“Photo London”

Michael Benson: “Despite uncertainties, Photo London is stronger than at its outset”

As the third edition of Photo London prepares to open, Art Media Agency has interviewed its cofounder and co-director to discuss what’s special about this young fair… and the Brexit’s impact on the event’s future. An encounter. Launched in May 2015, the Photo London fair will be opening for the third consecutive year in the neoclassical salons of Somerset House, on the banks of the Thames, from 18 to 21 May. The event was launched by the company Candlestar, specialised in organising cultural events and projects and founded in 2003 by Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad. Candlestar is namely the organiser of the Prix Pictet for photography (seventh edition in 2017) and the Art Dubai fair. A film producer and writer, Michael formerly directed the gallery of the London Institute (today the University of the Arts London), for which he organised numerous exhibitions. Between 2011 and 2014, he also curated the exhibition of the Sony World Awards. Fariba Farshad, co-director of the fair, is a specialist in contemporary Iranian art and an exhibition curator.   Can you present us the main features of this 2017 edition of Photo London? We have 89 participating galleries this year, from 17 countries. This represents a slight increase compared to last year when there were 83 of them. We’re also welcoming ten publishing houses, which makes a total of 99 exhibitors. There were around 200 galleries that applied by sending in online applications. The selection committee’s criteria are based on three aspects. The main criterion is to offer something new. We expect galleries to either present new artists, or else the latest work from recognised or well-established artists, or else historic images that are gems. This year, the selection committee, which includes half a dozen photo and contemporary-art experts, was overseen by Philippe...

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Exhibitor list revealed for Photo London 2015

The organisers of Photo London have revealed 68 galleries that will be participating in their new fair which is to take place at Somerset House from 21-24 May this year. Around 30 of the exhibiting galleries are UK-based, 10 are from the US, 20 hail from mainland Europe, and the remaining galleries are based in other world cities, such as Beirut, Sydney, Tokyo, and Istanbul. Some of the galleries in this year’s line-up include: Galerie Gilles Peyroulet & Cie, Paris;  Danziger Gallery, New York; Eleven Fine Art, London; Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam; Robert Morat,Berlin, Hamburg; G/P Gallery, Tokyo; Tasveer Gallery, Bangalore; and Lumiere Brothers Gallery, Moscow. “We have been overwhelmed by the quality, range and sheer volume of exhibitors who have applied to be part of our first edition,” said fair director Michael Benson. He added that the range of galleries “reflects the breadth and diversity of collectible photography today—from vintage work and contemporary masters to exciting new...

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Details released for inaugural edition of Photo London in 2015

Details have been released about the inaugural edition of Photo London, to take place 21 to 24 May 2015 at Somerset House. The event has been set up as a response to a growing demand for both vintage and contemporary photography in London and internationally. 70 of the world’s leading photography galleries will exhibit at the fair, which will also include a public programme. Major London museums and auction houses including the V&A and Tate Modern will compliment the fair in a week-long celebration of photography with special exhibitions and sales. Photo London will be a commercial fair which will fill the gap for a dedicated photography fair in London. Participating galleries will be selected by a curatorial panel and work by young photographers in particular will be...

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