Now in its third year, Photo London has firmly cemented itself as the leading photography event in the capital. Presenting over 85 galleries from 17 countries at London’s Somerset House, you can discover everything from unseen works by fashion photographer William Klein, solo presentations of Guy Bourdin or Robert Mapplethorpe to vintage prints by Fox Talbot and the monumental architectural interiors by German photographer and former student of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Candida Höfer. Here, Culture Trip’s Art & Design Editor Freire Barnes selects eight photographers, all at different stages of their careers and concerned with a range of subjects, who you need to see at this prestigious annual fair.
Toshio Shibata at Polka (Booth F13) and Ibasho (Booth F7)
Known for his large-scale photographs of man-made constructions within nature, the Japanese photographer is showcased at two galleries through smaller works. Often focusing on bridges or waterways, Shibata purposefully crops into the frame, eradicating skylines, so all sense of perspective is lost and the landscape becomes an abstraction of itself.
Siân Davey at Michael Hoppen Gallery (Booth C1)
With over 15 years experience as a psychotherapist, the MA graduate, Siân Davey has an innate ability to tap into the emotions and developmental nuances of becoming an adult. Just announced as one of 10 winners of the Magnum Photos and Photo London Graduate Photographers Award 2017, a selection from Davey’s series Martha that reveal the changing world of her teenage stepdaughter is presented at Michael Hoppen’s booth.
Claudio Bertoni at Ekho Gallery and CF-LART (Booth F11)
The Chilean poet and artist is exhibiting works from his ‘Ephemeral Sculptures’ series. Leant against the floor of Ekho Gallery and CF-LART’s joint booth are three framed photographs from the series that feel like contemporary Instagram snapshots, but are in actual fact poetic compositions of fleeting daily activities from the late 1960s.
Caio Reisewitz at Van der Mieden Gallery (Booth C9)
Most recently the leading Brazilian photographer’s practice has focused on the rapid change to Brazil’s urban and rural landscape. Based in and around Sao Paulo, Reisewitz‘s vivid photomontages comment on the loss of dense forest surrounding the megatropolis due to economic advancement.
Harry Gruyaert at Fifty One (Booth F8)
A pioneer of colour photography and avid cinema-goer, the Belgian Paris-based photographer is known for his images of India and Egypt. At Photo London however you can see cinematic works of his that feature in his new publication It’s not about cars, which he’ll be signing on Friday May 18 between 2pm and 3pm.
Michael Wolf at Flowers Gallery (Booth F4)
Michael Wolf’s Tokyo Compression series is beguilingly beautiful, and a complete contradiction when you think his subject matter are the cramped conditions of the Tokyo underground. Shortlisted for this year’s Prix Pictet prize, the German photographer transforms the confined daily commute many of us can relate to, into evocative portraits.
Jimmy Nelson at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery (Booth C8)
Concerned with capturing indigenous cultures that are starting to disappear, Jimmy Nelson’s practice blends documentary photography with an elegant, artistic flair. His portrait of holy men who have renounced worldly pursuits and rely on the charity of others is a fascinating cultural record of a remote community.
Peter Mitchell at Galerie Clémentine De La Féronnière (Booth F10)
Take a trip down memory lane with Peter Mitchell’s brilliantly frank, often deeply serious photographs of a bygone era. Gaining recognition fairly late in life, Mitchell’s works on show at Galerie Clémentine De La Féronnière were made considering how an extraterrestrial would see Leeds, the main muse of his ‘s forty-plus career.