Must-see photography exhibitions in London: May-Jun 2016

Must-see photography exhibitions in London: May-Jun 2016

Here’s our roundup of the photography exhibitions in London that are finishing soon, so you can plan your calendar to ensure you don’t miss out. Of course, there are also great shows happening at the Club’s Gallery 1885, too.

Our Top Picks:

Colin Jones Retrospective

Until 3 June
Michael Hoppen Gallery

Your last chance to catch this retrospective of seminal documentary photographer Colin Jones’s work. This exhibition covers many of his most iconic shots from his prime in the 1960s and 70s, from behind the scenes shots of The Who, to the race riots in Alabama, to the decline of the mining towns of northern England – this show is reflective and inspiring.

Performing for the Camera

Until 12 June
Tate Modern

As much an exploration of what the act of photography means (both for the photographer and subject) as an exhibition, this thought-provoking show examines the concept of “performing for the camera” in all its forms. From performance art to posing to the modern act of taking a selfie, this show explores how performance artists use photography and how photography itself is a performance.

Shirley Baker: On the Beach

Until 16 June

This show juxtaposes two bodies of work by the pioneering post-war photographer: Blackpool, the northern seaside resort of the working class in Britain, and the French Riviera, where Europe’s wealthiest people spend their time in the Mediterranean sun. This is clever curation at its finest, contrasting the way the two cultures behave so differently under very similar circumstances. The perfect way to kick of the British summer!

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers

Until 19 June

Yet another in this month’s shows that explore British culture, this time through the eyes of foreign photographers. This show covers social, cultural and architectural photography since the 1930s

Other Photo Shows:

For details of other exhibitions running this month, check out the London Photography Diary.