Photo London: Somerset House

10 - 14 May 2023

We are delighted to return to Somerset House for the 8th edition of Photo London, where we are proud to present a selection of works by iconic contemporary artists we represent, including Sarah Moon, Ori Gersht and Tiina Itkonen, as well as newly-released works by Tim Walker.

We will devote one wall of our Stand to Japan, exhibiting a group of rare and previously unseen works by many of the modern masters.

Most active in the mid-20th century, the photographer Hiroshi Hamaya (1915-99) is best known for his folkloric images of rural life in the Niigata Prefecture. The photographs – with details of the traditional “mino”, the straw rain capes – seem emblematic of another time, of a Japan on the cusp of modernity.

One of the legends of fashion photography, Sarah Moon’s painterly eye for colour and her ability to suffuse pictures with an atmosphere of romantic melancholy saw her rise to acclaim in the pages of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Life. Our selection, which includes new platinum prints from a recent collaboration with the Christian Dior archives, reflects the breadth and brilliance of her career.

We are pleased to present a work from Ori Gersht's recent series, Fusing Time (2022), which re-examines the relationship between the representation of reality in the technological era and the deceptive claim that photography represents one objective truth. Gersht develops his photographs with the aid of artificial intelligence software that fills in the missing information and reshapes the photographs. In this way, the artificial intelligence uses its acquired knowledge to create a new form of realism.

A group of vintage prints by the late Colin Jones will be on view: powerful images both from his study of the north-east coalfields during the 1960s as well as intimate portraits of the Afro-Carribean community living in Holloway in the 70s (which famously came to be known as The Black House).

These will be exhibited alongside some exquisite cibachromes by John Bulmer from his series, The North, as well as beautiful silver gelatin prints by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen from Byker.