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.
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016
- 15 April — 26 June 2016 *on now
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.
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.
- 23 — 26 June 2016
Our Punk Weekender comprises exhibitions, a live gig with legendary band The Raincoats, essential talks and events to celebrate the spontaneity, spirit and diversity of punk culture.
Particularly focused on the ideological, social and political context for the punk insurgence and its presence in Soho, TPG explores the DIY avant-garde spirit that spawned a range of punk subcultures, radically reinventing notions of personal identity and expression.
The Punk Weekender features an exhibition of portraits from Derek Ridgers and Anita Corbin, who captured the creative and vibrant personalities that emerged after dark in London, Janette Beckman, Owen Harvey, Shirley Baker, archival pictures from Photographic Youth Music and Culture Archive's (PYMCA), and the EMI Archive.
The Photographers' Gallery
16 - 18 Ramillies Street
020 7087 9300