We’re photo mad over here at Time Out Towers so when we heard that London was finally getting its own photography fair we were pretty damn excited. You don’t have to know your c-type from platinum palladium prints to appreciate a good photograph when you see it. Whether you’re into celebrity snaps, vibrant abstract compositions, vast verdant vistas, intimate moments between couples or stark black and white documentary shots, Photo London definitely has something for everyone.
And after perusing the displays of 60 international galleries over at Somerset House, we’ve put together our highlights of this substantial presentation of all that photography has to offer.
Rut Blees Luxemburg’s ‘The Teaser’, a series about London advertising campaigns, greets you in the courtyard.
Once inside it’s like a who’s who of photography, one corridor is lined with Horst P Horst, Francesca Woodman, Brassai, Walker Evans, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn and that’s just from one gallery. Robert Klein (C12), is also showing exquisite examples of American photographer Gordon Parks (Alabama couple and Muhammad Ali pictured).
There are fashion images aplenty here as you might expect. Naked supermodels by Herb Ritts, risqué shots by Rankin and the original waif model, Twiggy with her signature painted eyelashes by the photographer who discovered her, Barry Flanagan at Peter Fetterman (C14).
Take a rest stop at Bernheimer (C1) for more beautiful black and white portraits by Annie Leibovitz of artists and musicians including the late Louise Bourgeois and Michael Jackson.
If performers are your thing then head up to the first floor to Camera Works (F9) for Martin Schoeller’s larger than life prints of Iggy Pop, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Geoffrey Rush.
Photography shouldn’t just be hung on the wall, as illustrated by The Photographers’ Gallery (F3) with Maurizio Anzeri‘s mobile of woven faces and Tokyo-based gallery G/P (E11) with Daisuke Yokota’s sculptural prints that creep across the floor.
Some works even appear to drip out of the frame as with Nick Knight’s roses at Christophe Guye Galerie (C3).
Unexpected delights are the ghostly crowds in St Petersburg from Alexey Titarenko at Nailya Alexander (B5)…
…and Eamonn Doyle’s street shots that transform his senior subjects into geriatric starlets at Michael Hoppen (A3).
We could go on, but why not head down to discover your own favourites.
By Freire Barnes