Curated by art expert Philippe Garner, the fifth edition of the prestigious, annual Photo London fair, held 16 - 19 May 2019 at Somerset House, London, showcased a mountain of works by emerging and established photographers from over 100 galleries in 24 countries around the world including Lebanon, Norway, Spain and South Africa.
Roger Fenton. Cottage overlooking the Dnieper, Russia. 1852. Salt print from a paper negative. Courtesy of The New York Times
Curated by Art Consultant Tristan Lund, the acclaimed Discovery section of the fair unveiled cutting-edge works by 23 emerging artists and galleries to an international audience.“This has been the most critically and commercially successful edition of Discovery to date thanks to the intelligent and daring curation of all 25 galleries," said Tristan Lund.
"Not only did the section see premiers of new artistic projects by Matan Ashkenazy, Ellen Carey, Joanna Rajkowska and Edouard Taufenbach but also condensed retrospectives for artists Benjamin Deroche, Rad Husak and Marco Maria Zanin.” Featured galleries included Amsterdam-based Albada Jelgersma Gallery, Mexico-based Almanaque Fotográfica and Paris-based H Gallery.
Jamel Shabazz. The Playboy, Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY. 1982. Silver gelatine print. 27.9cm x 35.6cm. © Jamel Shabazz, courtesy Galerie Bene Taschen
Known for his pioneering work at New York-based Light Gallery which gave rise to colour photography in the seventies, renowned 72-year-old American photographer, Stephen Shore, was rewarded the 2019 Master of Photography award. In association with German gallery Sprüth Magers and New York-based 303 Gallery, a special exhibition presented sixty small pictures from a series titled Los Angeles that were taken one memorable day in LA in 1969 by the respected photographer, in addition to new works entitled Details shown for the very first time in the UK. The honoured award is received by a leading contemporary photographer each year.
“Aside from the honour of receiving this recognition and the trill of seeing my new large-scale prints exhibited, a highlight of my Photo London experience was my talk with David Campany," said Shore. "We’ve known each other for years and have had many extended and intense conversations, but at our public talk something kinetic happened and we explored territory we never discussed before.”
Stephen Shore. New York, New York May 19, 2017. From the series Details. Pigment print. 162.6cm x 121.9cm. Courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York
Other special exhibitions were devoted to celebrated artists Roger Fenton, Vivian Maier, Gavin Turk, Eamonn Doyle and Josh Haner. "Photo London's fifth iteration felt to me like its best yet," said Curator Philippe Garner. "It revealed photography today as a rich and diverse field of experiment and exploration, while reminding visitors of the authority of the great classic practitioners.”
The fifth edition of the Photo London Fair launched 16 - 19 May 2019 at Somerset House, London
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