Photo London Announces Details of the 2020 Edition

PHOTO LONDON ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF THE 2020 EDITION

Somerset House, 14-17 May 2020

  • Photo London 2020 will feature over one hundred exhibitors. To date 93 exhibitors from 22 countries are confirmed
  • 26 exhibitors participate for the first time
  • Increased prominence given to presentations
  • Shirin Neshat announced as Photo London Master of Photography
  • A special emphasis on women in photography including ‘Stand Up, Sit Down: Voices of Women in Photography’ — an exhibition by the HUNDRED+ HEROINES Foundation
  • Photo London 2020 once again features an outstanding public programme of installations, exhibitions, talks and screenings
  • For the first time the Fair hosts a major symposium for international photography curators co-produced with Foam (Amsterdam) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London)

Photo London 2020 will be at Somerset House from 14-17 May 2020 (invitation-only preview 13 May), advanced tickets are on sale at photolondon.org/tickets.

London, 24 February 2020 – Photo London is delighted to announce the details of its sixth edition, which will feature a total of 109 exhibitors showing the best of international photography in the spectacular neoclassical architecture of Somerset House, where the term ‘photography’ was first coined by Sir John Hershel, the Astronomer Royal, in 1839. To date the Fair’s Curatorial Committee has confirmed 94 exhibitors from 22 countries and is carefully considering the last applicants who could further strengthen the Fair’s offer.

Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad Founders of Photo London said: ‘We are enormously grateful to our Curatorial Committee for urging us to take time and great care over the curation of this year’s Fair. This has paid dividends. The exhibitor list already has great strength and depth and it gets stronger by the day. We are also delighted to be able to champion the work of so many outstanding women photographers including, of course, our sixth Master of Photography, Shirin Neshat.’

This year, Photo London consolidates its commitment to showing the best historic and vintage photography together with a focus on future directions in photography. This is particularly evident in the development of an exciting group of young galleries, many of whom – such as Black Box Projects, Webber and MMX Gallery— have previously exhibited in the Discoveries section and will now exhibit for the first time in the main section of Photo London.

Roderick van der Lee, Director of Photo London, stated: ‘I am proud to see that this year’s expanded curatorial focus and close dialogue with exhibitors has resulted in such exceptionally strong and considered presentations. Booths exploring either the depth of a single theme, the boundaries of photographic process and material, or the scope of a single artist or time-frame are complimented by an increased institutional presence at the fair in the form of exhibitions and a professional curators symposium. All in all, I think the coming of age of photography is beautifully reflected in this year’s edition of Photo London.’

Exhibitors

The exhibitors’ selection reflects Photo London’s strong curatorial focus and the Fair’s ultimate mission to promote excellence in photography.

Under the chairmanship of Philippe Garner, the Fair’s Curatorial Committee has played a crucial part in guiding conversations with exhibitors. This open dialogue with exhibitors has resulted in a series of strong themed booths, including Bastian (London) gallery’s presentation of Polaroid works from legendary artists Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and cinematographer Wim Wenders; and Prahlad Bubbar’s (London) juxtaposition of unique 19th century with 21st century prints of architecture in India.

Several exhibitors feature artists who will also be presented in major London exhibitions this spring. They include Zanele Muholi at Autograph (London) who will feature in a major exhibition at Tate. Also, Karen Knorr at Sundaram Tagore Gallery (Singapore, NYC, Hong Kong) and Karlheinz Weinberger at Galerie Esther Woerdehoff (Paris) are among the group of photographers taking part in Barbican’s monumental Masculinities exhibition.

This year there is again a significant emphasis on solo presentations in both the Discovery section and the main section. In the main section, these include Miles Aldridge at Christophe Guye Galerie (Zurich); Todd Hido at Reflex Amsterdam; Delphine Diallo at Fisheye Gallery (Paris); Guido Guidi at Large Glass (London); Ralph Ziman at The Rendon Gallery (L.A.); Hsu Ching-Yuan at galerie_frédéric moisan (Paris) and Margaret Courtney-Clarke at SMAC Gallery (Cape Town; Johannesburg; Stellenbosch). In the Discovery section solo presentations include Alastair Whitton at Black Box Publishing (Cape Town) and Sebastian Cramer at GUDBERG NERGER (Hamburg).

Photo London 2020 welcomes back many regular exhibitors to the main section, including Flowers Gallery (London, celebrating their 50th anniversary), Michael Hoppen Gallery (London), Galerie Johannes Faber (Vienna), Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Persons Projects (Berlin), Peter Fetterman Gallery (Santa Monica), Akio Nagasawa Gallery (Tokyo) and Robert Hershkowitz Ltd. (U.K.).

In addition, the Fair welcomes a strong selection of new and international exhibitors including Autograph, FLATLAND GALLERY (Amsterdam), Joerg Maass Kunsthandel (Berlin), Miyako Yoshinaga (New York), Nicholas Metivier (Toronto), Prahlad Bubbar, Richard Saltoun Gallery (London), Vision Neil Folberg Gallery (Jerusalem) and Gabriel Wickbold Gallery (São Paulo).

In the Discovery section, returning exhibitors such as EQUINOM Gallery (San Francisco), A.I. gallery (London), UP Gallery (Hsinchu, Taiwan) and Sid Motion Gallery (London) are joined by a number of exciting new young initiatives showcasing the next generation of artists who are working to push the boundaries of photography still further, including Szena Gallery (Moscow) showing Igor Samolet; Vanessa Vainio (London) showing the sculptural work of Josefina Nelimarkka; Versus Art Project (Istanbul); Galeria Aura (São Paulo) bringing Julia Milward, Paula Scamparini and Renato Custodio; and Galerie Zielinsky (Barcelona) showing works by João Farkas, Romy Pocztaruk and Leonardo Finotti.

As a new addition to the Discovery section, Photo London has created an informal space to meet and network within the fair. This year, the space will host the inaugural event of Photoworks’ (Brighton) 25th anniversary programme – a special exhibition celebrating Photoworks Annual magazine and interrogating the institution’s archive.

With exhibitors from Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom and the U.S., Photo London retains its global perspective.

Master of Photography

Photo London is delighted to present the 2020 Master of Photography Award to the Iranian artist Shirin Neshat (b. 1957, Qazvin, Iran). The award is given annually to a leading contemporary photographer who is the subject of a special exhibition at the fair.

Over the past three decades, working across photography, video and cinema, Neshat has dedicated her practice to an understanding of the religious and political forces of power that have shaped Iranian and other Islamic cultures. Her art centers on the contrasts between Islam and the West, femininity and masculinity, public life and private life, antiquity and modernity, and bridging the spaces between these subjects.

At Photo London, Neshat presents for the first time in the UK the photographic series ‘The Home of My Eyes’ (2015), recently on view at The Broad in Los Angeles as part of the artist’s major retrospective. The 55 intimate, close-up portraits in this series represent a shift in Neshat’s practice, as they depart from works that focus primarily on her Iranian society and instead reflect on other cultures. Portraying the diverse people of Azerbaijan, the artist conceived of the series as “a portrait of a country that for so long has been a crossroads of many different ethnicities, religions, and languages.” Additionally, Neshat calligraphically inscribed the portraits, using the graphic element of the text – recurrent in her photographs – to report the subjects’ individual opinions on cultural identity and the concept of home.

The exhibition also includes the film ‘Roja’ (2015) where Neshat – employing a surrealist lens and nonlinear narrative – reflects on her own experience of living in the foreign culture of the United States, tracing an Iranian woman’s nostalgia for her homeland.

In addition, Neshat presents a site-specific photo installation, comprised of a collection of her unseen mood books, studies and finished photographs.

In a first for Photo London, the Master of Photography exhibition will be extended beyond the fair days until the 21st of June.

As part of the Photo London Talks Programme Shirin Neshat will be in conversation with Yasufumi Nakamori, Tate Modern's Senior Curator of International Photography, on Thursday, 14 May. The exhibition ‘Shirin Neshat: Land of Dreams’ is on view at Goodman Gallery, London, until 28 March.

Public Programme

Full details of the Public Programme will be announced in late March. Highlights include:

‘Stand Up, Sit Down: Voices of Women in Photography’. A special exhibition organised on behalf of the HUNDRED+ HEROINES Foundation celebrating exceptional image-making from women artists from around the world. It will include the work of an outstanding group of women artists including Alix-Marie, Elina Brotherus, Ellen Carey, VALIE EXPORT, Yushi Li, Susan Meiselas, Marcia Michael, Tracey Moffat, ORLAN, Josephine Pryde, Newsha Tavakolian, and Gillian Wearing.

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard: Multigraphs Installation. With Kate MacGarry Gallery, Photo London presents an interactive installation by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard featuring portraits from their ongoing Multigraphs series. These images are made using a Victorian technique that allows the simultaneous capture of five views of a subject. Their interactive installation will allow visitors to experiment with the optical illusion first-hand.

Rankin: Eyescape. Fascinated by eyes throughout his career, Rankin’s Eyescape series has seen him photograph in extreme close-up and intimate detail the irises of models and celebrities, including the eyes of Heidi Klum, Seal, and supermodel Kate Moss for the auction house Christie’s in 2012. For two days during the Fair (13 and 14 May) Rankin will install a temporary studio and invite visitors to experience a Rankin photoshoot to create a photograph of their own iris. These works map your eye to produce unique and profoundly individual portraits. Every sitter will receive a 1080x1080 px image of their Rankin Eyescape for free - supplied ready to be uploaded to social media. Slots are booked in advance with a limited number of drop-in places available throughout the day.

Pavilion Installations. Photo London’s annual pavilion installations have included work by Wolfgang Tillmans’, William Klein, Daido Moriyama, Susan Meiselas and Mary McCartney. The first confirmed commission for 2020 features works from Simon Procter’s Karl Largerfeld series.

SAVE THE 20X24. 20x24 Studio Berlin is a charity initiative dedicated to rescuing large-format Polaroid photography created with the 20x24 camera. Extremely bulky, the 20x24 camera was developed by Edwin Land in 1947 to create a new type of camera that could link mass market and fine art photography.  Many artists including Andy Warhol and Nobuyoshi Araki appreciated this format and were celebrated for their 20x24 Polaroids. However, only six cameras were produced before regulations outlawed the type of film they employed. Of these cameras, only two still exist and function today. One will be installed at Photo London and several artists and photographers, both emerging and established, will create a unique Polaroid artwork in front of visitors to raise awareness of the dying medium.

Ian Parry Awards. To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Ian Parry Awards (whose previous recipients have included Ivor Prickett, Liz Hingley, Leonie Hampton and Jonas Bendikesn), Photo London presents a special exhibition of the work of the 2019 laureates Nanna Heitmann and Jedrzej Nowicki.

Exhibitors to date

29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

A.I.

Aho & Soldan Photo and Film Foundation

Akio Nagasawa Gallery

Aperture

Arthill Gallery

ARTITLED contemporary

Atlas Gallery

Augusta Edwards Fine Art

Autograph

BASTIAN

Bildhalle

Black Box Projects

Black Box Publishing

CAMERA WORK

Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea

Catherine Edelman Gallery

Christophe Guye Galerie

Crane Kalman Gallery

Ecad

Eleven Fine Art

Encounter Contemporary

England & Co Gallery

EUQINOM Gallery

Fisheye Gallery

FLATLAND GALLERY

Flowers Gallery

Gabriel Wickbold Gallery

Galeria Aura

Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

Galerie Johannes Faber

Galerie Thierry Bigaignon

Galerie Zielinsky

galerie_frédéric moisan

Galerie—Peter—Sillem

Galleria Valeria Bella

Gallery PHOYIQ

Goodman Gallery

GUDBERG NERGER

Hi-Noon (Rut Luxemburg)

Holden Luntz Gallery

Ian Parry Award

IBASHO

Ingrid Deuss

Joerg Maass Kunsthandel

Kate McGarry

Kominek

Large Glass

Lee Miller Archives

Magnum Photos

Michael Hoppen Gallery

Miyako Yoshinaga

MMX Gallery

Nicholas Metivier Gallery

October Gallery

Persons Projects

Peter Fetterman Gallery

Photoworks

Podbielski Contemporary

Prahlad Bubbar

PROJECT 2.0 / Gallery

Purdy Hicks Gallery

Reflex Amsterdam

The Rendon Gallery

Richard Saltoun Gallery

Robert Hershkowitz Ltd

Galería RocioSantaCruz

Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography Ltd

The Music Photo Gallery

SCAD Art Sales

Sid Motion Gallery

SMAC Gallery

Smith Davidson Gallery

Stewart & Skeels

Suite 59 Gallery

Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Szena Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery

TJ Boulting

TOBE Gallery

UP Gallery

Vanessa Vainio

Versus Art Project

Vision Neil Folberg Gallery

Webber Gallery

Photo London 2020

14 – 17 May 2020

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

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Preview (by invitation only):

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 11.00-21.00

Public Days:

Thursday, 14 May, 12.00 – 21.00

Friday, 15 May – Saturday 16 May, 12.00 – 19.30

Sunday 17 May, 12:00 – 18.30

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Notes to Editors:

  1. Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Founded in 2015, Photo London already established itself as a world-class photography Fair and as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community. From the capital’s major museums to its auction houses, galleries large and small, right into the burgeoning creative community in the East End and South London, Photo London harnesses the city’s outstanding creative talent and brings the world’s leading photographers, curators, exhibitors and dealers together with the public to celebrate photography, the medium of our time.
  2. About Shirin Neshat. Shirin Neshat is an Iranian-born artist and filmmaker living in New York. Neshat’s early photographic works include the Women of Allah series (1993–1997), which explored the question of gender in relation to Islamic fundamentalism and militancy. Her subsequent video works departed from overtly political content or critique in favor of more poetic imagery and complex human narratives. Neshat continues to explore and experiment with the mediums of photography, video and film. In 2017, Neshat directed her first opera, AIDA at the Salzburg Music Festival, in Austria. Neshat has held numerous solo exhibitions at galleries and museums worldwide, including the Museo Correr in Venice, Italy, to coincide with the 2017 Venice Biennale; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Detroit Institute of the Arts; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Serpentine Gallery, London; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. A major survey of her work from the past 25 years just closed at The Broad museum, Los Angeles. Neshat has been the recipient of the Golden Lion Award - the First International Prize at the 48th Venice Biennial (1999), the Hiroshima Freedom Prize (2005), The Crystal Award (2014), and most recently the Praemium Imperiale (2017). In 2009, Neshat directed her first feature-length film, Women Without Men, which received the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. Her most recent feature film Looking for Oum Kulthum opened in the Venice Film Festival in 2017 and has been screened in numerous other international film festivals including the Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Hamburg Film Festival, and Seattle Film Festival. Neshat is represented by Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and Goodman Gallery, London.
  3. About HUNDRED+ HEROINES. Hundred Heroines Limited (Hundred+ Heroines) is a not-for-profit company established following the success of the original Hundred Heroines campaign (spearheaded by founder Del Barrett whilst she was VP of the RPS). The original project highlighted inspiring women from across the world, whose work is transforming photography and the visual arts and Hundred+ Heroines now enables the project to flourish and provides a platform for further related initiatives as well as a range of new activities.
  4. About Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard. Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard are resident Somerset House Studios artists and BAFTA nominated directors working across film, installation, performance, sound, documentary and TV drama. Working collaboratively since meeting at Goldsmiths in the mid-nineties, their work has been exhibited around the world and is collected by museums and institutions including Tate at the British Government Art Collection. Their debut feature film, ‘20,000 Days on Earth’, won two awards at Sundance and nominations from BAFTA and the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2015 Iain & Jane received the Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director from the British Independent Film Awards. They are represented by Kate MacGarry, London.
  5. About Rankin. Rankin co-founded the seminal magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1991, and has since published the likes of AnOther and AnOther Man, alongside over 40 books and the biannual fashion, culture and lifestyle print and digital platform, Hunger. His photography has been published everywhere from his own publications to Elle, Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Wonderland, and exhibited in galleries around the world, including MoMA, New York, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He lives in London with his wife Tuuli and their dogs.
  6. About 20x24 Studio Berlin. The 20x24 Studio Berlin was founded by Markus Mahla in 2018. Having worked for Polaroid Corp. for the majority of his career, Markus acquired the 20x24 Land Camera #5 in 2018 and founded the 20x24 Studio Berlin in order to provide a new platform for analogue photography of the last century and to give a new generation of artists a chance to enjoy it. The Studio is managed by photographer Oliver Blohm, who is specialised in large format photography and was trained on the 20x24 Camera by Jan Hnizdo (Prag) and John Reuter (NYC).
  7. About Somerset House: Somerset House is London’s working arts centre and home to the UK’s largest creative community. Built on historic foundations, we are situated in the very heart of the capital. Dedicated to backing progress, championing openness, nurturing creativity and empowering ideas, our cultural programme is ambitious in scope. We insist on relevance, but aren’t afraid of irreverence, and are as keen on entertainment as enrichment. We embrace the biggest issues of our times and are committed to oxygenating new work by emerging artists. Where else can you spend an hour ice-skating while listening to a specially commissioned sound piece by a cutting-edge artist? It is this creative tension—the way we harness our heritage, put the too-often overlooked on our central stage and use our neo-classical backdrop to showcase ground-breaking contemporary culture—that inspires our programme. Old and new, history and disruption, art and entertainment, high-tech and homemade, combined with the fact that we are home to a constantly shape-shifting working creative community: this is our point of difference. It is what we are proud of. And it is what makes the experience of visiting or working in Somerset House inspiring and energizing, urgent and exciting. www.somersethouse.org.uk.