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Photography in London

Get in the picture with our guide to London photography news, features, galleries and more

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Addicted to Instagram or permanently attached to your SLR? Even if your camera roll is totally empty, you'll find a way to appreciate London photography; we have the widest variety of styles in some of the best exhibitions at the most beautiful galleries. Find them in a flash with our guide to the best photography London has to offer. 

Must-see London photography exhibitions

William Eggleston Portraits
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William Eggleston Portraits

Legendary Memphis photographer William Eggleston has created a whole genre of psychologically ambiguous Americana, much of it centred on apparently mundane bits of his home town. I expected that isolating his portraits from the rest of his work wouldn’t work. How would they fare, without all those existential landscapes and unanswered questions to problematise them? 

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Fauna Brazil
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Fauna Brazil

Admire photographs of the colourful and captivating wildlife of Brazil at this photography exhibition that makes up one part of the Horniman's Festival of Brasil. The animals on display include jaguars, macaws and porcupines.

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year
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Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Once again you can expect to see remarkable feats of astrophotography at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition. It’s a chance to see magical views of both our own night sky and of galaxies far, far away. The winning spacey visions come from dozens of professional and amateur snappers in various categories including ‘Planets, Comets and Asteroids’, ‘Stars and Nebulae’, ‘Galaxies’ and ‘Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year’ for under-16s.

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Photomonth
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Photomonth

Abandoned objects in the French refugee camps, a creative school for blind children in Ukraine, and a story of homelessness in London all feature in the opening exhibition from this year's two-month festival of photography. You can also check out a talk from Martin Parr on November 1, discover the changing face of photo books in Espacio Gallery, see a Colin O'Brien retrospective at Unit G and look back to the Battle of Cable Street at Watney Street Ideas Store.

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The latest London photography features

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
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Astronomy Photographer of the Year

See magical views of both our own night sky and of galaxies far, far away

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The best photography courses in London
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The best photography courses in London

Skills workshops and courses to put your selfie-stick to shame

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This week's best photography shows
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This week's best photography shows

Don't miss any of the biggest and best exhibitions of photography this season

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12 bloomin' lovely pictures of Columbia Road
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12 bloomin' lovely pictures of Columbia Road

The road and its flower market are the subject of the latest lovely book from Hoxton Mini Press

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The best London photography galleries

Photographers' Gallery
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Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery's six-storey premises on Ramillies Street has reopened after a full facelift. Original plans for the new site were for a striking, angular structure with giant floor-to-ceiling lightwells grasping for the sky. After a fiscal wake-up call (the budget was cut nearly in half to £9 million), the Irish architects O'Donnell+Tuomey returned with a handsome refit and recladding of an old brick building, plus what amounts to an extravagant loft conversion, adding two whole storeys and just one thin sliver of those firmament-reaching windows. What hasn't been lost is any of the interior space. The upper floors boast two airy new galleries, while a bookshop, print sales room and café have been dug from the ground floor and basement levels. In fact, the climb-down from landmark building to tasteful conversion is no great loss, given the building's move to an unprepossessing corner plot in a back alley south of Oxford Street. The Photographers' Gallery has kept faith in its location, however tricky and inhospitable their new plot on the vaguely insalubrious Ramilies Street might seem. Indeed, the new site maintains the gallery's roots in Soho (just) and will hopefully come to be as embedded here as it was in its former location on Great Newport Street, which, despite its inelegant, warren-like unsuitability for showing great photography, will also live long in the memory.

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Michael Hoppen Gallery
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Michael Hoppen Gallery

Michael Hoppen Gallery, set up in 1993, exhibits exclusively fine art photography. The second floor is dedicated to high quality contemporary work from well known photographers such as Daido Moriyama, through rising stars such as Desiree Dolron to edgier, newly discovered talents. Superbly produced artists' books, some published in house, are available to buy from the gallery.  

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Atlas Gallery
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Atlas Gallery

Atlas came of age in nineties Hoxton, when the area was still a scruffy, well-kept hipster secret but is now based in the swankier environs of Marylebone. The gallery specialises primarily in classic and modern twentieth-century vintage photography, photojournalism and fashion, in addition to representing contemporary photographers.

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V&A Photographs Gallery
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V&A Photographs Gallery

An early pioneer in collecting and exhibiting photography, the V&A now boasts a permanent gallery dedicated to the medium. The inaugural exhibition charts the history of the photography with a display of beautiful and remarkable images taken between 1839 and the 1960s. Two further spaces are devoted to exploring the work of key photographic figures such as Julia-Margaret Cameron and Henri-Cartier Bresson. Temporary displays, primarily showcasing contemporary photography, will be shown in the V&A’s existing photographs gallery.

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Our favourite photos of London

The 40 best photos of London ever taken
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The 40 best photos of London ever taken

A collection of our favourite photographs taken of London from 1839 to 2016

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London in pictures
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London in pictures

Beautiful photography of London in all weathers and seasons

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Time Out photography competition 2016

The Winners
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The Winners

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Runners-up: Wild
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Runners-up: Wild

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Runners-up: Beautiful
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Runners-up: Beautiful

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Runners-up: On the Move
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Runners-up: On the Move

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Runners-up: Weird and Wonderful
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Runners-up: Weird and Wonderful

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Runners-up: Real Londoners
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Runners-up: Real Londoners

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Runners-up: Delicious
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Runners-up: Delicious

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