Timeout’s Top 10 Photography Ehibitions in London

Thursday, 04 July 2013
Timeout’s Top 10 Photography Ehibitions in London
Discover a world beyond Instagram at the city’s best current and upcoming photography shows.

London’s cultural menu doesn’t start and finish with paint on canvas – experience a whole new world of artistic awesomeness at these blockbuster photography exhibitions, taking place at venues including The Photographer’s Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.

Irving Penn: Cranium Architecture (Free)

This renowned fashion and portrait photographer also turned his attention to a series of macabre still lifes of human and animal skulls. Here, his stark black and white images depict animal skulls from the Narodni National Museum in Prague, drawing attention to the natural beauty of his morbid subjects.
Hamiltons 13 Carlos Place, W1K 2EU
Thu Jul 4 – Fri Sep 13

Irving Penn, 'Warthog', 1986
Irving Penn, ‘Warthog’, 1986© The Irving Penn Foundation

Blumenfeld Studio: New York, 1941-1960 (Free)

Erwin Blumenfeld – a Berlin-born Dada artist turned fashion photographer – became a leader in his field when he moved to New York in the 1940s. It was here Cecil Beaton introduced him to American Vogue, and where he went on to become one of the magazine’s most prolific photographers, snapping more front covers than any photographer before or since. This exhibition of more than 100 works homes in on the decades he spent in the city, and celebrates his pioneering ability to elevate fashion to art.
Thu Jul 4 – Sun Sep 1

© The Estate or Erwin Blumenfeld


The War Photographs of Robert Capa (Free)

Powerful reportage from the frontline of the Spanish civil war, D-Day, the liberation of Paris and numerous other conflicts that Robert Capa witnessed first hand. Capa was also the cofounder of Magnum Photos, so it’s fair to say his impact was big.

Atlas Gallery 49 Dorset St, W1U 7NF
Thu Jul 4 – Sat Jul 6

Robert Capa, 'Bidding farewell to the International Brigades, Spain, October 25th', 1938
Robert Capa, ‘Bidding farewell to the International Brigades, Spain, October 25th’, 1938
© Robert Capa / Magnum Photos

Claire Aho: Studio Works (Free)

Advertising, editorial and fashion photography from 1950–1970 by this Finnish photographer. Vibrantly coloured and modern, these images still have a distinct cultural identity.
Photographers’ Gallery 16-18 Ramillies St, W1F 7LW
Thu Jul 4 – Sun Jul 21
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Claire Aho
Claire Aho© JB Courtesy of the artist



Visions of the Universe

More than 100 images documenting the development of telescopy, photography and our understanding of our place in the universe make up this exhibition, but the centrepiece isn’t an image at all, but a series of continuous ones – the 13-metre-long ‘Mars Window’ will show images being beamed to us by NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover, creating the impression of looking through a giant window out onto the red planet itself.
National Maritime Museum Romney Rd, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
Thu Jul 4 – Sun Sep 15

Coronation! 1953-2013

This photography exhibition marks the sixtieth anniversary of the 1953 Coronation with some behind-the-scenes images that show how the Abbey was prepared for the 1953 coronation, as shot by the likes of photojournalists such as Bert Hardy and John Chillingworth for the Picture Post and other publications. Included are images detailing the extensive building work done to re-configure the abbey in a six-month Ministry of Works project that was just one part of the build-up to the event.
Westminster Abbey Parliament Square, SW1P 3PA
Thu Jul 4 – Fri Sep 27

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Westminster Abbey in the Coronation Coach
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Westminster Abbey in the Coronation Coach
© Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Stephen J Morgan: The Other Side of Everything (Free)

Highly politicised photography from Morgan, exploring the place of the St George’s flag in contemporary British society. Morgan, who is second generation Irish, grew up in Birmingham and felt removed from the idea of Britishness and Englishness and in this show looks at the outsider’s relationship to patriotism.
The Wapping Project Bankside 65a Hopton St, SE1 9LR
Thu Jul 4 – Fri Jul 12
'14 August 1969, 2012' by Stephen J Morgan
’14 August 1969, 2012′ by Stephen J Morgan
© Stephen J Morgan, courtesy The Wapping Project Bankside


Chloe Sells: Senescene (Free)

Working between London and Maun, Botswana, Sells explores how a place is defined though the interaction of human’s. Taking inspiration from countries that are foreign to her, her photographs pose variations on the traditional format of still life in saturated colours.
Michael Hoppen Gallery 3 Jubilee Place, SW3 3TD
Thu Jul 4 – Sat Aug 31

Chloe Sells, 'Only After', 2013
Chloe Sells, ‘Only After’, 2013© Chloe Sells


Lesser Known Architecture: A Celebration of Underappreciated London Buildings (Free)

This show features photographs of ten London buildings picked by top architecture critics. Welbeck Street car park, Bevin Court and Stockwell bus garage are amongst the buildings on view.
Design Museum 28 Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
Thu Jul 4 – Mon Jul 22

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis

This exhibition showcases the results of an eight-year long project that saw photo-journalist Sebastião Salgado discover landscapes, wildlife and communities around the world that have been untouched by modern life. There are 200 black-and-white photographs on display, showing tribes still living by ancient values and landscapes that demonstrate the awesomeness of nature. The exhibition premieres in London before going on to locations around the world.
Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
Fri Jul 5 – Sun Sep 8
© Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas Images/nbpictures
Source: TimeOut

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