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Best photography exhibitions to see in 2022

January 7, 2022

One of the best ways to gain inspiration for your photography and exploring different styles is by experiencing and viewing the work of other photographers and artists. We’ve put together a selection of the best exhibitions on around the UK during 2022 to see photography; including exhibitions that present photographs alongside other disciplines.

Below, you’ll find the information you need including dates, location and ticket details to plan your trips.

We will be updating this page with the latest information regularly, so be sure to check back!

Best Photography Exhibitions to see in 2022

Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet

Royal Academy of Arts, London

On now until 23 January 2022

Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD

Tickets: £17, concessions available

Over the past 30 years, Hélène Binet has travelled the world to photograph historic and contemporary buildings, as well as projects in the making. Considered “the architect’s photographer” by many, Binet has worked closely with Zaha Hadid RA, Daniel Libeskind Hon RA and Peter Zumthor Hon RA among others, who have turned to her to interpret their work.

This intimate exhibition of around 90 photographs, spans projects from across Binet’s career, and foregrounds her ability to capture the essential elements of architecture

Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet

projects; Zaha Hadid Architects, Riverside Museum of Transport, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2010. Digital black-and-white silver-gelatin print, 80 x 102 cm. Courtesy ammann // projects. © Hélène Binet


F E A S T

Atlas Gallery, London

On now until 29 January 2022

Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm

49 Dorset Street, London W1U 7NF

F E A S T presents a large selection of works from multiple contemporary artists as well as some vintage works by twentieth century masters from The Atlas Collection. The exhibition includes works by artists including Ansel Adams, Peter Beard, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Brandt, Koo Bohnchuang. Julia Bostock, Ernst Haas, Jimmy Nelson, Irving Penn and more.

F E A S T


Performance by Rankin

FUJIFILM House of Photography, London

On now until 31 January 2022

Monday – Wednesday 11am – 7pm, Thursday – Saturday 11am – 8pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm

Free entry

House of Photography, 8-9 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9LH

Performance by Rankin is a celebration of the enormous talent and resilience of London’s theatreland, the cultural heart of the city, as it emerges from a devastating pandemic shutdown.

Across nearly 150 portraits, taken by Rankin, of individuals from nearly 60 top London shows and venues, visitors to the FUJIFILM House of Photography will get a comprehensive look behind the curtain at the countless highly skilled people who make up the sector – from star performers, writers, directors and producers to stage managers, dressers, pit musicians, designers, puppeteers, technicians, stage door keepers, voice coaches and many more.

Championing the best in photography, Rankin shot all images on the iconic FUJIFILM GFX100, with all images printed on FUJIFILM photographic papers on-location at the House of Photography – a central hub for creative works situated in Covent Garden, the heart of theatre-land.

We spoke to Rankin about the project here: Rankin “emotional” about Performance exhibition

Performance by Rankin

Stephanie Lo, Lioness and Dance Captain in Disney’s The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre © Rankin


Futureproof 2021

Stills: Centre for Photography, Edinburgh

On now until 5 February 2022

Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 5pm

An exhibition of work by 12 artists who have all graduated from photography or fine art degree courses in Scotland in the last year.

FUTUREPROOF 2021


Helen Levitt: In the Street

The Photographers’ Gallery, London

On now until 13 February 2022

Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm Sunday 11am – 6pm

Tickets: £5 / £2.50 Concession

16 Ramillies Street, London, England W1F 7LW

The Photographers’ Gallery presents a retrospective spanning fifty years of work by the landmark American street photographer, Helen Levitt (1913–2009).

Helen Levitt: In The Street


Through Our Lens: Growing up with Covid-19

Impressions Gallery, Bradford

5 January – 26 March 2022

Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Free entry

Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1SD

Through Our Lens is a project featuring poignant photographs made by a group of diverse young people from the Bradford District during the Covid-19 pandemic. Working with award-winning artist Carolyn Mendelsohn, who quickly responded to the critical need for community, collaboration and skill development during the first national lockdown, over 100 young people have taken part in the project. Initially offering guidance and mentoring via Zoom, Mendelsohn taught participants the skills to use photography as a tool to document their experiences and help make sense of their changing worlds.

Through Our Lens: Growing up with Covid-19


Mary Ellen Mark: Alike, My Friends

Huxley-Parlour, London

19 January – 12 February 2022

Monday to Saturday 10am – 5:30pm

3-5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE

A solo exhibition of 26 works by American photographer Mary Ellen Mark. It will be the first UK presentation of Mark’s work since her inclusion in a 2008 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, in London.

Mary Ellen Mark is widely known for her ability to photograph those on the margins of society with compassion and intimacy. Taking portraiture as its focus, Huxley-Parlour’s exhibition will examine the relationship between the photographer and her subjects. More broadly, the exhibition seeks to display Mark’s significant contribution to the history of American documentary photography.

Alike, my Friends – Huxley-Parlour Gallery


Intersectional Geographies curated by Jacqueline Ennis-Cole

Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol

27 January – 3 April 2022

Thursday – Sunday 10:30am to 5:30pm

Free entry

Martin Parr Foundation, 316 Paintworks, Bristol BS4 3AR

In 2021 Martin Parr Foundation held an open call for a UK-based curator to present a photographic exhibition. Jacqueline Ennis-Cole has been selected for her proposed group show, Intersectional Geographies.

Intersectional Geographies brings together a diverse selection of photographers whose works address inclusion within society at a climate crisis, social distancing and human rights violations. Participating photographers include, Rhiannon Adam, Lisa Barnard, Jacqueline Ennis-Cole, Xavier Rabinowitz Price, David Severn and Aida Silvestri.

Martin Parr Foundation


Amazônia

Science Museum, London

On now until March 2022

Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

Tickets: £10

Exhibition Road, London SW7 2

Sebastião Salgado, winner of the 2021 Praemium Imperiale award for painting, presents Amazônia, a breath-taking photography exhibition that celebrates the indigenous peoples and varied landscapes of the Brazilian rainforest.

For seven years, Salgado worked with twelve different indigenous communities to create this magnificent photography exhibition. The result is over 200 powerful black-and-white photographs that uncover Salgado’s vision of the Amazon when the forest is approaching a crucial tipping point in the fight against climate change.

Amazônia

Amazônia will also open at the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester in 2022

Liverpool Road, Manchester, England M3 4FP

An igapó, a type of forest frequently flooded by river water. Anavilhanas archipelago, Anavilhanas National Park, state of Amazonas, 2019. © Sebastião Salgado

See our interview with Sebastião Salgado here: Sebastiao Salgado interview – AP talks to Sebastiao Salgado on Amazonia


Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors

RPS Gallery, Bristol

27 January – 27 March 2022

Thursday – Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays), 10am – 5 pm

The Royal Photographic Society, RPS House, 337 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3AR.

Tickets available soon

In partnership with the Imperial War Museum, Jewish News, and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors (27 January – 27 March 2022) showcases new works from 14 contemporary photographers, members and Fellows of RPS, alongside photography by RPS patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.

Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors

Freddie Knoller BEM photographed on his 100th birthday with his wife, daughters and grandson. © Frederic Aranda


America in Crisis

Saatchi Gallery, London

21 January – 3 April 2022

Wednesday – Sundays 10am – 6pm

Closed on Monday and Tuesdays until 2 February.

Tickets from £3

Duke Of York’s HQ, London, SW3 4RY

America in Crisis will bring together 40 leading American photographers and over 120 works exploring social change in the U.S from the 1960s till today. America in Crisis was a ground-breaking group initiative originally conceived in 1969 to assess the state of the nation. This Magnum Photos project was led by American photographer Charles Harbutt and Lee Jones, then Magnum’s New York bureau chief.

The 2022 exhibition at Saatchi Gallery will create a dialogue between the original historical photographs from the 1969 Magnum project and new works produced five decades later, by diverse contemporary practitioners, during another tumultuous time in America.

Featured photographers include Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Mary Ellen Mark, Kris Graves and Satcy Kranitz.

America in Crisis

FXCK July 4th: Rally cultivating change from injustice and police brutality toward women and LGBTQ+, Atlanta, Georgia, 2020 © Sheila Pree Bright


International Garden Photographer of the Year

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

5 February – 6 March 2022

Open daily. 1 February to 28 February 2022 10am – 5pm, 1 March to 31 March 2022 10am – 6pm

Entry included with Gardens ticket

Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE

The launch exhibition of the 15th International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition will return to Kew Gardens this coming February.

The exhibition will feature a selection of higher-placed winning photographs from across all main pay-to-enter categories, such as; ‘Beautiful Gardens’, ‘The Beauty of Plants’, ‘Wildlife in the Garden’ and newest addition — ‘The World of Fungi’.

Photo projects and a selection of exclusive winning photographs from the latest ‘Captured at Kew’ special award will also be on display.

International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition 15


Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning

MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

12 March – 29 May 2022

Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Free entry

MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA

A major survey of Guyanese-born British artist and photographer Ingrid Pollard will be presented at MK Gallery. The first exhibition to fully explore Pollard’s pioneering and experimental practice, from the 1980’s to the present day, and examine her substantial contribution to British art.

Ingrid Pollard is renowned for using photography as social practice, working with portrait and landscape photography to question our relationship with the natural world and interrogate social constructs such as Britishness, race, sexuality, and identity. Working across a remarkable variety of techniques, from photography, printmaking, drawing and installation, to artist books, video, and audio, Pollard’s practice combines meticulous research and experimental creative processes to make art that is at once deeply personal and socially engaged, addressing issues that are urgent and relevant today: the human body, race and migration, our relationship with the natural world.

Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning

Ingrid Pollard, Contenders (detail), 1995, gelatine silver prints, colour prints, 3D objects, dimensions variable. © Ingrid Pollard and courtesy of the artist


Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

Victoria and Albert Museum, Dundee

19 March – 6 November 2022

Thursday – Monday 10am – 5pm

Tickets: Adults £20

1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, Scotland DD1 4EZ

Opening March 2022, Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear will be the first major V&A exhibition to celebrate the power, artistry and diversity of masculine attire and appearance. The show will trace how menswear has been fashioned and refashioned over the centuries, and how designers, tailors and artists – and their clients and sitters – have constructed and performed masculinity, and unpicked it at the seams.

Fashioning Masculinities will present around 100 looks and 100 artworks, displayed thematically across three galleries. Contemporary looks by legendary designers and rising stars will be displayed alongside historical treasures from the V&A’s collections and landmark loans: classical sculptures, Renaissance paintings, iconic photographs, and powerful film and performance.

Photography on display will include images by David Hockney, Lionel Wendt, Zanele Muholi and Isaac Julien.

In partnership with Gucci

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear


Amy: Beyond the Stage

The Design Museum, London

On now until 10 April 2022

Sunday – Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 9pm

Tickets: Adults from £14.50, a range of student and concession tickets available.

224 Kensington High Street, London, England W8 6AG

Celebrate the creativity and legacy of one of the great artists of our time in this first major retrospective exhibition on the British musician
Amy Winehouse at the Design Museum. Exploring the creative process, music and unforgettable style of a musician that drew unique line between genres such as Jazz and R&B.

The exhibition includes unseen personal items including notebooks and photographs, as well as artistic photography presenting her distinct style with images by Charles Moriarty, Valerie Phillips, Diane Patrice, Jake Chessum and more, alongside fashion, music and video displays, plus an immersive experience.

Amy: Beyond the Stage


Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021

On tour across the UK

On now until May 2022.

Free entry

Winning images from the 2021 Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, including overall winner Morning at Countryside by Mara Leite, will be on display in train stations around the UK, alongside commended images on a digital stand.

London Bridge 15 November 2021 – 9 January 2022 (Please note the digital screen will not be on display at London Bridge)

Liverpool Street 10 January – 23 January

Leeds 24 January – 6 February

Edinburgh Waverley 7 February – 20 February

Manchester Piccadilly 21 February – 6 March

Birmingham New Street 7 March – 20 March

Reading 21 March – 3 April

Paddington 4 April – 17 April

Waterloo 18 April – 1 May

Landscape Photographer of the Year

Mara Leite LPOTY 2021 Winner

Morning at Countryside by Mara Leite LPOTY 2021 Winner. © Mara Leite


Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Natural History Museum, London

On now until 5 June 2022

Open daily 10am – 5:50pm

Tickets: Adults from £15.50, Concessions from £12.50, Children from £9.25

Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases 100 powerful photographs telling the story of our planet under pressure. Gaze through the lens of some of the world’s best wildlife photographers and marvel at the beauty of our planet.

Displayed alongside insights from Museum scientists and experts, the images will inspire and astound, leaving visitors with a deeper understanding of the issues facing nature and the actions we need to take to protect it.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 57 exhibition

Creation by Laurent Ballesta, France. Underwater and Grand Title Winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021. © Laurent Ballesta


Astronomy Photographer of the Year

National Maritime Museum, London

On now until 7 August 2022

Open daily 10am – 5pm

Tickets: £10 adults, £6.50 concessions

Park Row, London, England SE10 9NF

Astronomy Photographer of the Year is an annual exhibition showcasing the world’s greatest space photography.

This year’s exhibition is now open at the National Maritime Museum, featuring over 100 photographs on brilliant lightbox displays. Including ‘The Golden Ring’ by Overall Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021 winner, Shuchang Dong, and category winners Deepal Ratnayaka (UK), Nicolas Lefaedeux (France) and Paul Eckhardt (USA).

Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition

‘The Golden Ring’ by Shuchang Dong, Overall Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021 winner. © Shuchang Dong


Surrealism Beyond Borders

Tate Modern, London

24 February – 29 August 2022

Open daily 10am – 6pm

Ticket details to be announced soon

Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Surrealism is not a style – but a state of mind. It aims to subvert reality. To find the uncanny in the everyday. To tap into our unconscious desires and bring dreams to life. And for many artists around the world, it has been a way to challenge authority and imagine a new world.

Previous stories of surrealism have focused on Paris in the 1920s. Based on extensive research, this exhibition will reach across the world and over 50 years. It will show how artists around the world have been inspired and united by surrealism – from centres as diverse as Buenos Aires, Cairo, Lisbon, Mexico City, Prague, Seoul, and Tokyo.

The exhibition will feature over 150 works, many of which have not been shown before in the UK. Including photographs by Cecilia Porras and Enrique Grau, alongside the likes of Lee Miller and Man Ray.

Surrealism Beyond Borders is presented in the Eyal Ofer Galleries. Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor. Exhibition organised by Tate Modern and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Surrealism Beyond Borders


International Photography Exhibition 163

RPS Gallery, Bristol

16 April – 3 July 2022

Thursday – Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays), 10am – 5 pm

The Royal Photographic Society, RPS House, 337 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3AR.

The International Photography Exhibition (IPE) is the world’s longest running photography exhibition. Now in its 163rd edition, the IPE 163 is a powerful exhibition that demonstrates the breadth of contemporary image-making and storytelling today. It explores themes of identity, cultural heritage, global societal issues, gender politics, mental health, the natural world, and the human condition.

A total of 105 works by 57 photographers will be on display in the International Photography Exhibition 163 at RPS Gallery.

RPS International Photography Exhibition

Hug, from the series Men Don’t Cry, © KyeongJun Yang


Sony World Photography Awards

Somerset House, London

14 April – 2 May 2022

Strand, London, England WC2R 1LA

Sony World Photography Awards

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

10 November – 11 December 2022

Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm

19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1BP

More details to be confirmed

2022 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition


Travel Photographer of the Year

Coal Drops Yard, London

May 2022

Free outdoor exhibition

Stable Street, London N1C 4AB

Travel Photographer of the Year

Chester Cathedral, Chester

October 2022

9 Abbey Square, Chester, England CH1 2HU

An exhibition of selected winning images from the TPOTY awards will be travelling to Chester Cathedral.

More details to be announced

TPOTY


Hannah Starkey

The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, Yorkshire

20 October 2022 – 30 April 2023

Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Tickets: £10-12, to go on sale early 2022

Gallery Walk, Wakefield, England WF1 5AW

The Hepworth Wakefield will present the first major survey of British photographer Hannah Starkey, tracing the development of her work across two decades. Throughout her career, Starkey’s meticulously choreographed photographs have determinedly engaged with how women are represented in contemporary culture, an issue which is now centre stage.

On display will be photographs from Starkey’s graduation show in 1997 that immediately brought her widespread acclaim, through to a newly commissioned body of work that will be created with young women in Wakefield in 2022.

Hannah Starkey at The Hepworth Wakefield

Hannah Starkey, Untitled, May 1997, 1997 framed c-type print mounted on aluminium 122 x 162 cm © Hannah Starkey. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London.


FORMAT21: Control

Format International Photography Festival, Online

On now online until March 2023

FORMAT in collaboration with New Art City have presented the 2021 international photography festival online in a purpose-built multi-player virtual gallery space.

The exhibitions split across 20 galleries includes over 160 international artists and a selection of the 40,000 images submitted from over 90 countries from the #massisolationFORMAT archive created during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Format Festival


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