A photographic study of English plants. British photographer Kate Friend spent the spring and summer of 2017 touring a selection of England’s greatest gardens, gathering the subjects of her photographic study which makes up Botanical Portraits. 🌱 🌿 🍃
To select some of the best specimens of the season she worked with Head Gardeners at Chelsea Physic Garden, Great Dixter, Houghton Hall and Fern Verrow. For each photograph, a stem was isolated from its growing environment and photographed in a studio setting, inviting the viewer to focus on form and colour. With a nod both to the Japanese rikka (standing flowers) tradition and to Gertrude Jekyll’s still life photography of the 19th century, the aesthetic focusses as much on what is left out as on the little that is allowed in. Vases and vessels are of central importance to the final result, seen here are ceramics from Rachel Lucas-Craig, Laura Huston and Karen Downing.
Kate Friend’s selection criterion for the chosen plants was that they were native to England. On pursuing this path, she discovered that this was not a straightforward premise. Exploration, trade, colonialism and early globalisation have resulted in England’s rich and diverse international plant community. The eclectic nature of the final selection reflects England’s multicultural botanical heritage.
Visitors can see the ten photographs which make up ‘Botanical Portraits’, alongside a narrative wall, a separate display showing ‘behind the scenes’ photographs and location shots, both at the museum.
Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7LB
Sunday – Friday 10:30am 5pm
Saturday 10:30am – 4pm
Closed the first Monday of the month
£10 adult or less with concessions
TIME AND PLACE:
Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00
Friday to Saturday 10.00–22.00
@ Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Tickets: £15 book online
This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography, drawn from the classic modernist period of the 1920s–50s. An incredible group of Man Ray portraits are exhibited together for the first time, having been brought together by Sir Elton John over the past twenty-five years, including portraits of Matisse, Picasso, and Breton.
With over 70 artists and nearly 150 rare vintage prints on show from seminal figures including Brassai, Imogen Cunningham, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Tina Modotti, and Aleksandr Rodchenko, this is a chance to take a peek inside Elton John’s home and delight in seeing such masterpieces of photography.
TIME AND PLACE:
@ Hoxton Gallery, 59 Old Street, London EC1V 9HX
Each year riders and surfers gather in Biarritz France to share their knowledge and passion for riding; whether on bikes or waves. Tom Cockram brings his talent for capturing expression, movement and surroundings to the subjects displayed in this series. The portraits demonstrate his signature focus on character while the striking landscapes and atmospheric detail shots convey the mood of the festival and the enthusiasts that attend.
TIME AND PLACE:
Mon – Sat, 10am – 6pm
Thu, 10am – 8pm
Sun, 11.30am – 6pm
@ The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW
Featuring more than 200 original press prints, drawn from the prestigious Black Star collection of twentieth century photoreportage.
The exhibition explores what role such images play in helping us understand the case for human rights, and further addresses the legacy of how photographs have historically functioned in raising awareness of international conflict.
The exhibition spans a time frame from 1945 until the early 90s and examines the major political upheavals, conflict, war and struggles against racism and colonisation that became especially urgent following World War II. It seeks to present these events in a global context rather than as isolated incidents, moving away from didactic perspectives on history.