The blurb for this event says “London’s first international photography fair will harness the passionate, growing audience for photography in the city and nurture a new generation of collectors. Photo London’s exciting public programme is supported by the LUMA Foundation.”
The programme includes mimi-exhibitions by participating galleries as well as book launches, talks, exhibitions and other events such as screening. However, it is not easy to find a clear programme; one needs to buy a ticket for the day and then more tickets for any event one wants to attend. The tickets have to be bought through another organisation called Ticketmaster and there were problems; I found the date printed on one ticket to be incorrect. There was however a page from which one can explore the various events some of which are sold out within a few days while there is also a catalogue that features images from the exhibitions …
There are a number of exhibitions. Sebastiao Salgado is exhibiting his Genesis portfolio, this time with platinum prints; the V&A have put together a collection of photographs called “Beneath the Surface” which is described as follows …
“A new exhibition commissioned by Photo London that will open concurrently with the inaugural Photo London fair and continue until 24 August 2015. In keeping with the breadth of photographic works represented at Photo London, Beneath the Surface will reflect the international scope and historical depth of the V&A’s preeminent collection of photographs.
This exhibition of some 200 works reflects the Embankment Galleries’ riverfront location in one of London’s most ancient quarters, focussing on images of water, the topography of the city and the people within it. Depictions of water – implying depths beneath the surface – provide a metaphor for the richness of the V&A’s collection, and the exhibition will also include photographs of the museum itself. Selected from a collection that dates back to 1852, Beneath the Surface comprises unseen or rarely-displayed photographs chosen by Martin Barnes, the museum’s Senior Curator of Photographs.
Beneath the Surface will include works by the earliest practitioners in the field, including nineteenth-century masters William Strudwick, Victor Prout and Charles Thurston Thompson; great observers of twentieth-century life such as Thurston Hopkins, John Gay and Brassaï; contemporary and fine art photography by Susan Derges, Nigel Shafran, Sinje Dillenkofer, Stephen Gill and Naoya Hatakeyama, and photographic works by practitioners better known in other media, such as graphic designer Robert Brownjohn and installation artists Ackroyd & Harvey”
The exhibitions don’t start until the thursday though.
On wednesday evening, an audience with the photographer Sze Tsung Leong sounds interesting; I have ordered his book Horizons. Before this, there is an interview with Don Mac Cullin whom I have heard speak before. No entry charges for this preview day but charges for the talks. I did not come on the first day but later met Sze Tsung Leong.
On the Thursday, Nadav Kander is talking but this is already booked and I was anyway torn between listening to him and a group discussion with Susan Derges, Martin Barnes and others from 2 to 3.30 p.m; I own a book published by the V&A relating to this on cameraless photography and want to contact Susan Derges to see if she would give a talk for the OCA. Her talk is the first event I attend and it helps to explain her work. Following this Annabella Pollen (who I met in Brighton back in 2012) is interviewing Erik Kessels from 5 to 6.30 pm. In the evening, Stephen Shore is also talking about his career at The National Portrait Gallery but I have heard him before. There are also a few book signings in the Great Arch Hall such as Simon Norfolk (14.00 to 14.30) whose book on Norfolk and Bourne I have been wanting to purchase for sometime yet I manage to miss this!
In the afternoon, Ori Gersht is talking between 3 and 4.30 pm while Kander’s talk on Sargeant at The National Portrait Gallery is booked but can get on the waitlist. However, there is a discussion on “The Dissolution of Photography” at The Courtauld Institute (Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre) at the same time which seems more relevant and runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free! Between 15.00 and 15.30 in the Great Hall , David Parker is signing copies of his book Myth and Landscape which is another book I have purchased; between 16.00 and 17.00, Sze Tsung Leong will be signing copies of his book Horizons. There is also a film presentation with Salgado in the evening at The Curzon Cinema in Chelsea from 18.15 to 21.30. Not easy to choose.
On saturday, Salgado’s talk is booked out but I shall probably be busy anyway with the OCA. Simon Schama is talking on portraiture at The Courtauld Institute in the evening from 5.35 to 7 pm which should be worth listening to. If I get there in time, David Campany will be signing copies of his book The Open Road between 2 and 3 p.m. which I already have while Kander will be signing copies of Dust between 16.00 and 17.00 which I have just bought, having seen the Dust exhibition last year and written about it.
On Sunday, Steve Mac Curry is talking at 14.30 at King’s College and called a satellite event he will be there!? The latest book about coffee sounds interesting and is included in the price. Mitch Epstein is also talking at The Courtauld Institute starting 15.55. After this, Stephen Shore is talking about the Instagram which could be interesting. Shore also has a book signing between 4 and 5 pm for his book about the Middle East.