Top 10 photography exhibitions in London

Discover a world beyond Instagram at the city's best current and upcoming photography shows

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London's cultural menu doesn't start and finish with paint on canvas – experience a whole new world of artistic awesomeness at these blockbuster photography exhibitions, taking place at venues including The Photographers' Gallery and Getty Images Gallery.

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  • Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

    This celebrated annual photographic award exhibition is back with four new nominations who are all worthy of the £30,000 prize.

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  • Richard Mosse: The Enclave

    Commissioned for the Irish Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, this multichannel video installation casts a wartorn eastern Congo in psychedelic Technicolor using military surveillance film.

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  • Sarah Jones

    Recent photographs, including works from the ongoing ‘Cabinets’ series in which Jones explores the materiality of objects.

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  • Lucas Foglia

    Photographs of the least populated regions of the United States that have been transformed over the past seven years from a mining boom.

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  • Esther Teichmann: Fractal Scars, Salt Water And Tears

    Hauntingly beautiful photographs set within a dream-like installation of statues and painted waterfalls capture the slippage between autobiography and fiction.

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  • Burnt Generation

    Experience Iran through the eyes of eight contemporary photographers who’ve lived and worked in the country.

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  • Phil Maxwell: Brick Lane

    Stunning black-and-white photographs of Brick Lane tell the story of east London's most famous street from 1982 to the present.

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  • Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now

    A revelatory display of how a nation has rebuilt itself after the mass genocide of 1994. Confronting the global depiction of a country associated with unimaginable violence, these Rwandan photographers worked with internationally acclaimed snappers, Andrew Esiebo and Brendan Bannon to present their vision of the East African country.

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  • Capa: Europe 1943-1945

    Rare vintage prints by the audacious war photographer, Richard Capa from 1943 to 1945 when he accompanied American troops when they entered Italy on their push from North Africa.

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  • Berndnaut Smilde: Antipode

    Clouds are suspended in either opulent or modernist architectural interiors in the Dutch artist's ingenious photographs.

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Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

This celebrated annual photographic award exhibition is back with four new nominations who are all worthy of the £30,000 prize.

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helen
helen

World Press Photography Competition 2013, Royal Festival Hall , Southbank Two uncles carry their dead nephews in their arms, followed by an army of angry villagers, desperate for justice. A dead body of a suspected collaborator is dragged through the streets of Gaza City. The corpse of a Sudan Armed Forces soldier floats in an oily pond after a clash with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Looking at these harrowing photos it can be hard to believe that they are images of real life. And even harder to think there is someone one the other side of the camera, risking their life at times, taking the shot. The competition contains a combination of portraits, character studies, daily life, news and nature. But the majority seem to fall in the contemporary issues category, demonstrating conflicts of war, drugs, gangs and death. The exhibition comes with a warning for a reason. How the judges narrowed over 100,000 photos into this 55 exhibition amazes me, but it is clear why they are chosen. Though there are some strange additions, like the Danish photographer’s depiction of his family life on holiday in Italy, falling into the Daily Life category. His naked wife sits on the toilet yawning while a toddler rifles through the bin next to her. Another child is asleep in the next room. I’m not sure I’d be happy if I was her. The gallery has two separate sections which left it feeling slightly disjointed and would be easy to miss one whole part of the exhibition entirely. However, each photo is well annotated with just enough description of the event to draw the viewer into the scene without boring them. If you are of a nervous disposition, are already feeling depressed or emotional and have diminished faith in humanity- I would not visit. It is not an uplifting or ‘fun’ exhibition- but it will make you appreciate your own safe bubble of life. And make you want to buy a decent camera.

Giovanni Fanuele
Giovanni Fanuele

Bello e interessante! Anche la traduzione in Italiano è migliore della media. Bravi, complimenti. Saluti e auguri. From Brescia, Italy

Denn
Denn

This section seems like an afterthough - never seems to be comprhensive / updated enough.

Peter
Peter

There is fantastic exhibition of the ARENA GROUP of photographers at the Menier gallery, Southwark, Opened yesterday. Very moving & beautiful.

Jenny
Jenny

The Contemporary Art Society, based in Clerkenwell, is putting on a show by John Stezaker, Deutsche Borse 2012 winner, from 4 September. Not to be missed!

geoff
geoff

I only counted 9!