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Photography Exhibitions London October 2019

Photography exhibitions in London this October are especially exciting. First of all, we get a glimpse into the fantastical world of British fashion photographer Tim Walker. That display is on at the V&A Museum in South Kensington. Meanwhile, also in South Kensington, large scale contacts from another well-known photographer are on display. William Klein: Painted Contacts + Photographs is on at the HackelBury gallery. Over in Mayfair, but coming to an end shortly Gregory Halpern’s images from his latest photobook can be see at Huxley-Parlour. Omaha Sketchbook is the photobook aficionado’ fifth book of his own work.

As well as the Gregory Halpern show, Robert Polidori, also in Mayfair, is closing soon. While those shows are closing, an new autumnal group show has just opened at the MMX Gallery in New Cross has just opened. Fall into Golden Light features Valda Bailey together with five other artists.

More details on these photography exhibitions in London October 2019 can be found further down the page.

As well as this post we have a regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. That list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions so is also worth a peek. It contains information such as opening times and maps for the London photography exhibitions.


Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things exhibition trailer

British fashion photographer Tim Walker shot his first fashion story for Vogue when 25. Earlier, he had been working in New York where he was an assistant to the prolific fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon. He still works for Vogue, whose readers he entrances and has worked with W and Love magazines for some years now. Tim Walker’s signature — a twisted fairytale aesthetic — is instantly recognisable.

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things is an immersive journey into the photographer’s fantastical worlds. Featured are ten projects directly influenced by the treasures found in the vast V&A collection. The V&A Museum is in South Kensington, on Exhibition Road and just a few minutes from South Kensington tube station.

 Adult with donation: £16.50 Tickets:  
  V&A, South Kensington. Map:  
  Until Sunday, 8th March, 2020.
  More information: Victoria and Albert Museum.
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Gregory Halpern: Omaha Sketchbook

 Closing soon!

Magnum photographer Gregory Halpern has been fascinated with photobooks since he picked one up at the age of fourteen. In that time, he has published five of his own photobooks as well as taught photography. He has taught at a handful of leading American institutions.

Huxley-Parlour gallery present new work produced for Halpern’s latest photobook Omaha Sketchbook. Captured in the heartland, in essence, it is a meditation on America and the people who inhabit it.

Huxley-Parlour is just off Piccadilly and close to Fortnum & Mason. The Royal Academy of Arts as well as well some other galleries are nearby. Huxley-Parlour is, at most, a few minutes’ walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station. Regent’s Street is also close.

 Closing soon!
  Huxley-Parlour, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 12th October, 2019.
  More information: Huxley-Parlour.
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William Klein: Painted Contacts + Photographs

William Klein is one of the world’s most influential photographers. Together with Robert Frank (who recently passed), Klein is considered a father of street photography. His fashion work for Vogue was famed. The approach was novel, in particular, using a wide-angle, lens close up, often outside with natural lighting.

Hackelbury present super-sized (more than two-metres long) painted contacts including previously unreleased William Klein works. The display represents the totality of Klein’s artistic practice: his moving image and painting career as well as his photographic work are presented.

Hackelbury is in South Kensington close to both Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations.

  HackelBury, South Kensington. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 2nd November.
  More information: Autograph.
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London Photography Exhibitions October 2019

Robert Polidori: Fra Angelico / Opus Operantis

 Closing soon!

In brief, Flowers Gallery in Cork Street present Robert Polidori’s photographs of Italian frescos for the very first time in the UK. The frescos are on the walls of the Dominican priory of San Marco in Florence.

Flowers gallery is on Cork Street in Soho. The gallery is a rather short walk from the Royal Academy of Arts. Huxley-Parlour gallery is also close.

 Closing soon!
  Flowers, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 12th October, 2019.
  More information: Flowers.
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Fall into Golden Light

 Just opened!

Fall Into Golden Light is an autumnal group exhibition at the MMX Gallery in New Cross. The show features work from Valda Bailey as well as Michael Abramson, Michael Jackson, Michal Cala, Brian Griffin and Neil Shirreff.

Valda Bailey is a photographer from Jersey known, above all, as an expert in the Intentional Camera Movement technique. Typically landscape photographers invest in a strong and stable tripod. In addition, they also use in-camera functions to minimise vibrations caused by internal movement within the camera. This all helps to get the sharpest picture possible. Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) throws this all out of the window. Instead, the photographer moves the camera on purpose – panning or following a particular pattern – to blur the created photograph. The technique can create new textures in the image. The result might be something like the Impressionist painters’ work.

Valda Bailey was a painter before taking up photography seriously and uses ICM and multiple exposure to create abstract shapes in her photography. Her intention is to convey feelings invoked by the landscape, drawing on its essence rather than a focus on its detail.

 Just opened!
  MMX Gallery, New Cross. Map:  
  Until Sunday, 3rd November.
  More information: MMX Gallery.
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Photography Exhibitions London October 2019

Lina Iris Viktor: Some are Born to Endless Night – Dark Matter

Lina Iris Viktor: Materia Prima

Viktor is a British-Liberian artist who works with both conceptual art and performance art. Most notable is the multi-disciplinary approach to her work. Her practice unites photography, performance and abstract painting together with gold gilding. The dark canvases or ‘light-works‘ which she creates have embedded layers of light. These layers of light are decorated with symbols as well as intricate patterns. Her work provokes contemplation on the socio-political and historical prejudices surrounding ‘blackness’.

For Lina Iris Viktor, black is the proverbial ‘materia prima. This is evident from the 60 works on display over two galleries at Autograph in Shoreditch. As well as the expected signature 24-karat gold, rich and opulent blue hues and, deep and dark matte blacks feature. The works, employing this restricted palette, explore ‘race’, history and ownership. These themes are studied in the in a context of the, so called, dark continent — Africa.

Some Are Born to Endless Night — Dark Matter unites pieces from several works in the Lina Iris Viktor ouevre. The Dark Continent and Materia Prima as well as A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred. feature. There is also a sculpture on show from Black Botanica, together with the Black Ark installation. This much anticipated display is curated by René Mussai.

Autograph gallery is at Rivington Place in Shoreditch. The Shoreditch High Street London Overground station as well as Boxpark Shoreditch are just a few minutes’ walk. Liverpool Street station is also close; less than 1000 metres. Autograph hold regular photography displays. They aim to enable the public to explore identity, representation, human rights and social justice.

  Free entry
  Autograph, Shoreditch. Map:  
  Until Saturday, 25th January, 2020.
  More information: Autograph.
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Richard Avedon: Portolios

Richard Avedon | The Most Sought after Photographer in the World | 4 Minute Minidoc

Avedon was an American fashion and portrait photographer who undoubtedly no introduction at all. His big break came in 1944 when he was endorsed by the Director of Art at Harper’s Bazaar Alexei Brody. He soon became the chief photographer at Harper’s Bazaar. His prolific career spans over 50 years. During that time, his portraits ranged from those of ordinary citizens, such as truckers, miners and factory workers, to the elite and government. His sitters for a series of large format photographs included Marilyn Monroe and Dwight D. Eisenhower as well as Andy Warhol. Avedon himself has been an influence for many photographers including Annie Leibovitz and Hiro.

In Richard Avedon; Portfolios, Hamiltons exhibit work from two rare Avedon portfolios. That is La Passante du Siècle and Made in France. The former is from Avedon’s 1950’s Harper’s Bazaar days while Made in France was published in 2001. Hamiltons Gallery is in Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square and only a short walk from Green Park tube station.

  Hamiltons, Mayfair. Map:  
  Until Wednesday, 13th November.
  More information: Hamiltons.
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Collecting Photography: from Daguerreotype to Digital


Photographic processes | The Daguerreotype

Collecting Photography features highlights from the V&A’s especially broad photography collection. The display is an exploration of the history of photography via the act of collecting. Items from early daguerrotypes, for example, right up to modern prints features. Particularly interesting, the work by pioneer Eadweard Muybridge features. This is a free display in the Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre.

The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum is in South Kensington, five minutes walk from South Kensington tube station and a short walk from Hyde Park.

  V&A Museum, South Kensington. Map:  
  Until Friday, 4th September.
  More information: V&A Museum.
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Photography Exhibitions London October 2019

Nan Goldin

American photographer Nan Goldin is particularly known for her lush colour photography work which often features LGBT-related themes. Reflected in her work is her uncompromised manner and style, portraying subjects in a candid way. According to Goldin, this reflects her desire ‘to leave a record of her life that no one can revise’. Goldin’s work was influenced Larry Clark together with Diane Arbus.

Tate Modern presents a slide show projection as well as framed prints from The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency was a visual diary which chronicled the struggle for intimacy and understanding within Goldin’s ‘tribe’.

The Tate Modern is on the South Bank of the Thames, and just a few minutes’ walk from the 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.

  Natalie Bell Building: Level 3 East, Tate Modern, Southbank. Map:  
  Until Sunday, 27th October.
  More information: Tate.
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Feminism and Media

Feminism and Media is a display which looks at gender stereotypes. In particular, it look at how stereotypes from the mass media have 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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Photography Exhibitions London October 2019

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

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