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.

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.

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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.

Royal Photographic Society’s Science Photographer of the Year

7th Oct - 5th Jan
Science Museum
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A series of striking photographs of science in action will go on display at the Science Museum as part of the Royal Photographic Society’s inaugural Science Photographer of the Year competition. The exhibition showcases extraordinary, breathtaking images of science in action.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

18th Oct 2018 - 31st May 2020
Natural History Museum
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The fifty-fifth Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will immerse you in the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Encounter the beauty and fragility of wildlife, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know extraordinary species, exhibited on 100 stunning lightbox displays.

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

7th Sep 2019 - 8th Mar 2020
V&A
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Take a backstage look at the creative process of one of the world's most inventive photographers through his photographs, films, photographic sets, and special installations – including a new series of photographs influenced by the V&A's collections.

A Traveller’s Life: Eric Newby

21st Nov
7.30 - 9.30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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A first opportunity to see original archive material, photographs and artefacts from the Society’s newly accessioned Eric Newby Collection, following an introduction to the life and times of the author of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush and original Travel Editor of the Observer.

Tibet: Sacred Landscapes

23rd - 30th Oct
10am - 5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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A photographic exhibition leads the visitor through the magnificent landscape of Tibet into the heart of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, where the monks will be making a Sand Mandala.

Orbit: A Journey Around Earth in Real Time

21st Oct - 5 Jan 2020
Natural History Museum
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Embark on a journey around Earth as seen by astronauts on board the International Space Station, in a real-time Ultra High Definition video reconstructed from time-lapse photography sourced from NASA archives. Drop-in.

Dreams and Dystopias - East Africa at the Crossroads

11th Oct - 3rd Nov
Daily, 11am - 6pm
The Ismaili Centre
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This exhibition navigates the East African coastline through the eyes of international lens artist Guillaume Bonn. Also see Grace Ndiritu's 'hand-crafted' videos and experimental photography, rarely seen maps and photographs from the archives of the Royal Geographical Society and films from the Aga Khan Foundation and more.