Big-name photographers to star at Photo London as full talks line-up revealed

April 5, 2016

Don McCullin [Photo credit: © C Cheesman]

Photo London takes place at Somerset House from 18-22 May and promises to be ‘bigger and better’ than last year.

Joining Don McCullin, Martin Parr and Nadav Kander will be celebrated photographers Mary McCartney, Nick Knight, David Maisel and Alec Soth, to name a few.

Organisers are to set aside a new dedicated area at Somerset House for the talks.

Michael G Wilson, a renowned photographic collector and co-producer of the James Bond films, will take part in a panel discussion on Sunday 22 May, alongside gallery owner Howard Greenberg and Quentin Bajac, chief curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Wilson is set to lend 12 large-scale photographs by Craigie Horsfield to Photo London, drawn from his archive of more than 11,000 images.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMartin Parr [Photo credit: © C Cheesman]

Photo London is expected to showcase the work of 80 galleries – ten more than those at the inaugural event in 2015.

Speaking in November, Photo London co-founder Michael Benson said: ‘London is the only city in the world where you dare to imagine that you would get this kind of dynamic response to a new cultural venture like Photo London. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the City’s cultural organisations.’

‘From national art institutions like the Tate, the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A to emerging artists, young collectors and galleries, especially in the creative hubs of the East End and South London, from the best dealers to all of London’s auction houses, and above all London’s brilliant photographers, we have been delighted to find that so many people of all ages share our passion for photography and believe like us that London has the potential to become the world capital of photography.’

Photo London takes place at Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA.

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Full talks programme, as supplied by Photo London


Richard Learoyd in conversation with Frish Brandt
British photography artist Richard Learoyd, notable for his unique and large-scale portrait and still-lifes, will speak in conversation with his gallerist Frish Brandt, president and co-owner of Fraenkel Gallery. Fraenkel gallery, based in San Francisco, specialises in photography and represents some of the most renowned practitioners working today.

Nick Knight in conversation with Hans-Ulrich Obrist
Nick Knight OBE, the British image-maker, fashion photographer and documentary photographer, will speak with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery. Hans-Ulrich Obrist is an art curator, critic and historian who is highly visible on the world stage.

Nadav Kander in conversation with Sandy Nairne
Nadav Kander is an internationally renowned London-based fine artist, photographer and director, best known for his portraiture and landscape works. He will be interviewed on his unique practice, with special attention given to his most recent work. Sandy Nairne CBE FSA is an English historian and curator. From 2002 until February 2015 he was the director of the National Portrait Gallery.


Graham Nash and Graham Howe in conversation with Sean O’Hagan
British singer-songwriter Graham Nash, OBE, of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, is joined by Graham Howe, his photography curator during the 1970s-80s and founder of Curatorial Assistance in Pasadena, as they speak to Sean O’Hagan about Nash’s lifelong passion for photography as a collector and photographer. Sean O’Hagan runs the column “On Photography” and is a critic for The Guardian and The Observer.

Mary McCartney in conversation with Philippe Garner
Mary McCartney is an English photographer and will be interviewed by Philippe Garner, a Director of Christie’s, and its international head of photographs and 20th century decorative arts and design. Mary McCartney is specially known for her informal and relaxed portraits of celebrities, as well as ordinary people. Philippe Garner has had a long and distinguished career in the auction business, and writes and lectures extensively on photography.

Erik Kessels, Joachim Schmid and Lucas Blalock in conversation
Erik Kessels includes Joachim Schmid and Lucas Blalock in his upcoming Phaidon publication ‘Failed it! How to turn mistakes into ideas and other advice for successfully screwing up’. This book groups together work by international artists, photographers and designers inspired by failure. These three award-winning artists will speak about their practice in a panel discussion.

Don McCullin in conversation with Simon Baker
Don McCullin CBE Hon FRPS is a British photojournalist, justly recognised for his extraordinary war photography and images of urban strife, as well as his a longstanding practice of landscape photography. Photo London is honoured to be awarding Don McCullin as the 2016 Photo London Master of Photography. Don McCullin will speak in conversation with Simon Baker, the first curator of photography and international art at Tate Modern in London.

Katy Grannan in conversation with Phillip Prodger
Katy Grannan is an American portrait photographer, known for her gritty and honest portrayal of marginal people. She is currently working on her first feature-length film, The Nine. Katy Grannan will be interviewed by Phillip Prodger, head of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Garry Fabian Miller in conversation with Edmund de Waal
Edmund de Waal OBE is a British artist and author renowned as one of the world’s leading ceramic artists. His work has recently been on display at Tate Britain and the V&A. Edmund is paired with Garry Fabian Miller, an internationally recognised photographic artist, specialising in ‘camera-less’ photographs since the mid-1980s. Garry Fabian Miller is one of the most inventive and experimental figures in fine art photography. They will discuss ‘meaning and place’ in relation to their practice.

Mishka Henner in conversation with Philip Gefter
Mishka Henner, the award-winning artist and photographer, has featured in several surveys of contemporary artists working with photography in the internet age. His recent exhibitions in New York have drawn critical acclaim. Mishka Henner will speak in conversation with Philip Gefter, the American author and photography critic, whose most recent book examined the life and times of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe. Gefter is currently working on a biography of Richard Avedon.

FRIDAY 20 MAY 2016

Olga Sviblova on Russian Photography
The Russian documentary director, curator, art critic and founder of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Olga Sviblova, has been commissioned by Photo London to present an exhibition from the Museum’s collection of Sergei Chilikov. Olga Sviblova has long been considered a figurehead of photography in Russia.

Alec Soth in conversation with Kate Bush
Alec Soth, the distinguished American photographer based in Minneapolis, makes large-scale projects featuring the Midwestern United States. His photographs have a cinematic feel with elements of folklore that hint to a story behind the image. Soth was part of the 2004 Whitney Biennial and had a major solo exhibition at Media Space in London in 2015. Soth will speak in conversation with Kate Bush, head of photography at Media Space who curated Soth’s exhibition there last year.

Philip Tinari in conversation with Lois Conner
Lois Conner is an American photographer noted particularly for her platinum print landscapes, collected by museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the V&A. She has had a great deal of experience in China over the past 30 years, photographing and exhibiting there, and developing close relationships with many Chinese artists. Philip Tinari is a notable writer, critic, art curator, and expert in Contemporary Chinese Art. He is the director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.

Massimo Vitali in conversation with Tobia Bezzola
Italian artist and photographer Massimo Vitali is known for his panoramas and particularly his beach works, where he stands meters above ground using large-format film cameras to capture a broad expanse. Vitali will be interviewed by Tobia Bezzola, director of the Folkwang Museum, Essen. Bezzola has had a long and distinguished career as a curator of art of the past and present, including photography at the Kunsthaus in Zurich.

Martin Parr in conversation
Infamous British documentary photographer and photojournalist Martin Parr is best known for his photographic projects that take an intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life, in particular documenting the social classes of England, and more broadly the wealth of the Western world. (Interviewer to be announced)

Richard Misrach
Richard Misrach is an American photographer who is identified with the introduction of colour to fine-art photography in the 1970s and his use of large-format traditional cameras. He is also recognised as one of the most important landscape photographers of our time. Richard Misrach will lecture on his wide-ranging landscape practice, speaking in particular about a current major project.


William A. Ewing on Arthur Lipsett & Robert Walker
William A. Ewing, the distinguished curator and writer on photography, will speak on two extraordinary artists: the 1960s avant-garde filmmaker Arthur Lipsett, whose work impressed Stanley Kubrick and George Lucas; and Robert Walker, whose 30-year colour work of New York’s Times Square is unequalled. William A. Ewing is the curator of the 2016 Photo London programme of talks and events.

W. M. Hunt in conversation with Pierre Radisic
Pierre Radisic is a Belgian, Barcelona-based photographer who over the past 35 years has developed a unique language of photography: witty, subtle, cleverly crafted and provocative. His work comprises variations-on-a-theme series, in which a simple idea is fully explored, conceptually and aesthetically. W. M. Hunt is a highly regarded collector based in New York, who curates, writes, lectures widely, and serves on many boards in the photography world.

Edward Burtynsky in conversation with David Campany
Edward Burtynsky, the prolific Canadian photographer and filmmaker known for his large-format photographs of industrial landscapes and subject-based monographs, will speak about his practice and his upcoming retrospective publication Essential Elements. Burtynsky will be interviewed by David Campany, the British writer, curator, artist and teacher. Campany has written and edited many books, and contributed essays and reviews to other books, journals and magazines.

David Maisel in conversation with William A. Ewing
The eminent American photographer and visual artist David Maisel, whose works explores remnants of civilizations both past and present, will speak with the curator of the Photo London talks programme, William A. Ewing. Maisel is celebrated for a number of books on landscape, of which the New Yorker wrote enthusiastically of his geometric geographies. Maisel’s most recent book is Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime.

Sophy Rickett and Hannah Starkey chaired by Alison Nordström
Sophy Rickett and Hannah Starkey are visual artists based in London, who work with photography at the core of their practice. The conversation will be chaired by Alison Nordstrom, the distinguished American curator who worked at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in Rochester. Today she continues her independent curatorial work on several continents.

SUNDAY 22 MAY 2016

Panel Discussion: Howard Greenberg, Quentin Bajac and Michael Wilson
Photo London has invited three specialists at the top of their fields to discuss the roles of curating, dealing and collecting, each from their own position. Quentin Bajac is chief curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Howard Greenberg is one of the world’s foremost gallerists; and Michael Wilson is renowned for his superb photography collection.

Lois Greenfield in conversation with Andrew Sanigar
Lois Greenfield is the world’s foremost photographer of dance, having created a unique style over several decades. Her most recent book Moving Still has just been published by Thames & Hudson. Thames & Hudson’s Andrew Sanigar, commissioning editor for photography, has much expanded the range of photography published by the house in recent years.

Miles Aldridge in conversation with Francis Hodgson
Miles Aldridge, the distinguished fashion photographer and artist will be interviewed by Francis Hodgson, professor in the culture of photography at the University of Brighton and photography critic of the Financial Times. Miles Aldridge is highly respected for his brilliant fashion work, and in particular for a unique and bold colour sense.

Olivo Barbieri in conversation with Tobia Bezzola
Tobia Bezzola, director of the Folkwang Museum, Essen, will speak in conversation with Italian artist and photographer of urban environments, Olivo Barbieri. Barbieri is recognized for his innovative, transformative technique working from actual landscapes and simulating shallow depth of field via the use of tilt-shift lens photography. His series ‘Site-Specific’ has been widely shown around the world.

Cheryl Newman: Loose Women panel
Cheryl Newman, the award-winning former photography director of the Telegraph Magazine, writer and photography consultant, will curate a panel for Photo London entitled ‘Loose Women’. This panel will explore the role of women in photography across fashion, editorial and documentary photography.

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