Photography exhibitions London

We’re always on the look out for inspiring new photography, and you should be too. So we thought we would help you along by putting together our guide to our favourite photography exhibitions currently taking place in London.

Cartier-Bresson – A question of colour

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Curated by William A. Ewing, this mesmerising exhibition will feature 10 must-see Henri Cartier-Bresson photographs never before exhibited in the UK as well as over 75 works by 15 international contemporary photographers. Cartier-Bresson’s ethos, known as ‘the decisive moment’ has been adopted, adapted and utilised by photographers the world over in their work in colour, as this exhibition demonstrates beautifully.

Gwyn Miles, Director of Somerset House Trust says: ‘‘we are pleased to be working together with Positive View Foundation and to help launch this inaugural exhibition with works by Cartier-Bresson alongside a range of other internationally important artists. Positive View will present the very best in contemporary photography from across the globe and this exhibition will be no exception”

Location: Somerset House

Date: 8 November 2012 – 27 January 2013

Ansel Adams – Photography from the mountains to the sea

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Widely considered to be the most popular and possibly the most influential photographer in American history, Ansel Adams produced iconic images of American nature including scores of dramatic and inspiring landscapes.


Water is the theme behind this exhibition, drawing together over 100 of his evocative and powerful images of epic seascapes, sweeping rapids, geysers, rivers and awe-inspiring waterfalls.

Truly a photographic pioneer, this Ansel Adams exhibition is not to be missed. The museum has even put together a family activity trail so that the whole family can enjoy the day.

Location: National Maritime Museum

Date: 9 November 2012 – 28 April 2013

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012

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Now in its sixth year and with a stronger line up than ever before, the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition has returned to the National Theatre. This is an exhibition that is particularly close to our hearts, as it features work from our very own Ion and Tatiana. And they are in good company, with an impressive and inspiring range of spectacular landscapes from all across Britain on display.

The Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition presents images in 4 unique categories including Classic View, Living the View, Your View and now the fantastic new Urban View, guaranteeing a diverse range of styles and a fantastically original selection of images.

Location: The National Theatre

Date: 19 November 2012 – 12 January 2013

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

Once again the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize has attracted an incredible selection of talented photographers. This exhibition showcases a specially selected 60 images from applicants all around the world including the winning photograph by 28 year old Spanish photographer Jordi Ruiz Cirera.

The winning image is one that is not to be missed: a portrait of a 26 year old Bolivian woman who was reluctant to sit for the photograph. The image of the woman seated at a kitchen table is part of Menonos, a stunning and brave long-term project documenting a religious community that forbids photography.

Location: National Portrait Gallery

Date: 8 November 2012 – 17 February 2013

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

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Last but by no means least on our guide to our favourite exhibitions is the Natural History Museum’s Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. This world-renowned annual exhibition is absolutely mind blowing and showcases the wonders of the natural world in all their glory. There are 100 images on display, each as breathtakingly beautiful as the last.

Location: Natural HistoryMuseum

Date: 19 October 2012 – 3 March 2013

So there you have it, these exhibitions should keep you busy in the New Year and help to get your creative juices flowing. Remember that whether you are a complete beginner looking to find your photographic feet, or you are an experienced photographer looking to hone your skills, Photoion have a comprehensive range of photography courses in London and workshops to suit your needs. Please visit our website for more details.