Snap! Top Photography Exhibits in London

6 09 2009

Everyone is a photographer, photography itself  a ubiquitous activity as mindless and banal as breathing. I’ve got a 3 megapixel camera on my phone that has more tricks than I care to understand. I stop and shoot a few things here and there, the images never leave my phone.  Others run around with their basic Cannons carelessly shooting everything in sight and uploading all of the photos into a Facebook album or Flickr site. I even had a woman selling perfume yesterday on Oxford Street toss  a free disposable camera my way to entice me to buy some cut-rate scents.

That’s not high-quality, none of that is (intentionally) art.

Not surprisingly, however, London is also teeming with amazing photography at the moment, and Saturday saw us doing a bit of an impromptu photography tour.

The Photographer’s Gallery in Ramilles Row has an exhibit on now called André Kertész: On Reading which is fascinating, and the cafe offers some of the best Chocolate Banana Cake I’ve seen in a while (of course I was too full from breakfast here to eat it!). The bookshop will keep you busy for at least an extra half an hour of your visit.

On Reading at The Photographer's Gallery

On Reading at The Photographer's Gallery

The Getty Images Gallery is currently running the Londoner’s Through a Lens exhibit until 12 September – a collaboration with TimeOut. If you miss it, the collaboration has produced a book of even more photos. I’m saving my comments on this for my write up on the Gallery in next week’s Le Cool London out on Thursday – but very interesting. For anyone living in London, it’s a must-see and a tribute to Health and Safety employees everywhere.

Londoners Through a Lens

Londoners Through a Lens

The James Hyman Gallery in Savile Row has Brigitte Bardot mania. The subterranean gallery is an open and surprisingly light space, and the exhibit, Brigitte Bardot and the Original Paparazzi is an excellent glimpse into the life of this French superstar taken by some of the most famous paparazzi photographers of the time.

brigitte bardot

The photography blitz continues in London this autumn with the Natural History Museum‘s exhibition of the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 from  23 October 2009 – 26 April 2010.  While I love to see the images of the wildlife themselves, I most prefer to imagine what the photographers must have gone through to get that perfect shot. Sitting in the bush in the blazing heat, holding of a flinch from an insect flying near the eyes, ignoring a growl or a howl behind you, just to capture the image.

Wildlife

At the National Portrait Gallery from 5 November 2009 – 14 February 2010, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize showcases talented work of young not-yet-made-its alongside the the been-there-shot-that professionals, and of course I can’t miss the Beatles to Bowie: The 60s Exposed exhibition on from Mid October!

Beatles NPG

I’m looking most forward to Photomonth – East London Photography Festival from 1 October – 30 November 2009, as this festival will give me the excuse to check out several galleries and spaces in the East End over a two-month period and catch some really exciting international exhibitions of varied, cutting edge, comtemporary photography by the established and up-and-coming crews.

Photomonth - East London Photography Festival

Photomonth - East London Photography Festival

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10 09 2009
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