must-see exhibitions

Must-see exhibitions this May

Want to see some of the best photography on offer this month? Here is our list of must-see exhibitions for May 2018.

They include everything from explorations of women in photography to the expressive nature of the human body.

Hit the North
Chris Harrison The Three Lads, Salford, 1994, from the series Under the Hood, image courtesy the artist and Hobo Photo

Hit the North

Hobo Photo’s exhibition at Manchester Central Library celebrates northern photography across five decades.

It features work by eight artists – from Daniel Meadow’s 1970’s portraits to Tessa Bunney’s explorations of rural life.

Chris Harrison’s Under the Hood forms part of the exhibition.

The series of portraits of lads in Salford in 1994 is redolent of the grand tradition of painting yet still stubbornly photographic.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Hit the North, Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester, until June 30.

Main image: Chris Harrison, Sean, Salford, 1994, from the series Under the Hood. Image courtesy the artist and Hobo Photo.

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USA. Nevada. US actress Marilyn Monroe on the Nevada desert going over her lines for a difficult scene she is about to play with Clarke Gable in the film The Misfits by John Huston, 1960. © Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos

Women in Focus

This year-long exhibition explores the role of women in photography, both as producers and subjects.

The exhibition draws on works from the permanent photographic collections at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales and comprises two parts.

Part One: Women Behind the Lens celebrates the role and contribution of women throughout the history of photography.

Part Two: Women in Front of the Lens explores the representation of women as subjects in photography. It also seeks to examine how photography has been used to misrepresent women through direct or indirect objectification.

Part One: Women Behind the Lens, May 5 to November 11, Part Two: Women in Front of the Lens, December 1 to June 9, 2019, National Museum Cardiff.

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Edward Burtynsky, Saw Mills #1, Lagos, Nigeria, 2016. Photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Metivier Gallery, Toronto/Flowers Gallery, London

Photo London

A record number of exhibitors are set to take part in this year’s event, including more than 100 of the world’s leading galleries.

Highlights this year include an expanded Discovery section showcasing 22 new and emerging galleries and artists.

Edward Burtynsky has been announced as Photo London Master of Photography with a special exhibition of new and unseen works.

The public programme includes special exhibitions featuring Darren Almond, William Henry Fox Talbot and the International Center of Photography (ICP)

Talks and discussions will feature some of the world’s most important and innovative photographers, artists, dealers, curators and writers.

Photo London, Somerset House, London, May 17 to May 20.

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Francesca Woodman, Untitled, 1975-80. ARTIST ROOMS acquired jointly with National Galleries of Scotland through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund 2008 © Courtesy of Charles Woodman

Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman 

Tate Liverpool presents an exhibition highlighting the expressive nature of the human body, seen through the eyes of two influential and innovative artists.

Life in Motion combines the work of radical Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele (1890-1918) and American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-1981).

It investigates their incredible ability to capture and suggest movement to create dynamic, extraordinary compositions.

Woodman’s photographs help to refocus how we see the work of Schiele, highlighting how the latter’s practices and ideas continue to have a relevance to contemporary art.

Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman, Tate Liverpool, May 24 to September 23.

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