Photo London Aims to Showcase the Past, Present and Future of Photography

By Marili Persson - 4 min read

Photo London is in its fourth year taking place now until May 20 at Somerset House. This year's program will showcase the rich history of photography from its inception to the present day and will explore the future direction of the form.

Photo London was created to give London an international photography event and showcase London’s dynamic photography community. This year’s program features talks and discussions with some of the world’s most important and innovative photographers, artists, dealers, curators and writers. Given its focus on the past, present and future of photography, this year’s Photo London also features many of photography’s pioneers - including Joel Meyerowitz and Boris Mikhailov.

Just last year, the Discovery section was launched and has become one of the most interesting parts of Photo London. This is a section dedicated to emerging artists and galleries curated by Art Consultant and Curator Tristan Lund this year featuring 22 galleries including many from London and beyond - LhGWR in The Hague, Jo van de Loo in Munich, Espace JB in Geneva, Kana Kawanishi in Tokyo, Almanaque in Mexico City and more.

Many events have popped up alongside photo London in various parts of the city - including Peckham 24, a 3-day festival on London’s south side featuring specially commissioned exhibitions, late gallery openings and live events.

This year Photo London boasts 111 exhibitors from 18 countries. With four days full of that many exhibitions and talks, and various events all around London, Photo London is definitely on our list of must-sees. Check out some of the images showcased at this year’s event.

By Graham Carlow, Galerie Thomas Zander, Photo London Fair 2017

By Graham Carlow, Ben Brown, Photo London Fair 2017

By Huang Xiaoliang, Courtesy See Gallery

By Ellen Kooi, Courtesy of the artist and camera oscura galeria de arte, Madrid

By Barbara Cole, CourtesyBauXiPhoto

By Arthur Tress, Courtesy Paci Temporary

By Sandra Kantanen, Courtesy of Purdy Hicks Gallery

By Kyle Weeks, Courtesy Officine dell’Immagine

If you made it to Photo London this year, we’d love to hear about your experience! Can’t make it? Take a virtual visit!

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