UK Photography Exhibitions & Talks

Below is a date ordered list of major UK photography exhibitions and talks.

Galleries, organisations or members who wish to add an event, please email:

Title: KHALIK ALLAH & ADAMA JALLOH – Wisdom Cries in the Streets
Venue:  Photofusion, 17A Electric Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LA
Dates: Until 23 August 2017

Eddie Otchere curates a street photography exhibition, Wisdom Cries in the Streets, that brings together two giften photographers Khalik Allah from Harlem and Adama Jalloh from Peckham.

Khalik Allah, who has called “Harlem’s official street photographer”, has been photographing on the corner of 125th and Lexington, at night, since 2012. Armed with a Nikon FM2 and a few rolls of film, he produces work that sits at the intersection of street photography and environmental portraiture. His subjects are framed within the landscape of life on the margins, defined by sidewalks, bus lanes and cladding.

Adama Jalloh’s photographs are an act of socio-political defiance in the face of preconceived ideas about working class communities and post-colonial migration. Through her work, she fights preconceived notions and presents a more honest picture of South London life.

Street photography at it’s very best!

Title: The RPS – Showcasing Yorkshire 
Venue:  HIP Gallery, Creative & Cultural Art Space2, Princes Quay, Hull
Dates: Until 26 August 2017

The Royal Photographic Society launches ‘Showcasing Yorkshire’ bringing a broad and diverse collection of photography from across the Yorkshire region. Hosted by The Creative & Cultural Company in Hull City Centre.

Displaying photography and image-making skills: Communicating the regions diverse and most interesting aspects, as well as a photographers’ repertoire. Creating photographs that people enjoy and engage with, exhibiting the work during Hull’s year as the UK City of Culture.

Title: SHIRLEY BAKER – Women and Children; and Loitering Men
Venue: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
Dates: Until 28 August 2017

Pioneering British photographer Shirley Baker (1932-2014) is thought to be the only woman practicing street photography in Britain during the post-war era. Baker’s humanist documentary work received little attention throughout her sixty-five years career. This exhibition includes previously unseen colour photographs by Baker alongside black and white images and ephemera such as magazine spreads, contact sheets and various sketches. It specifically focuses on her depictions of the urban clearance programmes of inner city Manchester and Salford. This intense period of study, spanning from 1961 – 1981, documents what Baker saw as the needless destruction of working class communities.

Her photographs testify to the poverty and resilience of communities under siege. In examining these street scenes, the exhibition aims to highlight Baker’s appreciation of alternate values and life experiences found in this community while conveying her compassionate affection, empathy and indignation for the plight of her subjects.

Gallery 1 (Shirley’s black and white photographs) will be closed from Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August.
Gallery 2 (Shirley’s colour photographs) will be closed from Monday 7 to Friday 11 August.


Title: ANTON WANT – The Crossing – Remnants of Change
Venue: Cooper Gallery, Church St, Barnsley
Dates: Until 30 August 2017

The Crossing – Remnants of Change, is a series of photographic interpretations of social change and the continuing revitalisation taking place in the very heart of Barnsley.

Made between 2014 and 2017 by Anton Want, the award winning photographer returns to the Cooper Gallery with this latest body of work, twenty five years after his debut exhibition, Personal Work, was held at the gallery.

The work on display perfectly portrays the changing landscape of the town centre and market area and features portraiture of the people of Barnsley alongside transitional landscapes and detail.

Title: SAMUEL FOSSE – Self-Portraits
Venue: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE
Dates: Until 31 August 2017

This display showcases self-portraits by the Cameroonian-born artist Samuel Fosso (b.1962). It includes work made in the 1970s alongside a body of new self-portraits made in 2015-16, which are being exhibited here for the first time. Fosso began making self-portraits aged thirteen when he opened his own photographic studio in Bangui, Central African Republic in 1975. In these private studio self-portraits, the artist used masquerade and performance, borrowing iconic images and cultural stereotypes to explore African identities. His latest body of work consists of 666 large format Polaroid self-portraits produced in an intensive process; the display will include a selection of Polaroids from the series.


Venue: Stockwell Building, 10 Stockwell Street, London SE10 9BD
Dates: Until 3 September 2017

The latest winners and a selection of the best images from the last 14 years will be on display at 10 Stockwell Street (300 metres from Cutty Sark DLR station and part of the University of Greenwich).

From fiery lava flows and birds-eye views of one of the hottest places on Earth, to a magical, snow-swirled New York street scene that echoes an impressionist painting and from the imperious gaze of an elusive, endangered Iberian lynx to wonderfully minimalist images of West Kirby, England, the photographs going on display are glorious.

This year’s exhibition is bigger and better than ever before, with a retrospective showcasing some of the TPOTY judges and organisers’ favourite images from first 14 years of the awards, while TPOTY sponsor Jack Wills is exhibiting some of the best shots from its recent Instagram travel photo contest.

Note: The Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition will be a part of the Hull International Photography Festival – 30th September to 25th October 2017.


Venue: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD
Dates: Until 10 September 2017

Enjoy the world’s best nature photography exhibited on sleek backlit panels. The exhibition features the collection of 100 exceptional images that reveal the astonishing diversity of life on our planet, from urban foxes to mountain hares.

This year’s competition was the most competitive to date, attracting almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. Judged by a panel of international experts, winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

Title: GREGORY CREWDSON – Cathedral of the Pines
Venue: The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW
Dates: Until 8 October 2017

This is the first UK exhibition of Cathedral of the Pines, a new body of work by acclaimed American artist Gregory Crewdson, and it is also the first time The Photographers’ Gallery has devoted all three of its gallery spaces to one artist.

With this series, produced between 2013 and 2014, Crewdson departs from his interest in uncanny suburban subjects and explores human relations within more natural environments. In images that recall nineteenth-century American and European paintings, Crewdson photographs figures posing within the small rural town of Becket, Massachusetts, and its vast surrounding forests, including the actual trail from which the series takes its title. Interior scenes charged with ambiguous narratives probe tensions between human connection and separation, intimacy and isolation.

Title: NIALL McDIARMID – Here and Now: London Portraits
Venue: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
Dates: Until 15 October 2017

Niall McDiarmid is a Scottish photographer based in London. His work is primarily about documenting the people and landscape of Britain.

For more than six years, photographer Niall has been documenting the people he meets around London. This striking outdoor display showcases these vivid street portraits and is an exploration of colour, frequently combining or contrasting the sitters’ clothes with their surroundings. Niall rarely photographs people more than a few yards from where they first meet and, by recording the date and place of each brief encounter, he has constructed a collective identity of London today.

Free entry – open daily 10am – 6pm.

Note: Niall also has work on show at the Barbican Centre.

Title: GRAFTERS – Industrial Society in Image and Word
Venue: Bradford Industrial Museum, Moorside Mills, BD2 3HP
Dates: Until 5 November 2017

Nothing compared to photography when it came to capturing the Industrial Revolution. As Britain’s society changed, techniques in photography developed, enabling workers to capture their own lives for the first time. Visitors will witness how the working classes went from objects in photos, to heroic representations of industry and finally to photographers themselves. The exhibition highlights unseen images from important photographic collections.

The exhibition is in partnership with photographer Ian Beesley and the poet Ian McMillan.

Grafters is a photographic exhibition comprising predominantly of images from The Peoples History Museum (Manchester) photographic collection and Bradford Museums & Galleries photographic collection.


Title: LEAH GORDON – The Tailors of Port-Au-Prince
Venue: Side Gallery, 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JE
Dates: 2 September to 8 October 2017

At the end of the 20th century charities and organisations from the USA began shipping second-hand clothing into Haiti flooding the country with the used garments of the dominant culture. Within five to ten years this trade eliminated many of the local producers, most of whom were self-employed tailors who could provide for a family simply with their skills and a sewing machine. Now the only clothing still regularly produced by local tailors in Haiti are the school uniforms.

This project comprises of portraits of Haitian tailors along with photographs of pupils in their school uniforms. These portraits are posed and taken formally by Leah Gordon on black and white film with a medium format camera, printed by a master analogue printer, Debbie Sears, and hand-tinted by artist and long-time collaborator, Marg Duston, who painstakingly taught herself the almost lost skill. The photographic images will be shown alongside paintings of school children by traditional popular Haiti painter Gerard LaFortune, one of the last of a former Haitian artistic generation.

This project is an exploration of the redundancy of skills during an epoch of change and upheaval, including the liberalisation of developing economies, the ascent of digital data over analog and the effects of increasing personal technological dependencies.

Free! Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm.

Venue: Salts Mill, Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA
Dates: 8 to 17 September 2017, then weekends only

Photographer Ian Beesley and poet Ian McMillan create a special show in the roof space (4th floor). New poems by McMillan accompany images Beesley took of Salts Mill in the 1980’s and this year.

Note: SPECIAL EVENTSunday 10 September 5pm. A Roofspace talk and reading followed by book signing in the Café into the Opera. Tickets £10 (inc. refreshments). Telephone: 01274 531163 or email:

Title: ALEC SOTH – Sleeping by the Mississippi
Venue: Beetles+Huxley, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE
Dates: 19 September to 21 October 2017

Beetles+Huxley are delighted to announce that we are working with Alec Soth to present the first exhibition in London of his critically acclaimed photographic series Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004) this September. The exhibition coincides with the launch of the latest MACK edition of the book. One of the defining publications in the photo-book era, Sleeping by the Mississippi is a seminal body of work from the recent history of photography.

Alec has published over twenty-five books and has had over fifty solo exhibitions including survey shows organised by Jeu de Paume, Paris (2008) and Media Space, London (2015). Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013).

Venue: The City’s pub, clubs & other venues
Dates: To be announced
Web: website

Hull turns traditional exhibition style on its head with a new photography festival curated specifically with social settings and social media in mind and winners chosen by world renowned photographer Martin Parr.

Forget white cubes, silent galleries and ‘DO NOT TOUCH’ signs. Instead, picture images of Hull, submitted via Instagram and then printed onto beermats and strewn across the tables of the City’s pub, clubs and venues.

The Hull Beermat Photography Festival has been devised and produced by Graeme Oxby of Lighthouse Creative & Digital Ltd.

Venue: Various venues around Hull
Dates: 30 September to 30 November 2017
Web: website

HIP Festival is an annual event that celebrates physical art form and recognises the cultural importance photography holds. It is a digitally accessible event for professionals and amateur photographers to immerse themselves in the world of photography at a globally recognised event. Photographers involved gain support, develop their skill set and have the chance to showcase their work alongside the best in the world.

HIPfest provides a rich cultural mix, offering a month long festival of photographic memories for both young and old, with an exciting first weekend of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, product demo’s & photo opportunities. This is followed by a programme of exhibitions, discussions, lectures & workshops lasting through the month.

The Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition will be a part of HIPfest.

Locations will include the Hull International Photography Gallery, St Mary’s Church, Hull Central Library, Hull Western Library, Bransholme Library, Fred Moore Library, Kardomah94 and the decks of Princes Quay Shopping Centre.

Title: NO MAN’S LAND – Women’s Photography and the First World War
Venue:  Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, BradfordBD1 1SD
Dates: 7 October – 30 December 2017

While most histories emphasise the experiences of male soldiers, women were fundamentally involved in the First World War in many ways. No Man’s Land offers rarely-seen female perspectives on the conflict, featuring images made by women who worked as nurses, ambulance drivers, and photographers.

As well as historical images, the exhibition features photographic work by three contemporary female artists who have been directly inspired by the conflict: Alison Baskerville, Dawn Cole and Chloe Dewe Mathews.

Shot at Dawn by Chloe Dewe Mathews is commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford as part of 14–18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions.

Title: NADAV KANDER – Dark Line, The Thames Estuary
Venue:  Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DP
Dates: 17 November 2017 to 13 January 2018

Flowers Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Nadav Kander.

Title: MATTHEW MURRAY – Saddleworth Moor: Responding to a Landscape
Venue:  mac Birmingham (Arena Gallery), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
Dates: 18 November 2017 to 21 January 2018

Matthew Murray has created a photographic odyssey, an epic series of landscape works made over a period of four-and-a-half years. This exhibition at mac is the premier of this work which will be accompanied by a publication, symposium and newly commissioned writing.

Murray involves the viewer in a series of challenges; aesthetic, emotional, and perhaps even moral. If we look at the pictures without knowledge of the location – and the tragic historical events that took place there – our initial response to the brooding, picturesque terrain may be purely aesthetic. This location seems untouched by human intervention. Murray captures its changing moods under glowering skies, creating impressions, partly real and partly generated through the photographic process. We seem to be in a dream world as much as a real place. In this work Murray occupies a position within a lineage of landscape artists stretching back hundreds of years.



Title: TOM WOOD – The Pier Head 1978-2002
Venue: Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP
Dates: To be announced

The photographer known as “Photie Man” is back with a series of images shot in Liverpool in the 1970’s and 80’s, now on show in France and travelling to Open Eye Gallery next year. More details soon.

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