● Photo London 2022 presents 106 exhibitors from 18 countries worldwide
● Exhibitor presentations span works from the 1850s through to today
● The Discovery section includes a special presentation on ‘Photography Crossing Boundaries’ including sculpture, NFTs and The Rainbow Camera by artists Walter and Zoniel
● Support for Ukraine with galleries presenting works by the Kharkiv School of Photography, contemporary photographers still working in Ukraine and prints by Philip-Lorca diCorcia of his photographs taken in Odessa
● A China Showcase arising from Photo London’s partnership with the World Photography Organisation / PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai
● The Photo London x Nikon Emerging Photographer Award will be announced 11 May with a presentation of last year’s shortlisted photographers alongside the winner Heather Agyepong
● Master of Photography Nick Knight presents ‘Nick Knight: Future’ an exhibition spanning works from 1980s to new pieces made especially for the Fair
● A homage to Frank Horvat (1928 – 2020) with the twin focus Fashion and Paris at Night
● Photo London’s Talks Programme taking place at the Fair and online will feature 23
artists, including Anastasia Samoylova, Ron Haviv and Polly Braden
● An exciting programme of book signings featuring Isaac Julien, Bill Wyman, James
Barnor, Todd Hido, Gered Mankowitz, Anastasia Sampylova and many others
● The third edition of Photo London Digital will run from 11 to 29 May
Today, Photo London unveils its core line-up of exhibitors and galleries taking part in the Fair’s seventh edition alongside new details of its Public Programme. Photo London presents the very best of the past, present and future of photography from leading international galleries and through solo presentations by acclaimed and rising talents. Held annually each May at Somerset House, the Fair is a celebration of the photographic medium in all its forms, creating a focal point for photography in London with events and special presentations taking place across the city.
The 2022 edition places a particular focus on fashion photography through two major solo exhibitions by legendary fashion photographers Nick Knight and Frank Horvat. Writer and curator Tim Clark is the advisory curator for this year’s Discovery section, presenting sculptural works and interactive installations, while author, curator and museum director William A. Ewing curates this year’s Talks programme. New to the Fair is the PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai Presents section featuring works by leading galleries and artists from China.
The Grand Return
Photo London is delighted to welcome back many of the Fair’s longtime supporters from around the world on-site for the first time since the pandemic, including:
Peter Fetterman Gallery (Los Angeles) returns to the Fair with a special booth to launch The Power of Photography, a book reflecting the online project the gallerist conceived during the pandemic, where he published daily posts of his most cherished and intriguing prints from his collection. With images by Henri Cartier Bresson, Sabine Weiss and Steve McCurry, the selection includes some of the most heartening images from the twentieth century.
Other exhibitors returning to Photo London include Goodman Gallery (Cape Town, Johannesburg and London) showing multi-media artist Mikhael Subotzky; Reflex (Amsterdam) bringing Todd Hido’s subversive work; Persons Projects (Berlin) presenting conceptual photographer Grey Crawford and Tina Itkonen’s dreamlike arctic landscapes. Galerie-Peter-Sillem (Frankfurt) will show Anastasia Samoylova who is shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2022; plus Galerie Thomas Zander (Cologne) participates with a presentation that includes images by Tod Papageorge, who made his name by photographing the glittering New York disco club scene in the late 70s. England&Co (London), Galerie Bene Taschen(Cologne), Galerie Sophie Scheidecker (Paris), EUQINOM Gallery (San Francisco) and ALMANAQUE fotográfica (Mexico City) also return to the Discovery section of the Fair.
First Time Exhibitors
Exhibiting at Photo London for the first time are Jean Kenta Gauthier (Paris) who will present work by Mishka Henner, Raphaël Dallaporta and Daniel Blaufuks, GBS Fine Art (Somerset) who bring Emily Allchurch and her painstakingly beautiful digital collages; Galerie Podgorny Robinson (Saint Paul de Vence) who will show a series of photographic portraits of the sculptor Louise Bourgeois; The Gallery of Everything (London) who will present a selection of photographic works from the canon of 20th Century alternative art makers; together with two Paris based galleries; Olivier Waltman Gallery (Paris) who will feature work by four artists each of whom investigates the human impact on the environment Rene Guneruiussen, Alex Plademunt, Tali Amitai- Taibb and Cedric Arnold;and Nil Gallery will show new work by Prince Gyasi, Lou Escobar and Ismail Zaidy.
Several of Photo London’s regular visiting exhibitors present important solo presentations: Flowers Gallery (London) with a solo booth dedicated to the work of Edward Burtynskyfollowing his recent Outstanding Contribution to Photography accolade from Sony World Photography Awards 2022; Robert Morat Galerie (Berlin) will show a group of ten new works by London artist Hannah Hughes – an artist working across photography, collage and sculpture; as well as Parafin (London) presenting London-based German artist Melanie Manchot; plus Christophe Guye Galerie (Zurich) present Marianne Maric, an artist producing cutting-edge photographic work inspired by the surrealist movement. Echo Fine Arts (France) place Tim Flach’s wonderful wildlife work centre stage; while Import Export (Poland), who join Photo London for the first time, feature Mia Dudek’s work influenced by mass housing constructions and the global phenomena of urbanisation.
Photo London’s Discovery section is recognised as a world leader. This year the writer, curator, lecturer and Editor-in-Chief at leading online contemporary photography magazine 1000 Words Tim Clark acts as the Curatorial Adviser for Discovery. A highlight for 2022 is Walter and Zoniel’s Rainbow Camera, an interactive installation greeting visitors to the Discovery section and inviting them to photograph themselves pressed against a wall of rainbow coloured flatbed scanners. Exhibitors returning to Discovery include artist-led platform Hi-Noon, bringing Melanie Issaka – a Ghanian artist known for her full body photogram self-portraits, plus Open Doors Gallery (London) showcasing new poetic prints of everyday life by British photographer Max Miechowski. Photon gallery (Ljubljana) return with works by four eastern European artists of different generations highlighting the visual aesthetic of the period in which they were created.
Exhibitors joining Discovery for the first time include AFIKARIS gallery (Paris) with three portrait photographers, Saïdou Dicko, Nana Yaw Oduro and Marc Posso, who capture the human figure in their own style, mirroring their ideals and vision of society and LS10 Gallery (London) with the work of three Iranian artists.
Photography from the past has always been an important element of Photo London’s curatorial fabric and this year is no different with a number of significant presentations. Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography Ltd (Hove) will showcase a portfolio of limited edition platinum prints of jellyfish by Jan C Schlegel, and Robert Hershkowitz Ltd (London) returns to the Fair featuring a series of early masterworks by major photographers of the early nineteenth century, as well as a group of early photographs by and of women, including work by Julia Margaret Cameron, Augusta Mostyn and Caroline Nevill. The Lee Miller Archives (East Sussex) focus their booth on the Surrealist way of seeing in Lee Miller’s work, from Paris in the 1930s through to the many chapters of her life including her time as a war correspondent. Photographs by her husband, the Surrealist artist Roland Penrose will also be featured. Curatorial (LA) bring vintage work by Emil Otto Hoppe (including the photographer’s sideways glance at the English) and Paul Outerbridge. Grob Gallery champions great black & white photography from the 20th century even further, with a selection of fine vintage silver gelatin prints by Bill Brandt and André Kertész. Grob Gallery also brings prints by this year’s Master of Photography Nick Knight.
With the support of Official Partner Nikon, Photo London will continue its Emerging Photographer of the Year award at the 2022 Fair. The work of last year’s winner Heather Agyepong together with shortlisted work by Almudena Romero (Fisheye Gallery) and Alia Ali(Peter Silem) will be shown at the Nikon space. Alongside a full programme of workshops and talks, Nikon plan to create their own comprehensive digital section of the Fair, covering all aspects of digital imaging making to form an innovative and engaging addition to the Fair.
To celebrate its new partnership with World Photography Organisation, Photo London features PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai Presents, a new section featuring leading galleries and artists from China including Three Shadows +3 Gallery (Beijing, Xiamen), Matthew Liu Fine Arts (Shanghai), Gaotai Gallery (Urumqi) and HdM GALLERY (Beijing, London).
Galerie Bildhalle (Zurich) is now representing Cig Harvey and welcomes this exciting development with new work by the British artist. The Swiss gallery will also bring work by Ilona Langbroek. Iconic Images (London) will present ‘Royals, Rebels and Rockers’ powerful mix of images from Her Majesty the Queen to Jimi Hendrix. Festivities are sure to be in full flow with Camera Work (Berlin) celebrating its 25th anniversary and Magnum Photos enjoying its 75th.
A vibrant Public Programme will also run during the Fair. Alongside a major exhibition by Nick Knight, this year’s Master of Photography As well as featuring many iconic images from Knight’s career as one of the world’s most influential and visionary photographers, the exhibition will also feature his work in film and sculpture.
Photo London’s second major public programme exhibition takes the form of a homage to the legendary fashion photographer Frank Horvat. The show will display two emblematic strands of his work: his images of Parisian cabarets and his fashion images where he introduced a sense of naturalness and spontaneity into the very sophisticated and mannered world of the industry. The exhibition is a timely display ahead of a major retrospective on the photographer’s work at the Jeu de Paume, Paris, that opens in June.
Paying tribute to Photo London’s various partners, Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad say: ‘We are thrilled to present what promises to be an outstanding edition of Photo London. This is both a testament to the work of our team but also to the support of our various partners including Nikon, the Financial Times, Metropole Print, Pommery, Campari, St James’s Hotel and Club, Hotel Chocolat and Whiteleys. And of course, we are indebted to London’s museums, galleries, curators and of course to our exhibitors and their artists for all they have done to help us re-stage Photo London week in such a vibrant and exciting manner.’