The Gift of Photography

🎁 Gift ideas from the Photo London exhibitors 🎁
Books, photographs and more under £1000

Image: © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos, courtesy of Atlas Gallery.

Elliott Erwitt, Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1989
Platinum print, printed later; 5.8 x 8.2 inches (14.8 x 21 cm)
Signed and numbered on recto; Edition of 100
£ 1,000 at Atlas Gallery

Box set with a magnificent quality platinum print with original wooden frame and coupled with a copy of the book “PARIS” published by teNeues.

Active since the 1940s, legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt selected his greatest works taken between 1946 and 1999 and has given them new life using the latest technology in platinum palladium printing. Three of his most iconic images are available as 5 x 7 inches print, framed with an original frame from a limited edition of 100. Made under the direction of Erwitt himself, the results are flawless reproductions with rich tones and a high definition never before seen with his timeless masterpieces.

The platinum-palladium process is the most stable and aesthetically rewarding of all black and white photographic printing techniques. Produced by coating specially manufactured paper with a light-sensitive emulsion containing platinum and palladium salts, these prints exhibit an expanded tonal range, three-dimensionality, and a uniquely luminous quality. Their permanence makes them the medium of choice for securing photographic archives and legacies far beyond the life of the original negatives.

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Ellie Davies, Seascapes 1, 2020
67.5cm x 90cm; Signed and numbered edition of 7 + 2 AP
£900 at Crane Kalman

British photographer Ellie Davies takes a uniquely personal approach to the landscape using her native New Forest woodland as an outdoor studio to explore and question our relationship to nature. By making a variety of temporary and non-invasive interventions in the forest, Davies place the viewer in the gap between reality and this fantasy encouraging the viewer to re-evaluate the way in which their relationship with the landscape is formed. Her work explores the myths and mythologies, fairy tales and folklore that surround and inform our connection to the woodland. Her latest body of work, ‘Seascapes’, touches on climate change and the rapidly rising sea levels and flooding we have recently experienced.

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Esther Teichmann, Untitled from Heavy the Sea, 2017
Fibre-based silver gelatin print; 8 x 6 in; edition of 100
£ 200 (ex frame) at Flowers

Working with photography across still and moving image installations, Esther Teichmann looks at the relationships between loss, desire and the imaginary, slipping between autobiography and fiction.

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Trude Fleischmann, Tilly Losch, Dancer, Vienna 1925
Gelatin silver print 1986; 23 x 15cm; signed recto, edition stamp verso
printed 1986; edition #17 of 25; Provenance: Fleischmann-Estate
£ 980 at Galerie Johannes Faber

Tilly Losch (1903-1975) was an Austrian born dancer, choreographer, actress, and painter who lived and worked for most of her life in the United States and United Kingdom. She worked with Mary Wigman, George Balanchine, Max Reinhardt and others. In1939 she married Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon and became a part of the British High Society. She died in New York on December 24, 1975.

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© Ernesto Esquer / Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica.

Ernesto Esquer, 18th Street, Manhattan, 2018
Signed, titled, dated, numbered on verso Gelatin Silver Print Paper
3 x 4.5 in; edition 4 of 25
$ 850.00 at Peter Fetterman Gallery

Ernesto Esquer (Mexico, b. 1987) is a photographic artist and printer from Tucson, Arizona. He actively works in all aspects of traditional darkroom photography and often combines processes or materials to transform a photograph into a precious object.

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Céline Bodin, Ancher III from Light of Grace, 2019
Giclee print, edition of 10, 27 x 18 cm
£750 + vat framed at Purdy Hicks

Through her photographs, Céline Bodin investigates the notions of gender and identity in Western culture, weighing the legacy of our art history.

Re-enacting the suggestive gesture borrowed from Old Masters to 19th-century paintings, the series Light of Grace explores female representation’s conflict with ideals and beauty archetypes. The series reflects on a world of virtuality and image proliferation and explores Beauty’s intuitive quality, existing beyond the clarity and precise traits of a particular object.

Each photograph acts as an evidence of a typical representation of women across time, within which are quickly recognised the everlasting themes, and perhaps redundant pretexts for female iconography, that continuously served the idea of femininity. Such images leave the viewer in a search through their own catalogue of art history. This particular work is inspired by Danish painter Anna Ancher.

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Lorenzo Vitturi, Painted Calabashes, Aso-oke and Veneto Leather #2, 2017
Exclusive Edition for TPG, released 2020
Archival pigment print, 47 x 31 cm; edition of 10
From £750 + VAT (unframed) at The Photographers’ Gallery Print Sales

The Photographer’s Gallery second exclusive edition by London-based photographer and sculptor, Lorenzo Vitturi (b.1980), hails from the 2017 multidisciplinary project Money Must Be Made.
Money Must Be Made explores atypical patterns of urban change through the observation of two contrasting realities in Lagos, Nigeria: the one of the multi-storey building of the Financial Trust House and the one of the Balogun Street Market. Through a continuous process of assembling objects – manually-altered with paint and pigments – into still lives and sculptures to be photographed, printed, reassembled and then re-photographed Vitturi observed local contrasting realities that reveal the complexity of Lagos’ society and economy, and that of the geopolitical landscape at large.

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Tereza Zelenková, The Language of Moths, 2020
Image size: 29cmHx23cmW; Print size: 33cmHx27cmW
B/w silver bromide print, hand-printed by the artist; Edition: 25
£250 unframed / £450 framed at Hi-noon Editions

Tereza Zelenková is an award-winning young Czech artist who works with black and white analogue photography. Her powerful images are inspired by literature, history and the mythologies that circulate around places and people. The artist’s written texts create a rich associative narrative that marks her out as a distinctive voice in contemporary photography.

Zeleková’s work has been exhibited at influential international institutions and museums including Frac Île-de-France in Paris (2020), Silver Eye Photography Centre in Pittsburgh (2019), Whitechapel Gallery in London (2017), Le Bal in Paris (2015) and Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne (2015).

In recent years, her works have been acquired by several international museums who between them house some of the most significant and substantial photographic collections in the world, including Victoria & Albert Museum, Foam Photography Museum, Musée de l’Élysé and Fotomuseum Winterthur.

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Ansley West Rivers, Salton Sea, Colorado River, California, 2017
Size 24 x 30 in; Edition 2/7
Unframed: $950 / £711; Framed: $1,500 / £1123 at EUQINOM Gallery

From source to sea, Ansley West Rivers has travelled extensively along the length of multiple American rivers since she began the Seven Rivers project in 2013. Traversing this wild territory through hiking or rafting over multiple weeks with a large format camera, West Rivers takes stock of both her subject matter itself, rivers, but also the relationship that unfolds between her and the natural landscape. Creating compositions on each negative by shooting several exposures onto each frame with the help of masking tools that are placed in front of the lens, the resulting images are a marriage of documentation and impression. The human intervention in what might otherwise be a straightforward record of the natural world mirrors the human impact that threatens our country’s freshwater ecosystems.

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Image courtesy of Angela Blažanović and Sid Motion Gallery.

Angela Blažanović, Turquoise Pipe, Yellow Rope, Glass Bottle, Yellow Tulips and a Little Yellow Square I, 2019
C-type print, 30 × 30 inch (76.2 × 76.2 cm); edition of 2 + 1 AP
Edition 1 of 2: £950 (unframed) at Sid Motion Gallery

Angela Blažanović (b. 1995, Germany) began her ‘Fragments of a River’ series when she first visited the shores of the River Thames in 2018. Walking along the shoreline she collects discarded objects and washed-up fragments. On a moss-covered concrete block during low tide in Wapping, east along the river, she photographs delicate sculptural arrangements of these forgotten objects on a white sheet of paper. She captures these sculptures, always on the verge of tipping over, in a moment of perfect balance. Through the tension of the anticipated collapse, the image speaks of the momentary capture of photography itself, of the temporary nature of her work and of the ecological fragility of the river.

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Mark Power, GOOD MORNING, AMERICA (Volume III), Special Edition
Signed book with a 12 x 9-inch signed and numbered PRINT; Edition of 50 + 50
£150 at Gost Books

Good Morning, America (Volume III) is the third in an ongoing series of five books by photographer Mark Power exploring the cultural and physical landscape of the US. When Power began this project in 2012 he could not have predicted the seismic changes wrought by both politics and pandemic on America in this period. This new book, the halfway point for the series, continues the visual chronicle – but under very different circumstances than when he began.

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Lee Shulman, When We Were Young, Collector’s Edition
Edition of 10 + 4 APs (including 2 APs for the artist)
148 x 188mm (paper size); archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photorag paper
Editions 1-10: £75; AP £125 at Hoxton Mini Press

A fully cloth-covered Collector’s Edition of When We Were Young. Photography compiled by Lee Shulman, creator of The Anonymous Project. Presented in a bespoke cloth-covered clamshell box complete with numbered limited edition print (E).

Unknown yet strangely familiar, these anonymous family photographs provide a unique window into past lives. Each image, shot on colour slide film in Britain between the mid-40s and 70s, transports us to a world full of possible stories and forgotten memories.

‘This is a truly filmic insight into Britain’s past. The images remind me of my roots – a more innocent world.’ – Ridley Scott

The Anonymous Project is dedicated to collecting and preserving colour slides from the last 70 years from all around the world. Started in 2017 by filmmaker Lee Shulman, the project seeks to preserve Kodachrome memories and create new ways of storytelling that question our place in the world today.

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Tim Walker: Shoot for the Moon
Paperback with Jacket, 340 pp
£85; Limited Collector’s Edition £2,500 both at Thames & Hudson

Delving deep into the art and mind of one of the most exciting and original fashion photographers working today, Tim Walker: Shoot for the Moon showcases the gamut of Tim Walker’s weird, wild Wonderlands. In images that demand to be read as art as much as fashion, his signature opulence and decadent eccentricity encroach ever further beyond the ‘real’, exploring the mysteries of imagination and inspiration, and where it is they come from.

The collector’s edition is sold with a numbered print signed by Tim Walker, this edition of his long-awaited monograph includes a blue gel cover and 20 transparent coloured gels pages.

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Image credit: Piotr Sell

Photoworks Friend Subscription
From £35 per year at Photoworks

Have you ever gifted someone an entire photography festival as a seasonal treat? We’d recommend gifting a Photoworks Friend subscription this festive season to do just that. Why not treat a loved one to a Photoworks Festival in a Box – our special anniversary object for Friends – to curate at home over the holidays, as well as a range of year-round exclusive digital content, exclusive opportunities and a copy of our Photoworks Annual. The box is a unique and limited edition object; a portable festival where you become the curator and decide where and how to install it. Unlimited by time or location, it can be hung wherever and whenever you like. It includes artworks by Farah Al Qasimi, Lotte Andersen, Poulomi Basu, Roger Eberhard, Ivars Gravlejs, Pixy Liao, Alix Marie, Ronan Mckenzie, Sethembile Msezane, Alberta Whittle and Guanyu Xu. Each of the artworks can be installed on your own walls – use nails, tape or clips to hang in your preferred space. There is a wall label for each, giving you more information about the artist and their work and also enjoy included texts by Simon Baker, Pamila Gupta and Lucy Soutter.

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Alexander Mourant, Blue Tree, From the series Aomori, 2017
42cm x 34cm; Edition of 9
£850 at Seen Fifteen

Aomori, meaning “blue forest”, is a series of photographs made in the vast ancestral forests of Japan.  Concerned with the metaphysical nature of photography, Alexander Mourant employs experimental methods to intensify atmosphere and aura in his work. For Aomori his concept involves shooting through a bespoke lens filter made from blue church glass – a device which renders the photographs “forever blue”.

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Alys Tomlinson, Fabian, Lost Summer, 2020
Size 11.25 x 9 in; Edition of 8
£975 inc frame & vat at HackelBury Fine Art 

Lost Summer is a series created in the summer of 2020. With school proms cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the easing of lockdown, Tomlinson photographed 44 teenagers near her home in North London, all dressed up in their prom outfits. Instead of the usual settings of school halls or hotel function rooms, she captured them in their domestic outdoor spaces, of the gardens and streets where they live. They represent a loss and longing, but also celebrate each teenager as an individual, navigating this extraordinary time.

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Federico Bianchi, Yanomami (Deprived Series), 2019
Size 30 x 30 cm / 12 x 12 inch; Edition of 25
950€ at Smith Davidson Gallery

The Deprived Series refer to the pre-columbian Native American tribes that flourished each in their unique way, a way of life that has mostly gone extinct since the arrival of European settlers in the new world. Bianchi states: I honor them with the infinite and universal space of my body mandalas, in an attempt to rescue the brightness and fluorescence of these civilizations, and as constant reminder of their struggle to claim what belongs to them, their lands and resources, their culture & traditions, their dignity, their right to self-determination and peace.

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Marton Perlaki, Ice cube (blue), 2018
59 x 64,2 cm framed; Edition of 1/6 + 2AP
£1,000 framed at Webber

Extracted from Marton Perlaki’s current exhibition ‘Soft Corners’ at Trafo Gallery, Budapest; the first presentation of a larger collection of works created in the recent years, consisting of photographs, large chalk drawings, abstract photograms and luminograms. Perlaki’s artistic practice is characterized by the duality of a meticulously preplanned precise editing process and a peculiar, playfully bizarre attitude.

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Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Vevey, Switzerland, 2004 
22,1 x 28 cm (image), 23,6 x 29,5 cm (sheet); Edition of 30
900€ / £825 at Kehrer Verlag 

This beautiful Collector’s Box by the acclaimed Finnish-American photographer Arno Rafael Minkkinen includes a signed and numbered archival pigment print along with his recent monograph, spanning five decades of work. The 330-page hardcover book depicts over 270 images since 1969 to the present with important works from all 50 years. Book and Print come in a high-quality cloth-covered slipcase with silver embossing and are limited to 30 pieces.

Working with the body in natural and urban landscapes—without assistants and without manipulation—Minkkinen’s self-portraiture stands as one of genre’s longest, nonstop continuities in the history of photography. His works have been exhibited worldwide and are held in prominent collections including among others, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Michał Cała, Silesia and Galicia, 2015
Hardback; Multilingual edition in Polish and English; Limited Edition of 300, signed.
£65 plus free shipping in the UK at MMX Gallery

Striking black and white photographs of the industrial Silesian landscape are juxtaposed with idyllic compositions of the villages and towns of former Galicia (Polish Galicia is a historical and geographic region between Central and Eastern Europe). This extensive photobook – published by the Museum of History Of Photography, Krakow, – consists of 6 of the most important series in the author’s oeuvre: 4 black and white series: Silesia 1975-1992; Lower Silesia – small towns 1983; Silesia and Zagłębie 2004-2013; Galicia 1976-1990 and 2 colour series: Metropolis – cities of Silesia and Zagłębie 2004-2013; Lower Silesia – cities and towns 2012-2013.

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Maria Lax, Heavenly Fire #1
395x277mm (paper size); Edition of 30
From £250 unframed at OPEN DOORS

Some Kind of Heavenly Fire by Maria Lax investigates the strange events recorded and archived in her grandfather’s notebook. A local journalist from a remote region of Northern Finland, he had become captivated by stories of supernatural events, bravery and struggle against hardship in what is a largely barren land. With the large size of the Heavenly Fire #1 print now sold out and with just a few remaining from the medium size edition, this is a great opportunity to own one of the key artworks from Maria Lax’s debut series.

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Albarran Cabrera Des oiseaux limited edition
Print size: 12 x 23,5 cm; Edition size: 30 copies
800€ at Atelier EXB / Editions Xavier Barral

The poetic universe of Spanish photographers duo Albarrán Cabrera is presented here through a dreamscape journey in the land of birds. Between reality and illusion, their photographs questions our relationship to the tangible world and vibrate gently through a wide palette and different photographic techniques: platinum and palladium prints, cyanotypes, gelatin prints, and pigmented printing

This limited edition box set includes a signed copy of the publication Des Oiseaux and a colour archival pigment print, The Mouth of Krishna, #710, 2018, made by the artists and enhanced with gold leaf on Gampi Washi paper.

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Tiago Casanova, Back Cleavage (from the series Which way the wind blows), 2018
40 x 27 cm; Edition of 3+1 AP
£890 (tax included) at Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea

Tiago Casanova was born in 1988 in Funchal, Portugal. Working mainly with photography, Tiago Casanova uses his architectural background as a starting point to research and build new artistic projects, exploring different contemporary approaches coveting the use of various media (such as installation, sculpture, illustration, drawing, video, sound, text and especially photography), in order to reflect and comment on the cities, on the territory and on today’s society.

This work is part of a project WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS that seeks to address some of the human relations in today’s Mediterranean Sea, as seen in a possible distant future. A sea haunted by myths, Gods, legends, wars and sunken dreams, but which sells its idyllic image to the tourism business.

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Andrea Poerio Piterà, The lady vanishes, 2020
33x50cm; edition of 3+2 AP
700€ at Spazio Nuovo

Andrea Poerio Piterà’s (Turin, 1985) shots favour the street, a sort of search for inspiration and unique moments apt to satisfy his poetic intuition and his need for narrative tension. A simple but powerful beauty reflected in a silhouette, lights, shadows and geometries, feeble instants that appear in seconds and are magically grasped, modelling a fragile eternity like for the most immortal film scenes. The characteristic that distinguishes the artist’s production is his capacity to create timeless photographs that are difficult to place in time and this is what nears his work to that of Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Mayer. The time he spends on the street offers him, thanks to his sensitivity, endless starting points, fragments of existences he ends up depending on. As in a kind of abstinence, he feels the need to satisfy his craze for beauty and let it overflow from the most unexpected places.

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Sean Lotman, Rainbow Bride, 2010
11 x 14 in;  Edition of 5
1100€ unframed at IBASHO

“This is a photograph of my wife, Ariko, on the bridge of a pond at Kyoto’s Imperial Palace. I remember this day vividly, even the date: December 30th, 2010. I had been away from Japan for six months, travelling in the States, India, Thailand, and Cambodia. I’d been back less than a week when an unusually heavy snowfall had fallen overnight. The air was cold, so much colder than I’d been used to after almost six months of summer-like temperatures. We went for a long walk in the park – the afternoon contained a tranquil, almost divine light- Ariko was holding a rainbow-canopied umbrella, a family heirloom passed down to her from her grandmother.” – Sean Lotman

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Shirin Neshat limited edition t-shirts & tote bag
Tote Bag £20, T-shirt £30

In celebration of Shirin Neshat, the Master of Photography 2020, Photo London have collaborated with the artist to create two limited-edition t-shirts and a tote bag, with images from her iconic series Women of Allah (1993 – 1997). The t-shirts and bag are hand screen-printed heavyweight cotton.

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