Photography lovers in London are having a great time this week. Photography professionals in London are having a busy and hopefully profitable time this week. Photo London opens its doors from 21 to 24 May in Somerset House with the aim to be as competitive in the art market as Paris Photo. Despite having around half the size of its French counterpart, Photo London starts with intensity and strength, with over seventy exhibitors, an excellent public programme, publishers, live events, awards and five exhibitions. The fair has joint efforts to put London on the International Photography map.
Photography lovers in London are having a great time this week. Photography professionals in London are having a busy and hopefully profitable time this week.
Photo London opens its doors from 21 to 24 May in Somerset House with the aim to be as competitive in the art market as Paris Photo.
Despite having around half the size of its French counterpart, Photo London starts with intensity and strength, with over seventy exhibitors, an excellent public programme, publishers, live events, awards and five exhibitions. The fair has joint efforts to put London on the International Photography map.
One of the potentialities of the fair is the venue, which occupies three wings of the neoclassical building of Somerset House. This space allows hosting a great part of the exhibitors in small rooms and display the works in a more art exhibition orientated approach. Although might be quite labyrinthine, it escapes from the art fair model of huge space divided by panels.
With this structure and the great amount of galleries and artists displayed one gets a feeling of being visiting a diversified fair. As in all art fairs one can glimpse the year’s trends by noting the recurrent works at the booths - a few galleries repeated with David Bowie and Iggy Pop’s portraits and others followed the beautiful but already over used trend of intervening vintage portraits with geometrical coloured patterns. In any case, Photo London is able to find a balance in its display integrating a wide range of areas including contemporary, masters, classical, emergent and publishers.
© Aina Pomar
Among this great demonstration of photography there are galleries with a diverse background, most of them standing out for its high quality. Some must-see booths picks include established London galleries:
© Aina Pomar. Flowers Gallery
Mona Kuhn, AD 7272, 2013:14, courtesy Flowers Gallery
© Aina Pomar, ‘i’ series by Eamonn Doyle at Michael Hoppen Gallery
A great part of the galleries offer art works by classic masters of photography and 20th century artists, such as Atlas (London) and Rose Gallery (Santa Monica). Other remarkable galleries are:
© Aina Pomar. James Hyman Gallery
© Aina Pomar. In Camera gallery
Contemporary photography is the main protagonist at Photo London with hundreds of works by emerging and established authors. Louise Hilbronn (Gallerie Polaris), Lynda Goldblatt and Alexander Gronsky (The Wapping Project Bankside), Francesco Jodice and Alinka Echeverria (Gazelli) are some of these contemporary artists. We also highlight:
Jun Ahn, Self-portrait (Seoul) Copyright of the artist, courtesy of Christophe Guye Galerie
'Still Here' by Lydia Goldblatt, The Wapping Project
© Aina Pomar. Francesco Jodice at Gazeli gallery
© Aina Pomar. Tristan Hoare Gallery (London)
Photo London dedicates the special section ‘Discovery’ to emerging galleries. Among the eight participant the following ones stand out:
Daisuke Yokota, GP Gallery
When visiting Photo London, besides seeing some of the top international photography galleries, one has the opportunity to see brilliant exhibitions. The V&A displays a selection of rarely seen copies from their collection in Beneath the Surface. Sebastião Salgado exhibits his famous series Genesis in an especial platinum print edition and the brutal and sincere images belonging to the work Prostitute by Kaveh Golestan (1950-2003) are also bought to this fair edition.
Photo London also offers a great public programme open to a diverse range of audience. Talks and tours by leading photographers, art critics and collectors are organised along with DJ sets to celebrate photography in the city.
Photography spreads all over London with galleries and art centres organising events and exhibitions on the occasion of the first edition of Photo London. Among all the available activities Tate Modern hosts Offprint art book fair with a special presence of photography publishers, from Aperture and Mack to Morel Books and Self Publish Be Happy.
© Aina Pomar. Keiichi Tahara at Amana (Tokyo)
© Aina Pomar. Ben Brown Fine Arts (London)
© Darren Harvey-Regan, The Erratics (exposure #3)
© Aina Pomar. Camera Work (Berlin)
© Aina Pomar
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