Photo London 2016 is now open for applications!


The launch of Photo London in May 2015 met with widespread international acclaim from galleries, collectors, curators and the media. Running over five days in the spectacular historic surroundings of Somerset House Photo London is a unique photography event.  At its heart is a major international photography fair featuring over 80 exhibitors showcasing the broad range of photographic practice, from vintage to contemporary.  In addition Photo London features an innovative public programme, supported by the LUMA Foundation, that includes talks and lectures, exhibitions, performances and installations.  In 2015 the exhibition programme featured  Beneath the Surface – rarely seen works from the V&A collection, Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis in Platinum and Kaveh Golestan’s Prostitute. There were specially commissioned installations by Rut Blees Luxemburg  and Sohei Nishino and an evening programme of music and photography – the Deadhouse Sessions.   Plans are already well advanced that build on this successful inauguration for 2016.



Photo London is produced by Candlestar, an internationally renowned cultural consultancy with an outstanding reputation within the field of photography and the arts.


Public Programme


Photo London is more than an art fair. The exciting public programme supported by the LUMA Foundation this year presented three large-scale exhibitions and two site-specific installations, all specially commissioned for Photo London. These include Beneath the Surface, showing hidden treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Photographs Collection, which will run until 24th August 2015, as well as the first UK exhibition of Kaveh Golestan’s Prostitute series and the epic Genesis in Platinum, displaying previously unseen platinum prints by Sebastião Salgado. Somerset House provided a dramatic backdrop for new installations The Teaser by Rut Blees Luxembourg and Diorama Map London by Sohei Nishino.


2015’s talks and lectures programme at Photo London featured some two dozen luminaries from the field, including Don McCullin, Sebastião Salgado, Susan Derges, William A. Ewing, Mitch Epstein, Simon Schama, Rankin and Stephen Shore.