Top photography exhibitions in London

Look at life through the lens and find the best new photography exhibitions around London
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There's so much more to London art than just painting or sculpture – lose yourself in all kinds of new worlds by tracking down the best photography exhibitions in London.

From sweeping landscape scenes to powerful portraits captured by daring individuals, photography in London offers a full-exposure of thought-provoking, visually captivating art. Look away from the Instagram feed for just a minute and go explore.

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Top photography exhibitions in London

Dorothea Lange, 'Migrant Mother', Copyright the Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California
Art, Photography

Dorothea Lange: ‘Politics of Seeing’

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You can see why the Barbican is running these shows of Dorothea Lange and Vanessa Winship together. There’s plenty of overlap in their work: dislocation, displacement, the way that women, children, buildings, landscapes and even cars reflect societal collapse. But I would seriously advise that you buy your ticket, check out one of them, then go and play crazy golf with a few beers or something before you come back and tackle the other. 

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© Tish Murtha
Art

Tish Murtha: Works 1976 - 1991

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‘As far as most strippers and peep-show dancers are concerned, audience is too elevated a term for the men who watch. They are punters and bloody wankers to boot,’ wrote Karen Leslie, the writer and stripper who Tish Murtha collaborated with on ‘London by Night’, a project documenting the London sex industry in 1983. 

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© Alex Prager Studio and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
Art

Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive

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You get an eerie sense of déjà vu in this show of American artist Alex Prager’s photography. Seeing the drunken parties, suspicious faces and elaborate beach scenes she meticulously stages, you’re certain that each scenario is familiar.

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Vanessa Winship, from the series 'Black Sea Between Chronicle and Fiction'. Copyright Vanessa Winship.
Art, Contemporary art

Vanessa Winship: And Time Folds

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You can see why the Barbican is showing these shows of Dorothea Lange and Vanessa Winship together. There’s plenty of overlap in their work: dislocation, displacement, the way that women, children, buildings and landscapes reflect societal collapse, and broken-down cars. But I would seriously advise buying your ticket, checking out one of them, then going and playing crazy golf with a few beers or something before you come back and tackle the other. 

Time Out says
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