London's Photographic Galleries

Whether you're a keen photographer or a budding amateur, or just enjoy admiring other people's creations, you'll love what's on offer at London's top photographic galleries.

Photography is everywhere in London! From tourists getting snap-happy at London landmarks to paparazzi lurking behind their lenses, the capital is full of photographers. And if you're a photography fan, there's sure to be a gallery or photography collection to inspire you. You can take in the latest cool images at Proud Camden, explore eclectic talent at the Photographers' Gallery or view seminal images from the National Portrait Gallery Photography Collection. Check out our highlights below.

Atlas Gallery

The Atlas Gallery began life in 1994 in Hoxton, moving into the bustling heart of Central London in 2001. Since then it has become one of the capital's leading galleries for fine art photography. The gallery specialises in classic and modern 20th-century vintage photography, photojournalism and fashion. 

Chris Beetles Fine Photographs

Chris Beetles Fine Photographs specialises in photographic prints by the world's most sought-after photographers, with an emphasis on 20th century and British masters. You can buy many different types of work, from vintage to limited-edition modern prints, and the gallery holds regular exhibitions.

Foto8 Gallery

Foto8 Gallery (formerly HOST Gallery) was established by top independent picture agency Panos Pictures and photography magazine Foto8. It specialises in engaging, exciting photojournalism exhibitions. Special features include a 60-capacity screening/events space, and the (fully licensed) gallery is available for private hire for events.

Getty Images Gallery

London's largest independent photographic gallery, the Getty Images Gallery showcases photos taken from contemporary libraries and its Hulton Archive. It is now one of the largest resources of original archive photography in the world. Photographers can also hire the gallery for exhibitions.

Michael Hoppen Gallery

A major presence in the international photography community, the Michael Hoppen Gallery displays vintage and contemporary black and white photography. The aim? To emphasise the importance of photography in contemporary art today. Exhibitions feature both established and emerging artists.

National Portrait Gallery – Photography Collection

The first photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery was a Cecil Beaton retrospective in 1968. Since then, the gallery has featured everything from Captain Scott's last expedition to the Royal Ballet's 75th Anniversary. Don't miss the stunning rooftop restaurant.

Photofusion Gallery

This trendy Brixton gallery is a photography geek's heaven. The rotating Photofusion Gallery collections are all open to the public, and showcase emerging and eclectic talent. There are also darkrooms, digital print facilities, a fully-equipped studio and a range of classes available for budding photographers. 

The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery always packs a punch. Previous exhibitors include Juergen Teller, Martin Parr and Faye Goodwin. It's Britain's leading centre for contemporary and historical photography, and also hosts the annual Photography Prize, one of the most coveted awards in the art world.

V&A Photography Collection

The Victoria & Albert Museum began acquiring photographs in 1852, and today The V&A Photography Collection is one of the largest and most important in the world, with more than 500,000 images by both classic and contemporary photographers. Exhibitions take place in the museum's two photography galleries.

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