The Photographers' Gallery

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The Photographers' Gallery is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. From the latest emerging talent, to historical archives and established artists – we are the place to see photography in all its forms.

The Photographers’ Gallery unveiled its new home for international and British photography in the heart of London's Soho on Saturday 19 May 2012.

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Opening hours

Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday 10.00 – 20.00
Sunday 11.00 – 18.00

Admission charges

free before 12.00 each day; free to under 18s;
after 12.00 £3/£2.50 members and concessions

The Gallery has developed a reputation as this country's primary venue for contemporary photography. One of its major achievements has been to establish photography within a wide viewing public, making it more popular and accessible. The gallery was the first in the country to show key names in world photography such as André Kertesz, Jaques-Henri Lartigue and Irving Penn, and has been instrumental in encouraging the inclusion of photography in the programme of leading galleries and museums. An integrated programme of exhibitions and educational events continues to present the most innovative developments in photography as well as nuturing new talent.

The Photographers' Gallery has been instrumental in establishing and promoting the names of contemporary British photographers including Martin Parr and Fay Goodwin. More recently, the Gallery has introduced significant international artists working with photography, such as Rineke Dijkstra, Annelies Strba, Catherine Opie and Boris Mikhailov to audiences in Britain. We also place strong emphasis on facilitating the production of new work by emerging artists, both from Britain and abroad in the form of commissions. The Gallery stages exhibitions which throw new light on the history of photography through exhibitions such as Francesca Woodman, Robert Capa, Gordon Parks and Garry Winogrand. Every year, the Gallery hosts and produces the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, now recognised as one of the most important international art awards.

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Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A black and white image, it is not clear what the image is of exactly, it is generated by neural networks and not a camera. The image could be said to bear a resemblance to rocks, or a face.

Mario Klingemann – Neurography

  • 18 January — 13 March 2018 *on now

Neurography is a new digital exhibition from artist Mario Klingemann, presented
on the Gallery’s Media Wall from 18 January – 13 March 2018.

Mario Klingemann uses the term Neurography to describe his process of
working with neural networks – complex machine learning algorithms. He
creates ‘cameraless photography’ by training his neural networks on a variety of
sources including photographs of electron-microscopes, machine parts, and
instagram. Once set-up, his systems autonomously generate his images –
producing up to 5000 images per night – with Klingemann understood
alternatively as author, teacher, curator or editor, and the images further
blurring the relationship between human perception and computer creation.
In recent months, attention has been drawn to the use of adversarial neural
networks to produce entirely fictitious photographic images and their potential
use and mis-use in a post-truth age. Reflecting on the ways in which machines
are being trained at an increasing rate to learn new skills - from creating to
interpreting images - Mario will unpack the creative possibilities presented by
neural networks.

Over the duration of the project, the Media Wall will present a selection of workin-
progress and experimentations from various aspects of Klingemann’s

Mario Klingemann is an experimental artist whose practice works with
algorithms and data. He investigates the possibilities that machine learning and
artificial intelligence offer in understanding how creativity, culture and their
perception work. An important part of this investigation is his work with digital
cultural archives like the British Library's, the Internet Archive's or the collection
of the Google Arts & Culture where he currently is artist in residence.

Suitable for

  • Any age
A black and white photograph of a perosn in a kimono. The kimono is white and the rest of the image is black. The photograph does not include their head and it not in focus.

miho kajioka: unfinished spaces

  • 23 February — 14 April 2018 *on now

Miho Kajioka (b.1973, Okayama, Japan) is a fine art photographer based in Kyoto. Her ethereal, minimalist work draws on the Japanese tradition of “wabi-sabi” – the appreciation of beauty in imperfection and transience, and the Zen/Taoist belief that the essence (true nature) of an object exists in the empty space inside and around it.

Kajioka originally studied art in Canada and the US, before returning to Japan in the late 90s where she worked as a journalist for over a decade. It was whilst reporting from the coastal city of Kamaishi, devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Kajioka was struck by the unexpected sight of roses blooming besides a blasted building. The contrast of such beauty and grace in the face of mass destruction was something she recognised would be impossible, even futile, to try and convey through mainstream journalism and this recognition led her back to art as a way of expressing a different kind of truth.

“What I want to introduce people to is not what we can see or even put into words, but rather something invisible and in-between.”

Her photographic work grew out of a drawing practice, echoing photography’s literal etymology as a way of drawing with light. She still finds the process of watching images appear from the developing bath magical, in tune with her philosophy of honouring the imperfection as well as the innate essence of things. The empty spaces in her carefully exposed, toned and hand-finished silver gelatin prints are as important as the subjects that emerge from the delicate surfaces. Her aesthetic reveals the prevailing paradoxes between the factual and the unknown, the visible and the invisible, evoking a particular style of melancholic beauty and inviting the viewer to complete the picture through their own mind’s eye view.

Suitable for

  • Any age


A photograph of corn in a corn filed. Two corns, still attached to their stem, are held against rectangular white card, which is suspened in itself against a background of the cornfield.

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018

  • 23 February — 3 June 2018 *on now

The four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 are Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter and Luke Willis Thompson.

Although wide-ranging in style and approach, all of the shortlisted projects reflect a shared concern with the production and manipulation of knowledge and systems of representation through visual formats. The works encompass a searing photographic interrogation of global biotech giant, Monsanto (Asselin); an expansive portrayal of the ubiquitous tactics of government control and propaganda (Milach); an encyclopaedic collection of visual taxonomies that expose the shifting and relative meanings of printed images depending on their context (Suter); and a deeply affecting filmic study of grief that reflects the personal stakes of visual representation (Thompson). Collectively and individually, the four projects drive forward an artistic enquiry into the mechanics of visibility and concealment, and interrogate the status and position of the image in contemporary culture.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission before 12.00 every day
Exhibition Day Pass £4 (£2.50 Concessions)
Advance Online Booking £2.50


A portrait photograph of someone looking directly at the camera, their hand is raised to their face and their fingers are touching their cheek. They have a ring on their little finger. The photograph has been coloured in, the subjects nails are painted pink and their lips are painted red. The subject's expression seems gentle but quietly defiant. The photograph, is clearly old, it invokes early 20th century photographic processes.

Under Cover: A Secret History Of Cross – Dressers

  • 23 February — 3 June 2018 *on now

Drawn from the extensive personal archives of filmmaker and photography collector Sébastien Lifshitz, this exhibition of amateur photographs from Europe and the US explores the surprisingly widespread practice of cross-dressing, through a century of private images. Dating from 1880 onwards, the photos are mostly of unnamed and unknown figures – the majority having been collected from flea markets, garage sales, junk shops and ebay, amongst other non-specialist spaces - and offer a candid view into the hidden worlds of individuals and groups that chose to defy gender conventions.

Brought together, the photographs reflect a range of styles and attitudes from theatrical, defiant, shy, proud, subversive and understated; showing individuals and groups from different classes, professions, genders and nationalities, whose commonality is that they dared to play with dress codes in front of a camera, even if unable to do so in public.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission before 12.00 every day
Exhibition Day Pass £4 (£2.50 Concessions)
Advance Online Booking £2.50


The Photographers' Gallery
16 - 18 Ramillies Street
Greater London




020 7087 9300

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