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MAY 2015: Photo London has announced a wide-ranging line-up of participating speakers for talks and lectures over the course of the fair. The talks programme, curated by Professor Francis Hogdson, is designed to complement the galleries and exhibitions programme, the live events will range from informal talks aimed at new collectors, to interviews with renowned photographers and emerging talents, discussions with curators from some of the world’s leading museums, and debates on issues surrounding contemporary photography. Book signings will also take place over the course of the fair.

The tenor of the talks programme is set by participating experts in the field, including Colin Ford CBE; curator and writer William Ewing; Quentin Bajac, chief curator of photography at MoMA; Elisabeth Sussman, the Sondra Gilman curator of photography at the Whitney Museum; Martin Barnes, senior curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Tobia Bezzola, director of the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany; and Tim Marlow, director of artistic programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts. As well as topics germane to both private and institutional collectors of photography, discussions explore issues and ideas such as the impact of Instagram and the ‘dissolution’ of photography.

Talks take place at spaces around Somerset House. The informal environment of the Fernandez & Wells café provides the background to intimate conversations with photographers including as Sze Tsung Leong, Nadav Kander and Alida Rodrigues, conversations on collecting, and ‘Desert Island Pics’, presented by Photoworks. The Screening Room at Somerset House houses discussions on curating, and interviews with artists Stephen Gill, Esther Teichmann, Tom Hunter, Idris Khan and Susan Derges. The lecture theatre of the Courtauld Institute is the venue for interviews and debates, including Sebastião Salgado interviewed by Leo Johnsons as well as lectures on artistic practices by LaToya Ruby Frazier and Mitch Epstein. On Saturday the FT Weekend, Photo London's global media partner,‎ has curated a day of panel discussions and interviews culminating with a lecture on portraiture at the Courtauld by historian Simon Schama.


20 MAY (PREVIEW DAY) 2pm - 3.30pm Colin Ford and Tobia Bezzola Screening Room 3pm - 4.30pm Louise Clements: On Collections Fernandez & Wells 3.30pm - 5pm Francis Hodgson and Don McCullin Screening Room 5pm - 6 pm William Ewing: Curating Photography: A Personal Approach Screening Room 5pm - 6pm An audience with Sze Tzung Leong Fernandez & Wells

21 MAY 12.30 pm - 1.30pm Jan Brykczynski with Diane Smyth Screening Room 2pm - 3.30pm Idris Khan, Susan Derges and Martin Barnes in conversation Screening Room 3pm - 4.30pm An audience with Nadav Kander Fernandez & Wells 3.30pm - 5pm James Hyman and Quentin Bajac in conversation Screening Room 5pm - 6.30pm Annebella Pollen and Erik Kessels Fernandez & Wells 5pm - 6.30pm Thames & Hudson: The Art of Collecting Contemporary Photography Screening Room 6pm – 8pm Panel Discussion: Collecting as A Creative Art National Portrait Gallery 6.30pm - 7.30pm An audience with Alida Rodrigues Fernandez & Wells 7:30pm Stephen Shore: Exploration and Innovation National Portrait Gallery

22 MAY 3pm - 4.30pm An audience with Ori Gersht Fernandez and Wells 3.30 - 5 pm Tim Marlow and Rut Blees Luxemburg: London and the Narrative of the City Space Screening Room 5pm - 6.30pm An audience with Edmund Clark Fernandez & Wells 5 - 6.30 pm Esther Teichmann in conversation with Tom Hunter, chaired by Sue Steward: Staging Beauty Screening Room 6pm - 8pm ‘The Dissolution of Photography’ featuring Julian Stallabrass, Jessica Barker, Alexander Garcia Düttmann and Olivier Richon Courtauld Lecture Theatre

23 MAY 2.30pm - 3.55pm Sebastião Salgado interviewed by Leo Johnson The Courtauld Institute 3pm - 4.30pm Fiona Rogers and Corinne Silva in conversation Fernandez & Wells 3.55pm - 5.25pm LaToya Ruby Frazier and David Campany The Courtauld Institute 5.35pm - 7pm Simon Schama on Portraiture The Courtauld Institute 6.30pm - 7.30pm Photoworks presents ‘Desert Island Pics’ with Martin Barnes Fernandez & Wells

24 MAY 12.30pm - 1.30pm Michael Hoppen, Sofia Vollmer de Maduro and Lisa Erf in conversation The Courtauld Institute 2pm - 3.30pm Newsha Tavakolian and Jane Hilton, with Cheryl Newman Screening Room 2.30pm - 3.55pm Kate Barrett hosts a Q&A with Rankin The Courtauld Institute 2.30pm Steve McCurry Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, Kings College 3pm - 4.30pm An audience with Calum Colvin Fernandez & Wells 3.30pm - 5pm Vali Mahlouji in conversation Screening Room 3.55pm - 5.25pm Mitch Epstein and Elisabeth Sussman The Courtauld Institute 5pm - 6pm An audience with Stephen Gill Screening Room 5pm - 6.30pm Mike Trow in conversation with Craig Atkinson Fernandez & Wells 5.35pm - 7pm Jennifer Higgie & Stephen Shore on Instagram The Courtauld Institute

In addition to the lively programme at Somerset House, London’s photo week extends to satellite events at partner institutions including American Power, Mitch Epstein’s collaboration with composer and cellist Erik Friedlander, at the Victoria & Albert Museum; lectures by Todd Hido and Stephen Shore at the National Portrait Gallery; and Steve McCurry discussing the communities portrayed in his new book In These Hands: A Journey Along the Coffee Trail at King’s College.

Exhibiting publishers Hatje Cantz, Dewis Lewis and Phaidon host afternoon book signings at their booths in the Great Arch Hall of Somerset House, with Jon Tonks, Simon Norfolk, Edmund Clark, Tom Hunter, Martin Parr and Eva Vermandel among the names already confirmed.


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    Wednesday 20 May, 11am - 9.30pm

    21 - 22 May, 12pm - 7.30pm
    23 - 24 May, 12pm - 6pm

    Adult Day Ticket (over 17): £20
    Child (4 - 16): £14
    Concession: £17
    Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Kids): £52
    Sat and Sun Entry: £29
    Groups 10+: £18.20 each


    Somerset House
    Strand, London WC2R 1LA


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