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Feature Shoot Recommends: Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in London (Apr. 27-May 3)

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© Christopher Williams, Bergische Bauernscheune, Junkersholz, Leichlingen, September 29, 2009, 2010, Private Collection, Belgium, Image courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and David Zwirner, New York/London

EXHIBITION: Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness, Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, 29 April – 21 June 2015
This retrospective spans the prolific decades-long career of conceptual photographer Christopher Williams, known for his sharp examination of the image as a tool in mid-century consumer culture. Here, he interrogates the larger meanings that lie behind commercial and instructional imagery, as well as making nods to architectural and cinematic history.

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Paris, France, 1989. © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum. Image courtesy of Beetles+Huxley

EXHIBITION: Elliott Erwitt: Double Platinum, Beetles+Huxley, 3-5 Swallow Street, 28 April – 27 May 2015
Bringing together Elliott Erwitt’s platinum prints alongside his portraits of the blonde Marilyn Monroe, this exhibition sheds light on two relatively unexplored bodies of work by the master photographer, each of which maintains his famed sense of humor, wit, and sensitivity for his subject.

EXHIBITION: Watershed: Art, Play And The Politics Of Water, Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, 28 March – 6 September 2015
Artwise curates his exhibition of more than a dozen artists who working across media to examine and express the relationships between mankind with water, its majesty and its significance. Featured artists include Martin Parr, Massimo Vitali, Noémie Goudal, David Buckland, Susan Derges, Chang Kyum Kim, Tania Kovats ,Susie MacMurray, Tatsuo Miyajima, Robert Polidori, Amy Stephens, Studio Roso, Gavin Turk, Simon Warner, and Laura Ellen Bacon, who partnered with the World Wildlife Fund-UK to call attention to the sustainability of chalk stream rivers.

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Bulletproof 14 © Vee Speers

EXHIBITION: Vee Speers: Bulletproof, The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, 28 April – 16 May 2015
Photographer Vee Speers returns to the children she photographed six years ago for her project The Birthday Party, capturing them as they act out and embody those fantasies that come with the delicate yet fortifying years of adolescence.

EXHIBITION: Getting Better and Worse at the Same Time: New work by Clare Strand, Grimaldi Gavin, 27 Albemarle Street, 29 April – 6 June 2015
Artist Clare Strand employs various media including kinetic machinery and film to investigate the role, potential, and qualifications of photography, the medium that ultimately assumes the starring role.

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© Thomas Struth, Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth, 2014

EXHIBITION: Thomas Struth, Marian Goodman Gallery, 5-8 Lower John Street, 29 April – 6 June 2015
Celebrated photographer Thomas Struth unveils this exhibition of two recent bodies of work. Where the first, This Place, chronicles his time in Israel and Palestine, the second finds him in California, within spaces designated for scientific research.

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Nikolai Bakharev, No. 70, from the series Relation, 1991-1993, Gelatin Silver print © MAMM, Moscow / Nikolai Bakharev Collection of the Moscow House of Photography Museum

EXHIBITION: Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015, The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies St, 17 April – 7 June 2015
Bringing together the shortlisted photographers for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, which recognizes artists who have greatly influenced the landscape of European photography, this exhibition anticipates the announcement of the winner on 28 May 2015. This year’s shortlisted photographers are Zanele Muholi, Nikolai Bakharev, Viviane Sassen, and Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse.

EXHIBITION: Magic Mirror: Exhibition of works by Claude Cahun and Sarah Pucill, Bow Arts, Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, 17 April – 14 June 2015
Bringing together the works of gender-neutral Surrealist Claude Cahun and filmmaker and photographer Sarah Pucill, Karen Le Roy curates this exhibition examining the intersections between the practices and themes employed by both artists. For Magic Mirror, Pucill returns to and restages photographs by Cahun, merging it with her own text and animating it through film.

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Thomas Mailaender, Totem 3, 2014, © Thomas Mailaender, Courtesy Roman Road

EXHIBITION: Thomas Mailaender: Solo Chaud, Roman Road, 69 Roman Road, 29 April – 15 June 2015
Mixed media artist Thomas Mailaender showcases the Fun Archive, a compilation of thousands of photographs he gathered beginning during his time as a student from online sources as well as antique shops. In addition, he unveils a collection of his own cyanotypes, installations, and ceramic works, some of which bear printed photographs.

EXHIBITION:Victoria Jenkins: As If It Were, CABIN Gallery, 11 Brookwood Road, 10 April – 3 May 2015
Photographer Victoria Jenkins probes into modes of scientific investigation with this collection fictionalized scientific imagery. In black and white, she pulls from mathematical and forensic troupes to create visions that are as beguiling as they are (seemingly) straightforward.

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