Must-see summer photography shows

  • 2 August 2016

From the dawn of photography to 1960s London; don't miss out on the best photography exhibitions taking you on a journey of the medium's evolution.

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William Eggleston, Untitled (Marcia Hare in Memphis, Tennessee), c1975

William Eggleston: Portraits

American photographer William Eggleston was a pioneer, daring in the 1960s to cross the artistic threshold from black and white photography to colour, experimenting with the costly and complex ‘dye transfer’ technique. This exhibition focuses on Eggleston's portraits of his social circles in the American South, featuring the friends, family, and celebrities he crossed paths with in Memphis, Tennessee. 


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Dorothy Bohm: Sixties London

Influential Jewish photographer Dorothy Bohm fled the horrors of Nazism in the early 1930s and arrived in Britain with a Leica camera as a farewell gift from her father. She eventually settled in Hampstead in the 1950s with her husband Louis, where she turned her focus towards London's citizens. This exhibition showcases the ever-shifting landscape of the British capital in the 1960s through the image of its residents.


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Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity

When you hear the term 'dandy', your might think of the likes of Oscar Wilde and other Victorian metrosexuals with waxed moustaches, clad in tweed and frills. Made You Look subverts both our preconceptions about dandyism and our ideas of black masculinity by displaying how the subculture was adopted by African diaspora.


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Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

William Henry Fox Talbot is considered to be the father of the photographic medium, as his breakthrough on the positive-negative process was the discovery that drove photography to its current prevalence and popularity. This exhibition displays Talbot's earliest attempts, some of which are shown for the first time, as well as pictures he took of the people closest to him.

 


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Vogue 100: A Century of Style

British Vogue, seen by many as 'the fashion Bible', is celebrating its centenary this year. Elspeth Champcommunal, its first editor, transformed the magazine from a publication exclusively focused on fashion to also include articles on society, travel, and culture. This exhibition includes the many icons who graced British Vogue's pages over the course of the 20th century, including Kate Moss and her controversial 1993 lingerie shoot in its entirety.


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