PHOTO LONDON Announces Talks Programme For This Year’s Debut Fair // 21-24 MAY 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 11.38.38The inaugural edition of Photo London will take place in May 2015. As London’s first international photography fair, it aims to harness the passionate, growing audience for photography in the city and nurture a new generation of collectors. Photo London is produced by the consultancy and curatorial organisation Candlestar, known for their work with Condé Nast and the Prix Pictet photography award and touring exhibition. Photo London’s public programme is supported by the LUMA Foundation.

Photo London has announced a wide-ranging line-up of participating speakers for talks and lectures over the course of the fair. The talks programme, curated by Professor Francis Hogdson,  is designed to complement the galleries and exhibitions programme, the live events will range from informal talks aimed at new collectors, to interviews with renowned photographers and emerging talents, discussions with curators from some of the world’s leading museums, and debates on issues surrounding contemporary photography. Book signings will also take place over the course of the fair.

The tenor of the talks programme is set by participating experts in the field, including Colin Ford CBE; curator and writer William Ewing; Quentin Bajac, chief curator of photography at MoMA; Elisabeth Sussman, the Sondra Gilman curator of photography at the Whitney Museum; Martin Barnes, senior curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Tobia Bezzola, director of the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany; and Tim Marlow, director of artistic programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts. As well as topics germane to both private and institutional collectors of photography, discussions explore issues and ideas such as the impact of Instagram and the ‘dissolution’ of photography. 

Talks take place at spaces around Somerset House. The informal environment of the Fernandez & Wells café provides the background to intimate conversations with photographers including as Sze Tsung Leong, Nadav Kander and Alida Rodrigues, conversations on collecting, and ‘Desert Island Pics’, presented by Photoworks. The Screening Room at Somerset House houses discussions on curating, and interviews with artists Stephen Gill, Esther Teichmann, Tom Hunter, Idris Khan and Susan Derges. The lecture theatre of the Courtauld Institute is the venue for interviews and debates, including Sebastião Salgado interviewed by Leo Johnsons as well as lectures on artistic practices by LaToya Ruby Frazier and Mitch Epstein.  On Saturday the FT Weekend, Photo London’s global media partner, has curated a day of panel discussions and interviews culminating with a lecture on portraiture at the Courtauld by historian Simon Schama.

In addition to the lively programme at Somerset House, London’s photo week extends to satellite events at partner institutions including American Power, Mitch Epstein’s collaboration with composer and cellist Erik Friedlander, at the Victoria & Albert Museum; lectures by Todd Hido and Stephen Shore at the National Portrait Gallery; and Steve McCurry discussing the communities portrayed in his new book In These Hands: A Journey Along the Coffee Trail at King’s College.

Exhibiting publishers Hatje Cantz, Dewis Lewis and Phaidon host afternoon book signings at their booths in the Great Arch Hall of Somerset House, with Jon Tonks, Simon Norfolk, Edmund Clark, Tom Hunter, Martin Parr and Eva Vermandel among the names already confirmed.

Tickets for talks and live events are available to purchase by holders of Photo London tickets only, via the ticketmaster website for £5.


20 MAY (PREVIEW DAY – by Invitation Only)

2pm – 3.30pm

Colin Ford and Tobia Bezzola

Screening Room

3pm – 4.30pm

Louise Clements: On Collections

Fernandez & Wells

3.30pm – 5pm

Francis Hodgson and Don McCullin

Screening Room

5pm – 6 pm

William Ewing: Curating Photography: A Personal Approach

Screening Room

5pm – 6pm

An audience with Sze Tzung Leong

Fernandez & Wells

21 MAY

12.30 pm – 1.30pm

Jan Brykczynski with Diane Smyth

Screening Room

2pm – 3.30pm

Idris Khan, Susan Derges and Martin Barnes in conversation

Screening Room

3pm – 4.30pm

An audience with Nadav Kander

Fernandez & Wells

3.30pm – 5pm

James Hyman and Quentin Bajac in conversation

Screening Room

5pm – 6.30pm

Annebella Pollen and Erik Kessels

Fernandez & Wells

5pm – 6.30pm

Thames & Hudson: The Art of Collecting Contemporary Photography

Screening Room

6pm – 8pm

Panel Discussion: Collecting as A Creative Art

National Portrait Gallery

6.30pm – 7.30pm

An audience with Alida Rodrigues

Fernandez & Wells


Stephen Shore: Exploration and Innovation

National Portrait Gallery

22 MAY

3pm – 4.30pm

An audience with Ori Gersht

Fernandez and Wells

3.30 – 5 pm

Tim Marlow and Rut Blees Luxemburg: London and the Narrative of the City Space

Screening Room

5pm – 6.30pm

An audience with Edmund Clark

Fernandez & Wells

5 – 6.30 pm

Esther Teichmann in conversation with Tom Hunter, chaired by Sue Steward: Staging Beauty

Screening Room

6pm – 8pm

‘The Dissolution of Photography’ featuring Julian Stallabrass, Jessica Barker, Alexander Garcia Düttmann and Olivier Richon

Courtauld Lecture Theatre

23 MAY

2.30pm – 3.55pm

Sebastião Salgado interviewed by Leo Johnson

The Courtauld Institute

3pm – 4.30pm

Fiona Rogers and Corinne Silva in conversation

Fernandez & Wells

3.55pm – 5.25pm

LaToya Ruby Frazier and David Campany

The Courtauld Institute

5.35pm – 7pm

Simon Schama on Portraiture

The Courtauld Institute

6.30pm – 7.30pm

Photoworks presents ‘Desert Island Pics’ with Martin Barnes

Fernandez & Wells

24 MAY

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Michael Hoppen, Sofia Vollmer de Maduro and Lisa Erf in conversation

The Courtauld Institute

2pm – 3.30pm

Newsha Tavakolian and Jane Hilton, with Cheryl Newman

Screening Room

2.30pm – 3.55pm

Kate Barrett hosts a Q&A with Rankin

The Courtauld Institute


Steve McCurry

Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, Kings College

3pm – 4.30pm

An audience with Calum Colvin

Fernandez & Wells

3.30pm – 5pm

Vali Mahlouji in conversation

Screening Room

3.55pm – 5.25pm

Mitch Epstein and Elisabeth Sussman

The Courtauld Institute

5pm – 6pm

An audience with Stephen Gill

Screening Room

5pm – 6.30pm

Mike Trow in conversation with Craig Atkinson

Fernandez & Wells

5.35pm – 7pm

Jennifer Higgie & Stephen Shore on Instagram

The Courtauld Institute


Wednesday 20 May, 11am – 9.30pm


21 – 22 May, 12pm – 7.30pm

23 – 24 May, 12pm – 6pm


Adult Day Ticket (over 17): £20

Child (4 – 16): £14

Concession: £17

Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Kids): £52

Sat and Sun Entry: £29

Groups 10+: £18.20 each

Talks Tickets: £5 with Photo London event ticket

Participating Galleries

Amana (amanasalto / IMA) (Tokyo)

Atlas Gallery (London)

Ayyam Gallery (Beirut, Dubai, London)

Ben Brown Fine Arts (London)

Bernard Quaritch Ltd (London)

Bernheimer (Lucerne, Munich)

Blanca Berlín (Madrid)

Camera Work (Berlin)

Caroline Smulders (Paris)

Christophe Guye Galerie (Zurich)

Crane Kalman (Brighton)

Danziger Gallery (New York)

Edwynn Houk Gallery (New York, Zurich)

Eleven Fine Art (London)

Eric Franck Fine Art (London)

Flowers Gallery (London, New York)

Galerie Ernst Hilger (Vienna)

Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris)

Galerie Lumière des Roses (Paris)

Galerie Pavlova (Berlin)

Galerie Polaris (Paris)

Galerie Thomas Zander (Cologne)


Gazelli Art House (Baku, London)

Grimaldi Gavin (London)

HackelBury Fine Art (London)

  Howard Greenberg Gallery (New York)

in camera (Paris)

Ingleby Gallery (Edinburgh)

James Hyman Gallery (London)

Kahmann Gallery (Amsterdam)

Kasher|Potamkin (New York)

La Galerie Particulière (Paris)

LAMB Arts (London, São Paulo)

Les Douches La Galerie (Paris)

Michael Hoppen Gallery (London)

Michael Reid (Sydney)

Nailya Alexander Gallery (New York)

Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York)

Peter Fetterman Gallery (Santa Monica)

Photo Gallery International (Tokyo)

Pi Artworks (Istanbul, London)

Polka Galerie (Paris)

Purdy Hicks Gallery (London)

Riflemaker (London)

Robert Hershkowitz (Lindfield, London)

Robert Klein Gallery (Boston)

Robert Morat (Berlin, Hamburg)

Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography (Brighton)

ROSEGALLERY (Santa Monica)


School Gallery / Olivier Castaing (Paris)

Steven Kasher Gallery (New York)

Sundaram Tagore Gallery (New York, Hong Kong, Singapore)

Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo, Paris)

Tasveer (Bangalore)

The Little Black Gallery (London)

The Photographers’ Gallery (London)

The Ravestijn Gallery (Amsterdam)

The Wapping Project Bankside (London)

Timothy Taylor (London)

Tristan Hoare Gallery (London)

Yossi Milo Gallery (New York)



A.I. (London)

Edel Assanti (London)

G/P Gallery (Tokyo)

Galerie Vanessa Quang (Paris)

IBASHO (Antwerp)

PUG (Oslo)

Roman Road (London)

Tiwani Contemporary (London)


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