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It’s hard to go to London and not see lots of people taking photographs. From selfies with friends to photos of landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, we value photographs as a record of key moments in our lives.
The sheer number of images that exist can create all sorts of vivid and compelling stories, from the life of a single individual to what really happened during key historic events.
So why not take the opportunity to see some of these tales being told at The Photographers’ Gallery in London?
Are you a keen photographer or someone who wants to get into this field? Are you a mere observer who wants to learn the stories behind vivid and striking images?
It doesn’t matter which camp you fall into when you visit The Photographers’ Gallery, as there is plenty for all people to enjoy.
It’s the largest public gallery in London that’s dedicated to photography, and a showcase of work by both emerging talent and established artists, as well as images from extensive historical archives.
Founded in 1971, the institution was the first of its kind to exclusively focus on photography and treat it with the same reverence and respect as other forms of art.
It’s helped cement the perception of photography as a serious art form and provide a place for photographers to show off their work.
For instance, the likes of Robert Capa, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Dorothea Lange, Sebastião Salgado, Andreas Gursky and Lee Miller have all had their work shown off here.
But The Photographers’ Gallery is more than a place to simply look at pretty pictures – it hosts a regular programme of exhibitions, talks and educational activities that are frequently illuminating and influential.
In short, the institution presents pieces that are imaginative, educational, provocative, relevant and inspirational, so it’s a place you simply must visit if you have even just a passing interest in photography or social and modern history.
The building itself is no less striking than its contents, as it was a specially designed structure that boasts three world-class exhibition spaces and much more besides. For instance, visitors can enjoy a dedicated education and learning study, a digital media wall and a spacious cafe area.
Since moving into the building four years ago, The Photographers’ Gallery has been able to pursue a more ambitious scope when it comes to activities and the work it hosts.
There’s a regular rotation of exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery, so if you are heading there in the next few months, here is a taste of what you can expect.
June 23rd-26th 2016
A weekend dedicated to the spontaneity, spirit and diversity of punk culture.
Terence Donovan Speed of Light
July 15th-September 25th 2016
The first major retrospective of the late Terence Donovan (1936 – 1996), regarded as one of the foremost photographers of his generation who captured remarkable images of the swinging 60s in London.
Alma Haser: Cosmic Surgery
July 8th-August 14th 2016
Combining photography with an unusual form of college and paper-folding, she creates portraits that challenge expectations and traditions. The result is a selection of images that are both intriguing and disturbing.
Made You Look
July 15th-September 25th 2016
An exploration of black masculinity over the years and how many have expressed themselves through a dandy-esque persona.
The exhibition asks whether dandyism can be considered a radical personal politics and a willed flamboyance that flies in the face of conventional constructions of the black male.
These are just a few of the remarkable and thought provoking exhibitions you can expect at The Photographers’ Gallery.
You’ll soon see why it prides itself on championing photography as a vital and urgent art form that helps us interpret and examine what is going on in the world.
It’s a different experience entirely to what you might enjoy at a more traditional art gallery, but it’s one that will surely make you think and look at the world around you in a very different way.
And who knows? It might inspire you to be a bit more creative with your own photography efforts too.
How to get there
The Photographers’ Gallery is easy to get to from across London, as it’s well connected via various modes of transport.
London Underground users can get off at Oxford Circus Tube Station, as it is just a two-minute walk away from the institution.
Meanwhile, Tottenham Court Road Tube Station is only seven minutes away on foot. Piccadilly Circus, meanwhile, can be reached in a mere eight minutes.
For users of the overground rail network, get off at Charing Cross Railway Station in The Strand area of Covent Garden and walk for 16 minutes.
Euston Railway Station is 18 minutes away on foot, and it’s a 23-minute walk from Marylebone Railway Station.