Art and design






Life and style








US news

World news

So what's the most expensive shot ever? The best photography shows of 2018

 Amazon, 2016.
Bookish … Gursky’s photograph Amazon, 2016. Photograph: Andreas Gursky/DACS/Sprüth Magers

Andreas Gursky

Rhine II, 1999/2015, which sold for £2.7m in 2011.
Rhine II, 1999/2015, which sold for £2.7m in 2011. Photograph: Andreas Gursky/DACS/Sprüth Magers

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.

Deutsche Börse photography prize

Mathieu Asselin’s Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation.
An indictment of corporate power … Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation. Photograph: Mathieu Asselin

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.

Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins

One of the ‘hyena handlers’ that Pieter Hugo met in Nigeria, from his series Hyena and Other Men.
One of the ‘hyena handlers’ that Pieter Hugo met in Nigeria, from his series Hyena and Other Men. Photograph: Pieter Hugo

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.

Antoine d’Agata: Self-Portraits and Night Journeys

Wilfully confrontational … d’Agata’s image France, Marseille, 1997.
Wilfully confrontational … d’Agata’s image France, Marseille, 1997. Photograph: Antoine d' Agata/Magnum Photos

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.

At Altitude

5000 Feet is the Best, 2011, Omer Fast.
5000 Feet is the Best, 2011, by Omer Fast. Photograph: GB Agency/Arratia Beer

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.

This article titled "So what's the most expensive shot ever? The best photography shows of 2018" was written by Sean O'Hagan, for on Wednesday 3 January 2018 06.00am

Art and design

Titian painting given to Charles I's plumber goes up for sale

A Titian painting once owned by Charles I and given to his plumber as part payment for money owed… Read more

Fresh hope for art loan schemes | Letters

Professor Terry Gifford’s letter (Welcome return of School Prints loans, 18 January) prompted me to… Read more

The Hayward Gallery: a brutal beauty remade – review

It is said that when a footballer returns from a long period of injury it’s like getting a new… Read more

Charles I: King and Collector review – majestic collection fit for an unfit king

Just for a moment the tapestry of grandeur parts to reveal the brutal truth. Armies clash on an… Read more

Letter: Gavin Stamp obituary

It was entirely characteristic of Gavin Stamp to worry that he had “wasted his time” not writing… Read more

Andreas Gursky review – a world in dizzying high definition

Too good to be true: that is the art of the German photographer Andreas Gursky. His monumental… Read more

'We're stepping out of a binary' – celebrating the art of marginalized LGBT Muslims

In the aftermath of the Orlando terror attack – the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT… Read more

The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind review: Bilbo Baggins with mulch and menace

It is all going down at Durslade Farm, Hauser & Wirth’s Somerset art venture. There will be… Read more

'Art can be for everyone': behind the scenes at the Museum of Selfies

Museums are no longer just places to see art – they’re venues to take selfies posted with #museum.… Read more

A blueprint for British housing in 2028

It is 2028, and in the old mill towns of east Lancashire terraced houses once destined for… Read more