Now in its third year, Photo London has undoubtedly risen up as one of the world’s best photography fairs and is both a launchpad for some of London’s rising talent and a space for well-known artists to display new projects. With the likes of Jurgen Teller, Isaac Julien and Mat Collishaw all making appearances, this year’s event looks set to be the best yet. These are the exhibitions and site-specific commissions to check out.
Magnum’s 70th Anniversary
To coincide with their 70-year anniversary, Magnum Photos are holding an exhibition curated by two of their most celebrated members – David Hurn and Martin Parr – at this year’s fair. Hurn and Parr have selected works from over six decades, including some of their own.
Taking over Somerset House’s Great Arch Hall, this Juergen Teller exhibition will be a central part of Photo London 2017. As ever with Teller, this exhibition is due to be bold and unexpected.
Mat Collishaw – Thresholds
British artist, Mat Collishaw is staging a VR version of an exhibition by photography pioneer, William Henry Fox Talbot from 1839. He’ll be using technology to bring the 19th Century to life, from the crowds to the heat of virtual fire, alongside Talbots prints.
Virtual Chinese Art
dslcollection are also using VR to bring a collection of Chinese art to Photo London. Presenting works in virtual reality that would otherwise be way too big to show at a photography fair, it’ll be a show of art that you’d probably never be able to see outside China.
William Klein’s Op Art mural
As part of the Pavilion Commissions, William Klein has created an 18-metre mural with some of his most iconic photos. Having helped establish the Op Art look in 1960s fashion photography, this large-scale installation will no doubt look insane.
Master of Photography Prize
This year’s winner is American artist Taryn Simon, best known for her works that investigate social issues. Simon will be talking about her work with Artangel’s James Lingwood on Thursday 18 May. 1 – 2:20 pm at Somerset House.
The Discovery section of this year’s fair sees galleries less than five years old come together for their own mini fair. It’s a great place to check out new blood and young photographers on the rise.
Isaac Julien – Looking for Langston
The artist’s seminal 1989 film – and the project that brought Julien international fame – is getting another screening alongside still photographs. Looking for Langston explores desire and the reciprocity of the gaze through a poetic film about the life of revered Harlem poet, Langston Hughes.