Top photography exhibitions to see in London this Christmas…

Here are our top 5 recommended photography exhibitions to go visit over your Christmas break…


Viviane Sassen, Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 – 2012, The Photographers’ Gallery

Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 – 2012 is the first London presentation of works by Dutch-born photographer Viviane Sassen (b. 1972), one of the most exciting and creative figures working across contemporary art and photography today. Her highly distinctive style reflects an innovative and dynamic approach to the medium, producing images that foreground an expressive use of colour and tone, unusual viewpoints and a sculptural concern with form and shape that often lends a surreal quality to her compositions.

This exhibition focuses on her fashion work and features around 350 images that subvert the limits and conventions of this genre. Sassen has conceived an immersive installation for The Photographers’ Gallery, presenting her images as a series of dynamic looped projections which sweep over and across the Gallery walls and floor. Mirrors and specially defined projection areas dissect the photographed bodies and disturb the viewers’ sense of gravity and viewing expectations.

Viviane Sassen, In Bloom (For ‘Dazed & Confused’), 2011

Exhibition open until 18 January 2015
The Photographers’ Gallery
£4.50 (£3.50 Concession)
Free Admission Mon – Fri, 10.00 – 12.00


Hiroshi Sugimoto: Still Life, Pace Gallery

Do not miss this enchanting exhibition of large-format photographs by Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto’s ongoing Diorama series. Essential to Sugimoto’s work is the concept of mastery and using available media to create images that resonate long after a viewing.

Sugimoto worked over a 36 year period photographing the taxidermy animals at New York’s American Museum of Natural History. Using intelligent lighting and angles, Sugimoto manages to create these life-like scenes from constructed set-ups.

© Hiroshi Sugimoto. ‘Nature’s way: a hungry looking bear on the ice with a dead seal in Polar Bear’, 1976

Exhibition open until 24 January 2015
Pace London
6 Burlington Gardens
London W1S 3ET


Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2014, National Portrait Gallery

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 is a unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world. The selected images explore both traditional and original approaches to the photographic portrait through intimate images of friends and family alongside revealing portraits of famous faces.

The £12,000 first prize was awarded to David Titlow for Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow (image below).David Titlow (b. 1963) is a London-based photographer working in fashion and advertising. His portrait Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow was captured the morning after a large midsummer party in Rataryd, Sweden. It shows his baby son being introduced to a dog.

© David Titlow, Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow

Exhibition open until 22 February 2015
National Portrait Gallery


Drawn by Light: Royal Photographic Society Collection, Media Space, Science Museum

From serene landscapes to exquisite nudes, this new exhibition brings together over 200 extraordinary highlights from the collection of the world’s oldest surviving photographic society, by some of the greatest names in photography.

Founded in 1853, the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Collection is now held at the National Media Museum, Bradford as part of the National Photography Collection. With over 250,000 images, 8,000 items of photographic equipment and 31,000 books, periodicals and documents, it’s one of the most important and comprehensive photographic collections in the world.

The exhibition shows some of the earliest known photographic images dating back to the 1820s, by pioneers of photography such as Roger Fenton, William Henry Fox Talbot and Julia Margaret Cameron, alongside contemporary works by some of modern photography’s most influential figures, such as Don McCullin, Terry O’Neill and Martin Parr.

Christina, 1913, Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O’Gorman, The Royal Photographic Society Collection, National Media Museum, Bradford © Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O’Gorman

Exhibition open until 1 March 2015
Media Space, The Science Museum
£8 (Seniors: 50% off on Mondays and Tuesdays)


Conflict, Time, Photography, Tate Modern

This exhibition focuses on the passing of time, tracing a diverse and poignant journey through over 150 years of conflict around the world, since the invention of photography. It coincides with the 2014 centenary and concludes with new and recent projects by British, German, Polish and Syrian photographers which reflect on the First World War a century after it began.

The works are ordered according to how long after the event they were created from moments, days and weeks to decades later. Photographs taken seven months after the fire bombing of Dresden are shown alongside those taken seven months after the end of the First Gulf War. Images made in Vietnam 25 years after the fall of Saigon are shown alongside those made in Nakasaki 25 years after the atomic bomb. The result is the chance to make never-before-made connections while viewing the legacy of war as artists and photographers have captured it in retrospect.

© Tate Modern

Exhibition open until 15 March 2015
Tate Modern, Bankside
Adult £14.50 (without donation £13.10)
Concession £12.50 (without donation £11.30)