The Hayward reopens after a two-year refurbishment with the first British retrospective devoted to the German photographer whose large-scale, minutely detailed images of workplaces, nightclubs and natural landscapes are made with computer-enabled post-production techniques. His digitally altered landscape, Rhein II, sold for £2.7m in 2011, the most expensive photograph ever. Love him or hate him, his image-making has attained a new resonance in our post-truth world.
• 25 January-22 April, Hayward Gallery, London.
Two names to watch on the shortlist are Mathieu Asselin and Luke Willis Thompson. The former’s book Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation is a powerful indictment of corporate power and ecological irresponsibility, while Thompson’s 35mm film, called Autoportrait, was made in collaboration with Diamond Reynolds, who broadcast on social media the moments following her partner Philando Castile’s fatal shooting by a police officer in Minnesota. Both speak forcefully about the turbulent times we live in.
• 23 February-3 June, Photographers’ Gallery, London.
In this group show tracing aberrant and outsider youth cultures since the 1950s, the themes are gender, sexuality, drug-taking, gangs and rebellion. A chance to see Bruce Davidson’s seminal series Brooklyn Gang, alongside Jim Goldberg’s Raised by Wolves, a visceral chronicle of homeless teenagers on the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Pieter Hugo, Dayanita Singh and Mary Ellen Mark also appear .
• 28 February-27 May, Barbican, London.
A solo show for the maverick French photographer who specialises in performative photography, often of a transgressive nature. Here, a selection of self-portraits spanning the last 30 years is exhibited alongside more recent work made in Mexico that traces his sexual and narcotic encounters with those living on the margins. Visceral, disturbing and, for some, ethically questionable, D’Agata’s work is wilfully confrontational.
• 22 March-30 April, Magnum Print Room, London.
From early aviation pioneers to Google Earth and drone surveillance, At Altitude explores how the Earth has been photographed from above, as well as the social, political and cultural inferences of new technologies that allow us to see ourselves – and be watched – as never before. Omer Fast, Wolfgang Tillmans and Mishka Henner are among the contemporary artists included in a fascinating, timely exhibition.
• 28 April-15 July, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.