Photo London Top 5

Lee Sharrock chooses her Top 5 of Photo London 2018 for FAD Magazine.

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Phil Shaw at Rebecca Hossack Gallery
is a delightful discovery. A series of colourful prints depict vintage books lining neatly ordered shelves. At first glance they appear to be authentic, yet on closer examination the titles reveal a playful intervention of iconic novels. Shaw’s ingenious play on words and clever use of digital manipulation creates photographic images that endlessly reveal new codes.

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Huxley Parlour have curated ‘The Female Lens’
, an exhibition of 9 contemporary female photographers perfectly in sync with the #TimesUp movement. These talented women redirect the male gaze by celebrating the female form and psyche from a female point of view. Jocelyn Lee’s ‘Raising the Cherry Tree’ is a standout print with it’s delicate sense of colour and surreal aesthetic.

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Officine dell’Immagine Gallery
are exhibiting some unique photography by African artist Maurice Mbikayi, who collects discarded computer parts, refashions them into a ‘prosthetic identity’ for photographic tableaux. Italian multimedia artist Maimouna Guerresi presents an intriguing perspective on the spirituality of human beings.

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Throwback to the fashionable fifties
when Norman Parkinson’s aesthetic perfectly summed up the aesthetic of the glamorous post-war decade. Augusta Edwards Fine Art have a fine collection of vintage prints by the iconic image-maker, including a perfectly idiosyncratic image of a woman casually riding an Ostrich ‘Wenda and Ostriches’ (1951).

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On display at Gazelli Art House is
Charlotte Colbert’s contemporary reimagining of Lucian Freud’s legendary painting ‘Benefits Supervisor Sleeping’. Colbert ingeniously updates the life study in the form of a sculptural large-scale video featuring Freud’s favourite model Sue Tilley.

PHOTO LONDON SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON 17-20 MAY 2018 photolondon.org

About Lee Sharrock

Lee Sharrock is Founder of Lee Sharrock PR, a bespoke cultural PR service working with creative agencies, artists, photographers and production companies. She is also a curator, artist and freelance writer. www.leesharrock.co.uk