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"The UK Photography event of the year" The Guardian

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.

CURATORIAL COMMITTEE

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.

ADVISORY BOARD

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

 

Anne-Pierre d’Albis-Ganem
Alia Al-Senussi
Stephen Barber
Simon Bishop
Pierre Brahm
Beverley Buckingham
Subash Chulani
Beth Colocci
James Danziger
Tim Delaney
Franck Diafouka
Diana Donovan

Maryam Eisler
Lisa Garrison
Camilla Grimaldi
François Hébel
Nick Hough
James Hyman
Leo Johnson
David Knaus
Mark Lubell
Fatima Maleki
Kamiar Maleki
Scott Mead

Lady Hayat Palumbo
Francis Pike
Nigel Pleming
Lord Puttnam
Isabelle von Ribbentrop
Karen Ruimy
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Iman de Saussure
Andy Simpkin
Nicholas Stanley
Maria Sukkar
Artur Walther

TEAM

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

Andres Ros Soto, Head of Design

Susanna Pousette, Project Coordinator

Henry Tolentino, Finance Officer

Fenna Wiersum, Head of Public Programme

William Worth, VIP & External Relations Manager