Exhibitions in London
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Celeb mums, endless Instagram baby pics: we're used to seeing images of motherhood but its realities are seldom expressed. In unflinching photos and videos, the eight artists here consider more nuanced ways of seeing a universal subject. Playful and eloquent, unsentimental yet deeply moving, this is a welcome reassessment of maternal iconography.
This exhibition (intriguingly hosted by the Science Museum in its new Media Space on the second floor) shows work by two photographers fascinated by the eccentricities of English social customs.
One of Japan's most renowned photographers has produced twenty of his works as silkscreens on canvas exclusively for Hamiltons. A member of the famous PROVOKE magazine, Moriyama’s work infuses the emergence of western ideals upon Japan’s insular perspective. His experimental techniques of never using the camera’s viewfinder give his images a quality of raw immediacy.
A muddied jockey stares at you, her maroon and pale blue silks splattered in wet brown, her eyes gleaming with both determination and exhaustion. This image of the Irish jockey Katie Walsh, by the Kent-based photographer, Spencer Murphy has been awarded this year’s £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, and what a worthy winner it is.
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Photogenic plants, fascinating animals and dramatic landscapes are all ready for their close-ups in this annual photography competition and exhibition, which this year attracted almost 43,000 entries by professional and amateur snappers from 96 countries. A key component of the show are the stories which accompany the one hundred photos on show, describing the often remarkable conditions under which each photographer captured their winning shot. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.
As part of its Contemporary Arts Programme, the museum is showing work by the Belfast-born Donovan Wylie – a photographer concerned with the impact modern military interventions (primarily surveillance structures) have on the physical landscape as well as the people that live on it.
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