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Category Archives: Exhibitions

Who will win the 2012 Deutsche Börse Prize?

The ‘contemporary’ photography prize known as the ‘Deutsche Börse’ continues to feel like a tardy after-belch of an event. These publications and exhibitions all happened over a year ago, and you can’t help but wish for a little more freshness. All four photographers on the shortlist fit the Big Photography Prize mould. The acid test […]

Don McCullin at The Tate

You know the shot: American soldier, thousand-yard stare, gripping his rifle with both hands like it’s not just his weapon, but his last line of defence, his rosary beads, his only friend. That’s by Don McCullin, a war photographer, an archetypal war photographer. That’s how most would describe him, but McCullin doesn’t like the term, […]

Vivian Maier at Photofusion

The Vivian Maier ‘discovery’ story has been covered by The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC and The Guardian, to name but a few. That’s an illustrious list of media giants, and would be impressive for any artist, let alone a photographer, and especially a ‘street’ photographer. Something about her […]

London Street Photography, London Street Photographers

The photographs in London Street Photography at The London Musuem are presented in a single large room, in a single continuous line.  I like that.  It took me twenty minutes to recognise the presentation, however, as I was so engrossed by the images that I didn’t look more than a single image ahead of me […]

Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978-2010

Before hearing of this show at the Whitechapel Gallery, I hadn’t come across much work of Thomas Struth. This is the first major UK retrospective from ‘one of the most important photographers of the second half of the 20th century’.  (That quote is from memory; they more likely used the term ‘photographic artist’ instead of […]

Mini review – The Royal Photographic Society’s 154th International Print Exhibition

Yesterday I made it along to the Royal Photographic Society’s 154th International Print Exhibition. It’s currently showing in the sponsor’s swanky building’s foyer on the south edge of Spitalfields market. The images on display were of an impressive standard, and of an even more impressive diversity.  Represented were: portraiture, sports, still-life, street photography, architecture, industrial, […]

Three must-sees in London town

I’d like to highlight three shows I’m hoping to see in London in the next few weeks – two recent openings, and one I should have been to a long time ago. Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century Royal Academy of Arts, 30 June – 2 October 2011, Link Brassaï – Paris at night, […]