London celebrates photography in May 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
London celebrates photography in May 2016

A hand-picked selection of 80 of the world’s top galleries will participate in Photo London 2016, exhibiting photography for sale from all periods and genres in the spectacular setting of Somerset House, Photo London’s central campus, over a period of four days from 19 – 22 May 2016.

London celebrates photography in May 2016

A hand-picked selection of 80 of the world’s top galleries will participate in Photo London 2016, exhibiting photography for sale from all periods and genres in the spectacular setting of Somerset House, Photo London’s central campus, over a period of four days from 19 – 22 May 2016. The list of exhibitors announced today includes galleries from Berlin, Cologne, Helsinki, Lisbon, Zurich, Tehran, Minneapolis, New York, Palm Beach, Santa Monica, Singapore, Tokyo, alongside the pick of London’s top photography galleries, with an extended ‘Discovery’ section for new and emerging galleries. 

As one of a series of Photo London special commissions, two acclaimed young stars of the London art scene, Walter and Zoniel, will transform the eery underground spaces of The Deadhouse at Somerset House into a giant camera to take the largest ever Ambrotype portrait as a live ‘happening’ for the opening night of Photo London. 

By Night, Shining Wool and Towering Heel,  Evelyn Tripp, New York by Lillian Bassman ©Lillian Bassman, Edwynn Houk & Gallery, New York

London’s public museums and galleries will put the spotlight on photography in May: Martin Parr will curate Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers at the Barbican Art Gallery; at the National Portrait Gallery their special exhibition will be Vogue 100: A Century of Style; at the Science Museum/Media Space the work of William Henry Fox Talbot will featured; the V&A will present Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century, and A History of Photography; Tate Modern will present Performing for the Camera, as well as host Offprint London – A Photobook Fair and Tate Britain will present Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the PreRaphaelites to the Modern Age the Photographers Gallery will present Deutsche Börse Foundation Photography Prize 2016 and Take Two: Drawing and Photography; Camden Arts Centre will feature the work of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson.

Sotheby’s, Christies and Phillips will all hold major photography sales during Photo London week.

More information is here.

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Yves Klein, IKB Godet, 1958, dry pigment, synthetic resin on gauze on panel. Private collection. ©Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

Yves Klein, IKB Godet, 1958, dry pigment, synthetic resin on gauze on panel. Private collection. ©Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

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