Photo London 2018 Talks Programme Announced

Joel Meyerowitz, from the series Red Heads. Copyright Joel Meyerowitz, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

Photo London is proud to announce details of the Talks Programme for the fourth edition of the Fair, which will take place 17 – 20 May 2018 at Somerset House. The Programme will showcase the rich history of photography from its inception to the present day and will explore the future direction of the form. It will feature talks and discussions with some of the world’s most important and innovative photographers, artists, dealers, curators and writers. As well as featuring many of photography’s renowned pioneers – including Joel Meyerowitz and Thomas Struth – the Talks Programme will include:

  • Photo London Master of Photography 2018 Edward Burtynsky in conversation with curator and writer William A. Ewing
  • Cornelia Parker discusses the influence of 19th-century photographer William Henry Fox Talbot with Hans P Kraus Jr.
  • Darren Almond discusses his solo exhibition at Photo London
  • Terry O’Neill and Douglas Kirkland on photographing the music, fashion, style and celebrity of the 1960s
  • Acclaimed stage designer Es Devlin discusses the special photographic project she has conceived for Photo London
  • Leica and Photo London present a talk with Bruce Gilden, which explores his exhilarating and intriguing street photography
  • The Royal Photographic Society present Susan Lipper, one of the most critically acclaimed photographers of our time


The Photo London Talks Programme is curated by William A. Ewing, renowned curator and writer, former Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, and former Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York. Commenting on the Talks Programme, Ewing said: ‘Invisible Images, Evolving Spaces, Theatre of the Real, Articles of Glass, Turning Time, Vanishing Point… these are some of the intriguing titles given to talks by our distinguished cast of speakers in this year’s Photo London Talks Programme. With undisputed masters, mid-career photographers, and emerging talents, we can look forward to lively debates on a full range of issues which concern today’s image-makers. With the exception of one or two lectures, most of the talks are set up as informal discussions with noted curators and critics, a dynamic format which has more than proven its worth since our Talks Programme began. I don’t intend to miss any of the talks, and hope to share the experience with others keen to get a handle on our rapidly mutating field.’

Alex Prager, Star Shoes. Courtesy of the artist

Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad, Founding Directors of Photo London, said:

‘Once again William A. Ewing has curated a stellar Talks Programme. We are thrilled to be able to present so many outstanding artists to our London audience. These talks are the jewel in the crown of our Public Programme that also includes extraordinary exhibitions and installations, a programme of screenings and a number of other special events. It is the richness of this Programme that makes Photo London an event like no other.’