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
From its earliest days, photography has probed the hidden: from porn to politics, it’s been there and brought back the evidence. Beyond that, though, is a shadowy place where photographers become so tangled up in what they’re chronicling that roles become blurred. These are not just the margins of society, they’re the margins of creativity. That’s what ‘Another Kind of Life’ is about.
The Hayward Gallery reopens after two years with a bang and two-and-a-half floors of photos by German snapper Andreas Gursky. I say ‘snapper’, but obviously he’s an art megastar, whose massive prints sell for millions. And I say a ‘bang’ but it’s more of a vast low-frequency ‘Oooooaaaaauuuuummmmmm’ sort of sound: the sound of things being crushed flat on to photographic paper.
Winston Churchill, Sadler’s Wells ballet dancers and Britain’s first supermodel all feature in this, an exhibition of stunning photographs by Elsbeth Juda. The visionary photographer was known for her hugely elaborate photo-shoots for various arts and culture magazines. The results more than justify the excess, being both super stylish and often witty.
If you watched the Golden Globe-winning series 'Transparent' and were captivated by the sepia-tinted flashbacks to ‘30s Berlin, you’re going to fall in love with this show. If you didn’t get around to watching Jeffrey Tambor star as the parent of three who comes out as transgender later in life - and have no idea what I’m talking about - then head to The Photographers' Gallery anyway, because this is an exhibition well worth shunning time in front of the telly for.
Why did a young photographer spend five years obsessively photographing a single street in west London, visiting it 27 times and taking 1,400 photos?