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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
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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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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.

DIVA

On until 7th April 2024
10am-5:45pm
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DIVA celebrates the power and creativity of iconic performers, exploring and redefining the role of 'diva' and how this has been subverted or embraced over time across opera, stage, popular music, and film.

Image credit: Naoya Hatakeyama, ‘Blast #5707’, 1998. © Naoya Hatakeyama

Photography Centre

Opens 25th May
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The Photography Centre is the UK’s largest space dedicated to a permanent photography collection. The newly reopened galleries will showcase the museum’s world-leading holdings and enable visitors to experience photography and its diverse histories in new ways.

How Not to Photograph a Bulldog

25th May- 20th April 2024
10am-5:30pm
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This book display reveals how dogs have been used to teach photography, and how dog photography has developed as a discipline in its own right.

Energy: Sparks from the Collection

Until 18th May 2025
10am - 6pm
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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.

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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Get beyond the camera and discover the stories behind some of the best nature photography in the world.

Image credit: Versace dress (back view), El Mirage, photograph by Herb Ritts, 1990. © Herb Ritts Foundation.

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

Opens 18th May 2024
10am - 5.45pm
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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.

Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence

Opens 2nd March
10am - 5.45pm
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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.

Pioneers of Fashion: The Fashion Photography of Lee Miller & Illustration of Carl Erickson

21st - 25th Feb
11am -8pm
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Pioneers of Fashion examines the artistic mediums of fashion photography and fashion illustrations through the prism of the twentieth century American fashion pioneers- photographer Lee Miller and artist Carl Erickson.