Photo London 2022 exhibitor highlights
In April Photo London unveils its core line-up of exhibitors and galleries taking part in the Fair’s seventh edition alongside new details of its Public Programme. Photo London presents the very best of the past, present and future of photography from leading international galleries and through solo presentations by acclaimed and rising talents. Held annually each May at Somerset House, the Fair is a celebration of the photographic medium in all its forms, creating a focal point for photography in London with events and special presentations taking place across the city.
The 2022 edition places a particular focus on fashion photography through two major solo exhibitions by legendary fashion photographers Nick Knight and Frank Horvat. Writer and curator Tim Clark is the advisory curator for this year’s Discovery section, presenting sculptural works and interactive installations, while author, curator and museum director William A. Ewing curates this year’s Talks programme. New to the Fair is the PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai Presents section featuring works by leading galleries and artists from China.
Photo London is delighted to welcome back many of the Fair’s longtime supporters from around the world on-site for the first time since the pandemic, including: Peter Fetterman Gallery (Los Angeles) returns to the Fair with a special booth to launch The Power of Photography, a book reflecting the online project the gallerist conceived during the pandemic, where he published daily posts of his most cherished and intriguing prints from his collection. With images by Henri Cartier Bresson, Sabine Weiss and Steve McCurry, the selection includes some of the most heartening images from the twentieth century.
Other exhibitors returning to Photo London include Goodman Gallery (Cape Town, Johannesburg and London) showing multi-media artist Mikhael Subotzky; Reflex (Amsterdam) bringing Todd Hido’s subversive work; Persons Projects (Berlin) presenting conceptual photographer Grey Crawford and Tina Itkonen’s dreamlike arctic landscapes. Galerie-Peter-Sillem (Frankfurt) will show Anastasia Samoylova who is shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2022; plus Galerie Thomas Zander (Cologne) participates with a presentation that includes images by Tod Papageorge, who made his name by photographing the glittering New York disco club scene in the late 70s. England&Co (London), Galerie Bene Taschen (Cologne), Galerie Sophie Scheidecker (Paris), EUQINOM Gallery (San Francisco) and ALMANAQUE fotográfica (Mexico City) also return to the Discovery section of the Fair.
Exhibiting at Photo London for the first time are Jean Kenta Gauthier (Paris) who will present work by Mishka Henner, Raphaël Dallaporta and Daniel Blaufuks, GBS Fine Art (Somerset) who bring Emily Allchurch and her painstakingly beautiful digital collages; Galerie Podgorny Robinson (Saint Paul de Vence) who will show a series of photographic portraits of the sculptor Louise Bourgeois; The Gallery of Everything (London) who will present a selection of photographic works from the canon of 20th Century alternative art makers; together with two Paris based galleries; Olivier Waltman Gallery (Paris) who will feature work by four artists each of whom investigates the human impact on the environment: Rene Guneruiussen, Alex Plademunt, Tali Amitai-Taibb and Cedric Arnold; and Nil Gallery will show new work by Prince Gyasi, Lou Escobar and Ismail Zaidy.
Photo London’s Discovery section is recognised as a world leader. This year, Tim Clark, the writer, curator, lecturer and Editor-in-Chief at the leading online contemporary photography magazine 1000 Words, acts as the Curatorial Adviser for Discovery. A highlight for 2022 is Walter and Zoniel’s Rainbow Camera, an interactive installation greeting visitors to the Discovery section and inviting them to photograph themselves pressed against a wall of rainbow coloured flatbed scanners. Exhibitors returning to Discovery include artist-led platform Hi-Noon, bringing Melanie Issaka – a Ghanian artist known for her full body photogram self-portraits, plus Open Doors Gallery (London) showcasing new poetic prints of everyday life by British photographer Max Miechowski. Photon (Ljubljana) returns with works by four eastern European artists of different generations highlighting the visual aesthetic of the period in which they were created. Exhibitors joining Discovery for the first time include AFIKARIS gallery (Paris) with three portrait photographers, Saïdou Dicko, Nana Yaw Oduro and Marc Posso, who capture the human figure in their own style, mirroring their ideals and vision of society and LS10 Gallery (London) with the work of three Iranian artists.
Photography from the past has always been an important element of Photo London’s curatorial fabric and this year is no different with a number of significant presentations. Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography Ltd (Hove) will showcase a portfolio of limited edition platinum prints of jellyfish by Jan C Schlegel, and Robert Hershkowitz Ltd (London) returns to the Fair featuring a series of early masterworks by major photographers of the early nineteenth century, as well as a group of early photographs by and of women, including work by Julia Margaret Cameron, Augusta Mostyn and Caroline Nevill. The Lee Miller Archives (East Sussex) focus their booth on the Surrealist way of seeing in Lee Miller’s work, from Paris in the 1930s through to the many chapters of her life including her time as a war correspondent. Photographs by her husband, the Surrealist artist Roland Penrose, will also be featured. Curatorial (LA) bring vintage work by Emil Otto Hoppe (including the photographer’s sideways glance at the English) and Paul Outerbridge. Grob Gallery (London) champions great black & white photography from the 20th century with a selection of fine vintage silver gelatin prints by Bill Brandt and André Kertész. Grob Gallery also brings prints by this year’s Master of Photography Nick Knight.
With the support of Official Partner Nikon, Photo London will continue its Emerging Photographer of the Year award at the 2022 Fair. The work of last year’s winner Heather Agyepong together with shortlisted work by Almudena Romero (Fisheye Gallery) and Alia Ali (Peter Silem) will be shown at the Nikon space. Alongside a full programme of workshops and talks, Nikon plan to create their own comprehensive digital section of the Fair, covering all aspects of digital imaging making to form an innovative and engaging addition to the Fair.