Photo London’s second edition will take place at Somerset House 19 – 22 May 2016.
Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Founded in 2015, it has 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 communities 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, dealers and the public to celebrate photography, the medium of our time.
In 2015 the exhibition programme featured Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis in Platinum, Kaveh Golestan’s series Prostitute and Beneath the Surface, an exhibition of rarely seen works from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection. There were specially commissioned installations by Rut Blees Luxemburg and Sohei Nishino and an evening programme of music and photography in the form of the Deadhouse Sessions.
Photo London is produced by Candlestar, an internationally renowned cultural consultancy with an outstanding reputation within the field of photography and the arts. Candlestar produces the Prix Pictet on behalf of the Pictet Group.
‘At a time when so many of us are using our smartphones to capture images of the people and sights around us, we shouldn’t forget photography’s significance as a long-lasting art form. There is an incredibly rich variety of photography, both historical and contemporary and it is wonderful to see a new international photo festival in London.’
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
A high level Advisory Board advises on the development of Photo London. The members of the Board play a key role in encouraging the development of the various networks on which Photo London depends. The Advisory Board is committed to establishing Photo London as a major event in the international art world calendar.