The most important event in the UK photographic calendar - Photo-London - returns to the capital this spring with a month-long programme of events across the city, culminating with Photo-London 05 at the Royal Academy (May 18th 22nd).
Involving over 50 galleries and institutions from across London, the UK and around the world, Photo-London 05 will provide a platform for the best photography, film and video from the entire history of the medium - including pioneering work from Henry Fox Talbot and Roger Fenton to Julia Margaret Cameron, from Henri Cartier Bresson to David Bailey, from Man Ray to Martin Parr, and Diane Arbus to Don McCullin and William
Alongside the fair, Photo-London 05 will be running a series of talks, educational and curatorial events with leading photographers, critics and curators, as well as projects with the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful curated exhibition, which in 2004 featured rising star Johnnie Shand Kydd, will be repeated in a space at the centre of the fair, with further details soon to be announced.
With over 18,000 estimated visitors, a glamorous celebrity launch party, and works from the finest photographers in the world, this years Photo-London 05 promises to be the chance for collectors, dealers and art lovers to experience the most comprehensive survey of photography ever displayed in the UK.
PHOTO-LONDON 2005 Dates
Dates: 19th 22nd May Address: Royal Academy of Arts at Burlington Gardens
Preview: 18th May Director: Daniel Newburg
As the success of our inaugural year in 2004 showed, the interest in photography in the UK is stronger now than it
has ever been, comments Daniel Newburg, founder of Photo-London. This year, Photo-London will be more
ambitious in its scope, bringing in more international galleries and extending and enlarging the programme of
supporting events. From the V&A to East London, the aim is to spread our wings and reach as many people as possible.
The culmination, of course, will be Photo London 05 at the Royal Academys Burlington Gardens - bringing together what is effectively the largest and most comprehensive photographic exhibition of the year.
However, Photo-London 05 is not just about quantity, but the extraordinary opportunity to see the entire spectrum of the history of this medium. Within a few moments of entering the space youll be able to compare work from 19th century masters, to contemporary stars, back to post-war modernism, and 70s topographers.
This is an art fair, but by no means exclusively a marketplace for professionals: prices start at around 500 and there will also be a selection of some of the best publishers of books - as well as signing sessions, talks and parties.
Photo-London aims to be the essential date for anyone and everyone with a love for of photography - in its broadest sense.
Photo-London 05 is supported by an advisory board comprised of key figures in the art community, respected art dealers, artists, writers and film producers.
Danny Moynihan Artist and Novelist
Daniel Blau Gallerist
Pierre Brahm Collector
Simon Crocker Chairman of John Kobal Foundation and Managing Director of Light Industry and Talent Management
Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst Gagosian Gallery Director
Philippe Garner Director of Photographs and Decorative Arts at Christies
Kay Hartenstein Saatchi
Photographer and Collector
Robert Hershkowitz Private dealer, Early European Photography
Michael Hoppen Gallerist and dealer
Liz Jobey Associate Editor, Granta, and writer
Mary McCartney Donald Photographer
Daniel Newburg Founding Director Photo-London and Publisher of Pluk Magazine
Emma Reeves Photography Director, Another and Dazed and Confused
Co-founder of the White Cube and partner of RS&A Ltd,
Sam Taylor-Wood Artist
Thomas Walther Collector
Alannah Weston Writer and Collector
Michael Wilson Film Producer and Collector
Galleries and Artists
The 50 international galleries involved in Photo-London 05 represent a unique opportunity to see the most highly regarded historical and contemporary work from all corners of the globe; 26% of galleries Mainland Europe, 9% USA, 63% UK and 2% rest of the world
The Educational Committee is organising a program of talks and a panel discussion Collecting Photography Now, moderated by Mark Haworth-Booth, former head of photography at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Talks and Lectures
Photo-London encompasses a series of talks, lectures and exhibitions held throughout the month of May, in conjunction with the some of the most important museums and institutions throughout the capital including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
The incredible commercial success of last years Photo-London is a testament to its impact on the market, with overall estimated sales of between 2.5 and 3 million. Prices at this years fair start from as 500 through to 500,000. Every photography lover and book collector can fulfil their passion with publications and magazines from the worlds most respected publishers, including Taschen and Phaidon.
Getting There Photo-London 2005 Directions
Heathrow, Stanstead, Luton and Gatwick and City Airport are all within an hour and a half of Green Park. Connect from Heathrow Airport via Paddington Express. Waterloo Station (Eurostar) and all mainline stations are within easy reach by bus of tube.
Tube Photo-London is five minutes walk from Green Park and Piccadilly Circus tube stations.
Buses 3, 6, 9, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 38, 52, 53, 88, 94, 139, 159