Photography Exhibitions London & Nearby, Autumn 2017

Summer is officially over, kids are back to school, nights are drawing in, Christmas is approaching. Some people love the onset of winter, with cosy nights in front of the fire or long walks in the autumn-coloured forests, followed by a hearty roast in a country pub.

Personally, autumn makes me really melancholic - I try to book adventures and activities so I have plans to look forward to, and photography exhibitions give me creative inspiration once the sun has deserted us.

If you're like me and need some inspiration, here’s our list of London Photography Exhibitions showing this autumn. Maybe we’ll see you there!


Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards.
The world's biggest International astrophotography exhibition of the winning and shortlisted competition images running from the 16th September. 
For the first time in the competition’s nine years, judges received images of Uranus and asteroids from among the 3,800 entries from enthusiastic amateurs and professional photographers, taken from 91 countries.

Corfe Castle Moonlight by ©Ollie Taylor
Corfe Castle Moonlight by Ollie Taylor

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 16th September 2017 - 22nd July 2018 
Royal Observatory, Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 8XJ
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Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 5pm - Last entry 4.30pm.

Martin Parr: Oxford
Martin Par "shooting the establishment" with his usual cocktail of wit and banality.

Photo by Martin Parr: Simon Tsang, Custodian, Christs Church, Oxford
Photo of: Simon Tsang, custodian. 2016 © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, University of Oxford until 22nd October.
Bodleian Libraries, Broad Street, Oxford. OX1 3BG
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Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8.30am-5pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm


Reverberation by Dean Chalkey & Ciaran O'Shea
Inspired, 50 years on, by the seminal The Beatles' Album, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, an exhibition of images by Dean Chalkey & Ciaran O'Shea. Read the British Journal of Photography's review.

The Book Club, Shoreditch, until 5th November 2017.
100 – 106, Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH
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Opening hours: Mon - Weds, 9am - 12am, Thurs & Fri, 9am - 2am, Saturday 10am - 2am, Sunday 10am - 12am

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, 2017
The leading International photographic portrait competition returns to the National Portrait Gallery before touring venues around the UK.
Photo: Amadou Sumaila by César Dezfuli, shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing PrizeRefugee, Amadou Sumaila by César Dezfuli, Shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Prize

National Portrait Gallery from 16th November 2017 to 4th February 2018
St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE
+44 (0)20 7306 0055
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Open daily 10:00-18:00. Open late Thursday and Friday until 21:00


Basquiat: Boom for Real
Not strictly a photographer, we couldn't miss telling you about this one, "the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960­—1988)".

Basquiat by Edo Bertoglio
Jean-Michel Basqiuat in Football Helmet by Edo Bertoglio

Barbican Art Gallery from 21st September to 28th January 2018 
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 8891 /
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Opening hours: Sun - Weds, 10am to 6pm (last entry 5:30), Thurs - Sat 10am to 10pm (last entry 9:30pm). Advance Booking is Essential.


So, that's your autumn sorted! 

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