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Known and Strange Things Pass, pigment print, by Andy Sewell, 2020. Purchase funded by Cecil Beaton Fund. © Andy Sewell
Known and Strange Things Pass, pigment print, by Andy Sewell, 2020. Purchase funded by Cecil Beaton Fund. © Andy Sewell

Top photography exhibitions in London

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

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Time Out London Art
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There's so much more to London art than just painting or sculpture. Instead, you can 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

Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet
Hélène Binet, Zaha Hadid Architects, Riverside Museum, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2010, 2010. Digital black-and-white silver gelatin print. 80 x 102 cm. Courtesy ammann // projects. © Hélène Binet.

Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet

Hélène Binet documents the history of buildings, whether that's an eighteenth century church, a 1970s apartment block or a shiny new construction by Zaha Hadid (who Binet worked with extensively). Stark, minimal, austere photography.

£17. Royal Academy of Art. Oct 23-Jan 23 2022. More details here.

Helen Levitt: In The Street
Helen Levitt New York, 1940 © Film Documents LLC Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

Helen Levitt: In The Street

This retrospective looks back at 50 years of pioneering photographer Helen Levitt's street scenes, featuring images of everyday life throughout her native New York. Her aim was to capture the poetry of the often decrepit, poverty-ridden sides of her city, rather than pass judgement, remaining restlessly inquisitive throughout.

£5. The Photographers' Gallery. Until Feb 13 2022. More details here.

 

 

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Basic Necessities
Helen Levitt New York, 1940 © Film Documents LLC Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

Basic Necessities

Nestor Siré and Steffen Köhn document the informal digital economy of Cuba, showing the way goods, medicines, and basic necessities are traded online in the country. It's a shocking, clever exposé of life in times of crisis. 

£5. The Photographers' Gallery. Until Jan 2022. More details here.

Known and Strange: Photographs from the Collection
Known and Strange Things Pass, pigment print, by Andy Sewell, 2020. Purchase funded by Cecil Beaton Fund. © Andy Sewell

Known and Strange: Photographs from the Collection

The V&A's showing off 50 of its most recent contemporary photography acquisitions, including works by Paul Graham, Susan Meiselas, Andy Sewell, Tereza Zelenková, Dafna Talmor, and Zanele Muholi.

Free. V&A. Nov 6-Nov 6 2022. More details here.

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Maurice Broomfield: Industrial Sublime
Assembling a Former for a Stator, digital C-type print, by Maurice Broomfield for English Electric, 1960, printed 2007, Stafford, England. Museum no. E.3731-2007. © Estate of Maurice Broomfield

Maurice Broomfield: Industrial Sublime

Intensely dramatic photographs of industry in Britain and elsewhere, all dramatic lighting and giant machines, by this pioneering late photographer (the father of documentarian Nick Broomfield, who has loaned most of the works for this show).

V&A. Nov 6-Nov 6 2022. More details here

James Barnor: 'Accra/London'
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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