35,000 attend Photo London 2016
The second edition of Photo London, which is produced by Candlestar, hosted 84 galleries from 19 countries and was attended by over 35,000 visitors this year. Taking place between 18-22 May, visitors to the international art Fair also had the chance to see 6 exhibitions and installations by acclaimed artists, as part of the Public Programme supported by the LUMA Foundation.
The complimentary Talks Programme, a series of symposia with artists, curators and critics, attracted 3,000 people to its audiences and sold out over a quarter of the 28 line-ups.
Photo London was delighted to receive positive feedback from press and exhibitors alike, for both its achievements in growing the Fair and producing an enriching public programme. Gallerist Peter Fetterman from Santa Monica said, “Photo London was an extraordinary event. The passion, energy and spirit and love for photography was so palpable throughout the 5 days.” Ben Burdett of ATLAS Gallery said that Photo London “now firmly establishes it as a world class photography event and far more than just an art fair. London finally has a meeting place and forum for the international photography trade and an exciting venue for the discussion and celebration of the medium.”
Co-founder and director of Photo London and Candlestar, Michael Benson, said of these positive comments, “First off I would like to thank the many galleries and collectors from all over the world as well as our sponsors and our many collaborators on London. Without all of them there is no Photo London. We are, of course, thrilled by the almost universal praise for Photo London yet we need to remember that we are only two years old. These are not easy times in which to be building a major international photography fair. Political and economic uncertainties abound and, given this, we are delighted to learn that the majority of our exhibitors sold work, meet new collectors and started serious conversations with potential clients. With our second edition we have laid down the foundations necessary for long term success.
“We want Photo London to be a jewel in London’s cultural crown, to be the best photography fair in the world, to be an unmissable destination in the international art world calendar. That will take time and hard work and so between the Fairs we will take steps to build our international collector base. We will also take every opportunity to stimulate the passion for collecting photography in the London and across the UK.”