Snap Galleries, Piccadilly Arcade, 12A Piccadilly, London SW1Y 6NH, United Kingdom, +44 (0)20 7493 1152
Tucked away across the road stands Huxley-Parlour Gallery, one of the early success stories of the London photography scene. The gallery has exhibited many of Britain’s leading photographers, including Patrick Lichfield, Terence Donovan, John Swannell, Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt, Paul Kenny, Brian Duffy, Norman Parkinson and Edwin Smith. Though the space is unassuming, the images speak for themselves, showcasing the very best of fine art photography. Beetles and Huxley now represent many international artists, and schedule several exhibitions each year.
★★★★‘Beauty is all the bolder in black and white’, The Times
Display: Kaveh Golestan | Tate Modern: Boiler House Level 2 West
The Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle St, London W1W 8DX, United Kingdom, +44 (0)20 7291 5380
Display: The Photographic Portfolio – Karl Blossfeldt and Germaine Krull | Tate Modern: Boiler House Level 4 East
Hamiltons Gallery, 13 Carlos Pl, London W1K 2EU, United Kingdom +44 (0)20 7499 9493
In a quiet corner of Hoxton Square, Daniel Blau’s London gallery is a homage to the rich photographic heritage of the 20th century, offering an opportunity to purchase or admire seminal vintage prints. In 2014 the gallery hosted an anticipated exhibition of Robert Capa’s war photography from 1943 – 1945, Eyewitness – an exhibition featuring celebrated, Pulitzer Prize-winning historic photographs, and the J. R. Eyerman Rediscovered exhibition, showcasing the work of the Life magazine photographer, across both the London and the Munich galleries. The schedule is packed with rare and unique exhibitions, but since it is off the beaten track, only the discerning traveller discovers this hidden highlight of the London photography scene.
Tony Vaccaro: From Shadow to Light | Getty Images Gallery | 06 Aug – 21 Sep
Another Europe – An EU Public Art Project | Kings Cross Area (outdoor exhibition) | 10 Jul – 09 Aug
John Bulmer: A Retrospective in Colour | The Observatory | 01 Jun – 05 Dec
One of the earliest specialised photography galleries in London, Hamiltons, founded in 1977, offers novel perspectives on some of the giants of 20th century and contemporary photography. In a striking exhibition space, the likes of Irving Penn and Annie Leibovitz have had their work displayed in a honed and evocative environment. The gallery has cultivated a reputation for representing the true masters of the field, and it is unsurprising that their exhibitions never fail to reflect this level of prestige.
Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive | The Photographers’ Gallery | 15 Jun – 14 Oct
A Sort of Home: 1970s Whitechapel – David Hoffman | Gallery 46 | 18 Jul – 15 Aug
Jacob de Wit, ‘Jupiter and Ganymede’, 1739 © Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums
Leila Jeffreys: Ornithurae | Purdy Hicks Gallery | 12 Jul – 24 Aug
The result is more liberating than it sounds. You’ll see details you didn’t notice before – textures, and new meanings. You’ll see differently.
Anita Corbin: First Women UK | Dyson Gallery | 20 Jul – 22 Aug
I Want to Live by Daniel Regan | Free Space Project | 22 Jun – 12 Oct
Olafur Eliasson, ‘Room for one colour’, 1997. Installation view at Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015. Courtesy of the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; neugerriemschneider, Berlin © Olafur Eliasson. Photo: Anders Sune Berg
The London art scene is dynamic and diverse, with a huge variety of galleries spread across the city. From the sleek style of Chelsea to the eclectic bustle of Piccadilly, the capital’s historic and contemporary photography exhibitions present an unrivalled opportunity to experience very best of this thriving genre.
Here is our pick of the ten best photography galleries in London.
London Nights: See the City After Dark Through Photography | Museum of London | 11 May – 09 Nov
Why have artists chosen to paint in black and white over the last 700 years? Not just abstract artists like Malevich, Richter, and Riley, or modern artists like Picasso, but also artists you wouldn’t expect – van Eyck, Rembrandt, Dürer, and Ingres?
Journey through a world of shadow and light with artists including Rembrandt, Ingres, Picasso, Richter, and Eliasson
AKTION: Conceptual Art And Photography (1960 – 1980) | Richard Saltoun Gallery | 13 Jul – 25 Aug
Display: Harry Shunk and Janos Kender | Tate Modern: Blavatnik Building Level 3
Marlene Dumas, ‘The Image as Burden’, 1993. Private Collection, Belgium © Marlene Dumas. Photo: Peter Cox
By far the most extensive and sophisticated exhibitions of photography can be found at the dedicated Photographers’ Gallery, which is perhaps more aptly described as a museum of photography, spread over five floors. There is no permanent collection, but exhibitions are carefully curated with an educational and historic focus and each year they present the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. The gallery also hosts a bookshop, a café, and a lively series of educational and social events, making it a premier yet relatively underappreciated attraction for anyone out and about in the city.
Omar Victor Diop: Liberty / Diaspora | Autograph | 20 Jul – 03 Nov
Tony Vaccaro: From Shadow to Light | Getty Images Gallery | 06 Aug – 27 Oct
Atlas Gallery in Marylebone is a boutique gallery full of character, specialising in 20th century photography, photojournalism, and fashion photography. Having celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014, the gallery continues to curate around six unique exhibitions each year, and is the official agent of Magnum Photos in the UK. Although Atlas is developing into contemporary photography, its forte is in vintage prints, such as Danny Lyon’s photos of the Outlaws biker gangs, on display in The Bikeriders exhibition during summer 2014.
Tisha Murtha: Works 1976-1991 | The Photographers’ Gallery | 15 Jun – 14 Oct
The Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD, United Kingdom, +44 (0)20 7352 364
Based on a quiet street in Chelsea’s upmarket district, the Michael Hoppen Gallery has been specialising in all forms of photography for over 20 years. The ground floor showcases exhibitions from world-renowned contemporary photographers chosen or represented by Michael Hoppen, such as William Klein’s striking photojournalism and editorial pieces which frame the open space. The staircase up to the second floor gallery is wallpapered with nostalgic features and reviews of celebrated exhibitions over the years, leading to a reading room displaying exhibits from the likes of Peter Beard around a well-stocked reference library. The gallery represents a long list of artists, covering fine art, wildlife, journalism, fashion and many other forms of photography, and it is well worth stopping by to sample what’s currently on show or to purchase unusual prints from some of the world’s best photographers.
Gerhard Richter, ‘Helga Matura with her Fiancé’, 1966. Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf © Gerhard Richter 2017 (0182). Photo: Museum Kunstpalast – ARTOTHEK
Display: James Welling and Zoe Leonard | Tate Modern: Boiler House Level 4 West
A Coin In Nine Hands: Part 8 | Large Glass | 12 Jul – 14 Sep
Just a short walk down King’s Road is The Little Black Gallery – a photography boutique with a room dedicated to the influential Irish photographer Bob Carlos Clarke. The gallery was founded in 2008 by Bob Carlos Clarke’s late wife, Lindsey Carlos Clarke, his agent Ghislain Pascal, and celebrity ‘It-girl’ Tamara Beckwith; it now represents over 25 leading photographers from around the world, in addition to managing the estate of Bob Carlos Clarke, whose iconic and provocative photographs of celebrities are instantly recognisable – some have even been donated to the National Portrait Gallery. Other exhibition highlights of the Little Black Gallery include the best of Alistair Taylor-Young, the English photographer and director best known for commercial and travel photography, and the best of Terry O’Neill, the British photographer who made his name shooting the showbiz stars of the 1960s.
Simon Fremont: Points of Departure Tilbury to Harwich | 5th Base Gallery | 01 Aug – 06 Aug
Display: Dayanita Singh | Tate Modern: Blavatnik Building Level 4 West
Michael Jackson: On the Wall | National Portrait Gallery | 28 Jun – 21 Oct
You’ll even see yourself and your friends differently in Eliasson’s immersive ‘Room for one colour’; a mind-altering end to your visit.
The Getty Images Gallery is the largest independent photography gallery in London. The gallery is, of course, associated with the Getty Images archive, which contains unrivalled collections of historic and contemporary photography and photojournalism. The converted industrial space in the heart of London holds more than 12 annual exhibitions and events that collectively tell the story of cultural, social and historical development across the globe. Amongst many a historic gem, some images stand out, such as a stunning photo of Robert Falcon Scott in an ice cave on his Antarctic exhibition, and the infamous shot of Emmeline Pankhurst arrested outside Buckingham Palace. In addition, many a familiar face from music, film, and popular culture can be seen hanging on the walls, eternally preserved in their glory days. Be sure to check the website for updated information on current exhibitions.
Daniel Blau London, 51 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB, United Kingdom, +44 (0)20 7831 7998
Rory Lewis: Portraitist | Wex Photo Video Gallery | 01 Aug – 30 Sep
Expectations: The Untold Story of Black British Community Leaders in the 60s and 70s | Black Cultural Archives | 08 Aug – 28 Sep
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Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset St, London W1U 7NF, United Kingdom, +44 (0)20 7224 4192
Collier Schorr: In Front of the Camera | Modern Art | 28 Jun – 01 Sep
This event was held from 30 October 2017 to 18 February 2018
Exhibition organised by the National Gallery in collaboration with Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf.
Display: Pak Sheung Chuen | Tate Modern: Blavatnik Building Level 3
SPAIN. Bilbao. May 1937. Crowds running for shelter | ©Magnum Photos
From Madras to Bangalore: Picture Postcards as Urban History of Colonial India | Brunei Gallery | 12 Jul – 23 Sep
The Merge: Sara, Peter & Tobias | TJ Boulting | 13 Jul – 11 Aug
Display: Rachel Whiteread and Marwan Rechmaoui | Tate Modern: Boiler House Level 2 West
‘Stained Glass Panel with Quarries and a Female Head’, about 1320–4© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America | Whitechapel Gallery | 16 May – 26 Aug
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and workshop, ‘Odalisque in Grisaille’, about 1824–34 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource / Scala, Florence
Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art | Tate Modern | 02 May – 14 Oct
★★★★’One black-and-white marvel after another’, The Telegraph
Peter Fraser: Mathematics | Camden Art Gallery | 06 Jul – 16 Sep
Auguste Rodin | The Photographs | Huxley-Parlour | 11 Jul – 11 Aug
See what happens when these great artists put away their colourful palettes and instead focus only on shades of black, white, and grey.
Display: Martin Parr | Tate Modern: Boiler House Level 4 East
Display: Feminism and Media | Tate Modern: Boiler House Level 4 East
Display: Babette Mangolte | Tate Modern: Blavatnik Building Level 3
The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW, United Kingdom, +44 (0)20 7087 9300
Image above: Detail from Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and workshop, ‘Odalisque in Grisaille’, about 1824–34 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource / Scala, Florence
Display: Unofficial Actions | Tate Modern: Blavatnik Building Level 3
Etienne Moulinneuf after Jean-Siméon Chardin, ‘Back from the Market (La Pourvoyeuse)’, about 1770 © Museum Associates / LACMA
Huxley-Parlour Gallery, 3-5 Swallow St, London W1B 4DE, United Kingdom, +44(0)20 7434 4319
Bill Armstrong: Renaissance | HackelBury Fine Art | 14 Jun – 10 Aug
Gustave Le Gray, ‘The Great Wave, Sète’, about 1857 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Published by Ashley Lumb© 2017 London Photography Diary. All rights reserved Background image, Ea Vasko, Reflections of the Ever Changing, #32, 2010, digital c-print, diasec (matte); New York Diary image, New York City, by Michael McLaughlin; LA Diary image, Palm, 1981, by Erik Lauritzen
The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ, United Kingdom, +44 (0)20 7349 9332
Arpita Shah: Purdah – The Sacred Cloth | Autograph | 20 Jul – 08 Sep
Asian Reflections by Helen Renna | Westminster Reference Library | 30 Jul – 11 Aug
Albrecht Dürer, ‘Head of a Woman’, 1520. The British Museum, London © The Trustees of The British Museum
In the swish Piccadilly Arcade, Snap Galleries is a destination for music lovers and fans of cult figures from the history of contemporary rock and pop music, curated by owner Guy White. The gallery moved from Birmingham just three years ago and is now a popular stop for tourists and busy Londoners, drawn in by the compelling displays and music emanating from within. Despite its small size, Snap Galleries has produced a number of remarkable shows, including a pioneering exhibition of previously undiscovered work by the enigmatic French photographer Roger Kasparian, who photographed international music stars, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks when they visited Paris in the 1960s. In another unique series, the gallery displayed incredible images of David Bowie, taken by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita, who shot Bowie periodically between 1972 and 2002. For collectors, the gallery has launched a new initiative in connection with the ‘Jimi Hendrix by Donald Silverstein’ exhibition; the Copyright Collection offers the chance for the buyer to own an unpublished print alongside the copyright, to ensure that the piece is completely unique and exclusive.
Display: Mark Ruwedel | Tate Modern: Boiler House Level 2 West
Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing / Vanessa Winship: And Time Folds | Barbican Art Gallery | 22 Jun – 02 Sep