Photography Exhibitions London August 2020

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Photography Exhibitions London August 2020

Photography exhibitions London August, 2020 bring work from enigmatic Czech artist Jan Svodoba and also South African David Goldblatt. In further detail, apartheid era photographer David Goldblatt’s work features at his first London exhibition since the 1980s. Also returning to London after the first exhibition in 1982 is work by Jan Svodoba. A painterly photography, he was known equally for his talent behind the capture and masterfully crafting it in the dark room.

Note some art photography shows are closing soon. Included is the outdoor exhibition of Grenfell Tower victim Khadija Saye. As well as that display. The first part of the Gordon Parks exhibition at Alison Jacques also closes soon. A second part featuring work of the American Civil Rights movement photographer is on its way later this year.

As well as this post we have a regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. That list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions so is also worth a peek. It contains information such as opening times and maps for the London photography exhibitions.

As well as those shows there is a major exhibition continuing at Barbican. This looks at how the concept of masculinity continues to evolve. Using photography and cinematography as media, it explores the evolution from the 1960s until now.

David Goldblatt: Johannesburg 1948 – 2018

David Goldblatt was a South African photographer, active during the apartheid period and also the transition to democracy. While documenting the struggles of South Africans during the apartheid era, he tended to focus on the values and conditions which produced events, rather than violence or protest. Later, with democracy established, he turned his lenses to the South African landscape. Much of his work was black-and-white — he felt colour “too sweet a medium to express the anger, […] that apartheid inspired“.

London’s Goodman Gallery presents the first major solo David Goldblatt exhibition in London since the 1980s. David Goldblatt: Johannesburg 1948 – 2018 explores the artists work inspired by the city he lived in for 50 years. In the light of the nations’ transformation, the works explore a city divided by structural racism and subject to waves of trauma and resistance.

The Goodman Gallery is in Mayfair on Cork Street, that is not at all far from the Royal Academy. With galleries in Cape Town and London, it has been a pre-eminent African gallery since the 1960s.

Goodman. Map:
Until Tuesday, 15th September, 2020.
More information: Goodman Gallery.
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Jan Svoboda: Against the Light

Enigmatic Czechoslovakian artist Jan Svodoba created painterly photographs. Described as a meticulous study in nothingness, his approach was an expression of political resistance. His work involved much as much craft, equally in the dark room as behind the camera. He skilfully manipulating negatives using the developer together with and enlarger, sculpting light to realise his vision. In times of lockdown this work is especially resonant, with Svodoba working intensely and solitarily in his home studio.

The Photographers’ Gallery presents around 50 vintage Svodoba works. The show is also organised with The Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic. The work returns to the gallery some years after the first ever UK Jan Svodoba, that is in 1982.

The Photographers’ Gallery is in Soho and only a short walk from both the Oxford Circus underground station and bus stops on Oxford Street. At this time, you need to book tickets in advance either in person or on +44 (0)20 7087 9300.

Photographers’ Gallery. Map:
Until Sunday, 20th September, 2020.
More information: Photographers’ Gallery.
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Khadija Saye: In this Space we Breathe

Closing soon!

BBC Three: Khadija Saye: The Artist Who Tragically Died In Grenfell Tower

Khadija Saye tragically died in the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. Undoubtedly, she had a promising career ahead of her having her work exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennale, that same year. A remarkable achievement considering she was just 24 years old when she died. In summary, Breath is Invisible presents the same self portraits, which Khadija showed at the Venice Biennale. The work appeared in the Diaspora Pavilion and was titled in this space we breathe. In short, the work was an exploration of the artists own heritage and mixed faith background.

The exhibition is presented together with the Khadija Saye IntoArts programme. The programme focuses on encouraging and supporting young people with a interest in the arts. It has the undeniably important intention of addressing the lack of diversity in the UK arts sector.

In total nine silkscreen prints are displayed in the windows of 236 Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill. Khadija Saye used a wet plate collodion tintype printing process which gives the images a “haunting, antique quality”. The nearest London Underground station Notting Hill. Holland Park, Queensway and Ladbroke Grove tube stations are all also within walking distance.

236 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2RH. Map:
Until Friday, 7th August, 2020.
More information: Breath is Invisible.
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London Photography Exhibitions August 2020

Gordon Parks: Part One

Closing soon!

Gordon Parks is well known for his documentary as well as fashion photography. Particularly so, for his iconic photographs from the dawn of the Civil Rights movement for a federal government programme and his photographic essays for Life magazine. By all means, his American Gothic photograph is probably his best known images. Echoing Grant Wood’s work of that same name, the image of a black lady holding a broom and mop at the same time, with the U.S. flag set out of focus in the background. The image like much of Gordon Parks work, in fact, highlighted disparities between reality and the American dream, for a significant section of the population.

Alison Jacques presents part one of a two part Gordon Parks series. This first part focuses chiefly on two Gordon Parks stories for Life Magazine. These are Segregation in the South (1956) and Black Muslims (1963). The black and white and colour photographs were made during a period over which the Civil Rights movement gained traction. Parks was able to use the camera as a weapon in his battle to bring about change by highlighting disparity. The exhibition is held in collaboration together with the Gordon Parks Foundation and is the first solo Gordon Parks London exhibition in 25 years.

In light of the covid epidemic, you are able to book a gallery visit slot on a special gallery page. Alison Jacques Gallery is in Fitzrovia on Berners Street. The Gallery is walking distance from Goodge Street as well as Tottenham Court Road tube station. Oxford Circus is also walkable.

Alison Jacques, Fitzrovia. Map:
Until Saturday, 8th August.
More information: Alison Jacques.
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Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

Barbican Centre: Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

This major exhibition takes a look on how the concept in a social context from the 1960s until now. Featuring work from Sunil Gupta and Isaac Julien as well as around 50 other artists, the show unites the art-forms for photography and film making to explore ever evolving concept.

Tickets must be booked in advance, due to reduced capacity. Note, Barbican Centre advise, the exhibition contains some work of an adult nature. While children under 12 are allowed to visit, they must be accompanied by an adult. You can book on the exhibition webpage. The Barbican Centre is not much more than a couple of minutes’ walk from Barbican tube station. Liverpool Street and Moorgate are also quite close.

Standard (Mon – Fri) with £2 donation (no booking fee is charged): £17.00 Tickets:
Barbican Centre, City. Map:
Until Sunday, 23rd August.
More information: Barbican Centre.
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Photography Exhibitions London August 2020


Waiting is HackelBury gallery’s summer exhibition. The display features works by William Klein as well as cameraless photography art by Garry Fabian Miller. Hackelbury is in South Kensington close to both Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations.

HackelBury Fine Art, South Kensington. Map:
Until September.
More information: HackelBury.
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Hiro: Fish & Fowl — Part 2: Fighting Fowl

Closing soon!

Hamiltons present prints from the 26 image Game Fowl series. This is the second of a two-part Hiro show at Hamiltons. Hamiltons Gallery is in Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square and a short walk from Green Park tube station.

Iconic US commercial and fashion photographer Hiro is known for his bizarre yet stunning unique aesthetic. Starting out as a young fashion photographer, Hiro was inspired by Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, initially finding work as Avedon’s assistant. Hiro’s fashion work for Harper’s Bazaar, French Vogue and Mirabella was in an era when fashion photography featured great photographs instead of photographs to simply show the product. Hiro is above all known for editorial work in Harper’s Bazaar in the 1960s and 1970s, his work featuring unusual juxtapositions continue to influence photographers today.

Hamiltons, Mayfair. Map:
Until Friday, 14th August.
More information: Hamiltons.
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Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton was a fashion photographer, working for British and French Vogue as well as Vanity Fair. As well as his fashion work, he was know for society portraits. He often photographed Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Huxley Parlour features sublime work from Cecil Beaton’s early career, during the 1920s.

The Huxley Parlour Gallery is based in Mayfair, not far from Piccadilly Circus.

Huxley-Parlour, Mayfair. Map:
Until Friday, 18th September.
More information: Hamiltons.
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London Photography Exhibitions August 2020

Valérie Belin: Reflection

Victoria and Albert Museum: Valérie Belin’s ‘Reflection’ series for the V&A

Valérie Belin is a photographer born in France and trained at École des Beaux-Arts de Bourges. In essence, Belin’s work is known for exploration of the human body as a vessel for abstraction. She photographs models and mannequins together with dancers and bodybuilders all with the purpose of a central theme. That theme is reality in contrast to the artificial and whether fictions can give rise to the real.

Reflection is a V&A commission of Valérie Belin works. The work is inspired by the Museum’s own collection.

V&A, South Kensington. Map:
Until Monday, 23rd August.
More information: V&A.
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Collecting Photography: From Daguerrotype to Digital

Collecting Photography features highlights from the V&A’s especially broad photography collection. The display is an exploration of the history of photography via the act of collecting. Items from early daguerrotypes, for example, right up to modern prints features. Particularly interesting, the work by pioneer Eadweard Muybridge features. This is a free display in the Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre.

The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum is in South Kensington, five minutes’ walk from South Kensington tube station and a short walk from Hyde Park.

V&A Museum, South Kensington. Map:
Until Friday, 4th September.
More information: V&A Museum.
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Photography Exhibitions London August 2020

That’s it for this week’s Photography Exhibitions in London August 2020. Look out for still more Photography Exhibitions in London next week!

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