The Centre for British Photography



Monday and Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11am - 6pm 

Saturday, Sunday: 11am - 4pm 


0207 499 0570 


Group visits are welcome. Please contact us to pre-book.


49 Jermyn Street, in central London, is located just off Piccadilly, between Green Park and Piccadilly Underground Stations, and is on several bus routes. It is one minute from the Royal Academy. 


The Centre for British Photography (registered charity number 1190955) was founded by James Hyman in 2020 and opened a major new public space in central London in January 2023. The charity seeks to support photographers working in Britain through exhibitions, events, grants and mentoring.


The centre has six exhibitions spaces, a programme of public events, an archive, and a photography sales gallery. It seeks to provide a dedicated home for British Photography in all its diversity. The aim is to host exhibitions curated independently by outside curators and institutional partners as well as to stage internally curated exhibitions. The Centre also administers and provides access to the renowned Hyman Collection. 


We wish to provide a platform for a range of voices in order to present an expansive overview of the diversity of British photography past and present.



The building has step free access from the street. 

The galleries are on three floors with chair lift access to the basement and mezzanine. However, we regret that there is no lift and these floors are not wheelchair accessible. 



The Centre for British Photography is available for hire for breakfasts, private events and evening receptions. For details please contact Becky Martin:

49 Jermyn Street
London SW1Y 6LX

Current Events and Exhibitions

A female portrait of a British and Asian woman, looking directly at the camera with hands on lap, in South Asian dress
5 October 2023 to 17 December 2023

Drawing from and subverting the conventions of Mughal and Indian miniature paintings from ancient to pre-colonial times, Arpita Shah’s Modern Muse visually and conceptually explores the ever-shifting identities and representations of South Asian women in contemporary Britain. The portraits give an insight into the perspectives of what it means to be a young British and Asian woman. Shah examines the intersections of culture and identity, drawing on the women’s lived experiences and her own journey and life. Commissioned by GRAIN projects, this body of work has not been shown in London before.

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