First Option | Recommended Photography Exhibitions

First Option | Recommended Photography Exhibitions

This week we’re sifting through the deluge of galleries in London to present you with six of the best photography exhibitions on offer.

Stan Firm Inna Ingland: Black Diaspora in London, 1960 – 70sTate Britain


This exhibition, named after a Jamaican Patois poem, vividly expresses the willingness of people from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean to make Britain their new home.

Collated over a period of 20 years by 8 photographers (Raphael Albert, Bandeke Ajetunmobi, James Barnor, Colin Jones, Neil Kenlock, Dennis Morris, Syd Shelton and Al Vanderburg) this collection reveals the trials and tribulations of different cultures trying to integrate and be accepted into British society.

Covering all elements from family life, fashion to coping and resisting racism, this exhibition provides a striking pictorial history which is relevant in our post-Brexit and Trump travel ban world.

Roger Mayne Photographers Gallery


Roger Mayne is reported to have taken more than 1,400 shots of a single street in London – but why?

An incredibly bright young man, who got into photography whilst studying Chemistry at Oxford, Mayne not only wanted his photojournalism to be expressive and real, but to be considered as art. Neither wanting to be political or to present a call for help for working class Londoners, Maynes images show a side of London that has since been lost and replaced by Trellick tower

Culturally and socially significant now, the exhibition reminds us of a time when children played in the streets freely and a sense of community prevailed.

Ian TreherneFiumano Projects, 21 Wren Street


Irrespective of his degenerate blindness, Essex and London based Treherne uses his love of vintage film to capture hauntingly emotional portraits.

As he explains in his own words “I spend at least an hour conversing with my subject, getting to know the person, their likes and dislikes, their passions in life, finding out what they want to reveal about themselves. The aim is to shoot a person, not just a face or a body. The things we cannot see are the things that make us unique, this is what I see and this is what I want the viewer and indeed the subject to see.”

It is a moving collection of work, which highlights that disability does not necessarily restrict ability, and after years of Treherne dealing with a loss of self-confidence that stopped him leaving the house, he now wants others in similar positions to know what they are capable of regardless of any obstacles they may face.

Enrique MetinidesMichael Hoppen Gallery


Car wrecks, train derailments, a bi-plane crashed on to a roof, street stabbings and shootings in the park – Metinides presents us with perhaps the most exciting photojournalism ever to come out of Mexico City.

Metinides sense of adventure coupled with a lens produced images most photographers would find difficult to organize – but by visiting morgues, police stations and even volunteering with the Red Cross in order to be able to ride in ambulances, Metinides captured the wilder side of life.

Although this may sound marginally morbid, it is undeniably intriguing. The images often have a matter of fact quality to them giving them an ethereal and other worldly aura to the collection.

Amy Winehouse: A Family PortraitJewish Museum London 


A musical icon with a sizeable voice for a person of her stature, London recoiled in shock when she passed away at such a young age – this was abundantly clear when masses congregated outside her home in Camden to pay their respects.

This exhibition promises to provide a look into her life perhaps in a more tasteful yet intimate way than has been done previously. Pegasus, a street artist and close friend to the Winehouse family, has curated an exhibition with more than just photographs in mind. He is giving us an opportunity to take a look through Amy’s record collection and clothes whilst continuing to remind us what her hometown meant to her. This is a homage fans will not want to miss.

Jimmy Nelson: Before They Part Atlas Gallery


Jimmy Nelson has spent four years on an incredible journey for his new book and upcoming exhibition – photographing remote tribes and their nomadic ways of life.

From the mountains of Northern Mongolia, disputed land between India and Pakistan to Siberia, Nelson has successfully managed to immortalize the worlds least touched tribes at all four corners of the globe.

Irrespective of the obliterating influence of western modernity Nelson has captured these tribes from an aesthetic and romantic angle. He considers himself an archivist and “want[s] to tell them not to abandon all of what they already have, because that’s what were trying to retrieve”.

This is by no means a new concept, Jean-Pierre Dutilleaux explorer and ethnographer had the privilege to contact and film in 1998, after many obstacles, with Los Toulambis, a tribe that had never seen a white man, or had been involved with the outside world. Yet, what sets apart Nelson’s work is the shear panoramic ferocity of his images, often taken from a low perspective to underline the importance of his subjects