The Photographers' Gallery
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.
Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday 10.00 – 20.00
Sunday 11.30 – 18.00
OUR RAMILLIES STREET CENTRE IS CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT FROM 19TH JAN TILL 6 FEB 2015
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.
Contours | Jesse McLean, Nicholas O’Brien and SICV
- 14 April — 3 July 2016 *on now
Contours presents three projects in which software environments blur and complicate the distinctions between “drawing” and “photography”.
Utilising different digital tools, the artists Jesse McLean, Nicholas O’Brien and the Scandinavian Institute of Computational Vandalism (SICV) playfully explore themes of image manipulation, creative authorship and user agency at a time when image production is increasingly automated and mediated by machines.
Double Take: Drawing and Photography
- 15 April — 3 July 2016 *on now
The Photographers’ Gallery in collaboration with Drawing Room presents Double Take: Drawing and Photography. Curated simultaneously across both venues, this two-part exhibition is a unique collaboration between two major, medium-specific, London institutions. The exhibition explores the multifarious ways photography and drawing have been combined, mirrored and contrasted both in modern and contemporary practice.
Double Take is the third instalment in a strand of exhibitions at the Gallery examining photography’s relationship to other media. Previous exhibitions in this series included The Photographic Object: Photography and Sculpture (2009) and Perspectives on Collage: Photography and Collage (2013).
Drawing and photography both offer direct, functional and transparent ways of engaging with the world, while each have also played a significant role in revolutionising developments in modern and contemporary art. The two share parallels such as: the relationship to the indexical, the blank sheet of paper, graphite and silver, the sense of an invisible apparatus (the camera and pencil) and a deep engagement with surface, light, negative, positive and trace.
The synergetic relationship between the two has also allowed each to flourish and develop as artistic forms in their own right. Photography, literally meaning "drawing with light", enabled "nature to draw itself" as described by Henry Fox Talbot, scientist and inventor of photography in his publication The Pencil of Nature (1844): It is not the artist who makes the picture but the picture which makes itself. Photography’s ability to offer a (seemingly) objective and precise documentation of reality and its expansion, both technically and socially, liberated drawing from its facsimile functionality. Similarly, the avant-garde experiments in the early 20th century freed photography from its figurative constraints.
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Bert Hardy: Personal Collection
- 13 May — 3 July 2016 *on now
This exhibition showcases vintage prints drawn from British Photographer, Bert Hardy's own private collection.
Stored for decades at his home, these rare black and white photos were kept as keepsakes from his legendary career and are now on display for the very first time.
Hardy rose to prominence through his distinctive photojournalistic style, working as chief photographer at the influential British photographic news magazine, Picture Post during the 1940s and 1950s.
The exhibition features war-time and post-war work and reveals Hardy's unique ability to empathetically express his subjects’ stories.
The Photographers' Gallery
16 - 18 Ramillies Street
020 7087 9300