Photo London brings the finest international photography to the British capital every May. 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 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 the Photo 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.
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.
Photo London is a place to encounter the most innovative emerging artists, new work by established masters and rare vintage pieces, and as such is guided by a Curatorial Committee comprised of some the field’s most esteemed curators, critics and museum directors.
This year’s Curatorial Committee includes:
Philippe Garner (Chair) – Former Director at Christie’s and International Head of Photographs and 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design.
Martin Barnes – Senior Curator, Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Simone Klein – Former Global Director of Print Sales at Magnum Photos.
Shoair Mavlian – Director at Photoworks.
Sofia Vollmer de Maduro – Director of Education, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, collector and Curator Emeritus of the Alberto Vollmer Foundation collection.
Tristan Lund – Art consultant and curator.
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 maintaining Photo London as a major event in the international art world calendar.
Honorary President | Michael G. Wilson, OBE
Lady Hayat Palumbo
Isabelle von Ribbentrop
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Iman de Saussure
Fariba Farshad is co-Founder with Michael Benson of Candlestar, a company that specialises in the creation and development of major new international cultural initiatives including Condé Nast College of Fashion and the Prix Pictet, the global photography prize. In 2015, Candlestar inaugurated the first edition of Photo London and in five years, the Fair has established itself as a key event in the international art world calendar.
Michael Benson, Founder
Fariba Farshad, Founder
Roderick van der Lee, Fair Director
Caterina Berardi, Communications Manager
Helen Ho, Head of VIP Relations
Sophie Parker, Head of Exhibitor Relations
Juan Martín Pereira, Head of Design
Susanna Pousette, Project Coordinator
Henry Tolentino, Finance Officer
Fenna Wiersum, Head of Public Programme
William Worth, VIP & External Relations Manager