Photo London is a unique photography event. 2015’s inaugural edition featured a major international photography fair of over 70 exhibitors, including the world’s leading photography galleries and publishers, alongside an innovative public programme supported by the LUMA Foundation. Photo London showcases the broad range of photographic practice, from vintage to contemporary, in diverse and exciting scenarios, through a series of exhibitions, installations and live events in and around Somerset House. Exhibitions this year have included Beneath the Surface from the V&A collection, Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis in Platinum and Kaveh Golestan’s Prostitute. A specially commissioned installation by Rut Blees Luxemburg filled the Courtyard and there were also talks, music sessions and book signings around the fair.


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.