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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  • 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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  • © 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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  • © Gered Mankowitz

    Kate Bush: Photographs by Gered Mankowitz and Guido Harari

    These two photographers are cheekily bringing out new Bush books and putting on an exhibition to coincide with the ‘Before the Dawn’ shows. Big draws include Mankowitz’s famous ‘pink leotard’ shots and out-takes from his shoots for the ‘Lionheart’ and ‘The Kick Inside’ sleeves. Go along and play ‘Hounds of Love’ on your phone: it’ll almost be like Kate’s singing to you. Until you get kicked out of the gallery.

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  • © Joan Fontcuberta

    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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  • © The Estate of Carlo Mollino

    Mollino/Mapplethorpe

    A selection of photographs and furniture by Italian designer Carlo Mollino, including rare Polaroids and C-prints from the 1950s and 1960s. Also exhibited is an important collection of rare colour prints from Robert Mapplethorpe’s 'Flower' series.

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  • © Lorenzo Vitturi

    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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  • Candida Höfer: Villa Borghese

    The German artist presents her immense photographs that capture the opulent Italian art institution, Galleria Borghese. 

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  • © Tim Hetherington, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York and Magnum.

    Tim Hetherington: Infidel

    The late photojournalist’s images and videos capture individual perspectives of war, both military and civilian. Infedel, a series of large-scale images were taken in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan between 2007-2008 when Hetherington managed to get close to the American soldiers stationed there. Counterbalancing these is Hetherington’s short film Diary, a personal reflection on his experiences of reporting on world affairs.

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  • © George P Lewis

    Traces of War

    A hundred years after the beginning of WWI, the Fleming Collection is exhibiting works by two Scottish photographers. Peter Cattrell’s landscape pieces of Somme have a dual focus on the devastation of war and the serenity of nature’s renewal. On loan from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is a series by George P Lewis about the role of women in transport and heavy industries during wartime in Scotland.

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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

    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. The show has been extended until Sep 19.

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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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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!