What to Expect from Photo London 2019

8 May 2019

Photo London is back this year and bigger than ever, with nearly 100 exhibitors showcasing contemporary photography from around the world, from 16 to 19 May 2019 at Somerset House.

Bringing together exhibitions, installations and talks from galleries, photographers, curators and dealers from London and around the world, this year’s photography fair will focus on emerging trends and unseen work.

Among those lesser-seen exhibitors, the work of American street photographer Vivian Maier (featured above) will be on display for the first time in the UK.

Maier was a prolific photographer, capturing more than 150,000 photographs during her lifetime (1926 – 2009), primarily of the people and architecture of Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles. She worked as a nanny for around 40 years, pursuing photography during her spare time, and her images were unknown and unpublished during her lifetime; many of her negatives were never even printed.

The story of her life and work have been the subject of many books and documentary films, including the film Finding Vivian Maier, which will be screening at Photo London on Friday 17 May, from 5:00pm – 6.30pm.  And biographer Anna Sparham will be talking about Maier’s legacy from 1:00pm – 1:50pm also on Friday 17 May.

Holden Street, North Adams, Massachusetts, July 13 1974, © Stephen Shore, 2019 Photo London Master of Photography

Of the big names from the photography world, US art photographer Stephen Shore has been named 2019 Photo London Master of Photography, which is awarded each year to a leading contemporary photographer who is the subject of a special exhibition at the fair.

Known for his pioneering use of colour in art photography, Shore’s work has been widely published and exhibited for the past 45 years.  Shore will be there in person, and in conversation with curator David Campany on Thursday 16 May, from 1:00pm – 2:30pm.

For visitors wanting to get involved in the fair, in collaboration with Photo London, artist Gavin Turk is calling people to take selfies with a giant bronze egg that will be installed on the Embankment terrace ahead of the fair.  The selfies will be posted on Instagram and projected on the walls in Somerset House during the fair.

For the full talks and exhibitions programme, visit the Photo London website.

Oeuvre (Verdigris), 2018, by Gavin Turk

Ballerina in Sink, London 2004, © Mary-McCartney, 2019 Pavilion Commission to Celebrate Women in Photography

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park. Climate story in the ‘Warming Planet, Vanishing Heritage’ series, © Josh Haner/The New York Times

Mirrored Decline [Triptych], (2018), © Rad Husak, part of the Discovery section at Photo London 2019

Featured image: ‘Chicago, 1962’ , by V2_Vivian Maier, ©Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY