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 11.00 – 18.00

Admission charges

Admission:
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.

Collection details

Photography

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

Alma Haser: Cosmic Surgery

  • 8 July — 14 August 2016 *on now

Alma Haser (b.1989) is a German born and British based portrait photographer. Haser merges collage, inventive paper- folding techniques and photography in her practise. Expanding the dimensions of traditional portrait photography, she creates futuristic flattened-paper sculptures which are at once intriguing and disturbing. Her latest work experiments with photographic 3D sculptures using her unique origami paper folding technique.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/photo-london-3

What Soho Wore

  • 15 July — 25 September 2016 *on now

From July, Nina Manandhar, photographer and founder of What We Wore archive project, will be in residence at The Photographers’ Gallery mapping the hidden cultural history of Soho through people’s photography and stories. As independent clubs and shops are increasingly lost from the centre of the city, What Soho Wore explores the area’s rich cultural history and the role that photography has had within the multiple scenes, movements and communities that have made Soho what it was and is today.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/what-soho-wore-2

Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity

  • 15 July — 25 September 2016 *on now

From studio portraiture to street photography, this exhibition brings together a group of geographically and historically diverse photographers whose imagery explores black masculinity as performance, as play, as invention - in particular through the adoption of a dandy-esque persona.

In the early 21st century, black men are among the most influential trendsetters in fashion, music and global style culture. Yet high visibility for black men is matched by high vulnerability - as illustrated by disproportionate rates of arrest and incarceration for black men in the UK and USA.

Made You Look explores dandyism as radical personal politics, a willed flamboyance that flies in the face of conventional constructions of the black masculine. It proposes that the black ‘dandy’, with his extravagant emphasis on dress foregrounds a hyper-visible identity which counters the heighted vulnerability, the result of a charged history of objectification. In the context of this exhibition, dandyism isn’t simply about sharp dressing but rather, consciously problematising ideas of male identity through dress or deportment that is arresting, provocative, louche, camp and gloriously assertive. The exhibition is curated by Ekow Eshun

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/made-you-look-dandyism-visibility-and-black-masculinity-2

Terence Donovan: Speed of Light

  • 15 July — 25 September 2016 *on now

This is the first major retrospective of Terence Donovan (1936 - 1996) one of the foremost photographers of his generation.

Donovan rose to prominence in London as part of a post- war renaissance of the creative industries and came to represent a new force in fashion and, later, advertising and portrait photography. He operated at the heart of London’s swinging sixties, socialising with and incisively capturing the scene’s chief protagonists and actors. Gifted with an unerring eye for the iconic, Donovan was a master craftsman commanding both the technical and compositional to redefine studio photography.

The exhibition comprises a compelling mix of classic and well-known vintage prints as well as previously unpublished material and a selection of his video works. Rare samples of ephemera including magazine spreads, contact sheets and the photographer’s treasured cameras will also be on display. In addition, Donovan’s studio notes, previously unseen sketches and diaries will offer audiences privileged access to his creative process.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/terence-donovan-speed-of-light-3

Clarisse d'Arcimoles: Forgotten Tale

  • 19 August — 24 September 2016

Forgotten Tale combines photography and set design. In our gallery space d'Arcimoles will recreate a scene from a found photograph of an East End Slum which she found at Bishopsgate Institute.

The artist invites you to step into the picture frame and investigate photography as a powerful critical and historical tool.

This exhibition has been supported by Farrow and Ball and Studio Xag.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/clarisse-darcimoles-forgotten-tale-2

Julie Cockburn

  • 29 September — 13 November 2016

Julie Cockburn reimagines found photographs through cutting, embroidering and collaging. Cockburn has exhibited worldwide and her work is included in a number of public collections. We will be releasing more information about her exciting new work in the coming months. 

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/julie-cockburn-6

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Photo T-Shirts: for 8-11 year olds

  • 27 July 2016 11am-4:30pm

A workshop for 8-11 year olds.

In this workshop led by artist Emily Price, come along and learn how to transform your photographs into graphic designs and print them onto t-shirts.

Each participant will leave with 2 designs printed onto t-shirts.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£25, includes two t-shirts

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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