All posts tagged: Photo fairs

Photo London: ‘We might begin to see 3D printing and augmented reality become collectible’

First established in 1970 by Angela Flowers in London’s West End, Flowers Gallery now has two central London locations – one in Mayfair and another in Shoreditch, along with a space in New York. The gallery currently represents 48 international artists working across a wide range of media. Flowers Gallery has been recognised for its engagement with important socio-cultural, political and environmental themes. We spoke to Director of the Photography Department, Chris Littlewood, about the artists’ work he is bringing to Photo London later this month, which include an array of well-known names such as Edward Burtynsky and Nadav Kander. Littlewood has also helped predict a number of future trends, from experimental installation techniques, to elements like 3D printing and augmented realities. What excites you the most about exhibiting your artists at Photo London? It’s always exciting to present at fairs, especially if the work is fresh and audiences are engaging with it for the first time. If someone appreciates an artist’s work the same way I do, an amazing energy can come out of …

2018-05-15T13:18:13+00:00

Photo London announces its return next year

After the success of its inaugural edition earlier this year, Photo London has announced its return in 2016, putting on a week-long celebration of photography taking in city-wide exhibitions, installations and talks from the 19th to the 22nd May next year. Produced by Candlestar, the company behind the Prix Pictet and numerous other curatorial-based enterprises, this year Photo London housed more than 70 galleries at Somerset House. As Michael Benson, co-director of Candlestar and co-founder of Photo London alongside Fariba Farshad, told us, the fair has whet the city’s appetite for photography. “Next year we’ve extended to include 80 galleries – we have been so inundated with applications that we’ve even had to create a temporary structure in the courtyard.” Exhibitors include Flowers Gallery, Galerie Polaris and TJ Boulting, with top photography galleries showing alongside a ‘Discovery’ section for emerging galleries. Work shown also includes a site-specific commission by London artists Walter and Zoniel, a series of works by Turner Prize-winning artist and photographer Craigie Horsfield and an exhibition of work loaned from the Moscow …

2015-11-30T15:29:26+00:00

The sexually transgressive work of Pierre Molinier, the forgotten Surrealist

In the 1950s, André Breton, the anarchic poet-founder of Surrealism reached out to the Bordeaux painter and photographer Pierre Molinier. He had become obsessed with the man’s work: sexual, dream-like and utterly transgressive. As it turns out, Molinier was both gay and a transvestite, and through his work employed his body and that of acquaintances to create visions of a hybrid identity, unencumbered by traditional gender notions. Intertwined limbs, many-headed creatures and deformed bodies were not just visual references intended to shock; while Molinier’s tended towards the extreme, his exploration of the erotic foreshadowed work by the likes of Cindy Sherman and Robert Mapplethorpe. Earlier this year, London’s Richard Saltoun Gallery played host to the first UK exhibition of his work for over 20 years, and at this year’s Paris Photo, Artcurial are presenting a collection of Molinier’s work for sale. Nearly 200 works by Molinier, including photographs, drawings and personal correspondences have been compiled for the auction on Friday 13th November by Emmanuelle Arsan, a muse of the artist who drew equal inspiration from him …

2015-11-12T19:39:36+00:00

Unusual View of Unknown Subjects

A crowd gathered at this year’s Unseen Photo Fair at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek; the judges were about to anoint the winner of the Photobook Dummy Award. Now in its third year, this prestigious prize gives one photographer the chance to publish their book with Lecturis, and present it at next year’s Unseen. The winner, they called out, was Simon Rimaz – but he was nowhere to be seen. He had stayed at home. Perhaps it should have come as no surprise, because the 26-year-old, who lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland, specialises in the elusive and the oblique. His website eschews straight self-description in favour of a question: “Is there any such thing as a “dead” image and, if so, what would the “corpse” look like? Simple, absurd questions like these have led me to engage in a physical, anatomical relationship with photographic material.” [bjp_ad_slot] When BJP managed to catch up with him, his answers were similarly off-centre – just like his images. His award-winning dummy, Unusual View of Unknown Subjects, uses images with square holes …

2014-11-26T22:01:35+00:00

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