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Charlie Tallott wins the 2024 Photo London x Nikon Emerging Photographer Award.

Charlie Tallott has won the 2024 Photo London x Nikon Emerging Photographer Award.

Charlie Tallott, Cats Eyes, 2024, Courtesy of the artist and New DimensionWinner 2024 Photo London x Nikon Emerging Photographer Award.

The announcement was made last night Wednesday 15 May during a special ceremony at the Nikon Gallery, Somerset House during Photo London 2024.

Originally from Yorkshire, Tallott began taking photos in and around his grandparent’s house in Cross Gates, East Leeds. The influence of his family, upbringing, and hometown permeates his work, which centres around delving into the profound social and psychological impacts of deindustrialisation through photography. 

Charlie Tallott, At Least Until the World Stops Going Round, 2024, Courtesy of the artist and New Dimension

At Least Until the World Stops Going Round is a series of work produced three years ago following a suicide attempt. During the three months that Tallott spent recovering in the care of an NHS crisis team he used photography as refuge, striving to create utopian realities through his images. The work acts as a euphoric counterbalance to his real-life experience at the time. Bright snapshots act as a window into seeing the most high-saturated, blissful scenes whereas black and white imagery littered throughout the project act as subdued, lonely moments. 

The project’s title was influenced by aphorisms Tallott’s mum would tell him and is a statement of hope and solace, which acts as a reminder that our darkest moments are temporary. 

Charlie Tallott, At Least Until the World Stops Going Round, 2024, Courtesy of the artist and New Dimension

Tallott explains: 

When you experience a really low point, photography [can become] a vessel to move from it. Your eyes can go and just live somewhere else, a different world…. It’s remembering there’s good and bad. You have to go with the flow of each, enjoying both as much as you can. There’s almost a feeling of appreciation and understanding toward how you feel, knowing that it’s all just temporary. The world will keep turning, and the sun will turn up tomorrow.

Charlie Tallott, At Least Until the World Stops Going Round, 2024, Courtesy of the artist and New Dimension

As the winner, Charlie is awarded a Nikon Z Series camera and a choice of two NIKKOR Z lenses, with specialist training from Nikon School to help take advantage of the capabilities that Nikon’s Z range has to offer.

Congratulations to Charlie Tallott and New Dimension gallery. We have run our emerging photographer award since our first edition. The award has consistently proved itself to be an important launchpad for young photographers shining a spotlight on their practice at a crucial moment in their careers. In recent years we have been proud to partner with Nikon to amplify this important award and continue to support the photographic ecosystem in this way. This year we’re thrilled that, once again, the strength and variety of the shortlisted artists’ works demonstrate the vibrancy of this most humane and innovative mediums.

Photo London Founders Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad

Selected by Photo London’s Curatorial Committee, Tallott’s fellow shortlisted photographers are:

Aisha Seriki (Doyle Wham)
Ali Tahayori (Roya Khadjavi Projects/ Nemazee Fine Art)
Caroline Tompkins (Palm* Studios)
Inês d’Orey (Salgadeiras Arte Contemporânea)
Isabelle Young (Galerie Fabian Lang)
Johnny Mae Hauser (Homecoming Gallery)
Lise Johansson (IN THE GALLERY)
Sander Coers (Open Doors Gallery)

The photographers were shortlisted by the Photo London 2024 Curatorial committee. Photo London is a place to encounter the most innovative emerging artists, new work by established masters and rare vintage pieces, and as such is guided by a Curatorial Committee comprised of some of the field’s most esteemed curators, critics and museum directors. 

This year’s Curatorial Committee includes: Philippe Garner (Chair), Former Director at Christie’s and International Head of Photographs and 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design; Renee Mussai, Independent curator, scholar, and writer, former Senior Curator / Head of Collection at Autograph, and Artistic Director of The Walther Collection; Simone Klein, Photography Advisor and Appraiser; Sofia Vollmer de Maduro, Director of Programs, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, collector and Curator Emeritus of the Alberto Vollmer Foundation collection; Martin Barnes,  Senior Curator, Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Tristan Lund,  Art Consultant, Dealer and Collection Curator of The Incite Project, a UK based collection of photojournalism and documentary photography; and Brandei Estes, former Head of Photographs (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Sotheby’s.

Charlie Tallott, The Only Mistake, 2024 Courtesy of the artist and New Dimension

Photo London 2024, 16th – 19th May, Somerset House



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