I didn’t Choose Photography, Photography Chose me

May is the month of photography as the fourth edition of Photo London rolls into the capital, further consolidating itself on the international artworld calendar

Article by Andy Barnham

Photo London continues to grow, with this year’s edition including 111 galleries from 18 countries. In addition to the galleries are Special Exhibitors, Discovery Galleries, Publishers and a Public Program.

Led by Philippe Garner, Former Director at Christie’s and International Head of Photographs, the Curatorial Committee selected galleries including from China, Hungary, Iran, Japan, Lebanon and Mexico, with the main focus centred around the Pavilion in the courtyard of Somerset House.

Daido Moriyama New Japan’s Scenic Trio 2 198

The Discovery section, located in the basement (for those who have never visited, Somerset House is a veritable labyrinth) is the showcase for emerging galleries and artists. The 22 galleries have a core nucleus from London alongside other International galleries including Espace JB (Geneva), Kana Kawanishi (Tokyo), Almanaque (Mexico City) and On Gallery (Beijing).

The Public Program includes Photo London Master of Photography: Edward Burtynsky and Sun Pictures Then and Now: Talbot and His Legacy Today. Having documented mankind’s, negative, impact on the planet, Burtynsky presents new work including a preview of his latest project Anthropocene and a newly developed augmented reality experience. Alongside Burtynsky is the exhibition looking at William Henry Fox Talbot with the opportunity to see vintage prints alongside contemporary works influenced by the British inventor of photography.

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Talbotized 012, 2013. ©Hiroshi Sugimoto 2013. Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo. Photo London 2018, Sun Pictures Then and Now – Talbot and his Legacy Today

If this isn’t enough, there is also a daily talks program including Terry O’Neill and Douglas Kirkland on their music, fashion and celebrity images in the 1960s alongside Bruce Gilden, presented by Leica and Photo London, exploring his street photography. riddle_stop 2


Enquires: Photo London, 17th- 20th May, Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA/ www.photolondon.org

USA. Iowa. 2017. Nathen, a farm boy. ©Bruce Gilden Magnum Photos

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