Photo London, the major international photography fair, will return to the capital in May 2016 with a citywide programme of exhibitions and events. Over 80 of the world’s leading galleries will showcase photographs for sale at Somerset House, with work by some of the most important photographers going on display alongside new and emerging talent.
The photography on show will span a range of genres, from fine art and fashion to documentary and advertising, with highlights including rare original prints by the 19th century pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, Yousuf Karsh’s renowned portrait of Winston Churchill, Erwin Blumenfeld’s Vogue cover image, and more recent work by Patrick Demarchelier, Bob Carlos Clarke and Thomas Struth amongst many others. A hand-picked selection of London’s top galleries will be exhibiting work alongside galleries from Berlin, Cologne, Helsinki, Lisbon, Zurich, Tehran, Minneapolis, New York, Santa Monica, Singapore and Tokyo. This year, there will be an extended section dedicated to new galleries.
Three major exhibitions will also open at Somerset House as part of Photo London, including a large survey show of work by acclaimed photojournalist Don McCullin, who is this year’s Master of Photography; an exhibition of new work by contemporary Russian photographer Sergei Chilikov, presented by The Multimedia Art Museum Moscow; and a show of work by Turner Prize-nominated artist Craigie Horsfield, curated by the Wilson Centre of Photography.
A stellar line-up of top international photographers will participate in Photo London’s public programme both on site at Somerset House and off site in locations across London, including Whitechapel Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Photographers’ Gallery and Hayward Gallery.
The events programme at Somerset House is curated by William Ewing, distinguished curator and writer on photography, former Director of Musée de l’Elysée and Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York. A highlight of the programme will be a rare opportunity to hear Don McCullin in conversation with Tate’s photography curator Simon Baker on Thursday 19 May. Other participating photographers include Miles Aldridge, Ed Burtynsky, Katy Grannan, Francis Hodgson, Nadav Kander, Nick Knight, David Maisel, Gerard Malanga, Don McCullin, Mary McCartney, Richard Misrach, Graham Nash, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Martin Parr and Olga Sviblova.
London’s public museums and galleries will put the spotlight on photography in May, including Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers curated by Martin Parr, at the Barbican Art Gallery; Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery; work by William Henry Fox Talbot at the Science Museum/Media Space; 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; Tate Britain will present Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age; the Photographers’ Gallery will present Deutsche Börse Foundation Photography Prize 2016 and Take Two: Drawing and Photography; and 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.
Photo London is sponsored by the Geneva-based Pictet Group, one of Europe’s leading asset and wealth management organisations.
Photo London 2016
19 – 22 May 2016
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2r 1LA