Exhibitions: 5 Photography Exhibitions in London
Continuing with our regular updates on exhibitions not to miss out on in London…
Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album
Hopper was not only a renowned Hollywood star but also a talented photographer. The Royal Academy of Arts exhibits his visual diary of the varied experiences of a star in 1960 America. Hopper involved himself in the countercultural movements in America at the time creating some fascinating portrayals of both the people and places that characteristic of the era. Being a part of Hollywood also led him to mingle with icons of the time, giving a fascinating insight into their world. The photographs exhibited are all vintage prints produced by Hopper in the 1970s.
Exhibition ends on 19th October
Close and Far: Russian Photography Now
Calvert 22 provides us with an insightful collection of a new generation of photographers exploring identity and place modern day Russia. These works are well juxtaposed with the pre-revolution work of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, whose photography is exhibited for the first time in the UK.
This group show displays an inspiringly eclectic collection of work exploring the effects of the past upon the present in a visually stunning portrayal of a country’s character. The exhibition contains the work of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, Alexander Gronsky, Dimitri Venkov, Taus Makhacheva, Olya Ivanova and Max Sher.
Exhibition ends 17th August
Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction
This exhibition at the science museum explores photography and truth with a photographic mix of fact and fiction by Joan Fontcuberta.
“Photography is a tool to negotiate our idea of reality. Thus it is the responsibility of photographers to not contribute with anaesthetic images but rather to provide images that shake consciousness.”
– Joan Fontcuberta
Fontcuberta’s collection of photographs plays on the viewer’s trust in the authenticity of photography by presenting us with evidence of unbelievable creatures and surreal places. This is a perfectly poetic mix of science and art and questions the characteristic of photography whilst being visually compelling.
Exhibition ends 9th November
Robert Mapplethope: Tate Modern
On display at the Tate Modern is a selection of works by Robert Mapplethorpe. His work was both controversial and beautiful, candid portraits of both himself and others make up this beautiful photographic collection. Mapplethorpe’s photographic career really conveys a love of the medium; his exploration of the photographic practice presents us with a visually stunning repertoire of work.
Exhibition ends 26th October
Dr Harold Edgerton: Abstractions
The Michael Hoppen Gallery is hosts an exhibition featuring a rare selection of vintage black and white prints from the Dr Harold Edgerton Estate. This exhibition shows us the work of a photographic pioneer; Harold Edgerton invented the strobe flash in the 1930’s and used his invention to take still images of movement.
“The experience of seeing the unseen has provided me with insights and questions my entire life.”
– Harold Edgerton
Although he always saw himself primarily as a scientist his legacy survives not only in the scientific advances he made but also in the extraordinary aesthetic and abstract qualities of the photography he produced. For years he combined engineering with aesthetic sensibility, making “frozen movement” part of our modern visual culture.
Exhibition ends 2nd August