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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

Joanna Piotrowska: All Our False Devices
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Joanna Piotrowska: All Our False Devices

Some art makes you laugh. Some art makes you cry. Some art makes your skin crawl off your body so you have to chase the fleshy sheet across the foyer of Tate Britain to put it back on again. Joanna Piotrowska’s photography and video works are on display at Tate Britain as the latest instalment of the gallery’s Art Now series, and you just might leave feeling fleshily exposed. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
William Eggleston: 2¼
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William Eggleston: 2¼

The title refers to inches: two and a quarter inches (stop sniggering at the back). Medium-format cameras use 2.25-inch square negatives. You can blow them up real big, and the quality is amazing. US photography legend William Eggleston isn’t usually associated with this format, but these pictures, taken in 1977 are as glowingly, troubling beautiful as any of his work, doused in a light that’s sweet and sickly as barbecue glaze. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Dave Heath: Dialogues with Solitude
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Dave Heath: Dialogues with Solitude

Chances are you haven’t heard of Dave Heath. The American photographer, who quietly documented post-WWII US society, has flown under the radar. This is his first major UK show, and despite only being two rooms, ‘Dialogues with Solitudes’ packs a big emotional punch.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Only Human: Martin Parr
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Only Human: Martin Parr

As Britain’s Self-Loathing Olympics head towards their Closing Ceremony, the country’s favourite documenter of our endlessly conflicted national identity lands at the NPG. This is not a coincidence. Since the referendum result in 2016, photographer Martin Parr has been pointing his lens at various aspects of the nation to investigate, in his word, ‘Brexitness’. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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The latest London photography features

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?

Juergen Teller: Four reasons you should care about Robert Mapplethorpe
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Juergen Teller: Four reasons you should care about Robert Mapplethorpe

Juergen Teller has curated a new show of mega rare photographs by the great Robert Mapplethorpe. We got him to explain why you need to care

Sir Elton John: 'I’d rather have one photograph than ten Picassos'
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Sir Elton John: 'I’d rather have one photograph than ten Picassos'

It’s a little bit funny, but Sir Elton John’s got a great collection of modernist photography

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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