Five of London’s best current photography exhibitions

London has a huge range of cultural exhibitions, not least some impressive photographic displays. We’ve picked five of the best for you to visit as 2014 draws to a close.

The Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

Heather in bloom, Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire, winner of the countryside is great category (c)  John Robinson, Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

Heather in bloom, Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire, winner of the countryside is great category
(c) John Robinson, Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

The Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014, is run in conjunction with VisitBritain, and the Britain is Great government campaign. This year’s exhibition will be hosted on the mezzanine level of Waterloo station, showing off the best of Britain’s countryside in the heart of the city. You can see the whole range of top photos from 1st December 2014 until 31st January 2015.

The Taylor Wessing Portrait Photographic Prize 2014

(c) David Titlow, the winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait  Prize 2014

(c) David Titlow, the winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

If you prefer portraits, the Taylor Wessing Portrait Photographic Prize 2014 is an exceptional opportunity to see a range of new photographic portraits from around the world. Over 4,000 entries were submitted in 2014, of which the best 60 are now on display at the Portrait National Gallery. You can view the exhibit until 22nd February 2015

Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

(c) Guy Bourdin

(c) Guy Bourdin

Somerset House is playing host to the UK’s largest ever exhibition of the photos of Guy Bourdin, the influential fashion photographer. Over 100 of Bourdin’s photos, including previously unseen shots from his 40-year career, can be viewed until 15th March 2015. Recognised as a revolutionary in his own right, the exhibition charts Bourdin’s rise to fame, and celebrates the craftsmanship of his unusual and inventive style.

The exhibition is curated by Alistair O’Neill and Shelly Verthime, and includes test shots, examples of Bourdin’s fashion magazine portfolio work, a selection of paintings, working drawings and notebooks, which have not previously been displayed in the UK.

The Photographers 2014

'Girls In Windows, New York', 1960 (c) Ormond Gigli

‘Girls In Windows, New York’, 1960 (c) Ormond Gigli

Osborne Samuel is a small gallery in the heart of Mayfair, and this year has pulled together a collaborative collection of stunning images, in partnership with photography specialists Beetles and Huxley, situated just off Regent Street.

The collection, hosted across both galleries, brings together works from the 19th century up to the present day. The range is designed to celebrate the overarching importance of the photographic medium, throughout time, and brings together iconic photographs of everything from NASA space mission photography to American street photography. Brassai, Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange are just a few of the major names to feature.

Conflict, Time, Photography

Kabul, Afganistan (c) Simon Norfolk

Kabul, Afganistan (c) Simon Norfolk

No listing would be complete without a mention of the photographic offering from Tate Modern. The Conflict, Time collection offers a painful insight into the impact of war on landscape, people, families and memories. From atomic bombs to Afghanistan, the gritty and sometimes unassuming face of war is laid bare in a series of spectacular photographs. The exhibition is on display until 15 March 2015.