Photography exhibitions to see over the festive period…

Over Christmas there are plenty of Photography exhibitions all over London to visit and celebrate the fantastic year of Photography that we’ve had. Whether you’re craving the snow or want to escape the cold there are exhibitions to see and keep you entertained between festivities.

Michael Hoppen Gallery is exhibiting ‘On High: Bradford Washburn’ during the Christmas period and is the perfect fix of snow for those who fear we will miss out. Washburn discovered both climbing and photography at the age of sixteen and travelled for eight decades documenting mountain landscapes. His large format images capture the most remote and inaccessible spaces, and earned Washburn nine honorary doctorates and several awards from the National Geographic Society. The exhibition brings together his photographs and his diaries in order to ‘pay homage to Washburn both as mountaineer and as artist’.

© Bradford Washburn, courtesy Decaneas Archive and Michael Hoppen Gallery

If you want an exhibition to escape the cold visit the Institute of Contemporary Arts exhibition ‘Ibiza: Moments in Love’. Through original posters and photographs, the display shows Ibiza as the ‘pleasure island’ that it was in the early eighties. The artists Yves Uro and Armin Heinemanns’ work was created for local purposes and has rarely been exhibited before. The exhibition also features a set of previously unpublished pictures by the British photographer Derek Ridgers taken at the superclub Ku in 1984. This exhibition charts the era before it became the Ibiza we now know.

© Armin Heinnemann

The Wapping Project Bankside is hosting the first UK exhibition of award winning Mitra Tabrizan’s new series Leicestshire (2012). Tabrizian was commissioned by Lougborough University to capture the dramatic decline of Leicestershire’s famous hosiery and textile manufacturers. Two photographs were installed as 3 x 7 metres billboards in preeminent locations of Leicester and Loughborough for the commission, but Tavrizian wanted to continue working on the project. Seven of these large scale photographs are exhibited at The Wapping Project Bankside. Tabrizian won this year’s Royal Academy Rose Award for Photography, of which previous winners include Gillian Wearing and Cindy Sherman.

© Mitra Tabrizan

University of Westminster is exhibiting the work of five alumni from their MA Photography Studies. ‘Power and Pleasure’ explores the relationship between the two whilst asking whether and how photography can intervene. The exhibition brings together photographic works that explore the forms of social power, exerting their own please through performance and observation. The work of Andreia Alves De Oliveira
, Lisbeth Bang
, Romain Forquy
, Paul Newman
 and Jan Stradtmann will be on show until January the fifth in the London Gallery West.

© Jan Stradtmann

Wundercamera at PM Gallery & House celebrates the art of curation through photography. The exhibiton features 100 photographs from International photographers including Mark Dion, Karl Grimes, Vid Ingelevics, Karen Knorr, Louise Lawler and Museum Clausum (Klaus Wehner), who also curated the show. The work of fifteen artists display how different venues around the world present their artistic or cultural pieces, and how the visitors react and behave. The work exposes the curation and exhibition design that is often taken for granted when looking at the work. For more information see the Ealing Council website.

© Richard Ross

And here are five photographic exhibitions that have been on for a while, but if you have not yet seen them the festive period is the perfect time to catch up…

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at The National Portrait Prize features the work of sixty new photographers, selected from 2.435 entrants. This year’s winner is Spencer Murphy’s portrait Katy Walsh

Photographers Gallery ‘Home Turths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity’ and the companion show at The Foundling Museum ‘Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Loss’ challenges the stereotypical and sentimental views of motherhood. These and the other exhibitions at Photographers Gallery, Jaques Hneir Lartigue’s Bibi and Pentti Sammallahti, all close on January the fifith.

Soethby’s Sǀ2 is currently exhibiting some of the most famous photographers to date in A New Objectivity: The Düsseldorf School of Photography. Students include Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte and Thomas Ruff who all studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under the celebrated couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. The exhibition will feature works by both the Bechers and their former students.

Imperial War Museum has two photographic exhibitions on currently. Donovan Wylie: Vision as Power displays work from the Magnum photographer who interrogates and illuminates the impact of modern military architecture on the landscape. IWM Contemporary: Mike Moore and Lee Craker juxtaposes the different approaches and experience of these two war photographers of the conflict in Iraq.

Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr is on at the Science Museum. This is the first exhibition for the Science Museum’s new Media Space.

Written by Jenny Wickens, Gallery intern