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Summer 2022 Photo Exhibits Worth Your Leisure Time

July 14, 2022

By Aimee Baldridge

© Ayana V. Jackson

From "Black Venus" at Fotografiska New York.

It’s summer! Time to take a vacation and enjoy looking at other people’s work for a change—or maybe more like take a breather between shoots. Whichever one you’re doing, we think these 6 photo exhibits will be worth your precious leisure time.

Summer 2022 Photo Exhibits Worth a Look:

Black Venus

Visual culture has not always done black women justice. This exhibit at Fotografiska New York both displays that history and presents the work of 19 black women whose images reclaim representation. The international group spans generations, from venerable artists like Carrie Mae Weems, Coreen Simpson, and Ming Smith to up-and-coming image makers like Amber Pinkerton and Widline Cadet. Curated by Aindrea Emelife, the show runs through August 21st.

Hamburg Triennial of Photography

The eighth edition of this event in Hamburg, Germany, has taken “Currency” as its theme. The organizers say that’s to “invite reflection on the contemporary power of the photograph to relay and relate meaning across distance.” If you’ve got enough currency to get to Hamburg, you’ll be regaled with a dozen different exhibitions. The festival week is over, but the triennial’s exhibits run throughout the summer at locations all over the city.

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From “Love Songs: Photography and Intimacy” at Maison Européen de la Photographie in Paris. © Nobuyoshi Araki

Love Songs: Photography and Intimacy

If you’re finding Paris insufficiently romantic this summer, head over to the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP). Not only is it housed in a romantic mansion in the Marais, but its current exhibition explores the history of photography through the prism of intimate relationships. With the work of Nan Goldin and Nobuyoshi Araki at its core, the show includes images from numerous other 20th and 21st century artists. It runs through August 21st.

An image of 3 fashionable men by Micaiah Carter,
From “The New Black Vanguard” at The Cleveland Museum of Art and Fotografiska Stockholm. © Micaiah Carter

The New Black Vanguard

This vibrant, inventive show features an international group of 15 groundbreaking young artists who fuse art and fashion photography—including Nadine Ijewere who, in 2018, became the first Black female cover photographer in Vogue’s history (for a British Vogue cover), Micaiah Carter and Tyler Mitchell. Art critic Antwaun Sargent curated the exhibit, and you can see it at both The Cleveland Museum of Art (through September 11) and Fotografiska Stockholm (through October 2). The Cleveland show includes fashion vignettes by three of the stylists represented in the show.

Summer 2022 Photo Exhibit s: Hollywood at Berlin museum,
˙ ˙”Hollywood” at Museum für Fotografie in Berlin. © Helmut Newman Foundation


Instead of looking to Hollywood for a dose of cinematic glamor this summer, head to Berlin. The Helmut Newton Foundation put this exhibit at the Museum für Fotografie together, and it features Newton’s work along with images from more than a dozen other photographers (including Eve Arnold, Anton Corbijn, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Michael Dressel, George Hoyningen-Huene, Jens Liebchen, Ruth Harriet Louise, Inge Morath, and more). The work ranges from Hollywood portraits to film stills to cinematic images that riff on movie scenes. There’s also architectural and street photography featuring L.A. The exhibit runs through November 20th.

image of three women on a bus, by Jamal Shabazz.
From Jamel Shabazz: Eyes on the Street.” © Jamel Shabazz

Jamel Shabazz: Eyes on the Street

Considering how much life in New York City has changed over the past few years, this is a pretty interesting time to take a look back at how things used to be. There’s no better place to do it than with this exhibit at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Jamel Shabazz has been photographing people in the streets of New York City since he was 15, and this retrospective exhibit covers four decades of his work. It covers a lot of ground and all kinds of people, too, since Shabazz didn’t stick to one neighborhood but roved all over the boroughs with his camera. The show runs through September 4th. If you make it to the Bronx during July, you can also catch the Bronx Documentary Center’s Latin American Foto Festival.

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