Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, 'David McArdle with daughters', 2008, from 'Byker Revisited', Photo50 at London Art Fair.
Photo50, the guest-curated annual showcase of contemporary photography, returns to the 25th London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre, Islington, from 16 – 20 January 2013.
Under the title 'A Cyclical Poem', Nick Hackworth, Director of Paradise Row, questions the nature of historical change through 50 images by eight photojournalists and documentary photographers working between 1970 and the present day: Ian Beesley, Dorothy Bohm, Brian Griffin, Paul Hill, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Marketa Luskacova and Chris Steele-Perkins and Homer Sykes.
In some cases the works selected are the result of the photographer returning to the same or similar subjects over or after a long period of time. Others come from one period, but made in concert with the passing of time.
Nick Hackworth, curator of Photo50, comments:
"‘A Cyclical Poem’ is an elliptical meditation on the idea of historical change, instances separated by eras, of congruence and difference; it considers, through the photographic image, what has changed and what has remained the same."
"Many of the images included date from well before the digital era. From a certain perspective this might render the show perverse and out of date, for digital culture has fundamentally altered the relationship between image, time and memory. If this is so, then this exhibition becomes, as a whole, a picture of a culture of scarcity and selectivity, one that has already dissolved in the vastness of the ever growing digital datastream that appears to structure contemporary experience."
Alongside Photo50 a number of galleries at London Art Fair will be exhibiting work by contemporary photographers, including Art First, The Art Movement, BEARSPACE, The Catlin Guide, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Danielle Arnaud, Envie d'Art, French Art Studio, Hannah Barry Gallery, Jack Bell Gallery, Jenny Blyth Fine Art, Purdy Hicks Gallery, Richard Saltoun, SALON VERT, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, Troika Editions, The Wapping Project Bankside and Whitford Fine Art.
A Photography Focus day at the Fair on Wednesday 16 January will see talks programmed by Photovoice and Photoworks, as well as a discussion on African photography. More information on the events programme can be found at the London Art Fair website
London Art Fair tickets are on sale at £12 (plus £1.50 booking fee) in advance, including a copy of the 2013 Fair Guide (to be collected at the Fair). Tickets on the door are £16.
For a full list of galleries and the latest London Art Fair news visit the London Art Fair website