Hello Photoion students and photography fans. Today we’re going to be taking a look at the top 5 current London photography exhibitions. Let’s jump straight in:

 1. Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon.top-5-current-london-photography-exhibitions-london-audrey-hepburn

When: Until October 2015

Where: National Portrait Gallery

You don’t have to be a photography buff to be familiar with many of the iconic images captured of the late Audrey Hepburn. One of the most beautiful women in modern history, the camera always adored Hepburn; and this summer, the National Portrait Gallery is celebrating her life with an exhibit of beautiful photographs, many of which are people unveiled publicly for the first time in this exhibition.

This is not only a must for Hepburn fans, but for any fan of portrait photography!

2. Victorian London in Photography.

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When: Until 29th October 2015

Where: London Metropolitan Archives, Clerkenwell

1800’s London is one of the most iconic periods of history. With the Industrial Revolution in its twilight, Victorian London was a fascinating subject to photograph. The juxtaposition of old and new buildings along with upper class gentlemen and ragged, dirty workers provides some of the most striking photographs in history.

From royals and the rich, posed in studios, to the poor and hungry on the streets of the nation’s capital, this exhibit offers a look at the beating heart of Victorian London in a way you won’t find anywhere else.

3. Unseen Waterloo: The Conflict Revisited

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When: Until 31st August 2015

Where: Somerset House

Waterloo was one of the last major battles before the invention of photography, but this exhibit attempts to capture the spirit of the conflict via bicentennial re-enactment ceremony.

Sam Faulker has turned his lens on the people of all ages portraying those present at the battle. This exhibit contains pictures of re-enactors, some mere children, as they stand in their uniforms.

The exhibit not only showcases the fantastic clothing of the period, but also gives a glimpse into the lives of those who fought and died in the battle. Many of the re-enactors are ex-servicemen, whose own experiences can be seen behind their eyes in these raw portraits.

4. Gods and Monsters

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When: Until 22nd August

Where: Getty Images Gallery

This wonderful exhibition brings together a vast collection of celebrity portraits that take the viewer on a journey exploring the rise – and fall – of the celebrity through the early parts of the 1900s.

Many of these portraits show a rare glimpse of the subject “behind the scenes” away from the eyes of the public, and more themselves than seen anywhere else.

5. Women, Children, and Loitering Men

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When: Until 20th September 2015

Where: The Photographers Gallery

This exhibition is a fascinating look at the urban decline of the late twentieth century Britain. At a time where the working class of Britain seemed to be in decline, Shirley Baker’s series captures the real lives of the work class.

Her images are often stark, and unapologetic – An unattended child amidst the ruin of houses, a grinning young boy stood in front of the building he has defaced with his graffiti, and showed a side of Britain that the country as a whole refused to acknowledge existed at the time.