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Photography in London

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Addicted to Instagram or permanently attached to your SLR? For photography fans, London's got plenty to get excited about. Keep up to date with the latest exhibition reviews, discover the best photography galleries to visit and see how just how good looking London is when captured in the lens. And if you're looking for inspiration, see the Top 40 Photos of London ever taken.

With our guide to the best photography London has to offer, you'll be on track in a flash. 

Must-see London photography exhibitions

Feast for the Eyes – The Story of Food in Photography
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Feast for the Eyes – The Story of Food in Photography

We may need to eat to live, but food is rarely just fuel: it’s ritual, it’s celebration, it’s sex; a signifier of good or bad taste, status or aspiration, individual or national identity. This juicy new exhibition is alive to all of that, and draws images from fine art, advertising, magazines, and – hurrah! – all those lurid retro recipes that suggest vegetables are best served via jelly moulds. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Shot in Soho

Soho has become a much-mythologised part of London’s psyche – especially as the Cross Rail developments seem set to wipe away any last vestige of its former grubby glories. So it’s no wonder that The Photographers’ Gallery – situated in Soho – should dedicate a show to its changing face and fortunes. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
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Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

Fantastical. Fairytale. Magical. Lot of words are used to describe the photography of Tim Walker, but rarely this one: sex. Yet as this exuberant solo exhibition at the V&A proves, the British photographer’s special brand of surrealism, honed over decades working for fashion magazines, is far from saccharine innocence. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Ten amazing archive photos of London by Roger Mayne
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Ten amazing archive photos of London by Roger Mayne

Why did a young photographer spend five years obsessively photographing a single street in west London, visiting it 27 times and taking 1,400 photos?

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The latest London photography features

In pictures: the Travellers who live under the Westway
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In pictures: the Travellers who live under the Westway

Stable Way has been a designated Traveller site since 1976, and now houses around 20 Irish Traveller families.

This London photographer documents life on the Bakerloo line
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This London photographer documents life on the Bakerloo line

Most of us barely register the tube trains or stations we pass through every day, but for London photographer (and former graffiti artist) Harry F Conway, these are spaces of social significance and beauty.

12 amazing photos of London’s lost landmarks
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12 amazing photos of London’s lost landmarks

We take a look at the stories behind the city’s vanished landmarks

Ten amazing archive photos of London by Roger Mayne
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Ten amazing archive photos of London by Roger Mayne

Why did a young photographer spend five years obsessively photographing a single street in west London?

Find London's photography galleries

Photographers' Gallery
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Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery's six-storey premises on Ramillies Street has reopened after a full facelift. Original plans for the new site were for a striking, angular structure with giant floor-to-ceiling lightwells grasping for the sky. After a fiscal wake-up call (the budget was cut nearly in half to £9 million), the Irish architects O'Donnell+Tuomey returned with a handsome refit and recladding of an old brick building, plus what amounts to an extravagant loft conversion, adding two whole storeys and just one thin sliver of those firmament-reaching windows. What hasn't been lost is any of the interior space. The upper floors boast two airy new galleries, while a bookshop, print sales room and café have been dug from the ground floor and basement levels. In fact, the climb-down from landmark building to tasteful conversion is no great loss, given the building's move to an unprepossessing corner plot in a back alley south of Oxford Street. The Photographers' Gallery has kept faith in its location, however tricky and inhospitable their new plot on the vaguely insalubrious Ramilies Street might seem. Indeed, the new site maintains the gallery's roots in Soho (just) and will hopefully come to be as embedded here as it was in its former location on Great Newport Street, which, despite its inelegant, warren-like unsuitability for showing great photography, will also live long in the memory.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Michael Hoppen Gallery
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Michael Hoppen Gallery

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

Atlas Gallery
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Atlas Gallery

Atlas came of age in nineties Hoxton, when the area was still a scruffy, well-kept hipster secret but is now based in the swankier environs of Marylebone. The gallery specialises primarily in classic and modern twentieth-century vintage photography, photojournalism and fashion, in addition to representing contemporary photographers.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
V&A Photographs Gallery
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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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