UK PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS & TALKS

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Title: RED, BLUE, WHITE: GLOBAL COLOURS
Venue:  Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DX
Dates: Until 26 May 2018
Website: www.gettyimagesgallery.com

Getty Images Gallery is London's largest independent photographic gallery with unique access to one of the greatest photographic collections in the world. 

This exhibition is the premier instalment of Getty Image Gallery’s Reportage Collection, an archive of contemporary documentary photography from Getty Images staff and contributors. The images are topically, geographically and stylistically diverse, but all exemplify the in-depth storytelling for which Reportage is known. 

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5.30pm
Saturday: 12 - 5.30pm
Admission is free


Title: DEUTSCHE BORSE PHOTOGRAPHY FOUNDATION PRIZE 2018
Venue: The Photographers Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW
Dates: Until 3 June 2018
Website: www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

The four artists shortlisted for the 21st edition of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize are Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter and Luke Willis Thompson. The winner will be announced at a special award ceremony in May 2018 at The Photographers' Gallery in London. 


Title: RPS INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION 160
Venue: The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2HZ
Dates: Until 9 June 2018
Website: www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

The RPS International Photography Exhibition (formerly known as the International Print Exhibition) has been held almost every year since 1854 - the year after The Society was founded. In the early years, the exhibition included work from some of the world's most eminent photographers. Now in its 160th year, it is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world.

The exhibition reflects the varying interests and vibrant aesthetics of the photographic medium today, presenting work which demonstrates photographic skill and technique, alongside images exploring ideas and narratives rich in meaning and message. It encompasses single images and series work across all genres.  The work is executed in many ways from alternative processes to contemporary approaches.

FREE ADMISSION. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm.


Title: LUCY SAGGERS - OF LIFE AND LAND
Venue: Lotte Inch Gallery, 10 Bootham, York YO30 7BL
Dates: Until 16 June 2018
Website: www.lotteinch.co.uk

Of Life and Land is a curated collection of black and white photographs by Lucy Saggers. Evoking the essence of relationships and community, the exhibition shows works from Lucy’s ongoing documentary project set in the village of Ampleforth, on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park.

Taken over the last four years, Lucy says her work “seeks to shine a light on the sense of continuity that still exists in rural communities, and the way a piece of country is stitched into people’s lives despite today’s fast-changing times.”

Lucy’s ‘everyday’ scenes captured over the last four years were described by LensCulture magazine as “visually and thematically beautiful” and as “possessing such consciousness for texture, generosity of spirit, grasping always for the light and for humility” by the Yorkshire Art Journal.

Opening times: Monday 10am-5pm, Wednesday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm, other times by appointment.


Title: JERWOOD / PHOTOWORKS AWARDS - Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira
Venue: Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD
Dates: Until 23 June 2018
Websitewww.impressions-gallery.com

The Jerwood / Photoworks Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks, supported by Arts Council England and Official Print Partner, Spectrum Photographic. Following a national open call, the three Awardees were selected from over 350 applicants. the Awardees benefitted from a year’s mentoring from internationally-renowned specialists including photographer Mitch Epstein, publisher Michael Mack, and gallerist Maureen Paley, as well as financial support to make new work.

Alejandra Carles-Tolra has photographed a community of ‘Janeites’ who celebrate Jane Austen’s work, dressing up in Regency period clothing and performing activities to keep the novelist’s words alive. Carles-Tolra says, "I am interested in challenging stereotypes and getting a better understanding of who these people are. What drives someone to dress up as if they were in the nineteenth century?" The resulting series, Where We Belong, explores the relationships between individual and group identity, as well as themes of femininity and escapism. 

Sam Laughlin’s A Certain Movement focuses on patterns of animal behaviour and intricate natural processes occurring all around us. He says, "As a keen walker and bird-watcher, I have always been fascinated by the natural world and its systems". Laughlin’s highly detailed observations of nests and ponds, trees and cliffs, reveal the traces of wildlife in the landscape, and a world that is increasingly marginalised by human activities. 

Lua Ribeira’s Subida al Cielo (Ascent into Heaven) is a personal vision built on the fear of dying. Her staged photographs feature participants enacting imaginary and intriguing scenarios in gardens and graveyards. Ribeira’s work is motivated by a desire to escape from reality and a longing for mythological significance in contemporary life. She says, "I’m interested in classical mythology and religious symbols of mortality, and Subida al Cielo offers an allegorical exploration of the inevitable decay of the human body."


Title: HIT THE NORTH
Venue: Central Library (First Floor), St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
Dates: Until 30 June 2018
Website: www.hobophoto.co.uk

Hit the North! – which takes its name from a song by celebrated Manchester band The Fall – covers a range of subjects taken over five decades, but all shot in the north by photographers with a lasting connection to the region.

Daniel Meadows is one of eight photographers showing work shot in northern England at Manchester Central Library. Meadows is now an acclaimed photographer, given a major retrospective in 2011/12 that went on show in the National Media Museum before touring the UK, but he’s also remained a fan of local exhibitions.

Now his work is going on show in Manchester Central Library, alongside work shot in northern England by Chris Harrison, Ian MacDonald, Paul Floyd Blake, Tessa Bunney, Liza Dracup, Phoebe Kiely, and Matthew Murray


Title: BRITISH LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Venue: Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, Tees Valley, TS10 5NW
Dates: Until 7 July 2018
Website: www.blpawards.org

A showcase of contemporary and imaginative images that capture the essence and spirit of British life. The awards are a unique visual celebration of British life, in all its richness and diversity, creating an enduring visual record of the spirit and essence of our nation and its people at work, play and in the community. Whether an intimate portrait, a poignant moment, or sequence of innovative and illuminating images that tell an important story.

There are ten categories covering everything from street life, rural life, portraiture to Brits on holiday and a special award for the best documentary feature.


Title: INTERNATIONAL GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Venue: York Museum Gardens, Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR
Dates: Until 7 August 2018
Website: www.yorkmuseumgardens.org.uk

International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world’s most prestigious photographic competition and exhibition for garden, plant and botanical photography. 

IGPOTY aims to:

• Showcase the beauty and importance of a green planet.
• Champion photography both as an art form and as a mode of communication.
• Help strengthen the bond between people, plants, gardens and nature.
• Broaden public understanding of the natural world.

The exhibition at York will feature the IGPOTY outdoor structure which consists of 12 x 1.8 x 1.8m panels. Images on display will feature the finest images of plant life, gardens and green space in the world and will seek to celebrate the beauty and importance of a green planet.

A book accompanying the exhibition will be available to buy from the Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery. Admission is free.


Title: THE SHAPE OF LIGHT - 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art
Venue: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Dates: Until 14 October 2018
Website: www.tate.org.uk

For the first time, Tate Modern tells the intertwined stories of photography and abstract art.

The birth of abstract art and the invention of photography were both defining moments in modern visual culture, but these two stories are often told separately. 

Shape of Light is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between the two, spanning the century from the 1910s to the present day. It brings to life the innovation and originality of photographers over this period, and shows how they responded and contributed to the development of abstraction. 

Key photographs are brought together from pioneers including Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz, major contemporary artists such as Barbara Kasten and Thomas Ruff, right up to exciting new work by Antony Cairns, Maya Rochat and Daisuke Yokota, made especially for the exhibition.

Admission £18 (£16 Advance booking)


OPENING SOON


Title: STREATPR FOOD & FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL
Venue: The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
Dates: 26 to 28 May 2018
Website: www.streatpr.co.uk

The StrEat Food & Family Fun Festival is a celebration of Street Food - food from all around the world in all manner of quirky vehicles and includes performers, acrobats, comedy fortune teller, stilt walkers, vintage carousel, helter skelter and swing boats. 

StrEat Food Festival are pleased to announce that PHOTO NORTH FESTIVAL will be showcasing the work of Peter Dench and his most recent project A1: Britain On The Verge. This is a small prelude to the main photography festival at the Harrogate Convention Centre in November.


Title: MARTIN PARR - NON-CONFORMISTS
Venue: Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY
Dates: 28 May to 1 July 2018
Website: www.hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk

Martin Parr is a chronicler of our age. In the face of the constantly growing flood of images released by the media, his photographs offer us the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective. In 1975, fresh out of art school, Parr moved to Hebden Bridge. Over a period of five years he documented the town and its environs. This exhibition presents 39 of these photos from Calderdale Museum Service’s Collection. Free!


Title: DAVID HURN - MAGNUM SWAPS
Venue: Martin Parr Foundation, 316 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS4 3AR
Dates: 13 June to 15 September 2018
Websitewww.martinparrfoundation.org

With a career spanning over six decades, Magnum photographer David Hurn is a patron of documentary photography. One of the first emails a new Magnum nominee will receive is from David Hurn, inviting them to swap a print; they select their favourite Hurn image and vice versa. Hurn has amassed more than 600 prints, dating from the 19th century to the present day.

Martin Parr curated an exhibition of swaps originally shown in 2017 at Photo London. The Martin Parr Foundation will exhibit highlights from this show, including works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alec Soth, Elliott Erwitt and Newsha Tavakolian.


Title: TISH MURTHA - WORKS 1976 - 1991
Venue: The Photographers Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW
Dates: 15 June to 10 October 2018
Website: www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

The exhibition charts the remarkable accomplishments of documentary photographer Tish Murtha (1956 - 2013) and offers a tender and frank perspective on a historic moment of social deprivation and instability in Britain. 

The exhibition surveys six major bodies of work; Newport Pub (1976/78); Elswick Kids (1978); Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979); Youth Unemployment (1980); London by Night (1983) and Elswick Revisited (1987 – 1991) using both vintage and contemporary prints. In addition, the exhibition will also include personal letters and ephemeral material from the Tish Murtha Archive.


Title: ALEX PRAGER - SILVER LAKE DRIVE
Venue: The Photographers Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW
Dates: 15 June - 14 October 2018
Website: www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Silver Lake Drive is a major new exhibition marking the first mid-career survey of American photographer and filmmaker, Alex Prager (b.1979). 

Tracing Prager’s remarkably rich career over the last ten years and taking place over two gallery floors, the exhibition encompasses over 40 photographs including her trademark, large-scale Technicolor photographs alongside her complete film works.

Prager’s distinctive works cross the worlds of art, fashion, photography and film, exposing the human melodrama and dark unsettling undercurrents that are threaded through her subject matter. Referencing the aesthetic principals of mid twentieth century Hollywood cinema and fashion photography, as well as such photographers as William Eggleston, Diane Arbus and Cindy Sherman, each of her images is packed with a multitude of emotional layers and narrative possibilities


Title: ABOUT THE NORTH: IMAGINED DIALOGUES
Venue:  Side Gallery, 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE
Dates: 22 June to 9 September 2018
Website: www.amber-online.co

Side is dedicated to showing the best in humanist documentary photography: rich, powerful and challenging work engaged with people’s lives and landscapes, telling stories that often get marginalised, whether they are from the North East of England or anywhere else in the world.

FREE ENTRY. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm.


Title: YAN WANG PRESTON - FOREST
Venue: Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7AP
Dates: 23 June to 22 July 2018
Website: www.hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk

Yan Wang Preston is a British-Chinese artist interested in how landscape photography can reveal the hidden complexities behind the surface of physical landscapes. Her major projects include Mother River (2010-14) and Forest (2010-17). Forest won 1st Prize at the 2017 Syngenta Photography Award and monographs of both major works are being published by Hatje Cantz this year.

Yan will be leading a guided walk to the exhibition and doing an event and signing at the Bookcase on the evening of 26 June. Free!


Title: MARTIN PARR - NONCONFORMIST PHOTOGRAPHER
Venue: Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EW
Dates: 25 June 2018 - 7.30pm
Website: www.hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk

Illustrated TALK by legendary British Magnum photographer Martin Parr + interview and Q & A.

Martin Parr took a studio in Albert Street, Hebden Bridge in 1975, joined the local camera club and went on to take some era defining pictures of the Calder Valley. In 1994 he became a member of the Magnum Photographic Cooperative and became one of the foremost chroniclers of our age. In a world increasingly saturated with imagery, his photographs offer us the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective.


Title: LUCY SAGGERS - OF LIFE AND LAND
Venue: The Witham, Barnard Castle, County Durham
Dates: 5 July to 4 August 2018
Website: www.thewitham.org.uk

Of Life and Land is a curated collection of black and white photographs by Lucy Saggers. Evoking the essence of relationships and community, the exhibition shows works from Lucy’s ongoing documentary project set in the village of Ampleforth, on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park.

Taken over the last four years, Lucy says her work “seeks to shine a light on the sense of continuity that still exists in rural communities, and the way a piece of country is stitched into people’s lives despite today’s fast-changing times.”

Lucy’s ‘everyday’ scenes captured over the last four years were described by LensCulture magazine as “visually and thematically beautiful” and as “possessing such consciousness for texture, generosity of spirit, grasping always for the light and for humility” by the Yorkshire Art Journal.


Title: BRITISH LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Venue: The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 5SG
Dates: 28 July to 9 September 2018
Website: www.blpawards.org

A showcase of contemporary and imaginative images that capture the essence and spirit of British life. The awards are a unique visual celebration of British life, in all its richness and diversity, creating an enduring visual record of the spirit and essence of our nation and its people at work, play and in the community. Whether an intimate portrait, a poignant moment, or sequence of innovative and illuminating images that tell an important story.

There are ten categories covering everything from street life, rural life, portraiture to Brits on holiday and a special award for the best documentary feature. www.tennantsgardenrooms.com


Title: THROUGH THE LENS FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Venue: St Mary In The Castle, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3AF
Dates: 31 August to 8 September 2018
Website: www.ttlfest.co.uk

Through The Lens is a seven-day photographic festival. This is a must-see event for any photographer, photo-enthusiast, keen amateur or anyone who wants to see the world through a different lens.

We’ve created a magical festival that has a mix of world-class guest speakers, including Peter Dench, JJ Waller, Anthony Penrose, Mark Power and Martin Parr.

With new emerging photographic talent exhibiting alongside well-established photographers where viewers can see contemporary photography and reportage all under one roof. We have also thrown in a dose of British seaside charm.


Title: THE EYE FESTIVAL
Venue: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DE
Dates: 5 to 7 October 2018
Website: www.theeyefestival.co

The idea for The Eye Festival came to Welsh photojournalist Glenn Edwards while covering The International Ceramics Festival, a bienial event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Our 2018 speaker programme over the Saturday and Sunday has been the big talking point amongst attendees of past EYE Festivals and we think we've risen to the challenge again. Our roster includes the much respected UK street portrait photographer Niall McDiarmid (now showing at The Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol), award-winning photojournalists Danilo Balduci and Kate Holt, wet-plate photographer Kazia Wozniak, photo editor Neil Bennet from Australia, and artist/photographer Helen Marshall.


Title: HIP FEST 2018 (Hull International Photography Festival)
Venue: HIP Gallery & other venues
Dates: Open Friday 5 October 2018
Website: www.HIPgallery.co.uk

HIP Fest is an annual event where the art of photography is recognised and celebrated. An event where professionals come to exhibit, network, sell work, exchange ideas, and meet contacts. But also as an opportunity for the newly qualified, amateur and emerging photographer of any age & ability to immerse themselves in the world of photography, share their passion and showcase their work alongside the best in the world.

Our first confirmed exhibitions for this year are:
Brian Griffin - POP
Marlylin Stafford - A Retrospective

We also have our first special guest speaker confirmed, Sean Tucker.

Plus, we are delighted to announce that PhotoCity Expo will be coming to the festival in partnership with Fujiholics. After the success of PhotoCity London 2017 we know that this will be a fabulous show in the Princes Quay events space.

Full programme coming soon on www.HIPgallery.co.uk


Title: PHOTO NORTH FESTIVAL ( HARROGATE )
Venue: Harrogate Convention Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate HG1 5LA
Dates: 9 to 11 November 2018
Website: www.photonorthfestival.co.uk

Peter Dench and Sharon Price ( The Curators ) are delighted to announce the inaugural Photo North Festival, a three-day photographic festival in Harrogate. The event is for the professional photographer, photo-enthusiast, keen amateur and anyone who wishes to engage with the medium. There will be an exciting array of exhibitions, workshops, portfolio reviews, seminars and book signings from some of the world's most inspiring photographers.

The organisers are pleased to announce Reuters global photojournalists are the latest to sign up to the festival, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of image makers with portfolio reviews and motivational, inspirational presentations over the three-day event. 

Reuters award-winning photojournalists explore important stories and diverse cultures through captivating images and visual storytelling, covering a variety of assignments from sports, fashion and daily life to society, politics and conflict. Reporting from nearly 200 locations, their global network of 600 photographers produces over 1,600 news images each day, offering a unique window into the world by capturing the essence, authenticity and significance of international events.

Festival Director, Peter Dench, said, “This major international name is another great occasion to visit Photo North and we know the public will be enthralled with the magnitude and significance of ethical image capture in shaping our understanding of the world, our culture and social climate.”

Senior Reporter, Yannis Behrakis, from Reuters said “In the global 24/7 fast-news environment, the demand for authentic and high-quality images has never been more crucial. Photo North will offer upcoming photojournalists an invaluable take on their existing work, with some extraordinary shots and the stories they tell providing fuel to better understand what separates professional photojournalism from more ubiquitous photography.”

Reuters joins a sensational line-up that includes iconic names Tom Stoddart, Jane Hilton, Tom Oldham, Paula Bronstein, Jenny Matthews and Anastasia Taylor Lind

Note: Harrogate Photographic Society will be exhibiting at St Peter's Church in Harrogate town centre ( 9 to 18 November ). Our exhibition theme is Yorkshire and will feature landscapes, portraits and images that reflect all aspects of life in Yorkshire. 


OPENING IN 2019...


Title: DON McCULLIN – Retrospective
Venue:  Tate Britain
Dates: To be announced
Website: www.tate.org.uk

A major exhibition of Don McCullin’s work. [ More information nearer the time ]