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Photography Exhibitions During the London 2012 Olympics

27 July 2012 London

Photography Exhibitions During the London 2012 Olympics

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With the London 2012 Olympics set to kick off tonight, we have rounded up a selection of photography exhibitions in the city. From portraiture to documentary to fashion photography, the city of London will host impressive exhibitions in the major museums and galleries.
The National Portrait Gallery has two impressive exhibitions on display: The Queen: Art and Image, to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (until 21 October), and Road to 2012, in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the third installment of a commission for the National Portrait Gallery and BT, the exhibition Road to 2012: Aiming High (until 23 September), features photographs by Anderson & Low, Jillian Edelstein and Nadav Kander. These photographers follow the final stages on the journey to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. World-renowned UK-based photographer and winner of the 2010 Prix Pictet, Nadav Kander (1961, Israel), will be represented by Flowers Gallery at Unseen Photo Fair. In the video below, Kander tells about his work...
To mark the Olympics, The Photographers' Gallery commissioned 204 acclaimed and rising photographers to take pictures of 204 Londoners who were born in the the countries competing in the games. A preview of the Victoria Park exhibition, The World in London(until 30 August), can be viewed here. In addition, there are two exhibitions on display at the gallery. The first is an exhibition featuring the four shortlisted artists the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012. South African documentary photographer Pieter Hugo (1976) is one of these artists, to be represented by Yossi Milo Gallery at Unseen Photo Fair. The second exhibition,Contemporary Japanese Photobooks, features over 200 Japanese photobooks (virtually impossible to find in the West), all produced within the last 10 years. Both exhibitions are on display until 9 September.

Currently on display at the 
Michael Hoppen Gallery is an exclusive, new body of work from one of the world's most notable fashion photographers, Ellen von Unwerth (1954, Frankfurt). The fantastical interior rooms of the Madonna Inn in Los Angeles set the stage for von Unwerth's latest series of photographs, Do Not Disturb. Von Unwerth is known for her provocative and playful images of models, music stars and movie icons, and her fashion spreads have been featured in major publications such as Vogue, i-D and Vanity Fair.


Room 6, 2012 © Ellen von Unwerth


Dutch gallery owner Gabriel Rolt, of the Amsterdam-based gallery of the same name, has curated a group show at Paradise Row . The show, Everything's Alright Forever (until 18 August), features works that "play on the tension between surface and depth and exemplify the beauty and difficulty of attempting to use aesthetic forms to express the ineffable." The exhibition, Moments of Reprieve (until 22 September), curated by Louisa Adam and David Birkin, brings together works by artists that respond conceptually to the challenge of articulating loss through photography. This exhibition features the photography duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, to be represented by Galerie Gabriel Rolt at Unseen Photo Fair. 

At the 
Flowers Gallery in Shoreditch, the group exhibition Uncommon Ground is on display until 1 September. The exhibition aims to obscure the intersection between photographs of observed reality and artistically altered reality." Work will be exhibited by a selection of represented and invited artists including Peter Ainsworth, Edward Burtynsky, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Nadav Kander, Simon Roberts and WassinkLundgren.

Work by the Danish photographer Adam Jeppesen is featured in the 
Atlas Gallery exhibition, Do You Remember the First Time? This contemporary photography exhibition, on display until 8 September, features work by photographers Olivo Barbieri, Jim Goldberg, Nathan Harger, Paulo Ventura and Danish photograph Adam Jeppesen. Jeppesen (1978), who will be represented by Peter Lav Gallery at Unseen Photo Fair, was nominated in 2009 for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and the KLM Paul Huff Award.

Other interesting exhibitions include a 
retrospective of British photographer Todd Stoddart's career in a free, open-air exhibition at London's South Bank (until 11 September); the exhibition Another London: International Photographers Capture Life 1930-1980 (until 16 September) featuring work by renowned photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Irving Penn at the Tate Britain; a unique platform bringing contemporary Korean art to an international audience at the Saatchi GalleryKorean Eye 2012 (until 23 September); an exhibition of 30 photographs covering Diane Arbus' career in the exhibition Affinities (until 27 August) at Timothy Taylor Gallery; and an unusual series by Irving Penn exhibited at the Hamiltons Gallery (until 17 August).

Let the games begin!