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The best photography exhibitions on now

I so love the way  some newspapers, magazines and blogs gather together a list of the exhibitions worth seeing and so thanks to The Telegraph for this, I have also added some other exhibitions that you might find interesting

In no particular order here is a selection of what is on show now:

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, National Portrait Gallery

‘Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon’, National Portrait Gallery, London WC2, July 2 – Oct 18. Tickets: 020 7766 7344; npg.org.uk. ‘Charade’ will be the featured film on MUBI on July 5. For details, go to telegraph.co.uk/film/mubi

AUDREY HEPBURN: PORTRAITS OF AN ICON 2 July – 18 October 2015, National Portrait Gallery, London *IMAGE TO PROMOTE EXHIBITION ONLY* ... Audrey Hepburn dressed in Givenchy with sunglasses by Oliver Goldsmith by Douglas Kirkland,  1966 © Iconic Images/Douglas Kirkland

AUDREY HEPBURN: PORTRAITS OF AN ICON
2 July – 18 October 2015, National Portrait Gallery, London
*IMAGE TO PROMOTE EXHIBITION ONLY* … Audrey Hepburn dressed in Givenchy with
sunglasses by Oliver Goldsmith by Douglas Kirkland,
1966 © Iconic Images/Douglas Kirkland

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860

24 June – 11 October 2015 V & A Photography, Room 38a Admission free

 

 

Linnaeus Tripe, Pugahm Myo: Thapinyu Pagoda, August 20-24, 1855. Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, The Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors, and Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2012. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom

An enterprising housewife taught herself to use a camera and won the admiration of Queen Mary

Where: Museum of London Docklands
Address: No.1 Warehouse, W India Dock Rd, London E14 4AL
Until: Nov 1

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London Dust

London Dust is a small photography and film exhibition, responding to the redevelopment of the City of London and the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis. As property prices rise, and the pressure to maximise space increases, London’s financial district has seen ever more fanciful towers appear in the skyline.

Blees Luxemburg’s images contrast the idealised, architectural computer-generated visions of London that clad City building sites, with the gritty, unpolished reality.

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Detail from ‘Aplomb (St. Paul’s)’ by Rut Blees Luxemburg –

See more on offer at The Telegraph

Dusseldorf Photography: Bernd And Hilla Becher & beyond

4 September – 3 October 2015 This autumn Ben Brown Fine Arts is pleased to present a major survey of photography originating from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf after 1976. The exhibition offers an opportunity to see varying interpretations of the German ‘New Objectivity’ style championed by Bernd and Hilla Becher side by side, including meditations on architecture and landscape by their former pupils Candida Höfer, Andreas Gursky, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, Elger Esser and Thomas Struth, also known today as the Düsseldorf School of Photography.

Ben Brown Fine Arts 12 Brook’s Mews, London W1K 4DG T. +44 (0)20 7734 8888 E. info@benbrownfinearts.com http://www.benbrownfinearts.com Monday to Friday: 11am – 6pm Saturdays: 10.30am – 2.30pm

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Bernd And Hilla Becher Gas Tanks

Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy at Science Museum

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Catch a glimpse of some truly pioneering photography as the Science Museum presents Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy.

The exhibition marks the 200th anniversary of Cameron’s birth and features images drawn from the world’s most extensive collection of Cameron photographs, found in the Science Museum Group’s remarkable National Photography Collection.

The innovative artist became famous for her shots of her artistic and literary friends, acquaintances and family members. Her illustrious acquaintances included the likes of Alfred Tennyson, Julia Jackson(mother of Virginia Woolf), Thomas Carlyle and William Holman Hunt.

Cameron deliberately used unconventional methods when taking her shots, avoiding sharp focus and including technical faults to create more expressive images, much to the disdain of the photographic press of the day. The exhibition also features rare objects relating to Cameron’s life, including a daguerreotype portrait of herself, her only surviving camera lens, hand written notes from her autobiography and rare shots taken in Sri Lanka towards the end of her life.

Free  From 24/09/2015  To 28/03/2016

Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Lee Miller: A Woman’s War at Imperial War Museum

Discover the incredible story behind one of the last century’s most important female war photographers with Lee Miller: A Woman’s War at the Imperial War Museum.

The exhibition looks at the impact that the Second World War had on women’s lives, using the remarkable images taken by Miller throughout the conflict in her perilous role as photographer.

The major exhibition is the first to examine the contrasting ways in which Lee viewed gender, using many of her personal items to tell the compelling story of her career and the important part she played in the war.

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Anna Leska, Polish pilot 1942 by Lee Miller

Coming soon: 15 October 2015 – 24 April 2016

IWM London
Lambeth Road
London
SE1 6HZ

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year at Royal Observatory Greenwich

See the night sky as you have never seen it before as Astronomy Photographer of the Year returns to the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is an annual celebration of the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos by astrophotographers worldwide. In 2015 the competition launched for its seventh year with new categories and more prizes up for grabs. The winning images are showcased at the Royal Observatory Greenwich in an exhibition opening 18 September.

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Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon by James Woodend, UK

Royal Observatory
Blackheath Avenue
Greenwich, SE10 8XJ

See the shortlist here

BP Spotlight: Karen Knorr at Tate Britain

Exhibition bringing together two series of work which combine image and text exploring patriarchal values in the upper middle classes and the aspirations and lifestyle of a privileged minority living in one of the most affluent parts of London.

13 October 20144 October 2015 Tate Britain

Belgravia 1979-81 Karen Knorr born 1954 Presented by Tate Members 2013 and forming part of Eric and Louise Franck London Collection http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P80334

Belgravia 1979-81 Karen Knorr born 1954 Presented by Tate Members 2013 and forming part of Eric and Louise Franck London Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Fiend Inside: Lee Miller

Another wonderful post on Faded + Blurred

A New York fashion model, a partner and muse to Man Ray, a fashion photographer, one of the first (and one of very few) photojournalists during the second world war, and a gourmet cook. To call Lee Miller a free spirit is an understatement. Her life was a composite of one adventure after another. “Being a great photojournalist,” she said, “is a matter of getting out on a damn limb and sawing it off behind you.” This seemed to be her philosophy of life as well, not just photography. Never one to sit still for long, she was always looking for the next thing and that next thing was never simple, but it was definitely always exciting.

“I looked like an angel, but I was a fiend inside.” – Lee Miller
Miller was born in Poughkeepsie, NY in 1907. She suffered the horrific trauma of being raped at age seven by a family friend, which left her with gonorrhea and years of treatment which was painful and invasive. This experience, as well as being photographed nude by her father from the age of eight all the way through her teens, had a tremendous effect on her and dramatically shaped who she was to become. Thankfully, she was able to escape her dysfunctional family life and move to New York City when she was just 20. It was there that she had a chance encounter which was to change her life.

While attempting to cross a street in midtown Manhattan, she was abruptly pulled out of the way of an oncoming truck by publisher Condé Nast. Nast was struck by her classic beauty and immediately took her on as a model for Vogue and, before she realized it, she was on the cover. This began a 30 year relationship with the magazine, although modeling for Miller did not last long. In 1929 she posed for the first photographic ad for Kotex. This caused such a controversy that the modeling calls quickly stopped coming. It was actually fairly good timing, however, because, typical of Miller, she was becoming bored with having to stand still all day while the camera was pointed at her. She decided she wanted to try her hand at being the one taking the pictures instead, so she packed her bags and moved to Paris…..READ MORE

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Man Ray Portraits Exhibition London

We recently featured  Man Ray in one of our blog posts here and now there is an exhibition of his portraits at The National Portrait Gallery

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Man Ray Portraits is the first major museum retrospective of this innovative and influential artist’s photographic portraits.

Born Michael Emmanuel Radnitzky in Philadelphia in 1890, Man Ray initially taught himself photography in order to reproduce his own works of art. In 1912 he began to change the signature on his paintings from ER to Man Ray, and the Radnitzky family adopted this shorter surname.

Man Ray’s earliest photographs date from around 1916, when he documented his own Dada self-portrait and made portraits of Marcel Duchamp. Man Ray’s support and promotion of avant-garde artists was formalised in 1920, when American patron Katherine Dreier invited Man Ray and Duchamp to establish the Société Anonyme, America’s first contemporary art collection.

Focusing on his career in America and Paris between 1916 and 1968, the exhibition highlights Man Ray’s central position among the leading artists of the Dada and Surrealist movements and the significant range of contemporaries, celebrities, friends and lovers that he captured: from Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso to Kiki de Montparnasse, Lee Miller and Catherine Deneuve.

Featuring over 150 vintage prints and key works from international museums and private collections, the exhibition also demonstrates Man Ray’s use of revolutionary photographic techniques and early experiments with colour, as well as surveying his published work in leading magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair.

7th February until the 27th May NPG  Full details of the exhibition can be found here