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.
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015
- 17 April — 7 June 2015 *on now
This year’s shortlist reflects a diversity of attitudes towards the medium underpinned by an exploration into new and unexpected modes of presentation incorporating video, text, object and wall-based photographic displays.
Nikolai Bakharev’s ambiguous images of Russian bathers on public beaches in the 80s and 90s, at a time when photographs of nudity were forbidden, play on the tension between acceptable and unacceptable imagery, public and private realms. In the work of Zanele Muholi, the personal and political are also interwoven in her tender, unflinching portraits and testimonies of the South African LGBTI community.
South Africa further provides a location and point of political departure in the work of Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse. Their collaborative publication presents a, ‘photo/graphic’ album of images and text which uncover the history of a once elite, now abandoned high-rise apartment block in Johannesburg. Finally, Viviane Sassen’s sculptural, abstracted, darkly sensual images continue to effect the blurring of genres, which characterize her work and position her as a leading force in contemporary art photography.
Tamas Dezso: Notes for an Epilogue
- 17 April — 13 June 2015 *on now
Print Sales Gallery is excited to introduce the work of Hungarian photographer Tamas Dezso. This is the artist’s first solo show in the UK and will feature pieces from his two on-going series Notes for an Epilogue and Here, Anywhere.
Since 2009, the artist has been documenting rapidly disappearing worlds in both his native Hungary and neighbouring Romania. Neither series offers a portrait of a nation but rather a careful examination of the decaying ruins of the Soviet era, their effects on villages, communities and individuals and the slow disappearance of centuries-old traditions.
The Chinese Photobook
- 17 April — 5 July 2015 *on now
The Chinese Photobook reveals the richness and diversity of China’s largely unexplored history of photobook publishing. Spanning from 1900 to 2014, the exhibition includes key titles by established and emerging Chinese artists.
The exhibition includes books published by early colonial powers in China, including France, England, and Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War, as well as a selection of books produced during the Cultural Revolution, among many others. Many of the publications on display are unknown or rarely seen outside of China and offer a unique insight into the country’s complex cultural history from the twentieth century onwards.
The Photographers' Gallery
16 - 18 Ramillies Street
020 7087 9300