Photography is a staple of everyday life. We’re bombarded by images 24/7 and, since the dawn of the digital age, it’s easier than ever to take pictures. But photography in the hands of an artist or a photojournalist is another matter — it’s the kind of imagery that stops us dead in our tracks and causes us to reflect on life. In search of such pictures, we combed the globe to find the best photography galleries in the world — from Camera Work in Berlin and Amsterdam’s TORCH Gallery to San Francisco’s Fraenkel Gallery and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing. And we not only chose the best galleries, we found a seminal photograph to represent each space. Click through our picks for the 10 best galleries in the world and let us know if we left out any of your favorite photography spots.
Hamiltons in London was founded in 1977, but has been under the proprietorship of Tim Jefferies — often referred to as the handsomest art dealer in the world, and rightly said as he dated supermodels Elle MacPherson and Claudia Schiffer before settling down — since 1984. The stylish Mayfair gallery represents modernists masters like Horst, David Bailey, and Helmut Newton, as well as young upstarts, such as Miles Aldridge, Richard Caldicott, and Alison Jackson, whose whimsical photo of a Princess Di doppelganger is featured here.