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Photography exhibitions in South Kensington

Discover and explore the best photography exhibitions, events, collections and activities happening here.

V&A Photography Centre

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A South Kensington
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The Photography Centre at the V&A houses 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.

Cromwell Place - what's on

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Cromwell Place
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Set within five Grade II listed Victorian townhouses in South Kensington, Cromwell Place is one of London’s most exciting arts destinations, offering a year-round programme of diverse exhibitions open to the public across 15 gallery spaces. As a membership organisation and innovative arts hub, it also provides an environment in which galleries, collectors, dealers, curators, and arts professionals can collaborate and flourish together.

The Earthshot Prize

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Ismaili Centre
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The most prestigious global environment prize in history has been launched by Prince William with the Aga Khan Development Network as a Founding Partner. The Earthshot Prize aims to encourage large-scale change over the next 10 years — a critical decade for the Earth.

Earth Photo 2024

Until 21st August
10am - 5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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This year showcases an exceptionally strong collection of images and video compositions. Each piece has been selected from the competition's award categories: People, Place, Nature, Changing Forests, and A Climate of Change.

Fields of Vision: Contemporary Photography

On until 25th June
11am - 7pm
Cromwell Place
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An exhibition of images by contemporary photographers who chronicle and celebrate the world around us with acute sensitivity. They are united by a global perspective, crafting visual narratives that explore our shared humanity and the fragile beauty of the natural world.

Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence

2nd March - 22nd Sept
10am - 5.45pm
V&A South Kensington
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An exhibition exploring Tropical Modernism - an architectural style developed in the hot, humid conditions of West Africa in the 1940s. After independence, India and Ghana adopted the style as a symbol of modernity and progressiveness, distinct from colonial culture.

Image credit: Versace dress El Mirage, © Herb Ritts Foundation.

Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection

On until 5th Jan 2025
10am - 5.45pm
V&A South Kensington
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An unparalleled selection of the world's leading photographers, telling the story of modern and contemporary photography. Discover iconic images across subjects such as fashion, celebrity, reportage and the male body.

Image credit: © Zhai Zeyu, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Until 30th June
10am - 5.50pm
Natural History Museum
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Closing soon! Get beyond the camera and discover the stories behind some of the best nature photography in the world.

Energy: Sparks from the Collection

Until 18th May 2025
10am - 6pm
V&A South Kensington
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This display shines a light on the diverse kinds of energy in photography, from the hidden processes intrinsic to creating a picture, to the subjects in front of the camera.