Photo London 2020

Autumn 2020
Somerset House

Showcasing the very best of the past, present and future of photography.

Further to the announcement that, as a consequence of the global health emergency, Photo London 2020 would be rescheduled to a date in the autumn, the Fair unveils the new dates and venue of its sixth edition.

Photo London 2020 will take place from 7–11 October at Gray's Inn Gardens, London, with a VIP preview on the evening of 06 October.

Photo London hopes to return to Somerset House in 2021 and has decided to move its sixth edition to a new venue in agreement with the arts centre, which sadly is hosting another event that week.

The choice to use Gray's Inn Gardens was driven by Photo London's determination to find an equally iconic and well-placed location that would also allow staging a large-scale event in a controlled and safe way. 

Michael Benson & Fariba Farshad, Founders of Photo London, commented:

'When earlier this year, we took the inevitable decision to reschedule Photo London, we set ourselves the goal of delivering an alternative plan for this year's Fair no later than mid-May. This has not been an easy task.  However, we felt very strongly that we owed it to our exhibitors and the artists who have supported us over the past five years to try to find the best possible solution. 

So, with cautious optimism, we are delighted to be able to report that the sixth edition of Photo London will now take place between 7-11 October at a new location, Gray's Inn Gardens. We are incredibly grateful to the Mayor of London's Office and the team at Somerset House who have been instrumental in helping us secure this outstanding new location.

Throughout this process, we have consulted widely with art world professionals and a host of other advisers. The message that kept coming back through these discussions is that, while no one is under any illusion about the challenges we face, we should hold fast to the idea of staging a Fair as soon as it could take place safely and successfully. From this point of view, it is encouraging to see auction houses, galleries and museums across Europe making their first tentative preparations for a resumption of activities.'

Photo London brings the finest international photography to the British capital every year. Set amongst the spectacular neoclassical architecture of Somerset House – where the term ‘photography’ was first coined in 1839 – the Fair presents the best historic and vintage works while also to spotlighting fresh perspectives in photography. Along with a selection of the world’s leading photography dealers and galleries showing at the Fair, Photo London’s Discovery section is dedicated to the most exciting emerging galleries and artists. In addition, each edition sees a unique Public Programme including special exhibitions and installations; a Talks Programme curated by William A. Ewing, former Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, and former Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York; and several Awards announced, headlined by thePhoto London Master of Photography Award.

Beyond the Fair, Photo London regularly hosts Pre-Fair Talks engaging with the craft, market and knowledge of photography and acts as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community, with major institutions, auction houses, galleries and the burgeoning creative communities in the East End and South London presenting a series of Satellite Events.

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