Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Now in its fourth edition, Photo London has established itself as a world-class photography fair and as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community.
Photo London is delighted to announce Canadian fine art photographer Edward Burtynsky as its Master of Photography for 2018. Burtynsky’s practice eloquently chronicles human impact on the planet. His images are widely regarded as key visual documents of our time.
As part of Photo London’s 2018 Public Programme, Burtynsky will present a special exhibition of new and rarely-seen work. Discover images exploring diverse subjects such as urbanisation, industrialisation and extraction, from oil bunkering and sawmills in Nigeria to the salt pans at the Little Rann of Kutch, in Gujarat, India; at once conveying the sublime qualities of human-marked landscapes and the unsettling reality of sweeping resource depletion.
Other talks will include:
STAGED REALITY: ALEX PRAGER
Alex Prager’s photography which primarily uses staged figures to create meticulously devised mise en scène, is often described as filmic and hyperreal, synthesizing uncanny images of fiction and reality. Her images touch upon themes of the voyeurism, alienation and anxiety, capturing a fractional slice of a narrative, inviting the viewer to complete the story. Prager will discuss her photographic practice with Nathalie Herschdorfer, presenting images from across her projects, to examine the construction of images and the consumption of images in our media-saturated society. Alex’s book Silver Lake Drive will be released in June.
DOUBLE TAKE: CORTIS & SONDEREGGER
Artists Cortis & Sonderegger discuss with Brett Rogers their photographic practice, including their project ICONS, which saw the artists recreate iconic historic photographs, in the studio in miniature out of craft materials (Double Take, a book about this project, will be released in May). They will explore their ideas “to outwit the documentary aspect of photography” as well as the motives and intricacies behind this project which include the recreation of such photographs as La Cour du Domain du Gras, 1826, by Nicéphore Niépce and more politically charged images like Tiananmen, 1989, by Stuart Franklin.
ON THE PRECIPICE: PHILIPPE CHANCEL
Join curator Alona Pardo as she discusses the work and photographic practice of French photographer Philippe Chancel. Explore how Chanel’s images experiment with photography in the complex, shifting and fertile territory where documentary art and journalism intersect. With the discussion focusing on his project Datazone, this talk will be an insight into what images mean in the contemporary world.