Prepare for Photo London: What’s on in 2018

With a new year comes the next edition of Photo London to look forward to, and to prepare we have selected a few of the best photography shows for you to visit in London before the Fair opens at Somerset House during May 2018.

Night Meeting at the Blackfriars Shelter, c.1910

Museum of London: London Nights

11 May 2018 – 11 November 2018

The capital’s museum brings an eclectic approach to the theme, fusing portraiture, documentary, conceptual photography and film from the 19th century to the present day. With over 200 works on display by 50 artists from Bill Brandt to Rut Blees Luxemburg, this exhibition promises to leave nothing to chance in the dark halls and neon streets of London after dark.


Paz Errázuriz, From the series La Manzana de Adán (Adam’s Apple), 1983

Barbican: Another Kind of Life – Photography on the Margins

28 Feb–27 May 2018

Barbican will stage an exhibition that seems as timely as it is curious, by bringing together 20 international artists from the past six decades who have focused on the disenfranchised individuals and communities that exist on the periphery of societies across the world. This work gives an authentic voice to those who the photographers have conspired with to tell their stories.


Woodland Nymph, Sweet Liberty, 1866. ©Wilson Centre for Photography

National Portrait Gallery: Victorian Giants – The Birth of Art Photography

1 March – 20 May 2018

Returning to where it all started, the National Portrait Gallery will present the gems that have inspired successive generations through their invention and sensitivity. The Victorians left us with many great inventions and achievements, but few possess the haunting mystery as the portraits of Julia Margaret Cameron or Oscar Rejlander.


Jaakko Kahilaniemi, 54 Soil Solutions, 2017, 100 Hectares of Understanding. © the artist, courtesy Gallery Taik Persons

Photo London 2018

17 – 20 May 2018

Undoubtedly now a fixture in the cultural calendar, Photo London will once again return to Somerset House for the fourth edition from 17 May 2018. With what promises to be another successful gathering of the world’s leading specialist photography galleries, publishers, artists and critics, you can book your tickets from 1st February.

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