Photo London 2016 Fair Returns to Somerset House in Celebration of Photography

April 23, 2016

One year after its very successful debut, Photo London returns to the UK capital for another showcase of the medium’s extraordinary examples. Already regarded as a world-class fair, the event will bring over eighty international galleries to Somerset House, along with esteemed curators, dealers and, of course, renowned photographers. With an impressive program and a series of exhibitions, Photo London will engage with the dynamic photography scene of the city, putting on view both emerging and established artists from the field and involving a number of off-site locations such as Whitechapel Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and Photographers’ Gallery. When it comes to photography, London is surely a place to be this May, as the entire city will dedicate itself to this form of art through shows, conversations and major auctions sales, which will also take place at Christie’s Sotheby’s and Phillips!

Introducing Photo London 2016

Program Highlights

Visiting Photo London will certainly be a walk through the history go photography and all its genres, from fine art and fashion to documentary and advertising. From the rare 19th century original prints by pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot and Yousuf Karsh’s iconic portrait of Winston Churchill to Erwin Blumenfeld’s first Vogue cover and recent works by Patrick Demarchelier and Thomas Struth, for instance, the fair will offer a comprehensive look at the ongoing evolution of photography. While at Somerset House, make sure you visit three major exhibitions that will open there, including a large survey of the acclaimed photojournalist Don McCullin, who will also have a conversation with Tate’s photography curator Simon Baker; a focus on the new work by Russian photographer Sergei Chilikov, presented by the Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, and a show of Turner Prize-nominated Craigie Horsfield, curated by the Wilson Centre of Photography. Other talks highlights include the one between Nick Knight and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, also on May 19, as well as between Nadav Kander and Sandy Nairne, on May 20th.

List of Participating Galleries


Aside from the hand-picked selection of the host city’s top galleries, joining the show at Photo London are spaces from all over the world - Berlin, Zurich, Tehran, Minneapolis, New York, Santa Monica, Singapore, Tokyo and many more. The 2016 edition of the fair will see an expanded Discovery section, dedicated to new participants and newest developments in photography. Showing their works at the fair, there are Ben Brown Fine Arts, Ayyam Gallery, Bryce Wolkowitz, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Gazelli Art House, Hamiltons Gallery, RoseGallery, Sundaram Tagore and Taka Ishii. Also worth visiting are the respected publishers, such as Aperture Foundations, Thames & Hudson, TASCHEN, Damiani and many others. Among the special exhibitors, there are Leica, LensCulture and The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation.

Location of Somerset House London

Photo London 2016 - Practical Information

The second edition of Photo London will take place between May 19th and 22nd, 2016 at Somerset House and at various locations in London, UK. A preview is scheduled for May 18. Opening hours will be 12pm to 8.30pm on May 19th, 12pm to 7.30pm May 20th and 12pm to 6pm on May 21st and 22nd. Ticket prices range from £27 for the day pass, £17.28 for children under 16, £21,60 for students and seniors over 65 and £70.20 for the family pass (1 adults + 2 children). Also available is the weekend pass, for £38.88. For more information, please visit the official website.

Featured images in slider: Helen Levitt - NY, 1980. ©Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander; Left: Carmon Mitrotta - Call to Faith no.2, 2013 ©Carmon Mitrotta, courtesy Bildhalle, Zürich / Right: Lillian Bassman - By Night, Shining Wool and Towering Heel, Evelyn Tripp, New York. ©Lillian Bassman, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York; Left: Patrick Demarchelier - Christy with Mouse, 1999. ©Patrick Demarchelier, courtesy CAMERA WORK, Berlin / Right: Erwin Blumenfeld - Jean Patchett, Vogue, New York, 1950. ©Erwin Blumenfeld, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York; Left: Ellen von Unwerth - David Bowie and Kate Moss, 2005. ©Ellen von Unwerth, courtesy CAMERA WORK, Berlin / Right: Anja Niemi - Darlene (1), Short Stories, 2015. ©Anja Niemi, courtesy The Little Black Gallery, London; Thomas Hoepker - Ali left & right Fist, London, 1966. ©Thomas Hoepker, courtesy Bildhalle, Zürich; Yves Gellie - Rituel de Chasse. ©Yves Gellie, courtesy baudoin lebon, Paris; Shirley Baker - Manchester, 1967. ©Shirley Baker, courtesy The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Left: Noé Sendas - Peep n. 18, 2013. ©Noé Sendas, courtesy Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea, Lisboa / Right: Roe Ethridge - Pamela, 2016. ©Roe Ethridge, courtesy MACK, London; Jim Campbell - Paris Metro, 2015. ©Jim Campbell, courtesy Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York; Eamonn Doyle - Parnell Street, Dublin, 2014. ©Eamonn Doyle, courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery, London; Adriana Lestido - From the series Imprisoned Women (1991 – 1993). ©Adriana Lestiddo, courtesy Rolf Art, Buenos Aires. All images courtesy Photo London 2016.

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