As the UK's primary venue for photography, The Photographers’ Gallery has been instrumental in establishing photography’s important role in culture and society. It has provided a vital focus for the medium in the heart of London and has been the first public gallery in the country to exhibit key names in international photography, such as Juergen Teller (fashion), Robert Capa (photojournalism), Sebastião Salgado (documentary) and Taryn Simon (contemporary art), alongside promoting the work of UK-based practitioners including Martin Parr, Zineb Sedira and Corinne Day.
One of Europe's most visited galleries dedicated to photography, The Photographers' Gallery produces the high-profile annual Photography Prize. Past prize winners include Andreas Gursky (1998), Shirana Shahbazi (2002), Robert Adams (2006), and Sophie Ristelhueber (2010).
The Photographers' Galleryoccasionally presents work from unexpected sources, for example its exhibition of photographs in The London Fire Brigade archives and a presentation of studio portrait photography by Harry Jacobs, a high street studio photographer whoworked for over 40 years in South London.
Across all its exhibitions, talks, events and projects, The Photographers’ Gallery continues to encourage and support a varied and distinctive engagement with photography.
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Having closed and then re-opened after much needed refurbishment, the new Photographers' Gallery is a slick place to visit. Located on Ramillies Street, just off Oxford Street, you’ll find exhibitions, digital projects and – in the ground floor bookshop – one of the best place in London to find photography books.