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Best London photos: Wolfgang Tillmans: 'Lars in Tube', 1993. © Wolfgang Tillmans, © Maureen Paley
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Top photography exhibitions in London

Look at life through the lens and find the best new photography exhibitions around London

By Time Out London Art
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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.

RECOMMENDED: Check our complete guide to photography in London

 

Top photography exhibitions in London

Herbert List. Magnum.
Herbert List. Magnum.

Herbert List: 'Metamorphoses'

Sensuous, perfectly staged and immacculately composed black and white images by this pioneering queer German photographer.

Herbert List, 'Metamorphoses' is at Magnum Gallery until Jul 31. Book here.

Sister holding Brother, Accra Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière
Sister holding Brother, Accra Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière

James Barnor: 'Accra/London'

Across two decades and six continents, this Ghanaian-British photographer has been a ceaseless chronicler of the world around him, especially the African diaspora. This lovingly assembled, in-depth show takes in Barnor's studio portraiture, lifestyle photography and hard hitting photojournalism.

At the Serpentine Gallery, May 19-Oct 24. Book here.

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Mohamed Bourouissa, Horse Day, 2014 - 2015 video dyptic (color sound) 13’32’’ Production MOBILES, with PMU support © ADAGP, Paris 2018 Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris/London.
Mohamed Bourouissa, Horse Day, 2014 - 2015 video dyptic (color sound) 13’32’’ Production MOBILES, with PMU support © ADAGP, Paris 2018 Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris/London.

Mohamed Bourouissa

The centrepiece of this show is what Bourouissa calls a 'contemporary American cowboy movie', a film about an inner-city urban stables in Philadelphia. No stetsons here, just brillantly observed socio-political art in one of London's best new galleries.

Goldsmith's Centre of Contemporary Art, until Aug 1. Book here

R (French, born 1983). Migrants, Mayra, Picnic across the Border, Tecate, Mexico—U.S.A., 2017. Installation image. Wheat-pasted poster on table. © JR-ART.NET
R (French, born 1983). Migrants, Mayra, Picnic across the Border, Tecate, Mexico—U.S.A., 2017. Installation image. Wheat-pasted poster on table. © JR-ART.NET

JR: 'Chronicles'

The mega-successful Parisian photographer takes a break from his apartment-block-sized installations for his largest ever solo show, filling the Saatchi gallery with a whole career's worth of imagery that takes as much from the classic of photography as it does from street art. Photography doesn't get much more blockbuster-y than this. 

Saatchi Gallery, Jun 4-Oct 3. Get tickets here.

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Photograph: Kasuma Okagawa
Photograph: Kasuma Okagawa / Dulwich Picture Gallery

'Unearthed: Photography's Roots'

Reopens May 19.

This fascinating show is Dulwich Picture Gallery’s first ever devoted to photography. It explores the rôle that plant and botanical photography has played in the medium’s development, from early pioneers like Fox Talbot through masters like Kazumasa Ogawa. Among the most intriguing images are those taken by Charles Jones, an English gardener. His striking photographs of plants and vegetables were unknown until they were discovered by chance after his death in a trunk at Bermondsey Antiques Market.  

Dulwich Picture Gallery, May 19-Aug 30.

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