London's art menu doesn't start and finish with paint on canvas – experience a whole new world of artistic awesomeness at our favourite photography exhibitions in London. From historical sweeps of beautiful images to daring and revealing shows of worldly wonders, London’s photography shows offer a full-exposure of art and thought. Read our full guide to photography in London for more photo news, features and reviews.
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Top photography exhibitions in London
This collection of work from the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC (the only museum of its kind in the world) focuses on the storytelling potential of the body in photography. There’s Ingrid Mwangi’s image of the scars on her back, Korean artist Nikki S Lee dressing up as a Midwestern trailer park resident and a self-portrait by Nan Goldin that manages to be half reflective, half posed. Above all else, what you get here is the sense of women artists reclaiming their own representation.
When he’s not writing pop songs about wind-proof candles or knitting himself new wigs, Sir Elton John is a serious collector of modernist photography. No, honestly, he’s been buying the stuff for years, and his collection is world famous. This show features just a little slice out of his 8,000-strong hoard. Some images are grouped thematically, others hung in the same way they are in his office.
The prestigious nature photography exhibition returns this October. Now in its fifty-second year, the renowned and celebrated annual wildlife photography competition and exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet, captured by professional and amateur photographers.
The first major photography show in the Engine Rooms at Tower Bridge will feature new work by the celebrated chronicler of British weirdness. What to expect? The exhibition's title is probably a giveaway.