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Photography Exhibitions London February 2019

For Photography exhibitions London February 2019 we add a show celebrating the half-a-century career of sports photographer Gerry Cranham. We also add work from another British photographer: Nick Brandt. Nick Brandt: This Empty World reflects on the ecological as well as environmental degradation of parts of East Africa. That display is at Waddington Custot in Mayfair. Meanwhile in Chelsea, Michael Hoppen explore the pioneering career of Gerry Cranham.

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning is still on at the Hayward Gallery. Also, the two Don McCullin shows at Hamiltons and Tate Modern continue. There is also the interesting show by celebrated British landscape photographer, Jem Southam. Jem Southam: The Long White Cloud is on now at the newly expanded Huxley Parlour in Mayfair. Also in Mayfair, there is the Andy Warhol: Polaroid Pictures and David Bailey: The Sixties. 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.


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.

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  Michael Hoppen, Chelsea. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 30th March.
  More information: Michael Hoppen.
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Nick Brandt: This Empty World

Nick Brandt is a British photographer who first studied painting and then later Film at, the then, Saint Martin’s School of Art. He is known for directing films as well as photography. He worked together with Michael Jackson, Moby and others on award-winning music videos.

Unlike when working in film, Brandt is able to express the sense of awe he feels for animals with the medium of photography. In 2016, he presented Inherit the Dust, a major exhibition at Fotografiska in Stockholm. The series was powerful while deeply disturbing; exploring the echoes of animals at the rather empty sites they used to roam. He worked in black and white with a Pentax 67II, a medium format film camera.

For this new exhibition, Waddington Custot present a new series of photographs by Nick Brandt; This Empty World. Here Brandt works in colour, still in medium format, though this time moving to a digital, rather than analogue system. He turns another important issue: the escalating environmental and ecological degradation in East Africa. The photographs superimpose animals in their natural habitat onto captures of urban settings.

Waddington Custot is a long established gallery in Mayfair representing French as well as British artists. The gallery is on Cork Street with both Green Park and Piccadilly Circus a short walk.


 Closing soon!
  Waddington Custot, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Thursday, 7th March.
  More information: Waddington Custot.
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Diane Arbus: In the Beginning

The Gompertz Guide to… Diane Arbus

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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Jem Southam: The Long White Cloud

Jem Southam is a British photographer renowned for his series of colour landscape photographs beginning in the 1970s. He is possibly the most important British landscape photographer working today. While his work is patiently produced over many months or even years, his trademark is the patient observation of a single location over these quite long time periods.

Huxley Parlour present an exhibition of new work by Jem Southam. Although he is better known for a focus on South West of England, this body of work was produced over a six‑week journey around New Zealand. Despite the shorter timescale than we are used to, transience and a continued obsession with the subtleties of colour persist. Jem Southam: The Long White Cloud documents New Zealand’s lakes and rivers as well as its dramatic waterfalls.

Jem Southam introduces ‘The Long White Cloud’, at Huxley-Parlour Gallery

Huxley Parlour reopened in February after expanding both its exhibition space and its cultural approach. The new gallery exhibition space allows for the presentation of modern painting and sculpture at the same time as photography.

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.


  Huxley-Parlour, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 9th March.
  More information: Huxley-Parlour.
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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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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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Maryam Eisler: Imagining Tina: A Dialogue with Edward Weston

Maryam Eisler is a London-based, Iranian photographer and has been considered one of the most powerful women in art. She has contributed to Harpers Bazaar and Vogue as well as Vanity Fair.

This is the second solo exhibition in which Maryam Eisler is working together with Tristan Hoare gallery. Eisler explores the relationship between the photographers Edward Weston and Tina Modotti in this series. The exhibition includes 19 monochrome platinum prints, inspired while visiting the home of Weston in California.


 Closing soon!
  Tristan Hoare, Fitzrovia. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 2nd March.
  More information: Tristan Hoare.
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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


  Free.
  Somerset House. Map:  
  Until Sunday, 28th April.
  More information: Somerset House.
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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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