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
Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet
Hélène Binet documents the history of buildings, whether that's an eighteenth century church, a 1970s apartment block or a shiny new construction by Zaha Hadid (who Binet worked with extensively). Stark, minimal, austere photography. £17. Royal Academy of Art. Oct 23-Jan 23 2022. More details here.
Helen Levitt: In The Street
This retrospective looks back at 50 years of pioneering photographer Helen Levitt's street scenes, featuring images of everyday life throughout her native New York. Her aim was to capture the poetry of the often decrepit, poverty-ridden sides of her city, rather than pass judgement, remaining restlessly inquisitive throughout. £5. The Photographers' Gallery. Until Feb 13 2022. More details here.
Nestor Siré and Steffen Köhn document the informal digital economy of Cuba, showing the way goods, medicines, and basic necessities are traded online in the country. It's a shocking, clever exposé of life in times of crisis. £5. The Photographers' Gallery. Until Jan 2022. More details here.
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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 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.
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.