Five must-visit photography exhibitions in London

The first priority of any young photographer should be to get an understanding of their equipment so that they can develop their own style. What they should also do is look at the techniques used by others. As writers critically analyse the work of their contemporaries as well as the literary greats, photographers should also spend some time looking at, and even admiring, famous images.

One of the best ways of doing that is by attending exhibits. These will allow you to get up close to some of the finest works of photography in history so you can analyse their composition and hopefully improve your own methods.

Here are five current and upcoming photography exhibitions we hope you will be inspired to check out.

Snowdon – A Live in View 

David Bowie by Lord Snowdon

David Bowie by Lord Snowdon

Opening on September 26 and running through to next June, this exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery displays the photos that Lord Snowdon kindly donated to the gallery last year.

Snowdon, then known as merely Antony Armstrong-Jones, opened his first studio in 1952 and soon established himself as one of the best theatre photographers in the country. His marriage to Princess Margret in 1960 led to him become the official royal photographer.

The exhibition shows images from those periods as well many of the iconic works he produced for Vogue magazine, including monochrome portraits of the author Graham Greene and David Bowie. More information about it here

Horst: Photographer of Style

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New York, 1987

This exhibition opened at the beginning of the month at the Victoria and Albert Museum and shows the incredible way in which German-American fashion photographer Horst P Horst used light to make simply stunning compositions.

During a career that lasted for more than six decades, Horst created images that oozed sophistication. While much of his work was centred around Haute Couture, Horst also explored many other subjects and his photographs show his travels around the Middle East during the late 1940s and his portraits of presidents as well as the great and the good of Hollywood. More information here

Kate Bush: Photographs by Gered Mankowitz and Guido Harar

Kate Bush

Kate Bush

Running until October 2 at Snap Galleries, this exhibitions coincides with the iconic singer’s return to the stage as well as the publication of a book showing some images of her from yesteryear.

Included in the exhibition is the famous pink leotard photo and shoots for the cover images for her 1978 albums ‘The Kick Inside’ and ‘Lionheart’. More information here

Renaissance Photography Prize 2014

(c) Andy Massaccesi

(c) Andy Massaccesi

Now in its seventh year at Getty Images Gallery in Central London, the competition has received more than 7,000 works in the categories of Belonging, Expression and Transition.

A number of respected judges have selected 47 images that they feel are the best, which can be viewed by paying the gallery a visit. Included are stunning photographs of mountain ranges, football fans and soldiers looking down a bizarre hole in the ground.

You’ll have to be quick to catch this exhibition, though, as it closes on Saturday (September 20). More information here

Julie Blackmon: Home Grown 

(c) JULIE BLACKMON

(c) JULIE BLACKMON

Julie Blackmon’s first ever solo exhibition in the UK is open at the Photographer’s Gallery on Ramillies Street, West London until October 26 and it really does transport you into the weird and wacky home life of its subjects.

The photos display the consumerism that has gripped the lives of many American families but they also hint at dark undertones and tensions. It is a trip through the bizarre as subjects cling from pillars in suburban kitchens and children stand oddly in sloping rooms. More information here