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Photography galleries in London

Get in the picture with our guide to London's best galleries to visit and buy photography

Courtesy The Photographers' Gallery, London

London has produced many of the twentieth century’s greatest photojournalists and fashion photographers – Terence Donovan, David Bailey, Don McCullin and Norman Parkinson among them. And although the medium sometimes struggles to be accepted as fine art, the first (and so far only) photographer to win the Turner Prize, Wolfgang Tillmans in 2000, was also a Londoner, albeit an adopted one.

The capital’s thriving and ever-expanding art scene is home to galleries that show and sell photography in all its forms, from the earliest nineteenth-century daguerreotypes to limited-edition fine-art prints and documentary shots of celebrities and pop stars.

Photography galleries in London

The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery's six-storey premises on Ramillies Street features gallery space, a bookshop, print sales room and café. It hosts the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize among contemporary and fine art photography exhibitions, as well as a programme of talks and events.

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Michael Hoppen Gallery

Michael Hoppen Gallery, set up in 1993, exclusively exhibits photography. The second floor is dedicated to high quality contemporary work from well known photographers such as Daido Moriyama, as well as 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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The Wapping Project Bankside

We have Jules Wright, the brains behind the ingenious re-use of a former hydraulic station in Wapping (that’s sadly closed), to thank for this addition to Mayfair. Set up in 2009 in Bankside - hence the name - to showcase the talents of the artists Wright worked with at The Wapping Project, the gallery moved to its new central London location in the summer of 2014. You can discover cutting-edge contemporary photographer’s like Elina Brotherus, Annabel Elgar, Edgar Martins, Jeffrey Stockbridge and Mitra Tabrizian who’s work leans towards the theatrical and filmic.

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Daniel Blau

With branches both here and in Munich, Daniel Blau’s London gallery on Hoxton Square specialises in vintage photography, casting an eye backwards to various fascinating moments in photographic history. In the past, Blau’s walls have played host to paper negatives, photographs of Mars taken by NASA in the 1970s, images of the Blitz and iconic pictures from the news by renowned photojournalists. The gallery also programmes events and publishes photography books.

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Grimaldi Gavin

The London outpost of this Italian gallery is dedicated to experimental and contemporary photography. It represents, commissions and supports artists that push the medium’s boundaries, including Peter Piller, Dan Holdsworth, Sophie Rickett, Heidi Specker, Clare Strand and Massimo Vitali.

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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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Hamiltons has been showing and selling work by some of the giants of twentieth-century photography since 1977. Super-sleek, black-and-white portraiture by Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts set the tone. But, thanks to forays into architectural photography by Tadao Ando and a show of Tomio Seike’s pared-down, almost painterly images of Brighton beaches, Hamilton’s resists easy categorisation

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Atlas Gallery

This gallery, which hosts a regular progamme of exhibitions, specialises in classic and modern twentieth-century photography, photojournalism, fashion and contemporary photography. Expect a sprinkling of contemporary photographers to feature around crowd-pleasing shows starring big name twentieth-century camera-clickers and screen legends.

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Magnum Print Room

When Magnum Photos was founded in 1947 by Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson among others, the idea of a cooperative owned and run by photographers was unheard of. Now Magnum counts leading photojournalists from across the globe among its members. The Print Room is an archive and exhibition space for their work – totalling one million images and growing by the day.

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Getty Images Gallery

Getty Images hold an archive of millions of photographic images in the form of neagatives, prints and transparencies, dating from the 1850s to the present day. Drawing on this incredible resource, they host a regular showcase of exhibitions from '100 Years of Hollywood Images' to 'A History of the Isle of Man TT Races', in addition to providing a tailored service of fine quality prints for sale, both to the public and for commercial use. If you're looking for a specific image, the gallery also offers a research facility to search their collection.

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Set in the heart of one of London’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan communities the Portobello Photography Gallery is devoted to offering hand-crafted photographs direct to the public at an affordable price.  Please visit our website at www.portobellophotographygallery.com

Giles Huxley-Parlour

I would like to suggest my own gallery, Beetles+Huxley on 3-5 Swallow St. We represent many major international photographers, including Steve McCurry, Elliott Erwitt, Michael Kenna, Bruce Davidson, Terry O'Neill and many more, and hold 8 exhibitions per year. www.beetlesandhuxley.com


Following your review of The Photographer's Gallery my friend took me to visit during a recent London trip.As enthusiastic amateur photographers we were keen to see the work of those held in such high esteem and expected to be in awe of their work. This was not the case, we left feeling we could and had taken better photos ourselves! Subject matter such as several views of a pile of bin bags and semen stained sheets amongst the least favourite. Some were out of focus ( and not in a creative way)many of the basic rules of photography were overlooked. Seems to me that having a certain degree of fame is not a recommendation of talent.

Stephen Bartels

Don't forget about the new Leica photography dedicated gallery in Pimlico "Stephen Bartels Gallery" www.stephenbartelsgallery.com


Why haven't you included Margaret St Gallery? It is a new photography gallery in Fitzrovia with exciting and innovative exhibitions planned for 2013. chlowww.margaretstreetgallery.com

Guy Whitworth

Please add me to your e'mail listings for info on art / photography exhibitions and events


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Rob Boler

At the risk of my being thought of as 'not cool', I'll add: Idea Generation Gallery, Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, and the National Portrait Gallery. Rob Boler RobBolerShootsPeople.com