PHOTOBLOCK returns in its fourth year to the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane and once again brings a fine selection of photographic works from both contemporary and traditional practices. Eight shows will fill the expansive chambers of the former brewery with a diverse range of practices that represent photography today.

The series of events includes PHOTOMASTERS, an exhibition supported by Shutter Hub showcasing the work of recent MA Photography graduates and students from across the UK, where we will give the Shutter Hub PHOTOMASTERS Award to the photographer whose work has stood out most strongly to us.



The event series will start with the opening reception on the evening of Thursday 12th October. The spaces will be open to the public (some booking fees may apply), inviting everyone to enjoy the exhibitions and look at the cross-section of the best works in the photographic world. From Friday morning onwards, entry to all the exhibitions will be free throughout the whole of PHOTOBLOCK.

The highly prestigious Association of Photographers Awards invite you to preview the collection of winners of this year's competition – join photographers, agents, producers and editors as they gather to see the latest talent in the commercial photography industry. Tickets to the awards evening can be bought online. 

Across the next four days, PHOTOBLOCK continues throughout the expanse of the Truman Brewery. Adjacent and open to each other on the first two floors of the brewery will be works exhibited by the Royal Photographic Society and PHOTOMASTERS on the ground floor; with the AOP, The British Press Photographers’ Association, Photo Book London (debuting at PHOTOBLOCK this year) and Giles Duley’s solo show filling the first floor. This floor will also provide a temporary home to the impressive room-sized installation built by Zines of the World who invite you to browse their selected zines in an unconventional and intriguing way.



Amidst the bustling Dray Walk, Tommy Clarke's solo exhibition will feature stunning photographs that reveals new aerial perspectives of the beautiful location that is Iceland.

Fotonow CIC will be returning with the South West Graduate Photography Prize 2017 exhibition. An initiative in its 8th year, the exhibition aims to showcase the creative photographic works of graduates emerging from the South West. One artist will emerge with the opportunity to undertake a residency with Fotonow, a creative social enterprise based in the region.

The Royal Photographic Society returns to London with the longest running show of its kind in the world, its touring International Photography Exhibition which is in its 160th year now. The exhibition showcases an eclectic mix of photographs and gives a fascinating insight into the range and diversity of photographic work being created today.

The BPPA exhibits the best of journalism photography in their ‘Assignments’ showcase. The show had an immensely successful launch last year and its return is expected to stir the waters of the genre yet again with the best work that BPPA members have produced.

PHOTOBLOCK visitors wandering through the huge site of the brewery will also have an opportunity to see a curated exhibition of inspiring new talent at PHOTOMASTERS. This show features work from recent MA Photography graduates and current students from universities all across the UK.


The award winning humanitarian photographer Giles Duley will be exhibiting ‘I Can Only Tell You What I See’. Duley was commissioned by the UNHCR to put a human face to one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. His powerful exhibition gives the viewer an intimate look into the lives of those who are caught in the middle of the ongoing refugee crisis.

As a fresh initiative for 2017, Photo Book London brings the best in contemporary photo books to PHOTOBLOCK, focusing on high quality prints and publications from photographers, publishers and collectives.

Another new addition this year is the showcase of The D&AD Next Photographer Award in partnership with Getty Images, which aims to uncover and celebrate the world's best emerging photographers.This exhibition features a selection from 2017's Shortlist and Winner, Antoine Bruy.



Exhibition Listings

12th – 16th October 2017 // F Block T1

The AOP Awards

12th – 16th October 2017 // F Block T2

Giles Duley – ‘I Can Only Tell You What I See’

12th – 16th October 2017 // F Block T3

The BPPA Exhibition

13th – 16th October 2017 // F Block T4

Photo Book London

12th – 16th October 2017 // F Block T5

Zines of the World

12th – 16th October 2017 // F Block G5

PHOTOMASTERS MA Exhibition (supported by Shutter Hub)

12th – 16th October 2017 // F Block G4

The RPS International Print Exhibition

12th – 24th October 2017 // 11 Dray Walk

Tommy Clarke – Up in the Air

12th-15th October 2017 // 7 Dray Walk

Fotonow SWGPP

12th- 16th October 2017 // 85 Brick Lane

D&AD Next Photographer Award

Private Views:

Thursday 12th October 2017, 6-9 pm

Links to guest list requests can be found on the PHOTOBLOCK website, along with opening times for all the exhibitions. 



The Old Truman Brewery

Ely's Yard, 15 Hanbury St, E1 6QR 


Images top to bottom: 1. © Matt Hamon, 2. © Karol Tendl, 3. © Tommy Clarke, 4. © Giles Duley, 5. © Anna Radchenko