London has a marvellous array of photography exhibitions this spring.
My Top 5 are the shows I'd like to visit with friends. Will I get to see them all? Do any take your fancy? Let me know and maybe we can go together? Or take another friend or arrange a date?
1. Vogue 100 : A Century of Style
Vogue has a wonderful history of amazing talents, in front of and behind the camera. This exhibition gives highlights of the magazines best work, beautiful, inspirational images. I love the picture of David Hockney, he is a my favourite artist and the gorgeous image by Norman Parkinson in Jaipur 1954. So many treats to behold, I cannot wait to go.
Ends 22nd May
2. Performing for the Camera
Looks an interesting delve into 'Serious performance art, portraiture, or just simply posing for the camera? What does it mean to perform for the camera? Photography has been used to capture performances since its invention – from the stars of the Victorian stage to the art happenings of the 1960s, and today’s trend for selfies.'
I find Jeff Koons quite changing, I still haven't quite recovered from the Pop Life : Art in a Material World. There are lots of other performers and photographers featured and I'm sure very inspiring.
Ends 12th June
3. Lee Miller : A Woman’s War
Lee Miller is an inspirational woman and I would love to see her photography from this era. It would be great to take Nana Pat, she has brilliant stories from the war, so detailed and colourful, I'm not sure how to get a 95 year old to London to see the exhibition.
'The Imperial War Museum's major autumn 2015 photography exhibition focuses on American fashion model, surrealist muse and photographer Lee Miller (1907-77) – who was one of only four female professional photographers to be accredited as US official war correspondents. The show considers Miller's vision of women and her own changing role in front of and behind the camera, as she moved across continents and between countries before, during and after WWII.’
Ends 24th April
4. Strange and Familiar : Britain as Revealed by International photographs curated by Martin Parr
I read a review about this exhibition and looks very intriguing, Martin Parr has an excellent eye. He has his own exhibition here.
The Barbican is an excellent space and I look forward to lots of inspiration.
Ends 19th June
5. Paul Strand : Photography and film for the 20th Century
This exhibition really needs to be higher in the list, looks pretty special and very inspiring. 'A major retrospective of the work of American photographer and film maker, Paul Strand (1890-1976), and the first in the UK since the artist’s death. Strand was one of the greatest and most influential photographers of the 20th century whose images have defined the way fine art and documentary photography is understood and practiced today.'
Ends 16th July
I hope this post inspires you to meet up with friends and go for a lovely spring walk along the Thames and get creative. Subscribe and follow for more fascinating Top 5's.