Photography exhibitions in South Kensington

Discover and explore the best photography exhibitions, events and activities happening here including Fox Talbot, Paul Strand and Britain from the Air.

Shooting Stars: How to photograph a night sky

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Natural History Museum
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Taking pictures of distant stars is no longer just the work of astronomers. Find out the secret of success for photographing night skies.

Earth Photo exhibition 2020

9 Dec - 25 April 2021
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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Photographers, both amateur and professional, were invited to submit up to 10 photographs or films to Earth Photo, an international photography competition and exhibition. Developed jointly with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Earth Photo aims to stimulate conversations about the world, its inhabitants and our treatment of both. 54 photos and videos shortlisted in a virtual exhibition online now.

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Everest - A Reconnaissance

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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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This exhibition showcases a selection of platinum prints, available to purchase, made from the newly digitised glass and celluloid negatives of the 1921 British Mount Everest Reconnaissance Expedition.

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If you would like to keep up to-date with everything that is happening at our amazing science and arts institutions in South Ken, why not sign-up to our weekly newsletter. Bursting with great content, you'll be spoilt for choice. Every week, there's something different to see and do, from fantastic new exhibitions and wonderous collections to unique, one-off events to tantalise and excite. And if you're comfortably settled at home, we have just as much fun online. Quirky, different, entertaining, there's something for everyone.

Japan House reopens 3 December

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Rediscover Japan's cultural home in London, where a fusion of traditional and contemporary will enchant and enlighten. From craftsmanship and design to innovation and technology, challenge your perceptions of Japan and discover something new.

Sambourne House: A new video series launched

Tuesday 9 February
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Leighton House Museum
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'Calling at the Sambournes' is a visual exploration into the private life and work of Victorian illustrator, Edward Linley Sambourne (1844 - 1910). Curated by art, history and photography experts, the first short film presents Linley as a ‘genius photographer’ and includes a beautiful demonstration of the cyanotype process that he would have followed in his Kensington home.

Image credit: © Robert Irwin

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: People's Choice

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Robert Irwin's dramatic bird's-eye view depicting the destruction wreaked by a bushfire in Northern Australia has won the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award. Taken in the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Cape York, Queensland, the area is of high conservation value and is home to over 30 different ecosystems with many endangered species. Robert spotted smoke billowing out in the horizon and knew this was something he had to capture.

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V&A Collection

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From ancient Chinese ceramics to Alexander McQueen evening dresses, take an incredible journey through 5000 years of human creativity with the V&A's online collections.

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On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100

Wednesday-Sunday
10am-5:45pm (last admission 4:45pm)
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Explore the 100-year history of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance. Discover a host of costume, designs, film and unique material from the last century including shoes worn by Dame Darcey Bussell DBE at her 2007 farewell performance.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year online

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Natural History Museum
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Flick through Wildlife Photographer of the Year images and explore the exhibition at your own pace (and without the crowds!) in this online gallery filled with stunning nature photographs.

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V&A Photography Centre Opens

Opens 12th October
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The new Photography Centre opens at the V&A with over 600 spellbinding photos including some of the oldest known photographs to modern masters. The Museum began acquiring photographs in 1852, and its collection is now one of the largest and most important in the world.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Natural History Museum
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Without even needing to leave home, explore some of the world's richest habitats, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know some extraordinary species through the images featured in the exhibition.

Life Through a Royal Lens

Opening March 2021
Kensington Palace
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For almost 200 years the medium of photography has created an unprecedented intimacy between Sovereign and subjects. The new display explores the British Royal Family’s enduring relationship with the camera. Going on display at Kensington Palace for the first time will also be a selection of images taken by Royal Family members themselves

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The photographs of Eric Newby

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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To mark the centenary of Eric Newby’s birth, and the recent donation of his archives to the Society, this exhibition displays a selection of stunning photographs from Newby’s travels, from The Last Grain Race to A Small Place in Italy.

Image credit: Earth Photo (C) Ruan Kezhuang 'Fingerprints Of The Earth'
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Earth Photo Competition 2020: A Climate of Change

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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Earth Photo is an international competition and exhibition created by the Society and Forestry England. This virtual exhibition showcases the very best in environmental visual media and how it can better connect us with the world by telling stories and encouraging discussion about our planet, its inhabitants and our treatment of both.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year From Home

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The NHM is inviting all you budding photographers to explore nature on your doorstep. It could be from your balcony or in your back garden. Share your snaps with them on Instagram and inspire others - and stay safe! #WPYFromHome.

Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album

Kensington Palace
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Join Historic Royal Palace's Joint Chief Curator, Lucy Worsley, in a special one-off programme, 'Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album', as she uncovers the stories behind some of the most famous photographs of the British Royal Family.

London's Latest Arts Space, Cromwell Place Opens 10 October

Opens 10 October 2020
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Cromwell Place, South Kensington’s highly anticipated flexible arts space, has recently announced that it will officially open its doors on 10 October 2020 following five years in development. Bringing a new dynamic to the London art scene, Cromwell Place is an arts membership organisation - the first of its kind globally - providing a hub for UK and international galleries, dealers, advisors, curators, collectors and art professionals.

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Japan To See

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Japan House London
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First to feature in Japan House London's new travel series, is the Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum, an interactive open-air space in western Tokyo featuring preserved buildings from the Meiji period. Take a look at a wonderful selection of Japan's culture from