3 must-see photography exhibitions in London right now

Posted February 2, 2018

By Annette Petersen – Astor Museum


It’s winter outside, the freezing weather is upon us – to stay warm why not prioritize indoor activities?

We’ve come up with some very cool museum exhibitions to visit this winter, and we’ve decided to focus on Photography, because good photography is an art, and these following exhibitions will prove it.

[25 January – 22 April 2018] – The Hayward Gallery (Southbank)

The Hayward gallery in Southbank has been closed for a two-year refurbishment and will reopen January 25th, 2018 for its 50th anniversary with the work of acclaimed and most significant photographer of our time, German photographer, Andreas Gursky. He is known for his large-scale pictures that portray sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life, often from a high point of view. This must-see exhibition, featuring around 60 photographs, will put your everyday image of the modern world into a higher perspective.

  • Tickets: http://bit.ly/2DRqvQW
  • Transport: Nearest Tube – Waterloo Station ( Bakerloo, Northen, Jubilee, Waterloo & City Lines)


[20 October 2017 – 28 May 2018] – The National History Museum (South Kensington)

The Natural History Museum is currently hosting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year with the most amazing images taken of the natural world, from insects to mammals, from all over the globe.  Displayed are the 100 winning images, selected for their creativity, originality, and technical excellence, all picked out of almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.


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  • Tickets: http://bit.ly/2DVDVLT
  • Transport – Nearest Tube: South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle Lines)

*The National History Museum is within walking distance from Astor Hyde Park 


[1 March – 20 May 2018] – The National Portrait Gallery ( Trafalgar Square)

From March, The National Portrait Gallery is hosting Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography, which takes us back to the Victorian era. This major exhibition brings together the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Clementina Hawarden. Their experiments with picture-making and radical attitudes towards photography have informed artistic practice ever since.

  • Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nrF3kc
  • Transport – Nearest Tube: Charing Cross (Nothern & Bakerloo Lines) & Leicester Square (Piccadilly & Northern Line)