Photography Exhibitions London July 2020

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Photography Exhibitions London July 2020

We are back with a list of photography exhibitions London July, 2020 worth a visit now the UK lockdown is easing. Especially, with Black Lives Matter front and centre over recent weeks, we thought it important to top the list with work by black artists. With this in mind, we have featured Khadija Saye, who tragically died in the Grenfell tower disaster three years ago. Another inclusion in the list is Gordon Parks. There is an exhibition of his work at Alison Jacques gallery, the first in London in 25 years. This is the first part of a two part Gordon Parks show at the Fitzrovia gallery, with the second part following 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.

Khadija Saye: In this Space we Breathe

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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Gordon Parks: Part One

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, 1st 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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London Photography Exhibitions July 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

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 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.

Hamiltons, Mayfair. Map:
Until Friday, 14th August.
More information: Hamiltons.
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Photography Exhibitions London July 2020

Sohei Nishino

Even so far back as 2011, Sohei Nishino was recognised as a rising gem of Japanese photography. He is especially well known for his epic work. As an example he took 10,000 photographs for a work shown at Michael Hoppen gallery in 2011. From those captured, 4,000 were hand-printed and composited into an huge photographic map. This latest Michael Hoppen exhibition presents Nishino’s new work as well as early Diorama maps.

The Michael Hoppen Gallery is in Chelsea, West London. They are renowned for nurturing new and interesting artists.

Michael Hoppen, Chelsea Map:
More information: Michael Hoppen.
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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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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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London Photography Exhibitions July 2020

Rineke Dijkstra

Rineke Dijkstra is a Dutch photographer who won the 2017 Hasselblad Award. She offers a contemporary take on the genre of portraiture. Marian Goodman presents her first UK solo exhibition in a decade.

Marian Goodman Gallery, Soho. Map:
Until Saturday, 25th July.
More information: Marian Goodman.
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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 July 2020

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

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