Summer 2022 Photo Exhibits Are Worth Your Free Time

It’s summer! It’s time to take a vacation and watch other people’s work for a change, or maybe take a break between filming instead. Whichever one you do, we think these 6 photo exhibits are worth your precious free time.

The photo exhibitions of summer 2022 are worth a look:

black venus

Visual culture has not always done justice to black women. This exhibition at Fotografiska New York both displays that history and showcases the work of 19 black women whose images claim 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. Organized by Aindrea Emelife, the show runs until August 21.

Hamburg Triennial of Photography

The eighth edition of this event in Hamburg, Germany, took as its theme “Currency”. The organizers say it is “to invite reflection on the contemporary power of photography to relay and connect meaning across distance”. If you have enough currency to travel to Hamburg, you will be treated to a dozen different exhibits. Festival week is over, but the triennale exhibitions run all summer long across the city.

Excerpt from “Love Songs: Photography and Intimacy” at the European House of Photography in Paris. © Nobuyoshi Araki

Love Songs: Photography and Intimacy

If you find Paris not romantic enough this summer, head 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 heart, the show includes images from many other artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. It runs until August 21.

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

The New Black Vanguard

This dynamic and inventive show features an international group of 15 groundbreaking young artists who merge art and fashion photography, including Nadine Ijewere who, in 2018, became the first black female cover photographer in vogues the story (for a British vogue cover), Micaiah Carter and Tyler Mitchell. Art critic Antwaun Sargent curated the exhibition, and you can see it at both the Cleveland Museum of Art (until September 11) and Fotografiska Stockholm (until October 2). The Cleveland show includes fashion vignettes by three of the stylists featured in the show.

Summer 2022 photo exhibitions: Hollywood at the Berlin Museum,
˙ ˙ “Hollywood” at the Museum für Fotografie in Berlin. © Helmut Newman Foundation


Instead of heading to Hollywood for a dose of cinematic glamor this summer, head to Berlin. The Helmut Newton Foundation organized this exhibition at the Museum für Fotografie, and it features Newton’s work as well as images by 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, etc.). The work ranges from Hollywood portraits to film stills to cinematic images riffing on movie scenes. There are also architectural and street photography featuring LA. The exhibition runs until November 20.

image of three women on a bus, by Jamal Shabazz.
From Jamal Shabazz: eyes in the street. © Jamel Shabazz

Jamel Shabazz: eyes in the street

Considering how much life in New York has changed over the past few years, it’s a pretty interesting time to 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 on the streets of New York since the age of 15, and this retrospective exhibition spans four decades of his work. It covers a lot of ground and all kinds of people too, since Shabazz didn’t limit himself to one neighborhood but crisscrossed the boroughs with his camera. The show runs until September 4. If you’re visiting the Bronx in July, you can also catch the Bronx Documentary Center’s Latin American Photo Festival.

Do you like our list of summer 2022 photo exhibitions? Send us a few of your favorites and we can take a look at them as well. Send your suggestions (shows, book, cultural events) to: [email protected]


Julia P. Cluff