Sunday, January 7, 2018

London: Best photography shows for 2018

Pieter Hugo: from the series Hyena and Other Men

Sean O'Hagan reports in the guardian on London's unmissable photography shows opening this year. Below are just a few of O'Hagan's recommendations, you can read the full piece HERE.

The Hayward reopens after a two-year refurbishment with the first British retrospective devoted German photographer Andreas Gursky whose large-scale, minutely detailed images of workplaces, nightclubs and natural landscapes are made with computer-enabled post-production techniques. His digitally altered landscape, Rhein II, sold for £2.7m in 2011, the most expensive photograph ever. Love him or hate him, his image-making has attained a new resonance in our post-truth world.  25 January-22 April, Hayward Gallery.

At The Barbican, Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins - In this group show tracing aberrant and outsider youth cultures since the 1950s, the themes are gender, sexuality, drug-taking, gangs and rebellion. A chance to see Bruce Davidson’s seminal series Brooklyn Gang, alongside Jim Goldberg’s Raised by Wolves, a visceral chronicle of homeless teenagers on the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Pieter Hugo, Dayanita Singh and Mary Ellen Mark also appear.  28 February-27 May, Barbican, London.

Magnum Print Room, a solo show for the maverick French photographer who specialises in performative photography, often of a transgressive nature. Here, a selection of self-portraits spanning the last 30 years is exhibited alongside more recent work made in Mexico that traces his sexual and narcotic encounters with those living on the margins. Visceral, disturbing and, for some, ethically questionable, D’Agata’s work is wilfully confrontational. 22 March-30 April, Magnum Print Room, London.
 Antoine d' Agata: Marseille, 1997

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