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Photography Exhibitions London April 2019

The quality of photography exhibitions in London continues to rise as we draw towards the end of April. With Photo London less than a month away now, we are in crescendo-mode, approaching one of the highlights of the annual London photography calendar. That is not to say that there is nothing interesting to see right now from our favourite established and emerging photographers. On the contrary, an exhibition featuring Magnum photographer Ara Güler at the Saatchi Gallery has just opened. Meanwhile Matthew Joseph highlights an interesting cause. That is is a pop up exhibition at the Oxo Gallery on the South Back. Back in Soho you can see work from the important American documentary and street photographer Dave Heath.

So far we have only mentioned London photography exhibitions just added to the list, this week. In addition to those, there are some important exhibitions coming to an end. This will be the last weekend to see Tom Lovelace’s Interval at Flowers Gallery. Also English as a Second Language at Somerset House is also closing this weekend. Meanwhile the Diane Arbus and Don McCullin photography exhibitions in London, both on the South Bank are also ending. Don’t forget the World Photography Award display at Somerset house either! There are details further below about these and the other London photography exhibitions as April draws to an end.

London Photography Exhibitions 2019

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

Dave Heath: Dialogues with Solitudes

Dave Heath was a Philadelphia-born documentary photographer. His work captured the world as quiet and contemplative. He reflected on in addition to responding to the alienation prevalent in post-war North America, he sought new ways to capture isolation and vulnerability.

A Dialogue with Solitude, although his first publication, was his masterwork. The Photographers’ Gallery use this as the starting point for the exhibition. The work is coupled with by cult American films on the themes of solitude and alienation. This is the first major UK exhibition dedicated to the work of this hugely influential photographer.

The Photographers’ Gallery is close to Liberty of London and not far from either Oxford Street or Regent Street. There is a great café which also serves nice salads, tea, coffee and cakes.

Photographers’ Gallery, Soho. Map:
Until Sunday, 2nd June
More information: Photographers’ Gallery.
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Ara Güler

Just opening!

Ara Güler was one of Turkey’s rather few internationally known photographers. Known as the “Eye of Istanbul“. Together with Marc Riboud, Henri Cartier-Bresson recruited Güler to the Magnum agency. His many accolades, one of the most noteworthy is being made the Master of Leica in 1962.

In summary, Saatchi Gallery presents an exhibition curated by the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey.

The Saatchi gallery is in Chelsea, on the King’s Road. The Michael Hoppen gallery is a short walk away.

Just opened!
Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea. Map:
Until Sunday, 5th May.
More information: Saatchi Gallery.
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Podo: Matthew Joseph

Just opening!

Podoconiosis or podo for short is a disease which can affect the feet and lower legs as well as knees. It presents as a result of prolonged exposure to particles in some red clay soils. Photographer Matthew Joseph presents this series of his work so as to shine a light on podo. He captured the photographs in rural Ethiopia. He hopes to inspire and ignite viewers to help tackle the disease. You can find out more about the disease and how you can help from Action on Podo.

The Oxo Tower Gallery is on the South Bank of the River Thames and only a couple of minutes’ walk from the Tate Modern. There is also an interesting photography exhibition on at the Tate Modern currently. Read on below for further details.

Just opened!
Admission: Free.
Oxo Gallery, Mayfair. Map:
Until Sunday, 5th May.
More information: Oxo Gallery.
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London Photography Exhibitions April 2019

William Eggleston: 2¼

Just opening!

William Eggleston, a master pioneer of colour photography. He is widely recognised, above all his attainments, as being responsible for the acceptance of colour photography as an art form. He dropped black and white film for colour film at a time when colour photography was only used in commercial advertising. Eggleston’s 1974 exhibition at MoMA entitled ‘14 Pictures‘ was an important landmark. In essence, it was seen as the acceptance of colour photography by the highest validating institution.

William Eggleston was influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson after reading his Decisive Moment book. He also got inspiration from the Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank, learning from his books illustrated with photos. William Eggleston became known, in particular, for his rich and complex images. He is also recognised for his work inspired by his native American South.

The World Photography Organisation (WPO) recognised William Eggleston’s contribution to photography in 2013. The WPO awarded him the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography.

In summary, William Eggleston: 2¼ is a series of square format colour photographs made throughout the American South. The series starts in 1977 following on from Eggleston’s landmark MoMA exhibition. The show lends its name from the medium-format film used in the series. The series reveals the distinct character and individualism of the people and places of the American landscape.

Just opened!
David Zwirner, Mayfair. Map:
Until Saturday, 1st June
More information: David Zwirner.
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Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

Closing soon!

World Photography Awards returns once again to Somerset House. This year there are more than 800 photographs on show. Entrants to the competition were up against each other in four competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student. Spread over galleries in two wings at Somerset House, there are photographs from winners as well as shortlisted work for the four competitions. As well as work from competition entrants, there is a unique curation of images by Nadav Kander. The London-based photographer, known for his landscape work has been singled out in the 2019 awards in view of his outstanding contribution to photography. He follows in the footsteps of Kunstakademie Dusseldorf trained Candida Höfer who won the accolade last year.

Somerset House is on the Strand, not much more than a few yards from Waterloo Bridge. Covent Garden as well as Holborn tube stations are within walking distance.

Closing soon!
Weekend Full: £14.00. Tickets:
Somerset House, Strand. Map:
Until Monday, 6th May.
More information: World Photography Organisation.
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Bobo Dioulasso’s Sanlé Sory: Peuple de la Nuit

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.

David Hill, Ladbroke Grove. Map:
Until Friday, 31st May.
More information: David Hill.
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Photography Exhibitions London April 2019

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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Tom Lovelace: Interval

Closing soon!

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.

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

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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.

Closing soon!
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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London Photography Exhibitions April 2019

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

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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.

Closing soon!
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

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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

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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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