Photo London 2016, Somerset House

Only founded last year, Photo London has already become the biggest Photographic fair in the UK and with 85 exhibitors from twenty countries, it is also undoubtedly one of the largest in the world.

William Eggleston Leica Photo London 2016

Taking place over four days it occupies a maze of rooms – and a courtyard pavilion – within Somerset House, and whilst the central London location is wonderfully convenient, the venue is unfortunately rather busy, claustrophobic and far from ideal.

Nevertheless this is still an unmissable event for anyone with any interest in photography, and in an era where images dominate the media and when ‘everyone is a photographer now’, anyone pretty much does mean everyone.

Alex Webb Leica Photo London

Interest in photography is increasing like never before, whilst the spread of interest amongst the young is self-evident – with improving quality of mobile phone images and apps like Instagram.

This surge of youth has not necessarily reached the realms of the art galleries at Photo London however. Modernist photography was somewhat over-represented and whilst it was nice to see classic images from the likes of Andre Kertesz and Edward Steichen, there were rather to many Edward Weston style nude derrieres. Furthermore the trend for documentary and celebrity photography to be treated as art was also rather too evident for our liking.

Alex Webb Leica Photo London

Perhaps this reflects where much of the money lies in the market, but surely the trend will swing sharply towards contemporary, and more art-oriented photography as buyers become ever more mature, knowledgeable and adventurous.

Here is just a very small selection of what caught our eye this year, starting with a William Eggleston Memphis series photograph (top), some great Alex Webb images (above and below) from the Leica stand, and a Don McCullin from an Photo London special exhibition.

Alex Webb Leica Photo London William Eggleston Don McCullin, Alex Webb William Eggleston Leica Photo London 2016

Photo London Jimmy Nelson Kazakhs
Jimmy Nelson Kazakhs
Sandra Kantanen Purdy Hicks Photo London 2016
Sandra Kantanen Purdy Hicks Gallery
Photo London Martin Schoeller at Camera Work
Martin Schoeller at Camera Work

Stephen Gill Photo London

Stephen Gill Buried Series Photo London
Stephen Gill at Christophe Guye

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John Chiara Yossi Milo Gallery Photo London
John Chiara at Yossi Milo Gallery
Sandro Miller - Homage to Photographic Masters Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, William Klein, Irving Penn, Dorothea Lange, David Bailey, Philippe Halsman
Sandro Miller – Homage to Photographic Masters Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, William Klein, Irving Penn, Dorothea Lange, David Bailey, Philippe Halsman
Massimo Vitali Ernst Hilger Photo London
Massimo Vitali at Ernst Hilger
Anonymous artists at Lumière des Roses Gallery Photo London
Anonymous artists at Lumière des Roses Gallery
Ori Gersht Floating World Floating Bridge Ben Brown Fine Arts Photo London
Ori Gersht Floating World Floating Bridge Ben Brown Fine Arts
Vik Muniz Seurat at Ben Brown Fine Arts Photo London
Vik Muniz Seurat at Ben Brown Fine Arts

Anything else? A  Vik Muniz ‘Seurat’ jigsaw, a great early conceptual piece from John Baldessari, some Alex Soth Gathered leaves works at Weinstein Gallery, George Osodi Nigerian Monarchs at Z Photographic, an exhibition of Sergei Chilikov soviet ‘New Photography’ in the Embankment galleries, a wall of some impressive large format abstract photographs from Nagoya Hatakeyama at Taka Ishii, some Fabien Miller camera-less photos, a wall of Andre Kertesz and… well, so much more.

Photo London Sergei Chilikov Photoprovocations
Sergei Chilikov Photoprovocations

There are lots of photo books too including a display of winners from the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards, a series of lectures and, for when it all gets too much, the Martin Parr cafe is the place to relax with some old British favourites.

Photo London 2016
Photo London 2016 by CELLOPHANELAND*

Finally, since ‘everyone is a photographer now’, we of course feel obliged to add our own iPhone snap to the ever growing world of images! Hope you like it.

Photo London 2016 is at Somerset House 19 -22 May 2016.

For more information visit Photo London

Images by CELLOPHANELAND*

 

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