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Photo London - our highlights

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Grayson Perry 2021 © Richard Ansett - courtesy of Lucy Bell Gallery

Our good friends at Photo London open the doors at Somerset House next week for their seventh edition, so to celebrate we’ve delved into this year’s programme to bring you our highlights. If you’re planning on heading to the Fair, get 15% off all tickets (excluding VIP) now by adding the promo code PLFINAL into the OFFER CODE field once you've selected your ticket. The 15% discount will appear at the checkout.

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Music Makes The Fade © Derrick Boateng - courtesy of 193 Gallery

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS 

At the World Photography Organisation we’re all about reaching the photography community around the globe and it’s fantastic Photo London share that thinking with their impressive line-up of 106 exhibitors from 18 countries. With galleries from Ljubljana to São Paulo to Istanbul, it’s sure to be one of most exciting editions yet.  

Chroma #70 1979-2019 Series: Chroma Figura © Grey Crawford. Courtesy: Persons Projects

EMBRACING SCULPTURE 

Photography that really pushes the medium’s boundaries is celebrated at this year’s Fair. Seeing pioneering work can help us reflect on our own creativity and how to push our own concepts forward. Make sure you check out the Discovery section – a part of the fair that embraces emerging galleries and photographic artists – and the special presentation on ‘Photography Crossing Boundaries’ which will include sculpture, NFTs and The Rainbow Camera by artists Walter and Zoniel. 
2022 Master of Photography Nick Knight will also display a vast new sculpture in his exhibition. 

 

© Melanie Manchot 

TALKS PROGRAMME 

Photo London has gained a reputation for its acclaimed Talks Programme and this year’s selection matches previous editions. Curated by William A Ewing, speakers include artist Anastasia Samoylova in conversation with writer, curator, artist, and educator David Campany; Scottish documentary photographer Polly Braden and writer and art critic Hettie Judah; plus visual artist Melanie Manchot and Dr David Dibosa. Tickets cost £9.50 (some are free, check the website for more details). To attend a talk you must have a Day Ticket. 

 

© Craig Easton 

BOOK SIGNINGS 

Make sure you head to GOST’s stand on Saturday 4pm as 2021 Photgrapher of the Year Craig Easton will be signing copies of his book Bank Top. With the Fari’s Publishing section growing each year, there’s so many book signings for you to scope out - head to Photo London Public Programme page to see this year’s list. 

 

Uruklyn, 2021 © Hailun Ma - courtesy of Gaotai Gallery

A SPOTLIGHT ON PHOTOFAIRS 

To mark the World Photography Organisation’s new partnership with Photo London they’ll be a very special showcase of leading Chinese galleries and artists from our fair PHOTOGAIRS Shanghai. The display includes artists Yang Yongliang (Matthew Liu Fine Arts), Ma Hailun (Gaotai Gallery) and Chen Ronghui (Three Shadows +3 Gallery), amongst others, who look at contemporary issues relating urban development, street fashion and identity and explorations on life and death. This is a fabulous insight into key exhibitors at our fair PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai. 

 

Frank Horvat self- portrait, Brick Lane Market, London, 1955 © Frank Horvat

FRANK HORVAT

Learn from master black & white fashion photographer Frank Horvat in this major exhibition. As part of the Public Programme the show will be free for all Photo London ticket holders. 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.