Get your photography fix with online exhibitions open now

Published 14 May 2020

This week we take a look at the must-see online photography exhibitions available now, as well as a soothing virtual trip to the forest...

This week we’re brightening up your screens with some must-see digital photography exhibitions you can visit online now.

From the wild young things of the Roaring Twenties to the radical feminist photo-montages of Linder, we’ve got your photography cravings covered.

Enjoy some stunning visuals from leading artists and tick off those must-see exhibitions you missed before the lockdown.

And, as a little extra we bring you the online experience from the Hayward Gallery’s Among the Trees exhibition, a mesmerising look at the relationships between humans and trees.

In focus: Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things at the National Portrait Gallery online

The flappers have gone digital – you can now dive into the glittering world of the ‘Bright Young Things’ of the 20s and 30s, explored in glorious detail by National Portrait Gallery curator Robin Muir.

In a collection of four films, Muir explores the unassuming middle-class early life of Cecil Beaton, his induction into high society and the development of his photography under the influence of the glamorous avant-garde, as well as some of the iconic images he produced in his most formative working years.

The online exhibition offers a poignant look at the work of this seminal British photographer, known for capturing the attractiveness of the wild society of the time, but also looks at the casualties of an era that celebrated beauty above all else.

More photography to explore online

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019

Short on outside space in lockdown? The Natural History Museum has you covered. Get back to nature by browsing the award-winning images from last year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The 2019 winners all managed to beautifully capture wildlife in vastly different forms, from life underwater and in settings across the globe, to the streetwise creatures of urban life.

Linderism at Kettle’s Yard

In a series of films, photographs and talks, academics and the artist Linder’s collaborators explore the multi-sensory dimensions of her work. Discover more about this radical feminist artist who crosses the boundaries between artistic disciplines and a diverse range of roles – from documentary-photographer to performance artist and zine-maker to medium and body builder.

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore: In Detail at the Hepworth Wakefield

Highlighting the relationship between photography and sculpture, this exhibition explores the work of two artists who met during the Second World War, when both created images capturing citizens taking refuge in the London Underground during the Blitz.

There’s an extensive online gallery where you can explore these ‘shelter pictures’ and images of the works in the exhibition, as well as a short film with curators Martina Droth and Clare Nadal, who walk us through these artists’ shared subjects and interests and the startling parallels between their work.

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Among The Trees: A virtual tour

‘One of the great joys of walking in a forest, is you give up any attempt to analyse it... you just enjoy the act of looking’ – Ralph Rugoff, director, Hayward Gallery

The Hayward Gallery’s enthralling, highly anticipated multimedia exhibition Among the Trees is now accessible online, with a virtual tour of the exhibition studying several works in depth and offering a look at the integral relationship between human culture and tree culture.

Gallery director Ralph Rugoff focuses in on two fascinating pieces: firstly, Tree of 12 Metres (1980-1982) by tree-artistry pioneer Giuseppe Penone, which captures the majesty of trees through large-scale sculpture, and secondly, Eva Jospin’s Forêt Palatine (2019-20), a tangled forest made from cardboard, where Jospin uses an industrial material made from trees and manipulates it to resemble the forest it was taken from.

Mesmerising and informative, and a reminder of the joy of simply looking at something beautiful, Among the Trees lets you escape the confines of your home for a tranquil wander in the forest.

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