in walking distance from Sloane Square.

Michael Hoppen, Chelsea. Map:
Until Friday, 30th August.
More information: Michael Hoppen.
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Her Ground: Women Photographing Landscape

In short, Flowers present a group exhibition featuring nine female photographers. The theme of Her Ground is the term landscape. Among the nine photographers chosen for the display are well known artists such as Scarlett Hooft Graafland and Mona Kuhn. Scarlett Hooft Graafland is known internationally, having exhibited at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam and Parson’s School of Design in New York. Brazilian-born Mona Kuhn is Los Angeles based. She has also exhibited extensively in international galleries. Other artists presenting their work are Lisa Barnard and Maja Daniels, together with Rikke Flensberg.

Flowers in Hoxton is just a short walk from Hoxton Overground station. You can reach Hoxton Overground station by changing from London Underground at Whitechapel as well as Highbury & Islington. Old Street is also walkable, though this is a longer walk.

Flowers, Hoxton. Map:
Until Saturday, 7th September.
More information: Flowers.
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Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman from National Portrait Gallery

American photographer Cindy Sherman is probably one of the most influential figures in contemporary art. In particular, the American photographer is known for her conceptual portraits. She was making ‘selfies’ long before the term existed. Probably her most famous series is ‘Untitled Film Stills‘. Sherman challenges social stereotypes, dressing up in wigs together with vintage clothing, and putting herself in front of the camera. The series comprises 69 black and white images made between 1977 and 1980. Photograph Number 48 from the series features in the list of 20 Most Expensive Photos Sold at Auction. Sherman work appears no fewer than six times in that list. The most expensive being ‘Untitled 96 1981’, in third place. The chromogenic colour print was sold for $3.9 million by Christie’s in 2011.

The National Portrait Gallery offers a major retrospective of the Cindy Sherman work. Untitled Film Stills as well as more recent work will feature in the show. Some work is being shown in public for the very first time. In total more than 150 works coming from international public and private collection will be on show.

The National Portrait Gallery is on St. Martin’s Place. It is near to Leicester Square tube station. Charing Cross station is also just a short walk.

Adult with donation (including Online Transaction Fee): £21.85 Tickets:
National Portrait Gallery, Westminster. Map:
Until Sunday, 15th September.
More information: National Portrait Gallery.
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Photography Exhibitions London August 2019

Erwin Olaf: Women

Closing soon!

Erwin Olaf Artist’s Talk, Edited Excerpt from Aperture Foundation

Photographer Erwin Olaf is known for addressing social issues through his photography. In doing so, over the years, he has sparked a little bit of controversy. His photography studies the human form in much detail. In particular, Joel-Peter Witkin and Robert Mapplethorpe influenced Erwin Olaf. The Dutch photographer won the Young European Photographer in 1988. Olaf became notorious for his subversive and transgressive photography. Ultimately Olaf has become a leading pioneer of “staged photography”. Amongst his most known works are Mature (1999) and Royal Blood (2000) together with Paradise (2001).

Next month sees a new Erwin Olaf exhibition open at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. That is just one of the three Dutch exhibitions this year to celebrate one of the Netherlands’ most famous photographers 60th birthday. There was also a double exhibition at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and The Hague Museum of Photography. There is also a new photo book: Erwin Olaf: I Am produced in honour of his birthday.

Hamiltons in London celebrate Olaf’s 60th birthday with their own exhibition — Erwin Olaf: Women. Tim Jefferies, from Hamiltons, has selected photographs from Olaf’s oeuvre of 40 years. Hamiltons include vintage prints, never previously shown in a gallery setting in this exhibition.

The gallery is in Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square and only a short walk from Green Park tube station.

Closing soon!
Hamiltons, Mayfair. Map:
Until Friday, 16th August.
More information: Hamiltons Gallery.
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László Moholy–Nagy

László Moholy-Nagy: Proto-Conceptual Artist — Hauser & Wirth

Moholy-Nagy was a self-taught Bauhaus master, considered a genius of all media. He is known for advancing photography, securing its place in modern art. Notably he extensively explored photograms, coining the term. A photogram is a photographic image, made without the use of a camera. Typically an object is placed on light sensitive paper and an image is created when the composition is exposed to light. Moholy-Nagy featured in the recent Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art at Tate Modern.

Hauser & Wirth present an exhibition of László Moholy-Nagy work to mark the hundredth year of the Bauhaus. The show is curated by Daniel Hug — grandson of Moholy-Nagy. Selected are works from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Hauser & Wirth is 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. Huxley-Parlour as well as The Photographers’ Gallery a few minutes’ walk away.

Hauser & Wirth, Mayfair. Map:
Until Saturday, 7th September.
More information: Hauser & Wirth.
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Photography Exhibitions London August 2019

That’s it for this week’s Photography Exhibitions in London August 2019. Look out for still more Photography Exhibitions in London next week!

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