Photo London opens next week: bigger, better and more influential than ever.

Photo London, the major international photography fair, will open next week in London with a city-wide programme of exhibitions and events. Over 80 of the world’s leading galleries will showcase photographs for sale at Somerset House, with work by some of the most important photographers going on display alongside new and emerging talent.

New York 1980 by Helen Levitt- Photo London 2016
New York 1980 by Helen Levitt- Photo London 2016

The photography on show will span a range of genres, from fine art and fashion to documentary and advertising, with highlights including rare original prints by the 19th century pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, Yousuf Karsh’s renowned portrait of Winston Churchill, Erwin Blumenfeld’s Vogue cover image, and more recent work by Patrick Demarchelier, Bob Carlos Clarke and Thomas Struth amongst many others. A hand-picked selection of London’s top galleries will be exhibiting work alongside galleries from Berlin, Cologne, Helsinki, Lisbon, Zurich, Tehran, Minneapolis, New York, Santa Monica, Singapore and Tokyo. This year, there will be an extended section dedicated to new galleries.

Christy with Mouse by Patrick Demarchelier-Photo -London
Christy with Mouse by Patrick Demarchelier

Three major exhibitions will also open at Somerset House as part of Photo London, including a large survey show of work by acclaimed photojournalist Don McCullin, who is this year’s Master of Photography; an exhibition of new work by contemporary Russian photographer Sergei Chilikov, presented by The Multimedia Art Museum Moscow; and a show of work by Turner Prize-nominated artist Craigie Horsfield, curated by the Wilson Centre of Photography.

A stellar line-up of top international photographers will participate in Photo London’s public programme both on site at Somerset House and off site in locations across London, including Whitechapel Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Photographers’ Gallery and Hayward Gallery.

The events programme at Somerset House is curated by William Ewing, distinguished curator and writer on photography, former Director of Musée de l’Elysée and Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York. A highlight of the programme will be a rare opportunity to hear Don McCullin in conversation with Tate’s photography curator Simon Baker on Thursday 19th May. Other participating photographers include Ed Burtynsky, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Ori Gersht, Katy Grannan, Francis Hodgson, Nadav Kander, Nick Knight, David Maisel, Gerard Malanga, Don McCullin, Mary McCartney, Richard Misrach, Graham Nash, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Martin Parr, Rankin and Olga Sviblova.

PHOTO LONDON 2016 19th – 22nd May 2016 Somerset House, Strand, London WC2r 1LA www.photolondon.org

David Bowie and Kate Moss by Ellen von Unwerth
David Bowie and Kate Moss by Ellen von Unwerth

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD magazine, a curation of the world’s most interesting culture, and Creative Director of FAD Agency, a strategy & creative agency working with brands to solve business problems using cultural tools. www.fad.agency In 2008 following his passion for art he founded what has grown to become FAD magazine. FAD magazine is internationally recognized as a key figure within the emerging and contemporary art world, and has been selected as official partner by organizations as diverse as Moniker Art Fair, START, Volta and Christie’s. In addition Mark is a columnist for City Magazine.