Photo London 2016

I booked for this event well in advance. This is a commercial venture and apart from a daily entry fee, there is also a charge for talks some of which promise to be excellent although I can not help but wonder how objective they will be! The event might be more about promoting artists rather than questioning their work yet the talks could be an antidote to this.

01-20160518-Somerset House riverfront-2812

A few links to consider:

Time Out Review which says very little other than it’ll be bigger and better this year. The reader is directed back to the 2015 review.

There is also of course my previous blog from 2015

Lens Culture does however take a longer view with a general review cobtaining a slide show of 55 images from the event; there is also a focus on black and white in the show as well as the emphasis on street photography.

The major newspapers such as The Times have not reviewed the event as yet but probably will do.

As I arrive at the platform for the train to London from Somerset, there is an email from OCA tutor Helen Warburton who is working at Photo London; I email her back to ask exactly where!

There is a Facebook post from photographer Paul Hill M.B.E who has at least one photograph on sale at the gallery that represents him; more interesting is the fact that the gallery is exhibiting prints by Andre Kertesz!

There is an article in Times 2, a double spread that deals mostly with the Tintype as a couple of photographers are demonstrating one at Photo London as well as making images of contemporary people; these can range from recognised artists to criminals such as a drug dealer who has recently come out of prison after being sentenced for murder as well as drug related activities. The journalist, Nancy Durant, whose tintype is pictured also mentions 5 photographers to look out for.

01-20160518-Photo London display-2821

I am looking forward to this fair and I am sure I shall enjoy it yet it is going to be a very busy event and I wonder where I can find space to relax a little when the going gets hectic!? There is work that will inspire but if one is too rushed to enjoy it, there seems to be little point; I am not a journalist with an editor to satisfy, merely a member of the public with an interest in photography who is attempting to understand the medium.

I might have seen Mishka Henner as well as Dayanita Singh but have decided to visit Shakespeare’s Globe! In fact, I have heard them speak before as I have done Martin Parr and Alec Soth yet prefer to focus more on artists I have not heard speak yet have heard about.

My personal programme look like this …


2.30 – 3.30PM

Nick Knight OBE, the British image-maker, fashion photographer and documentary photographer, will speak with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery. Hans-Ulrich Obrist is an art curator, critic and historian who is highly visible on the world stage.

4 – 5PM

Nadav Kander is an internationally renowned, London-based fine artist, photographer, and director, best known for his portraiture and landscapes works. He will be interviewed on his unique practice, with special attention given to his most recent work. Sandy Nairne CBE FSA is an English historian and curator. From 2002 until February 2015 he was the director of the National Portrait Gallery.


12.20 – 1.05PM

Mary McCartney is an English photographer and will be interviewed by Philippe Garner, a Director of Christie’s, and the international head of photographs and 20th century decorative arts and design. Mary McCartney is specially known for her informal and relaxed portraits of celebrities, as well as ordinary people.  Philippe Garner has had a long and distinguished career in the auction business, and writes and lectures extensively on photography.

1.20 – 2.05PM

Erik Kessels includes Joachim Schmid and Lucas Blalock in his upcoming Phaidon publication Failed it! How to turn mistakes into ideas and other advice for successfully screwing up. This book groups together work by international artists, photographers and designers inspired by failure. These three award winning artists will speak about their practice in a panel discussion.

2.30 – 3.30PM

Don McCullin, CBE Hon FRPS is a British photojournalist, justly recognised for his extraordinary war photography and images of urban strife, not to mention a longstanding practice of landscape photography. Photo London is honoured to be awarding Don McCullin as the 2016 Photo London Master of Photography. Don McCullin will speak in conversation with Simon Baker, the first curator of photography and international art at Tate Modern in London.



11.10 – 11.55AM

The Russian documentary director, curator, art critic, founder of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (formerly the Moscow House of Photography) has been commissioned by Photo London to present an exhibition from the Museum’s collection of Sergei Chilikov. It is Chilikov’s exhibition that Olga Sviblova will use as a launching point to speak about Russian Photography more generally. Olga Sviblova has long been considered a figurehead of photography in Russia, and has done a tremendous job promoting it abroad.

Olga Sviblova will be in conversation with Sarah Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Wilson is an art historian and curator whose interests extend from post-war and Cold War Europe and the USSR to contemporary global art.

13.00 meeting Jonathan at Tate Britain for “Painting with Light” exhibition

5.30 – 7PM

Richard Misrach is an American photographer “firmly identified with the introduction of colour to ‘fine’ [art] photography in the 1970s, and with the use of large-format traditional cameras”. He is also recognized as one of the most important landscape photographers of our time. Richard Misrach will lecture on his wide-ranging landscape practice, speaking in particular of a current major project.

18.30 V&A Painting with Light exhibition tour (I shall have to miss the Misrach talk if I am to be on time for this; possibly I shall come in at the end to ask questions of the curator.


1.20 – 2.05PM

Edward Burtynsky, the prolific Canadian photographer and film-maker known for his large-format photographs of industrial landscapes, and subject-based monographs like Oil, Water, and China, will speak about his practice and his upcoming retrospective publication, “Essential Elements”. Burtynsky will be interviewed by David Campany, the British writer, curator, artist and teacher, who works mainly with photography. Campany has written and edited many books, and contributed essays and reviews to other books, journals and magazines. Campany recently curated a major exhibition entitled A Handful of Dust for Le Bal, Paris

12.00 to 13.00  TOUR WITH WAINWRIGHT

Photo London Tour lead by Dr Jean Wainwright

Dr Jean Wainwright is a Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at UCA. As an art historian, critic and curator she has published extensively in the contemporary arts field, contributing to numerous catalogues and books. Wainwright’s practice also features interviews with international artists and photographers, many of which can be found on the Tate Audio Arts site.

15.00 to 16.00 Webb book launch

4 – 5PM

Sophy Rickett and Hannah Starkey are visual artists based in London, who work with photography at the core of their practice. Rickett works across photography, video, sound and text, with some of her recent projects exploring moments involving the encounter between people and the natural world. In her photographic based practice, Hannah Starkey specialises in staged settings of women in city environments. The conversation will be chaired by Alison Nordstrom, the distinguished American curator, working for many years at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester. Today she continues her independent curatorial work on several continents.

I might leave on evening Saturday


12.20 – 1.05PM

Lois Greenfield is the world’s foremost photographer of dance, having created a unique style over several decades, much imitated today. No other photographer has covered so many dance companies and dancers, though she insists on them ‘leaving their choreography at the door’ and directing them in unexpected ways. Her most recent book, covering her last 20 years, has just been published by Thames & Hudson. Greenfield will focus on her recent work, now digital and colour. Thames & Hudson’s Andrew Sanigar, Commissioning Editor for Photography, has much expanded the range of photography published by the house in recent years.

4 – 5PM

Cheryl Newman: Loose Women panel Cheryl Newman, the award winning Former Photography Director of the Telegraph Magazine, writer and photography consultant, will curate a panel for Photo London entitled ‘Loose Women’. This panel will explore the role of women in photography across fashion, editorial and documentary photography.


2 thoughts on “Photo London 2016

  1. Looks like a very busy programme for you Amano and I look forward to reading your thoughts on it all in due course. Hope as well that you do find spaces for some peaceful, reflective moments during all the hubbub.

  2. Well I did find a contemplative spot … The Real Food restaurant on the terrace of Somerset House. This is in fact a Martin Parr installation complete with dodgey looking menus! In fact, I treated myself to a cuppa and chuckled at the rows of small Union Jacks hung over the tables below with their checkered table cloths. A slice of kitsch with a heavy flavour of irony!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s