This morning I was invited to the Press Conference of Photo London 2019, now in its fifth year (and despite Brexit) continuing to grow at a brisk rate.
Over 100 exhibitors including many of the world’s leading galleries are on display. Stephen Shore presents a special exhibition of new and unseen works as Master of Photography. There’s a new curatorial focus resulting in the strongest fair to date with 25 solo presentations. There is also a strong support for emerging galleries and artists via the Discovery section. The Public Programme includes special exhibitions featuring Roger Fenton, Vivian Maier, Gavin Turk, Eamonn Doyle and Josh Haner.
Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad, the Founding Directors of Photo London, said “We are delighted to annouce such an outstanding line-up of exhibitors and special projects for our fifth edition and deeply honoured to present Stephen Shore as our 2019 Master of Photography. As his recent retrospective at MOMA admirably demonstrated, Shore is a truly pioneering photographer who has consistently pushed the boundaries of image making throughout a long and successful career. His Photo London show continues that process presenting work made since his MOMA retrospective.
In its first five years, Photo London has firmly established itself as a world-class photography fair and an important destination for everyone who is curious about he past, present and especially the future of photography: the great democratic art form of our age. Surveying this superb group of artists and exhibitors we are particularly delighted to have strengthened the Fair through an insistence on quality and to have retained our strong international focus with photography from Iran, South Africa, Scandinavia, Latin America, Taiwan and Japan. We very much look forward to welcoming visitors to Somerset House this week.”
There are a host of talks throughout the work at Photo London, with photographers including Martin Parr, Mitch Epstein, Susan Meiselas, Nick Brandt, Gavin Turk, Erwin Olaf and many more. There really is so much to see and to do. I highly recommend you pay a visit if you’re able to. I will most likely pop back over the weekend, so let me know if you’re attending too.
For me, personally, it was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with my friend Mary McCartney, we used to work together a while ago and following our conversation this morning, we’ll be working together again very soon. I filmed her interview with William A Ewing and Stephen Shore during the conference and you can watch that below.