Five photography exhibitions

Published 5 February 2013

From solarised celebrities to imaginary villages, see the best of photography on display in the UK.

1) Man Ray Portraits, National Portrait Gallery
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One of the great modern photographers, Man Ray was an innovator in both technique and subject. The first British exhibition of his portraits brings together images of contemporaries from Kiki de Montparnasse to Aldous Huxley.

2) Light from the Middle East: New Photography, V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum)
Free to all

The Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography takes pride of place in this groundbreaking exhibition, featuring over ninety works by some of the most exciting artists in the region. Highlights include a Kurdish warrior wearing a weapons belt over his Bryan Adams T-shirt.

3) Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea, National Maritime Museum
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Ansel Adams specialized in the photography of water in all forms, from crashing waterfalls and calm pools to landscapes of ice and snow. Hailing from California, Adams’s monochrome images bring the southwest of the United States to life.

4) Robert Mapplethorpe, Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Free to all

One of America’s most controversial artist continues his tour of Scotland with an exhibition of portraits, still lifes and figurative works taken from the Artist Rooms collection. From flower studies to portraits of his contemporaries, the works on show in the exhibition explore Mapplethorpe’s understanding of form and light.

5) Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum
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A hundred spectacular photographs capture the beauty and wonder of the animal kingdom, from Tasmanian cheetahs on hilltops to a solitary squirrel living in a rusted Beetle.

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