Photo London 2022 Talks | Thu 12 May

Overseen by renowned author, curator, professor, and museum director William A. Ewing, the Photo London Talks Programme presents a strong line-up of speakers for its 2022 edition.

Providing listeners with a unique insight into some of the world’s most inspiring voices in the medium, expect to hear lively talks, debates and discussions to broaden – and deepen – your understanding of photography.  

For the 2022 edition, there's a mixture of online and on-site talks.

On-site talk tickets cost £9.50 (special fair offer, all talks now £5.00!) These can be booked via the Somerset House website. Nikon talks are free of charge however booking in advance is strongly advised. Please note, talk tickets do not include admission to the Fair, you must have a day ticket to attend the talk. All on-site talks will take place in the Screening Room.


13.00 – 14.00
Holding the Baby 
Scottish documentary photographer Polly Braden and writer and art critic Hettie Judah talk about key topics raised in Polly’s work, focusing on learning disabilities and autism.

14.30 – 15.30
From the Pit to the Pole
With unparalleled access to some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, Conor McDonnell will be talking about his images, expeditions and the stories behind them.

16.00 – 17.00
Playing Performing Portraits 
Visual artist Melanie Manchot talks about her multifaceted and performative practice, which embraces photography, film, video and installation.

18.45 – 19.45
Under the Surface with Fine Art Photographer Therese Asplund
In 2020, when Covid slowed everything down, Asplund initiated a project in which she wanted to create the same kind of fine art portraiture she makes in the studio, but underwater. Hear Therese talk about the struggles, the failures and what she did to finally succeed in making colorful and “flowing” fine art portraits, with beautifully controlled lighting, below the surface.

20.00 – 20.45
Inside The Economist
1843 magazine’s photo editor Melanie Grant is in conversation with photographers Tim Flach and Emma Hardy.