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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    Gueorgui Pinkhassov

    Lorenzo Vitturi: Dalston Anatomy

    Focusing on east London’s Ridley Road Market, the Italian artist and local resident manages to distil the area’s individuality and dynamism in these captivating photographs.

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  • © Martin Parr/Magnum, courtesy Rocket Gallery

    Fiona Banner: Mistah Kurtz – He Not Dead

    Martin Parr: Signs of the Times

    Parr’s photographs from the revealing, toe-curling and sometimes hilarious 1990s TV series about the taste of the nation.

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  • © Dennis Hopper, courtesy The Hopper Art Trust. www.dennishopper.com.

    Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

    Many stars claim that had they not been actors, they’d have been hooligans; by all accounts Dennis Hopper (1936-2010) managed to be both.

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  • © Olya Ivanova

    Close and Far: Russian Photography Now

    Close and Far: Russian Photography Now

    Coinciding with the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, this group exhibition of Russian photographers and video artists sets a new precedent for a generation exploring identity and place in a country of dramatic extremes.

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  • Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction

    arcelona-born Joan Fontcuberta’s ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ plays on the viewer’s trust in the authenticity of photography by presenting mischievously misleading evidence of extraordinary creatures, people and places..

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  • Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia

    The social history of Russia is charted through this beautiful and intriguing assortment of images.

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  • Mark Neville

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    Mark Neville

    As part of the launch of the Imperial War Museum's new First World War Galleries, this exhibition from British artist Mark Neville is a response to the war in Afghanistan..

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    Mark Neville
  • Dr Harold Edgerton: Abstractions

    Here’s a question good Doctor Edgerton raises in black and white and saturated colour: can you completely abstract a bullet?.

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  • Travel Photographer of the Year

    Having accepted commissions from professional and amateur photographers from around the world, the Travel Photographer of the Year is now presenting the cream of the crop.

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  • © Danny Lyon dektol.wordpress.com Courtesy of Etherton Gallery, Tucson, U.S.A. and Atlas Gallery, London

    Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders

    Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders

    You can almost feel the wind in your hair and the freedom of the road, in these captivating images of 1960s biker culture taken when the New York photographer befriended the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

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© the artist

Gueorgui Pinkhassov

Lorenzo Vitturi: Dalston Anatomy

Focusing on east London’s Ridley Road Market, the Italian artist and local resident manages to distil the area’s individuality and dynamism in these captivating photographs.

MORE INFO

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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!