There’s not long to go until Photo London 2018 starts at London’s Somerset House. The fair, which is now in its fourth year, features a huge range of galleries, talks, special exhibitions and more. Here’s a look at some of the highlights you can expect to see.

More than 100 of the world’s leading photo galleries will soon be heading to Somerset House in London for fourth edition of Photo London. The 2018 fair will take place between 17 – 20 May, with tickets on sale at photolondon.org.

The fourth edition of the fair will include 108 galleries from 18 different countries, including Italy, Japan, the UK, the USA, Switzerland, China, Denmark and more. Selected by an expert Curatorial Committee, this year sees the first time a host of “special” projects are to be included in the fair.

Elina Brotherus

Flux Harpsichord Concert, 2017 by Elina Brotherus. Courtesy of the artist and the camera oscura galleria de arte, Madrid.

An installation on “1968” is to be presented by Olivier Castaing / School Gallery in Paris, while a major exhibition on the legacy of William Henry Fox Talbot, considered to be the inventor of photography, will be curated by Hans P. Kraus Jr (New York). The exhibition will feature vintage prints alongside contemporary artworks by Adam Fuss, Cornelia Parker, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mike Robinson and Ver Lutter. A solo show by Darren Almond will also be shown by White Cube (London).

Emerging artists

The Discovery section of Photo London was introduced last year. A showcase for emerging galleries and artists, in 2018 it will be curated for the second time by Art Consultant and Curator Tristan Lund and has been significantly expanded for this year’s show. The 22 galleries feature in Discovery include a range of artists from London, plus international galleries from The Hague, Munich, Geneva, Tokyo, Mexico City and Beijing.

Each year a “Master of Photography” is selected – this year, the accolade goes to Canadian fine art photographer Edward Burtynsky. As part of this year’s programme, Burtynsky will present a special exhibition of new and rarely-seen work including a preview of his latest project Anthropocene. He’ll also present a newly developed Augmented Reality (AR) experience.

Nimbus WLA, 2017 by Berndnaut Smilde. Courtesy Ronchini.

Burtynsky will also be giving a talk as part of the Photo London Talks Programme on Thursday 17 May. Other speakers include Joel Meyerowitz, Cornelia Parker, Susan Lipper, Bruce Gilden and Vera Lutter.

Several artists will be displaying at “Solo Artist Booths”. These include Bruce Gilden (Leica Camera), Guy Bourdin (Louise Alexander Gallery), Fabrice Monteiro (Mariane Ibrahim), Ren Hang (ON Gallery), and Yusuke Yamatani (Yuka Tsurano).

Prominent British galleries will also be displaying shows. Guy Bourdin’s personal Polaroids will be presented by the Louise Alexander Gallery, while the Atlas Gallery will be showing new work by the Dusseldorf school photographer Andreas Gefeller from his Blank series, a new museum portfolio by British photographer Chris Simpson and previously unseen work by Jimmy Nelson.

A plethora of international offerings will also be on display, including a strong showing of both Chinese and Japanese photography.

Edward Burtynsky

Saw Mills #1, Lagos, Nigeria, 2016. © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy of Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Flowers Gallery, London

Several galleries in different genres will also be presented. Landscape photography is served by a number of different galleries, including the Peter Fetterman Gallery, which will be showing landscapes by Ansel Adams and Sebastian Salgado. The Photographers Gallery will also be showing a landscape-based exhibition. Other specific genres include fashion, 19th century/early 20th century, alternative and abstract.

For full details of the fair programme, and to buy tickets, visit photolondon.org. A day pass costs £27, while talks are an additional fee.

A full list of participating galleries is as follows: 

Akio Nagasawa, Tokyo
ATLAS Gallery, London
Augusta Edwards Fine Art, London
Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto – Vancouver Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London
Bernard Quaritch Ltd, London
BILDHALLE, Zurich
Blanca Berlín, Madrid
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York
Camera Oscura Galeria De Arte, Madrid CAMERA WORK, Berlin
Casa Nova Arte E Cultural Contemporânea, Brazil Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
Contrasto Galleria, Milan
Crane Kalman, Brighton
Danziger Gallery, New York
David Hill, London
Duran|Mashaal, Montréal
East Wing, Doha
Eleven Fine Art, Twickenham
England & Co, London
Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles
Flowers Gallery, London – New York
Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière, Paris Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris
Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna
Galerie Johannes Faber, Vienna
Galerie les Filles du Calvaire, Paris
Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Galleria del Cembalo, Rome
Galleria Valeria Bella, Milan
Galerie Vasari, Buenos Aires
Gallery Taik Persons, Berlin – Helsinki
Galerie Tanit, Beirut – Munich
Gazelli Art House, Baku – London
HackelBury Fine Art, London
Hamiltons, London
Hans P. Kraus Jr., New York
HDM Gallery, Beijing
Heillandi Gallery, Lugano
Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
IBASHO, Antwerp
Iconic Images, London
ILEX Gallery, Rome
James Hyman, London
Louise Alexander Gallery, Porto Cervo
Magnum Photos, London – Paris
Mariane Ibrahim, Seattle
Mohsen Gallery, Tehran
Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen
Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
Nailya Alexander, New York
Ncontemporary, London
Officine dell’Immagine, Milan
Paci Contemporary, Brescia
Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica
PILAR SERRA, Madrid
Podbielski Contemporary, Berlin
Polka Galerie, Paris
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Robert Hershkowitz Ltd, Lindfield – London
Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin
RocioSantaCruz, Barcelona
Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography Ltd., Brighton
Roman Road, London
Ronchini, London
ROSEGallery, Santa Monica
School Gallery / Olivier Castaing, Paris
See + Gallery, Beijing
Sprovieri, London
Staley-Wise, New York
The Little Black Gallery, London
Three Shadows plus3 Gallery, Beijing
The Photographers’ Gallery, London
TJ Boulting, London
White Cube, London
White Space Gallery, London
Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo
29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery, Milan
55Bellechasse, Paris & Miami

Special Exhibitors:

Leica Camera
British Journal of Photography/Austrian National Tourist Office LensCulture

Discovery Galleries:

A.I. Gallery, London
Almanaque, Mexico
Art + Text, Budapest
Black Box Projects, London Casemore Kirkeby, San Francisco
Cob Gallery, London
Espace JB, Carouge
EUQINOMprojects, San Francisco
Galerie Jo Van de Loo, Munich
H-Gallery, Paris
Joanna Bryant and Julian Page, London Kana Kawanishi Gallery, Tokyo
l’étrangère, London
LARGE GLASS, London
LhGWR, Den Haag
MARYMARY Gallery, New York
Maximillian William, London
MMX Gallery, London
ON Gallery, Beijing
Raffaella De Chirico Contemporary Art, Turin Red Hook Labs, New York
Sid Motion Gallery, London
Webber Gallery Space, London
Yuka Tsurano Gallery, Tokyo

Publishers:

Benrido, Kyoto
Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport Éditions Xavier Barral, France Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg
Mack, London
Taschen, London
Thames and Hudson, London