Autumn/Winter at TPG

Oct 2021 – Feb 2022

Helen Levitt, New York 1940 © Film Documents LLC Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

Autumn/Winter at TPG

Oct 2021 – Feb 2022

Each Season we aim to put together a thoughtfully balanced programme of exhibitions, talks and events to offer our audiences diverse and engaging ways to explore the photographic medium and its relationship to the world around us. 

This Autumn delight in an extensive retrospective of the great New York street photographer, Helen Levitt; a newly commissioned film installation by Turner Prize nominee Helen Cammock; a new online presentation, TPG New Talent 21 - an ongoing initiative designed to showcase and nurture the next generation of photographic talent, and a series of shorter run exhibitions in Print Sales Gallery to draw attention to our represented photographers.  Next up: Julie Cockburn.  In addition, TPG’s digital programme continues its year-long investigation into the role and currency of the networked image - especially with regard to environmental implications.

Helen Levitt New York, 1980 © Film Documents LLC Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.jpg

Helen Levitt: In The Street

The Photographers’ Gallery presents a retrospective spanning fifty years of work by the landmark American street photographer, Helen Levitt (1913–2009).

One of the most influential street photographers of the 20th Century, Helen Levitt spent decades documenting local communities in her native New York, capturing everyday city life in neighbourhoods such as the Lower East Side, Bronx, and Spanish Harlem. Working from the 1930s through the 1990s, Levitt produced an extensive body of work consisting of a variety of projects and mediums, from photographs to artist books and was an early proponent of avant-garde filmmaking.



Helen Cammock: Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks

Open 15 Oct 2021
In this new film and installation project, artist Helen Cammock (b. Staffordshire, 1970) continues a practice which harnesses film, photography, print, text, song and performance to explore social histories and interrogate mainstream historical narratives. Working with residents and community groups of Rochdale, Greater Manchester Cammock engages an open dialogue to articulate both individual and collective experiences as a way of considering what it means to exist as part of a community.

Co-commissioned by TPG, Film and Video Umbrella, Contemporary Art Society (with support from the Mbili Foundation), in partnership with Touchstones Rochdale.


Light Years: The Photographers’ Gallery at 50

Opens 15 Oct
The next two chapters of Light Years continues to explore our rich 50-year history through archival materials and audio. Opening on 15 Oct, Beyond Documentary: from Photography to Photographies explores new artistic developments in photography that have continuously tested the boundaries of the medium, while from 10 Dec 2021, the final part of this year-long display presentsThe Archive: Collectors, Critics and Subversives which examines the links between technological innovation and vernacular photography, while charting photography's digital revolution.  

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TPG New Talent 2021

From 1 Oct 2021
Our dedicated exhibition and mentoring programme to support emerging artists working with the photographic medium. This year, six UK-based artists have been selected from an open submission process by TPG’s curatorial team and the esteemed Brazilian artist Rosângela Rennó.

Their work will be presented online and also on a public installation over Ramillies Street.  

All the artists are then offered a 12-month mentoring programme to support the next stage of their development. 

Paul Cupido

Paul Cupido: 4 a.m.

3 Sep – 31 Oct 2021
4 a.m. is the first UK solo exhibition from Dutch photographer, Paul Cupido (b.1972). Fleeting, ephemeral, abstract and dream-like, Cupido’s work is inspired by Japanese art and philosophical principles as well as his travels there. His subjects encompass landscape, portraiture, and still life; presenting stylised compositions where shadowy figures float in abstracted settings and natural forms emerge from darkness.

Full details of all events in our Autumn programme will be released shortly.