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Building on the success of its previous three editions, Photo London 2018, running from 17–20 May at Somerset House, is set to showcase the very best of the past, present and future of photography to a growing international audience. The fourth edition of the Fair will include 101 galleries from 18 different countries, including Austria, Beirut, Brazil, China, Denmark, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and the UK, among others. The galleries exhibiting in 2018 were selected by a curatorial committee led by Philippe Garner, Former Director at Christie’s and International Head of Photographs and 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design.

Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad, Founding Directors of Photo London, said: “Photo London has established itself as a world-class photography fair and as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community, and we’re pleased to see its continued growth year on year. The 2018 edition of Photo London is set to be the biggest ever…”

Photo London announced Canadian fine art photographer Edward Burtynsky as its Master of Photography for 2018. Burtynsky’s practice eloquently chronicles human impact on the planet and his images are widely regarded as key visual documents of our time. As part of Photo London’s 2018 Public Programme, Burtynsky will present a special exhibition of new and rarely-seen work including a preview of his latest project Anthropocene.

For the first time, a selected group of participating galleries have created special curated projects for the fair: Olivier Castaing/School Gallery will present an installation on ‘1968’; Hans P. Kraus Jr. will curate a major exhibition on the legacy of William Henry Fox Talbot with vintage prints shown alongside contemporary artworks by Adam Fuss, Cornelia Parker, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mike Robinson and Vera Lutter; and White Cube will create a solo show by Darren Almond.

In 2017, Photo London inaugurated its Discovery section, a showcase for emerging galleries and artists, and this year’s edition, curated for the second time by Art Consultant and Curator Tristan Lund, will be considerably expanded. The 22 galleries featured in Discovery include a strong group from London alongside a number of international galleries including LhGWR, Jo van de Loo, Espace JB, Kana Kawanishi, Almanaque and On Gallery.

The programme will be bolstered by a series of special exhibitions taking place throughout Somerset House during the Fair. In addition to the special gallery projects, highlights will include Exit from Paradise: Japanese & Chinese Contemporary Photography, presented by the Korean curator Jiyoon Lee Director of Soeul’s SUUM and a special photography themed installation created by the renowned set designer Es Devlin.

Also to look forward to, The International Center of Photography (ICP) and Photo London will be presenting a new version of the installation Unwavering Vision, an interactive multimedia presentation by Alan Govenar, Jean-Michel Sanchez, and Julien Roger, incorporating more than five thousand images dealing with social change from the ICP’s permanent collection.


Feature image: Cocoa Beach I, 1983, Mitch Epstein (via Galerie Thomas Zander)

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