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Winter 2023 Photo Exhibits With A Global View

December 16, 2022

By Aimee Baldridge

© Emilio Amero/Courtesy of the Solander Collection

It’s armchair travel season. But if you’re in range of one of these exhibitions, you can make a short trip out in the cold take you a long way. That’s because the winter 2023 photo exhibits calendar is full of work that explores particular places—or shows how having a global view can change your perspective.

Sebastião Salgado Amazonia, winter 2023 photo exhibit
Interesting winter 2023 photo exhibits include: Sebastião Salgado’s majestic Amazônia exhibit at the California Center in L.A.. © Sebastião Salgado

The North American premiere of Sebastião Salgado’s majestic presentation includes over 200 black-and-white photographs accompanied by an immersive forest soundscape and music composed by Jean-Michel Jarre. There are expansive landscapes, portraits, and documentary images, all revealing a seldom-seen but vital region of the world. The show runs through February 20 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Hip Hop: Conscious Unconscious
This exhibition at Fotografiska New York provides a visual affirmation of just what a global art form hip-hop has become over the past 50 years. It covers two floors of the museum and includes work by photographers who have documented the artistic genre all around the world. The show opens the week of January 23 and runs through May.

Bernd & Hilla Becher retrospective
From the Bernd & Hilla Becher retrospective: Zeche Hannover, Bochum-Hordel, Ruhr Region, Germany, 1973 © Estate Bernd & Hilla Becher, represented by Max Becher

Bernd & Hilla Becher
Bernd and Hilla Becher spent much of the 20th century roaming Western Europe and North America in search of industrial monstrosities to capture with their large-format camera. This retrospective presents a methodically arranged collection of about 200 images of the structures they called “anonymous sculpture,” from cooling towers to blast furnaces. The show runs through April 2 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Emilio Amero, A Bride Dances
A Bride Dances, by Emilio Amero, from the exhibit “An Alternative History of Photography: Works form the Solander Collection.” © Emilio Amero/Courtesy of the Solander Collection

An Alternative History of Photography: Works from the Solander Collection
Challenging the notion that photography has been shaped by a “chain of relationships connecting one great maker to the next,” this show presents over 100 images from around the world. Together, they offer a complex picture of how photographers from different eras and places have influenced and echoed each other. The exhibit runs through February 19 at The Photographers’ Gallery in London.

TIerra Entre Medio, winter 2023 photo exhibits
From Tierra Entre Medio,” image by Christina Fernandez, Burn Area I, 2021 (detail). Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles.

Tierra Entre Medio
Four Chicana photographers whose work focuses on Southern California come together in this show, which was organized by one of them, Christina Fernandez. The result prods viewers to consider how environments shape the perspectives and experiences of people who live in them. The exhibit runs through April 2 at UCR ARTS in Riverside, CA. If you get there by February 5, you can see more of Fernandez’s work in her solo show, Multiple Exposures.

This Is Britain: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s
Looking for some retro film inspiration? You’ll find lots of grain and chromogenic color in this collection of images from a diverse group of photographers who documented a pivotal and often tumultuous period in British life. The show runs from January 29 through June 11 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

winter 2023 photo exhibits include this one, Omar Victor Diop.
From Omar Victor Diop’s Allegoria body of work, his most recent project, which imaginatively addresses the climate crisis and its impact on the Global South and the African continent. © Omar Victor Diop/Fotografiska

Omar Victor Diop
This solo show unites three bodies of work by the Senegalese artist: Allegoria, Diaspora, and Liberty. All of them use elaborate self-portraits to explore complex themes touching on both African history and the African diaspora. The exhibit runs through March 12 at Fotografiska in Stockholm.

Mexico Solo, Paradise City, Waiting for Saigon, and Area 51, Nevada USA
The Musée de la Photographie has four shows up this winter that are focused on specific places. Start with the mysterious Area 51, travel through Mexico and dream of Vietnam, then venture into a paradisiacal vision of Iran. The museum is about an hour’s drive from Brussels at a renovated neo-Gothic Carmelite convent and offers lots of other things to see, so if you’re in range, make a day of it before the exhibits close on January 22.