Five must-see photography shows


History through a Lens: Iconic Photographs from the Incite Project

A display of iconic photographs that have changed public perception of world events. Drawn from a collection of photojournalism and documentary photography, many of the images have appeared in the press – but here they are presented as works of art in their right. Included are some of the classics of 20th-century photojournalism, from a rare shot of the Normandy D-Day landing to a picture of Nelson Mandela in his cell on Robben Island.

Beauty contestants, Southport, Merseyside, 1967 by Tony Ray-Jones

Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr

In 1970, Martin Parr was introduced to the work of Tony Ray-Jones. For the aspiring young photographer the impact was long-lasting; the images were completely unlike anything else being produced at the time and he would later claim Ray-Jones to be the major influence on his career. This exhibition features Parr's breakthrough work, the Non Conformists, shown alongside the Ray-Jones' photographs that inspired it.


Wolfgang Tillmans

This show documents the most recent 14 years of Tillman's career, featuring digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and music. The artist will also be programming performances and live installations in the South Tank for 10 of the days on which the show can be seen.


Roger Mayne

This exhibition pays homage to the self-taught photographer best known for documenting the convivial atmosphere of London’s post-war slums. It also considers the influence of the St. Ives school on the Mayne, as well as aiming to highlight his documentary work outside of London. The latter includes his series on Sheffield’s Parkill housing estate and his snapshots of the Raleigh bicycle factory in Nottingham.


ABC Photography

Works by 26 leading photographers correspond to each letter of the alphabet. The display follows the traditional concept of the alphabet book (A is for..., B is for... etc), but instead each letter represents a keyword from the field of photography – such as art, beauty, document or time. The idea behind the project is to introduce children to the art of photography. Works by Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, Wolfgang Tillmans, Alec Soth and Sebastiao Salgado feature.

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