London is one of the world’s most-photographed cities, so it’s only fitting that for the whole month of June (and some of July), the capital will play host to the London Festival of Photography, celebrating everything about London’s vibrant photography scene. London Living has trawled through the festival’s events calendar to bring you our top picks and highlights.
Now in its second year, the London Photography Festival (previously named the London Street Photography Festival) aims to explore ‘the best of contemporary and historic visual storytelling and provide a global platform for photographic practice and learning.’
Located in several prestigious venues across the city, including the British Library, British Museum, Tate Modern and the V&A, it certainly looks to be an all-encompassing event! Check out the trailer for the festival for a taste of what’s in store:
But if you can’t make the whole thing, here are our three top picks for you to take a look at:
1. The Great British Public @ Dog Eared Gallery
Arguably the centrepiece of this year’s festival, the Great British Public exhibition picks up on the patriotic spirit of the Jubilee to provide a visual celebration of Britishness from various photographers, including John Angerson, Zed Nelson and Martin Parr. In the words of the exhibition’s website, it will “celebrate the extremes and quirks of life on our islands; from military funeral parades to centenarians; from pomp and pageantry to cottage industries; from Hackney in London to the most northernmost island of Orkney in Scotland, via New Brighton, the Black Country and beyond.”
2. Single Saudi Women @ Hardy Tree Gallery
A pioneering exhibition by Saudi photographer Wasma Mansour, Single Saudi Women explores the daily realities of Saudi women living alone in the UK, and the overlap between space, culture and identity. As Wasma herself puts it: “Since 2008, my photography explored the spatial and material constructions of Saudi women who do not fit the stereotype: women who have chosen to live alone despite their belonging to a culture where male presence, shaping lives and spaces, is the norm.”
3. Street Photography in East London: Photo Walk, 7 July
In order to get a true sense of the photogenic nature of the capital, it is sometimes necessary to get out into the streets and experience it for yourself. That is what this photo walk, organised and led by East London street photographer David Gibson (one of the founding members of In-public, the international collective of street photographers), is all about: immersing you in the world of London street photography.
The day starts with a presentation of London street photographers, followed by a three-hour walk around some of East London’s most iconic streets. Sounds like one not to miss for budding street photographers across the city!