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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

Admission free

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.

Collection details

Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

PowerPoint Polemics

  • 22 January — 31 March 2016 *on now

Although there's a growing body of literature addressing PowerPoint’s place in contemporary knowledge production, it has so far been overlooked as an artistic medium and exhibition format, despite its sole function being grounded in visual arts.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Microsoft’s release of PowerPoint, the Media Wall, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut London, are commissioning 15 artists, scientists and theorists to playfully consider the politics and aesthetics of slideware, while speculating on the future of image production.

Website

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/powerpoint-polemics

Rosângela Rennó: Rio-Montevideo

  • 22 January — 3 April 2016 *on now

This first major UK solo installation by acclaimed Brazilian artist Rosângela Rennó presents images from the salvaged archives of photojournalist Aurelio Gonzalez and uses 20 analogue projectors.

Taken between 1957 and 1973 it’s drawn from 48, 626 negatives that were hidden between the walls of the Communist El Popular newspaper to prevent them being seized before the military coup and which were only rediscovered by chance 30 years later.

Rennó highlights the overlooked narratives of everyday protagonists during a time of great social and political upheaval in Uruguay and throughout Latin America. She addresses the phenomena of national amnesia surrounding historical events, born out of the censorship imposed by the military regime, and aims to reintroduce these images into a present day context.

Website

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/rosangelo-renno-rio-montevideo

Saul Leiter

  • 22 January — 3 April 2016 *on now

It's only recently that Saul Leiter (1923-2013) has received due recognition for his pioneering role in the emergence of colour photography. He moved to New York intent on becoming a painter, yet ended up working for magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Elle and British Vogue and became known for his impressionistic colour street scenes.

As early as 1946, and thus well before representatives of the 1970s new colour photography school (such as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore), Leiter was using Kodachrome colour slide film for his free artistic shots, despite it being despised by artists of the day.

"When we do not know why the photographer has taken a picture and when we do not know why we are looking at it, all of a sudden we discover something that we start seeing. I like this confusion." Saul Leiter

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/saul-leiter

Easter Rising 1916 Sean Sexton Collection

  • 22 January — 3 April 2016 *on now

Easter Rising 1916 is an exhibition drawn from Sean Sexton's photographic collection and curated by Luke Dodd.

This exhibition investigates the significant role played by photography in informing the national consciousness that led to Irish independence, using the 1916 rebellion as a central focal point. It features approximately eighty rarely seen photographs and ephemera, including souvenir postcards, albums, stereoscopic views, press and military photographs.

The exhibition encompasses a broad range of photographic documents of key events during the transformative years between the 1840s and 1930s. These include portraits of executed leaders, scrapbooks, collages and images of rebellion sites collected as memorabilia. Issues of authenticity and manipulation are explored in images of evictions and military drills - possibly staged for the camera. The contribution of women as active participants in the Rising is also addressed, as well as the women who practiced photography early in its development.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/easter-rising-1916-2

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016

  • 15 April — 26 June 2016

The four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016 are Laura El-Tantawy, Erik Kessels, Trevor Paglen and Tobias Zielony.


Laura El-Tantawy (b. 1980, UK/Egypt), selected for her self-published photobook In the Shadow of the Pyramids (2015).

Covering from 2005 to 2014, this project depicts the atmosphere and rising tensions in Cairo in the events leading to and during the January revolution in Tahrir Square (2011-13).


Erik Kessels (b. 1966, The Netherlands) selected for his exhibition Unfinished Father, Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italy (15 May – 31 July 2015).

In Unfinished Father Kessels reflects upon the fragmented realities of loss, memory and a life come undone as a result of his father’s debilitating stroke.


Trevor Paglen (b. 1974, USA) selected for his exhibition The Octopus at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (20 June - 30 August 2015).

Paglen’s project represents complex topics like mass surveillance, data collection, classified satellite and drone activities and the systems of power connected to them.


Tobias Zielony (b. 1973, Germany) selected for The Citizen, exhibited as part of the German Pavilion presentation at the 56th Biennale of Arts, Venice, Italy (9 May - 22 November 2015).

Mostly taken in Berlin and Hamburg Zielony’s photographs portray the lives and circumstances of African refugee activists living in Europe.

Website

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/deutsche-b-rse-photography-foundation-prize-2016-2

The Photographers' Gallery
16 - 18 Ramillies Street
London
Greater London
WC2H 7HY
England

Website

www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk/

E-mail

info@tpg.org.uk

Telephone

020 7087 9300

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