Photo London returns to Somerset House for its sixth edition from 9–12 September 2021, with a preview on 8 September. Bringing together leading photography galleries and publishers from 15 countries, Photo London once again presents an innovative public programme of exhibitions, talks and workshops. Attendees will be able to plan their visit through the Photo London App & download the digital catalogue from photolondon.org.
Photo London Digital also returns for its second edition from 9–28 September, with a preview on artsy.com on 8 September. The digital fair will supplement the physical event, allowing participation to those unable to travel and will feature curated picks by leading photography professionals.
International exhibitors and local London spaces participating in the fair showcase the best photography, from iconic to emerging. In the main section, first-time exhibitors include Richard Saltoun Gallery (London), showing a booth dedicated to outstanding women photographers – Marina Abramovic, Eleanor Antin, Renate Bertlmann, Helen Chadwick, Rose English, Alexis Hunter, Penny Slinger and Jo Spence; Paul Stolper Gallery (London), presenting five unseen works by Kevin Cummins taken at the Sex Pistols last UK concert, as well as works by Don Brown and Sarah Lucas; Parafin (London) presenting The Forest, a group show exploring images of forests and featuring work by Melanie Manchot Rebecca, Sophy Rickett and Indrė Šerpytytė among others; and Black Shade Projects (Marrakech), showing an important body of black and white photographic work by Adama Kouyaté and Abderrahmane Sakaly, which highlight the Malian golden era of studio photography associated with names like Malick Sidibé. The artist-led online platform Hi-Noon will make their art fair debut at Photo London, showcasing artists including Lindsay Seers, Catherine Yass, Karne Knorr and Yushi Li.
Returning exhibitors include James Hyman Gallery (London) presenting works by Heather Agyepong, André Kertesz, Man Ray and Bill Brandt ; Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière(Paris), bringing works by Martin Parr, Peter Mitchell, John Myers and James Barnor, fresh from a major retrospective at the Serpentine Galleries; 193 Gallery (Paris) presenting two photographers from their Colours of Africa exhibition: Hassan Hajjaj and Thandiwe Muriu; Bigaignon (Paris) with works by Ralph Gibson and Catherine Balet; Ed Asmus, Jacqueline Woods and Chris McCaw will be on view at Duncan Miller Gallery (Los Angeles); Michael Hoppen Gallery (London), whose booth will celebrate the work of seminal Mexican artists including Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Enrique Metinides and Kati Horna; Flowers Gallery (London) showing Edward Burtynsky, Nadav Kander, Esther Teichmann, Michael Wolf and further gallery artists; Large Glass (London), with a thematic exhibition titled Bunker: Along the Atlantic Wall, featuring work by Italian Photographer Guido Guidi and Bunkers, an on-going series by Los Angeles based Mark Ruwedel; and CAMERA WORK Gallery (Berlin) presenting an unseen work by David Yarrow.
David Bailey personally selects photographs from his archives for first-time exhibitors, Imitate Modern (London). Showcasing rarely seen photographs of Miles Davies and Jean Shrimpton, with Face Paint by David Hockney. Among the other impressive solo presentations at Photo London, new exhibitors, Albion Barn (Little Milton, Oxfordshire), present a solo booth of new and recent work by Nick Knight. Further solo presentations include Poulomi Basu, finalist of the 2021 Deutsche Börse Prize, at TJ Boulting (London);
Rankin at 29 Arts in Progress (Milan), Jessica Backhaus at ROBERT MORAT GALERIE (Berlin), Ching-Yuan Hsu at Galerie_Frédéric Moisan (Paris) and Dafna Talmor at Sid Motion Gallery(London).
Additional highlights include photographs by Constantin Brancusi, André Kertész, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and other masters at Grob Gallery (London, Geneva); Andy
Warhol’s Polaroids and photographs of the pop artist by his friend William John Kennedy at Long Sharp Gallery (Indianapolis); October Gallery (London), presenting pioneering work by James Barnor, Benji Rei, Alexis Peskine and Romuald Hazoumè; and Jane Hilton’s Drag Queen Cowboys series, finalist of the Sony Word Photography Awards, on view for the first time at Eleven Fine Art(Twickenham).
Despite the massive challenges of the pandemic the galleries featured in the Discovery section – dedicated to galleries less than 5 years old – continue breaking new ground. Galerie Number 8(Brussels) present work by Prix Pictet shortlisted artist David Uzochukwu, as well as Ruby Okoro and Bettina Pittaluga. London’s SEAGER bring together works by Monique Atherton and Liz Calvi, both of whom are concerned with the portrayal of women in an increasingly public sphere. TINTERA (Cairo), make their art fair debut at Photo London, showcasing works by two Middle Eastern contemporary artists, Ibrahim Ahmed and Heba Khalifa, who focus on themes of identity and gender issues through a contemplative display of photographic portraits and unique photo collages. Galerie-Peter-Sillem (Frankfurt am Main) dedicate their booth to Alia Ali, FT Weekend magazine’s ‘top pick’ at Photo London 2019. First-time exhibitors in this section include south London galleries Gas Gallery, specialising in camera less, abstract photography, ECADspecialising in black and white photography, Encounter, whose booth plays with the limits of photography and Indigo + Madder, focusing on contemporary art from South Asia and its diaspora.
Photo London’s commitment to showcasing outstanding historic photography continues with Augusta Edwards Fine Art, presenting works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Josef Koudelka, Eliott Erwitt and Stuart Franklin; England & Co., exhibit artists who explore photography as a method of documentation, experimentation, and visual statements about politics and feminism. Well-known artists will be on view alongside recently re-discovered ones including Sue Barnes, Rose Boyt and Rolph Gobits; Robert Hershkowitz Ltd (all London), presenting amongst others, Roger Fenton, William Henry Fox Talbot, P.H. Emerson; Stewart & Skeels with Bernard Quaritch(London, Irvine) showing a selection of vintage photos including prints by Julia Margaret Cameron, Bill Brandt, Roger Mayne, Chris Killip; and Roland Belgrave (Brighton), who specialises in sourcing rare and early photographs from the pioneers of Exploration and early travel.
Special exhibitors include London’s Association of Photographers (AOP), and Lee Miller Archives (East Sussex), showing works by the famed photographer alongside the private work of LIFE magazine photographer and editor David E. Scherman, who captured Miller’s life as a war correspondent. Prix Pictet also participate as a special exhibitor with a preview screening of the works shortlisted for Prix Pictet Fire.
In the Publishers section, Photo London is delighted to welcome new exhibitors GOST (London), Setanta Books (London) and Loose Joints (Marseille, London) alongside returning
publishers Hoxton Mini Press (London), Thames & Hudson (London) and TASCHEN (Berlin, Cologne, London, Paris, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong), presenting a SUMO collector edition of AMAZÔNIA, Sebastião Salgado’s most extensive project to date.
For the Photo London Master of Photography Award – presented every year by Photo London fair to a living artist who has made an exceptional contribution to photography – Iranian artist Shirin Neshat presents Land of Dreams. Comprised of 111 photographs of New Mexico residents and a two-channel film installation, this multidisciplinary project marks a significant visual and conceptual shift for the artist, who has turned her lens to the landscape and people of the American West.
Land of Dreams was commissioned for the artist’s major US museum survey in 2019 at The Broad Museum, Los Angeles before making its European debut at Goodman Gallery, London which was sadly cut short due to the Pandemic. This exhibition will be an opportunity for London audiences to experience the full installation of 111 photographs and films making up this ambitious project.
Premiering at Photo London, the touring exhibition Close Enough: Robert Capa features over 50 iconic photographs by the legendary Hungarian American war reporter alongside his first Leica camera. Selected from the Kogan Collection, the photographs on view span from Capa’s first ever published work — a portrait of Leon Trotsky addressing students in Copenhagen in 1932 — through to his last, taken from the battlefields of the first Indochina war on which he died while reporting in 1954. Presented in partnership with MESSUMS LONDON and the Kogan Collection, the exhibition is curated by Dr Julie Bonzon, Director of Photography at MESSUMS and Ben Burdett, Director of Atlas Gallery and will tour through 2022.
The Emerging Photographer Award will continue to spotlight new talents exhibiting at the fair. Work by the 2020 winner Marguerite Bornhauser (represented by Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea) and a selection of finalists – Thandiwe Muriu (193 Gallery), Ibrahim Ahmed (Tintera), Angela Blažanović (Sid Motion), and David Uzochukwu (Galerie no.8) – will be exhibited at the Nikon stand. In addition, the Nikon Lab will offer customers the opportunity to experience the latest cameras and lenses with the assistance of Nikon Experts from the Nikon School.