I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear

May is photography month as the fifth edition of Photo London opens in London’s Somerset house

The fifth edition of Photo London, hosted at Somerset House, will be comprised of almost 114 galleries from 21 different countries including; Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; France; Germany; Hungary; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Lebanon; Mexico; the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal; Spain; Switzerland; South Africa; Taiwan; the UK; the USA.

Nick Brandt, Bus Station with Elephant & Red Bus
2018, © Nick Brandt & Atlas Gallery

To celebrate the Fair’s fifth edition, this year’s installation takes the theme of Women in Photography, celebrating the work of three very women photographers – Rachel Louise Brown, Mary McCartney and Susan Meiselas – whose work will appear on the sides of the Fair’s main Pavilion in the central courtyard of Somerset House.

The Fair has long championed the role of women in photography whether as artists, gallerists or curators. Almost half of the galleries taking part in this year’s Fair are run by women and 40% of the artists on show are women, significantly higher than the overall art fair participation rate by women artists of 27% announced in the latest Art Market Report by Art Basel/UBS.

Vivian Maier, Chicago, 1962, © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY

The talks programme will showcase the rich and diverse history of photography up until the present day, and explore the current and future direction of the medium in a dynamic format. It will feature talks, debates and discussions with some of the world’s most important and innovative photographers, artists, curators, critics and authors. The programme includes:

  • The Photo London Master of Photography 2019 Stephen Shore in conversation with curator David Campany 
  • Martin Parr discusses British identity in his work with historian and broadcaster Dominic Sandbrook 
  • The acclaimed biographer Ann Marks in conversation with the author Anna Sparham on the legacy of Vivian Maier 
  • Gavin Turk discusses his Photo 

The Fair’s widely acclaimed Discovery section, for emerging galleries and artists, features a curated selection of 23 galleries, including several from the fast-developing photography scene in London alongside international galleries including ALBADA JELGERSMA Gallery (Amsterdam); ALMANAQUE fotográfica (Mexico City); careva contemporary (Riga); Euqinom Gallery (San Francisco); Galerie Binome (Paris); Galerie Cédric Bacqueville (Lille); Galerie Miranda (Paris); Galerie-Peter-Sillem (Frankfurt); Gallery Sofie Van de Velde (Antwerp); H Gallery (Paris); Metronom (Modena); Ncontemporary (Milan, London); Spazio Nuovo (Rome); and UP Gallery (Hsinchu City). riddle_stop 2


Enquires: Photo London, 16th- 19th May, Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA/ www.photolondon.org

Mitch Epstein, Nogales, Arizona, © Black River Productions, Ltd. Mitch Epstein, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

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