Photo London – Press Conference – New York
The list of exhibiting galleries at the inaugural edition of Photo London was announced on 5 February 2015 at a press conference at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York. Speaking at the conference Candlestar Director, Michael Benson, said “We have been overwhelmed by the quality, range, and sheer volume, of exhibitors who have applied to be part of our first edition.” He was joined on by Prix Pictet laureate and leading New York Gallerist James Danziger both of whom enthusiastically endorsed Photo London “Between the explosion of interest in photography over the last decade and the historic British tradition of the medium – Photo London is positioned to engage art and photography enthusiasts from London and further afield with the freshness and vitality of a top class photography fair.”
69 galleries will be participating in the fair at Somerset House this May. The participating galleries will be presented in six zones – each showing an assortment of vintage, modern and contemporary work from around the world. The aim is to create a stimulating environment that will encourage visitors to explore fresh avenues of interest within the world of photography and cultivate a new generation of collectors.
Of the participating galleries, almost 30 are from the UK, 10 from the US, and more than 20 from across mainland Europe, from Zurich to Istanbul. Photo London will welcome exhibitors from Bangalore, Moscow and Tokyo. The selection of galleries spans specialists in vintage works, internationally-renowned photography galleries, contemporary art galleries that show photographic works by artists, and new galleries possessed of strong creative vision. These galleries will exhibit photography in all of its forms, ranging from nineteenth-century prints from the inception of the medium, to contemporary responses to the overwhelming growth of photography in the digital age.
In the ‘Discovery’ section of the fair emerging artists are presented at galleries such as London’s Edel Assanti, Tokyo’s G/P Gallery, and the itinerant PUG Gallery from Oslo; or Tiwani Contemporary with its focus on contemporary African art and its diaspora. Many of the galleries in the main section are also introducing relative newcomers such as Bettina von Zwehl at Purdy Hicks, London. Photo London’s commitment to showcase young and emerging talent from around the world will be extended by the introduction of a new prize sponsored by the John Kobal Foundation which gives the opportunity to one selected photographer from the fair a paid two-month residency in New York.
There will also be an extensive public programme on-site supported by the LUMA foundation. The programme will include ‘Beneath the Surface’, an exhibition of rarely displayed works from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Photographs Collection and an exhibition from the archive of the acclaimed Iranian photographer Kaveh Golestan. Furthermore, there will be a major public installation by Rut Blees Luxemburg and a showcase of work by graduates from the Royal College of Art photography programme. In addition there will be an extensive programme of talks curated by Professor Francis Hodgson, as well as screenings, music and social events at Somerset House.
Running in parallel with Photo London the Tate Modern will also host a Book Fair with an emphasis on photography in the Turbine Hall.