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The Photographers 2014 - Osborne Samuel/Beetles+Huxley

Image courtesy of Beetles + Huxley and Osborne Samuel.

Exhibition preview

THE Photographers 2014, a collaborative exhibition between Beetles+Huxley and Osborne Samuel is on display until December 23, 2014.

This major exhibition, which celebrates the variety and influence of photography through the ages, crosses both of these leading London galleries to showcase over 150 important photographs from the 19th century to the present day.

The exhibition displays a range of arresting and iconic imagery from all periods of this groundbreaking medium, including works by legendary photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Horst P Horst, Walker Evans, Cecil Beaton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lord Snowdon, Brassai, Bill Brandt, Man Ray, Irving Penn, William Klein, Bruce Davidson, Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke White and Edward Steichen.

Previously unseen self-portraits by American street photographer Vivian Maier will be showcased for the first time. During her work as a nanny, Maier took more than 150,000 photographs of the people and architecture of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. She recorded some of the most interesting marvels and peculiarities of urban America in the late 20th century.

Also presented is a rare and unusual group of exploration photographs, including the work of travel photography pioneer Herbert Ponting, who produced some of the most enduring images of the Heroic Age Antarctic Exploration, as well as Frank Hurley’s photographs of the Shackleton Expedition. Featured alongside these are original, rare NASA photographs from seminal space missions.

The exhibition displays significant works by mid-20th century French masters such as Willy Ronis, Brassai, Robert Doisneau and Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose focus on capturing the “decisive moment” exemplifies the innovation of this influential period of photography.

Contempary photographs include those with a particular focus on the natural world, with photographers including Edward Burtynsky, Michael Wolf, Alex Maclean, Justin Blau and Michael Najjar examining mankind’s impact on the landscape. Powerful works by important contemporary practitioners Ruud van Empel, Susan Derges, Julie Blackmon, Nadav Kander and Mona Kuhn are also presented.

Osborne Samuel, 23a Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QG

Beetles+Huxley, 3-5 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DE