Spring is in the air in London and for the first time this year the sun is shining on the courtyard of Somerset House. Michael Benson, one of the two founding directors of Photo London, sits in its centre, drinking a morning coffee and soaking up the rays. He could be forgiven for feeling a little smug but today he seems merely quietly content that later this month the art fair will be back for its third edition, its biggest yet. “We kept hearing from people that ‘there’s no market for photography in London, there’s no interest’,” says Benson. “These were people in the industry and they should have known better.” In fact, the fair established itself as a key fixture on the international photography calendar and soon this grand old courtyard and the labyrinthine rooms of Somerset House will be filled with gallerists, collectors, artists, curators and exhibitors once again. Last year’s edition featured 84 galleries from 19 countries, welcoming more than 35,000 visitors over its five-day run, with collectors and VIP photography professionals …
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The Chinese artist Ren Hang, born 1987, as the recipient of the 2016 Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund, the curatorial committee for Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund.
The Dummy, I Loved My Wife (killing children is good for the economy), by the Belgium artist Dieter De Lathauwer, will be published and presented during Unseen Photo Fair 2017. Dieter notes that his book “highlights one of the darkest sides of the previous century in Europe, which was and still remains under-exposed.” This year’s jury members, Paul van Mameren (Managing Director, Lecturis), Irma Boom (graphic designer), Sean O’Hagan (journalist, The Guardian) and Francesco Zanot (Chief Curator, Camera Centro Italiano per la Fotografia’s), said: “The combination of found photographs, stills from propaganda films from the German authorities, and Lathauwer’s own evocative images made for a powerful and unsettling narrative. “The subject concerns the psychiatric state hospitals where thousands of people were killed over two years in Austria, because they were Jews, gays or immigrants. His photographs of the locations merge with the found material to create a sustained mood that suggests the horror without depicting directly. “It is an accomplished photo book about a very dark subject matter that, to this day, remains relatively unknown.” …
The Unseen Dummy Award, one of the biggest prizes at Amsterdam’s Unseen Photography Festival, will give the winning photographer entry into the international photography industry.