Photo Histories
The Photographers' History of Photography

Photo Events 2017

The PHOTO HISTORIES listing of selected photographic festivals, exhibitions, lectures, seminars and auctions taking place around the world over the next 12 months. Please check details on the event web site before commencing your journey.

A History of Photography On line Permanent Robert Leggat’s history up to the 1920s. -
Humphrey Spender’s Worktown On line Permanent Bolton in the 30s for the Mass Observation project. -
Photographs Gallery V&A, London Permanent New gallery at the first museum to exhibit photos (in 1858). -
The Bitter Years 1935-41 Waassertuerm, Dudelange, Lux Permanent Steichen’s 1962 FSA/MoMA show reopens in Luxembourg. €6/€4/
-21 free
Moholy-Nagy: Future Present LACMA, Los Angeles To 18 Jun 2017 The utopian artist who believed that art could work hand-in-hand with technology for the betterment of humanity. -
Wolfgang Tillmans 2017 Tate Modern, London To 11 Jun 2017 Tillman’s abstracts and an installation featuring live events. £11-£12.50
Roger Mayne Photographers’ Gallery, London 3 Mar – 11 Jun 2017 Major London exhibition of the photographer of Southam Street in the 1950s and early 60s. Free to noon, £4, £2.50
The Camera Exposed V&A, London To 7 Mar 2017 Works that explore the presence of ‘the camera’, or some trace of it, in photographs from self-portraits to more conceptual pieces. Artists include Lady Hawarden, Bill Brandt and Richard Avedon. -
Britain in Focus: A Photographic History NMM, Bradford 17 Mar – 26 Jun 2017 Exploration of the changing ways we share and consume photographs, from the rapid technological progress of the nineteenth century to today’s selfie on social media. Look out for three documentaries presented by Eamonn McCabe to be aired on BBC4. Free
Juergen Teller: Enjoy Your Life Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin 20 Apr – 3 Jul 2017 ‘Amateur aesthetic’ self-portraits of others by Charlotte Rampling’s fave photographer. -
Irving Penn: Centennial The Met, New York 24 Apr – 30 Jul 2017 Retrospective marking the centennial of the birth of the master of the pared-down aesthetic of studio photography & the most comprehensive exhibition of his work to date. -
Walker Evans: A Vernacular Style Centre Pompidou, Paris 26 Apr – 14 Aug 2017 Timely 1st French retrospective of Evans’s work argues how its significance lies in how he taps into the incantatory power of old weird America. -
Photographs Become Pictures: The Becher Class Städel Museum, Frankfurt 27 Apr – 13 Aug 2017 150 major works from the now wealthy students of Bernd and Hilla Becher, including Gursky, Ruff and Struth. -
Diane Arbus: In the Beginning San Francisco MoMA To 30 Apr 2017 The first seven years of the photographer’s career significant for her move in 1962 from 35mm to 2 1/4 square. -
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection Tate Modern, London To 7 May 2017 Unrivalled selection of classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s. -
Photo London 2017 Somerset House, London 17 – 21 May 2017 Return of the highly successful photo fair. -
Magnum Manifesto ICP, New York 26 May – 3 Sep 2017 Exhibition on the second half of C20th through the lens of seventy-five Magnum photographers marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the agency. -
Shadows of War: Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea, 1855 Queen’s Gallery, Holyrood, Edinburgh 4 Aug – 26 Nov 2017 Portraits of the troops & of the stark, empty battlefields taken a year after the doomed Charge of the Light Brigade. £7/£6.40/£3.50
A Century of Photography, 1840-1940 NPG, London To 1 Oct 2017 Celebration of the NPG’s Photographs Collection including portraits by Weston, Rejlander, Frederick Evans and the extraordinary Madame Yevonde. Free
A Perfect Chemistry: Photographs by Hill & Adamson SNPG, Edinburgh 27 May – 1 Oct 2017 An exploration of a “uniquely productive and influential partnership”. £10/£8
Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933 Tate Liverpool 23 Jun – 15 Oct 2017 The radical face of Germany between the wars told through the eyes of painter Otto Dix & photographer August Sander. £12

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