Contemporary Photography in London – Taking the Lead As This Medium’s Capitol

Contemporary photography London has been developing in the last decade into a major medium in modern art. With the popularity of online profiles, cell phone technology, and online dating steadily increasing, the demand for more artistic photographers has been growing as well. In London, they are not waiting for New York or Paris to surpass them as this influential art rises in recognition in all cultures of the world. More and more galleries are exhibiting innovative, as well as renowned artists. There has never been a better time for an amateur photographer to achieve success than now. From photography festivals to the aforementioned exhibits, London’s contemporary photography is taking the lead as this medium’s capitol.

A famous photography festival that takes place annually during October and November is Photo month. Founded in 2001, this festival is held in East London and is open to the recreational photographer and the professional. It is the largest festival in London holding over 100 exhibitions in 60 galleries, featuring more than 500 photographers. The festival’s open-call for entries is the most prominent way for the artists in contemporary photography London and worldwide to get immediate recognition on the professional stage. This year, the festival is focusing on a few major points relating to society’s predicaments on a global scale.

*Urban environments
*Modern slavery
*Vital role of photojournalists
*Hidden human catastrophes
*Mixed races
*Feelings of loss, struggle, and survival

Entries that have already been submitted are mostly portraits contrasting the aged and the young, depictions of nature in monotone colors, portraits with religious undertones, melancholy and deteriorating architecture, influences of the 80’s color themes, as well as an emphasis on a unity in diversity. Current entries can be viewed at [].

At one of London’s contemporary galleries, Michael Hoppen Gallery, photographer Simon Norfolk’s new exhibit “Full Spectrum Dominance” displays the height of modern military technology. Norfolk was born in Nigeria in 1963, studied Philosophy and Sociology at Oxford and Bristol Universities. Since 1994, Norfolk has focused on landscape photography and written three award-winning books. In 2002 he wrote Afghanistan Chronopia that received the European Publisher’s Award and the Citibank Award, among others. He had to receive special access to the Air Force bases in Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg, California in order to document the world’s most advanced weapons. The missiles and rockets that Norfolk photographed, are stored miles below ground, forgotten until their launch date arrives and they are detonated into the skies. In Norfolk’s words, “The launch moment is the joining of two realms in the passing from one to the next; a fusion of the earthly and heavenly; and the leaping across them. The everyday, the man-made, the industrial is transformed by fire into the Sublime and God-like. From feet of Clay they stretch up, theirs heads in the stars.”

Contemporary photography London is evolving rapidly and growing both pedals and thorns. It gives people something to think about and makes them both ache and love at the same time.