Photography Exhibitions and Galleries

A guide to the leading photography exhibitions and galleries in the UK.  If you would like to add to the list, please get in contact

ExhibitionGalleryLocationStart DateFinishDescriptionWebsite
GRAHAM COOK: Inner Visible - The World Within. The World Without.Joe Cornish GalleryNorthallerton09/03/201913/04/2019Graham Cook’s first solo show presents a view of the world that is determined by an expression of personal feelings. Graham sees ‘life’ in all objects, regardless of how inanimate they seem - a life that is hidden, waiting to be revealed. The landscape, becomes an imaginary place, one that invites dreaming, where imagination can provide an escape for the artist and the viewer.
MARTIN JENKINSON: Who We AreWeston Park MuseumSheffield24/11/201814/04/2019For over four decades Sheffield-based photojournalist Martin Jenkinson chronicled the drama and detail of our everyday lives. Each of the images he created was a candid insight into the communities we’re part of and the experiences we share.

Who We Are is the first major retrospective of Martin Jenkinson’s work. Offering a sometimes moving, sometimes humorous window onto the city’s character, his insightful photographs of Sheffield and its people will go on display alongside some of his most famous protest images, travel photography and more.
MARTIN PARR: Return to ManchesterManchester Art GalleryManchester06/11/201822/04/2019Martin Parr shows how the lives of Mancunians have changed but also reveals how there is continuity in how we live our lives.
Modern Nature: British Photographs from the Hyman CollectionThe HepworthWakefield13/07/201822/04/2019For the first time in human history, more people are living in urban environments than in the countryside, yet the impulse to seek out nature remains as strong as ever.
This new exhibition of photographs by leading British photographers such as Shirley Baker, Bill Brandt, Anna Fox, Chris Killip, Martin Parr and Tony Ray-Jones explores our evolving relationship with the natural world and how this shapes individuals and communities.
The exhibition explores the merging of urban and rural landscapes, the rapid expansion of cities and the increasingly intrusive management of the countryside.
Evolving Landscape - Light & Land group exhibitionJoe Cornish GalleryNorthallerton30/03/201927/04/2019We are delighted to exhibit Evolving Landscapes in association with Light and Land. This touring exhibition looks at how landscape photography has evolved and developed over the last 25 years by focusing on the work of 20 photographers associated with Europe’s leading photography tour company. The exhibition will feature the wok of 20 photographers, including Light & Land founders Charlie Waite and Sue Bishop, as well as Joe Cornish, Paul Sanders, Valda Bailey and many more.
Travel Photographer of the YearLondon Bridge City - OutdoorsLondon28/03/201930/04/2019Following our hugely successful exhibition showcasing our 2017 winners in April 2018, the winning images from the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year awards will be on display again at London Bridge City in 2019, against the stunning backdrop of City Hall, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
Exposed: The Naked PortraitLaing Art GalleryNewcastle27/10/201803/05/2019This exhibition of unclothed portraits from the National Portrait Gallery Collection invites questions about identity and gender, the real and ideal. It includes portraits of exposed sitters from Nell Gwyn to Naomi Campbell, Gilbert & George to John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Featured artists include Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Sam Taylor-Johnson, David Hockney, Annie Leibovitz, Linda McCartney, Tracy Emin, David Bailey, Mario Testino and Dorothy Wilding.

The exhibition is divided into two parts; Bodies of Desire focuses on the vital role of gender and sexuality in portraiture and how it exhibits elements associated with the nude such as an interest in the eroticised or idealised body. In close juxtaposition, Reclaiming the Body addresses postmodern and feminist theory and ways in which it has brought about a reappraisal of the naked body in art.
DIANE ARBUS: In The BeginningSouthbank CentreLondon13/02/201906/05/2019This exhibition explores the first seven years of photographer Diane Arbus’ career, from 1956 to 1962.

Arbus made most of her photographs in New York City, where she was born and died. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and pedestrians are among the most intimate, surprising and haunting works of art of the 20th century.

This exhibition is the first solo show of Arbus’ work in the UK for 12 years. Organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, it features more than 100 photographs, the majority of which are drawn from the Diane Arbus Archive, and have never before been exhibited in Europe.
DON MCCULLINTate BritainLondon05/02/201906/05/2019This exhibition includes many of his iconic war photographs – including images from Vietnam, Northern Ireland and more recently Syria, often captured at great personal risk. But it also focuses on the work he did at home in the UK, recording scenes of poverty and working class life in London’s East End and the industrial north, as well as meditative landscapes of his beloved Somerset, where he lives.

With over 250 photographs, all printed by McCullin himself in his own darkroom, this exhibition will be a unique opportunity to appreciate the scope and achievements of his entire career.
In Focus: Scottish PhotographyCity Art CentreEdinburgh07/07/201812/05/2019In Focus: Scottish Photography showcases the City Art Centre’s photographic collections, charting the development of fine art photography in Scotland from the 19th century to present day. The exhibition features work by a range of historic and contemporary artists, including Hill and Adamson, Thomas Begbie, Joseph McKenzie, David Williams, Maud Sulter, Wendy McMurdo, Calum Colvin, Ron O'Donnell, Christine Borland and Dalziel + Scullion.
Picturing FriendshipNational Portrait GalleryLondon30/06/201813/05/2019Continuing a series of thematic explorations of the Collection, this display draws together historic and contemporary portraits that record and affirm the bonds of friendship. Featuring a diverse range of works, including photographs of Morecambe and Wise and Elizabeth Taylor with David Bowie, the portraits share a sense of the pleasure, comfort or stimulation experienced in the company of friends. Alongside recently acquired photographs, including George Harrison with Ravi Shankar, is the earliest known oil self-portrait produced in England, Gerlach Flicke’s double portrait with the pirate Henry Strangwish, which was painted in 1554 when the pair were imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Photo LondonSomerset HouseLondon16/05/201919/05/2019Experience the best contemporary photography from across the globe, as more than 100 galleries from 20 different countries come together for Photo London at Somerset House.
Leading institutions and emerging galleries from the UK, Japan, USA and Italy are joined by London’s major museums and galleries, auction houses and creative communities from the East End and south London to exhibit work from some of today’s most exciting photography talents.
The full list of exhibitions and the full event programme will be available in February 2019.
MARTIN PARR: Only HumanNational Portrait GalleryLondon07/03/201927/05/2019A major new exhibition of works by Martin Parr, one of Britain’s best-known and most widely celebrated photographers. Only Human: Martin Parr, brings together some of Parr’s best known photographs with a number of works never exhibited before to focus on one of his most engaging subjects – people. The exhibition will include portraits of people from around the world, with a special focus on Parr’s wry observations of Britishness, explored through a series of projects that investigate British identity today, including new works which reveal Parr’s take on the social climate in Britain in the aftermath of the EU referendum.
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019The Photographers GalleryLondon08/03/201902/06/2019The four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 are Laia Abril, Susan Meiselas, Arwed Messmer and Mark Ruwedel.

This year’s nominees survey a vast range of topical issues through the lens and language of photography. Collectively their projects explore state and gender politics, social injustice, human rights and conceptual approaches to image making. The exhibition of the shortlisted projects will be on show at The Photographers’ Gallery from 8 March to 2 June 2019, before touring to Deutsche Börse's headquarters in Eschborn/Frankfurt.
Women in Focus: Part Two: Women in Front of the LensNational Museum CardiffCardiff01/12/201809/06/2019Part Two considers women as subjects in photography, from intimate and playful 19th-century staged family portraits by John Dillwyn Llewelyn and Robert Thompson Crawshay, to more contemporary depictions that capture the innate beauty of womanhood. The exhibition also seeks to examine how photography has been used to mis-represent women through direct or indirect objectification, an issue that has particular currency in today’s climate.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018Natural History MuseumLondon19/10/201830/06/2019Now in its 54th year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of life on Earth.
CINDY SHERMANNational Portrait GalleryLondon27/06/201915/09/2019A major new retrospective of works by leading contemporary artist Cindy Sherman will go on display in Summer 2019. Including the ground-breaking series, Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80, this major new exhibition will explore the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day, and will feature around 150 works from international public and private collections, as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery.
Focusing on the artist’s manipulation of her own appearance and her deployment of material derived from a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion, the exhibition will explore the tension between façade and identity.
ARTIST ROOMS Woodman, Arbus and MapplethorpeScottish National Portrait GalleryEdinburgh06/04/201920/10/2019Highlighting the richness of the ARTIST ROOMS photography collection, which is jointly owned by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, ARTIST ROOMS Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe celebrates the work of three of the twentieth century’s most influential photographers. With a particular focus on self-portraiture and representation the show explores the connections and similarities between these three Americans, each of whom produced bodies of work that were revolutionary, ground-breaking and at times controversial.
Photography: A Living Art - Then and NowNational Portrait GalleryLondon20/10/201803/11/2019The National Portrait Gallery began acquiring photographs shortly after its foundation in 1856, although the first photograph did not officially enter the Collection until 1932. Since then, the Gallery’s Photographs Collection has expanded to include approximately 250,000 examples of the medium. Dating from photography’s earliest days following its discovery in 1839, to the present day, it represents a comprehensive collection of techniques and movements in British photographic portrait history.
This display celebrates recently acquired portraits by contemporary artists whose work joins the recent revival of early photographic processes. Through their use of pinhole cameras, photograms and tintypes, unique pieces are favoured over mass production, highlighting the moment of creation. Shown alongside historical examples, aesthetic, technical and conceptual connections between the art of the past and the present are revealed. Distilling portraiture and photography to their basic qualities of shape and the processing of light, these works both challenge and create a dialogue with conventional approaches to portraiture.
PAUL TREVOR: In Your FaceMartin Parr FoundationBristol26/09/201822/12/2019Shot between 1977 and 1992, In Your Face contrasts close up street photos in the City of London with nearby Brick Lane. Paul Trevor’s motivation was partly political as this was the era of Margaret Thatcher; she polarised debate on market forces versus community values.

The photographic language that Paul Trevor evolved was radical, especially as it could be argued that new concepts in street photography are elusive. By coming in very tight on his subject matter and using a standard lens, Paul Trevor created a dynamism which is both arresting and revealing. This language has not been replicated and stands out as a remarkable body of work within British documentary photography.
DORA MAARTate ModernLondon20/11/201915/03/2020The largest retrospective of Dora Maar ever held in the UK.
During the 1930s, Dora Maar’s provocative photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism. Her eye for the unusual also translated to her commercial photography, including fashion and advertising, as well as to her social documentary projects. In Europe’s increasingly fraught political climate, Maar signed her name to numerous left-wing manifestos – a radical gesture for a woman at that time.
Her relationship with Pablo Picasso had a profound effect on both their careers. She documented the creation of his most political work, Guernica 1937. He immortalised her as Weeping Woman 1937. Together they made a series of portraits combining experimental photographic and printmaking techniques.
This exhibition will explore the breadth of Maar's long career in the context of work by her contemporaries.
CHRIS KILLIP: The Last ShipsLaing Art GalleryNewcastle10/10/201824/05/2020Chris Killip’s photographs document the lives of working people and their resilience of spirit while at the same time recording the steady decline of industrial Britain. This exhibition, drawing from his archive, includes previously unpublished photographs of shipbuilding on Tyneside. Killip was fascinated by the way huge ships and industrial cranes provided a backdrop to everyday life in Wallsend and South Shields.
IAN BEESLEY – BIG BIG CAMERAGallery 2 at Salts MillsBradford10/06/190010/06/1900The extraordinary ‘Big Big Camera’ has long been in the collections of Gallery Oldham and photographer Ian Beesley has been working to repurpose this industrial relic. After cleaning and repairing the camera the most important challenge for Ian was using a camera that was designed for huge negatives 20 inches square. His solution was to create a grid which could take smaller negatives resulting in images made up of 20 separate prints. The result is an exhibition of large-scale photographs that will make you think again about the whole process of taking a
YAN WANG PRESTON: FORESTSide GalleryNewcastle06/04/201909/06/2019In the photographic project Forest, the British-Chinese artist Yan Wang Preston spends eight years (2010-2017) investigating the politics of recreating forests and ‘natural’ environment in new Chinese cities. In Chongqing, China’s largest metropolis with thirty-million people, a policy of having a ‘Forest City’ is implemented.Forest won the First Prize, Syngenta Photography Award in 2017 and has been published as a monograph by Hatje Cantz in 2018.
ALYS TOMLINSON: EX-VOTOSide GalleryNewcastle06/04/201909/06/2019Taken at the pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland), the project encompasses formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still-lifes of the objects and markers left behind.
JASON & VICTORIA : DISABILITY AND PARTNERSHIP – AN OBSERVATION BY JOSEFIN BENGTSSONSide GalleryNewcastle11/05/201909/06/2019This project is a study of domesticity, disability and romantic partnership;
three dimensions of life that are often portrayed in isolation, but rarely together.
It is a reflection on what it means to live as and be a disabled person in 2019
as well as celebration of the love shared by the two subjects.
Juliet Chenery-Robso: PORTRAIT OF AN INVISIBLE ILLNESS IISide GalleryNewcastle06/04/201908/05/2019In Portrait of an Invisible Illness II, visual artist Juliet Chenery-Robson revisits a series of three interlinked projects (Unpredictable Patterns, A Diagnosis of Exclusion: Kingdoms of the Sick and Portrait of an Invisible Illness, 2007-2015) that employ a range of strategies for visualising ME and its contingent invisibilities.
IVOR PRICKETT: END OF THE CALIPHATE & SEEKING SHELTERSide GalleryNewcastle28/09/201915/12/2019End of the Caliphate: Documenting the fight to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria – 2016 -2018

By mid-July 2017, it seemed incomprehensible that anyone could be left alive after weeks of clashes in Mosul’s Old City, the last major redoubt of the Islamic State in Iraq. Yet pockets of fanatical fighters continued to resist. At the same time — horribly and amazingly — civilians continued to emerge from the battle zone.

Seeking Shelter: Syrian refugees in the Middle East and Europe 2012-2016
WORKSide GalleryNewcastle22/06/201908/09/2019Following on from last year’s hugely successful exhibition About the North: Imagined Dialogues (our most visited exhibition ever!), Dean Chapman curates a new collection of photographs exploring the central theme of work. These photographs are sourced from the Amber archive, one of the largest and most important collections of social documentary photography in the world.
EVERYTHING I EVER LEARNT: SHUTTER HUB EXHIBITIONCambridge UniversityCambridge28/03/201903/05/2019Almost 100 photographers have come together to show the world through their eyes in this Shutter Hub and Art at the ARB exhibition at the University of Cambridge.
That image reminds me of something. It ignites a small flame that lights my way through the filing system of my mind. It brings me eventually to the hint of a memory, and that memory guides my interpretation of the image, influences my reaction, connects my thoughts and feelings, and threads them together, binding them into a new collection, to be drawn upon the next time something familiar arises.
Everything I have seen, felt, remembered,
everything, influences and informs every thought I will ever have.
THE PILLARS OF MODERNITY. EDOUARD BALDUS AND THE CLASSICAL ORDERJames Hyman GalleryLondon05/04/201920/05/2019The Pillars of Modernity. Edouard Baldus and the Classical Order follows our previous exhibitions, Baldus and the Modern Landscape. Important Salt Prints of Paris from the 1850s (2012) and Walls and Bridges. Edouard Baldus a Bicentenary Exhibition (2013).

The museum quality photographs in this exhibition have been collected over a period of fifteen years from multiple sources. They include many of Baldus's most famous motifs and are prints of exceptional richness, contrast and tone. In the photographs of Edouard Baldus the architecture of the Romans with their viaducts, aqueducts, temples and amphitheatres is directly echoed by his depiction of the latest engineering achievements of the bridges and viaducts of the new railways.
Florence Henri - Atlas GalleryLondon28/03/201918/05/2019Atlas Gallery will exhibit photographs and paintings by Bauhaus artist Florence Henri (1893-1982). Having previously featured in major exhibitions worldwide, this will be the first time for almost twenty years that such a rare collection of works has been exhibited in the UK.
AMBIT: Photographies from ScotlandStill GalleryEdinburgh12/04/201902/06/2019AMBIT  is an exhibition of work celebrating new and diverse approaches to photographic image making in Scotland. The participating artists demonstrate wide-ranging thematic interests and employ varied techniques and processes, from drone photography to black & white darkroom printing and camera-less photography. The exhibited works have been made in 2018 and 2019 in a broad range of locations, from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Ethiopia, Orkney and the Isle of Lewis. Several of the artists are exhibiting new work or work in progress for the exhibition.
Africa State of MindImpressions GalleryBradford29/03/201915/06/2019Africa State of Mind presents the work of a new generation of photographers from across the African continent. Curated by the eminent writer and broadcaster Ekow Eshun, this major exhibition features 13 artists who collectively interrogate ideas of ‘Africanness’. The exhibition is curated around three main themes. Hybrid Cities documents the modern African city in all its dynamism and contradictions. Zones of Freedom addresses the fluidity of gender and sexual identity through compelling portraiture, as well as the legacy of history, from slavery and colonialism to apartheid. Inner Landscapes draws on the artists’ memories and fascinations to conjure individual interpretations of the African past and present.
Allan Sekula: Photography, A Wonderfully Inadequate MediumMarian Goodman GalleryLondon14/03/201918/05/2019From his student days at the University of California, San Diego, Allan Sekula witnessed the economic and social changes that eventually ended up tightly restructuring the global economic situation as well as the socio-economic structures in the United States today. Inspired very early on by critical Marxist theory, his work was consistently politically engaged without becoming doctrinaire, and remained involved in recording the evolution of the labour world in the face of global capitalism. This exhibition will demonstrate the ways in which he documented his Californian surroundings, as in the photographic narratives of California Stories (1973-2011). It was at this time that Sekula was building his practice against the preference developed by conceptual photography of erasing any human presence, by taking charge of the medium’s vernacular uses.

National Portrait
Pen'rallt GalleryMachynlleth,
Joe Cornish
Manchester Central
Manchester Art
The Whitworth Art GalleryManchester
Open Eye
Laing Art
The Photographers
Tate St IvesSt
The AtkinsonSouthport
Stills, Centre for PhotographyEdinburgh
Purdy Hicks
Martin Parr
Side GalleryNewcastle
MMX GalleryLondon
James Hyman GalleryLondon
The Old CourtsWigan