Photo50 returns to the London Art Fair

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The exhibition takes place from 16 until 20 January at the Business Design Centre in Islington. This year’s exhibition, A Cyclical Poem, is curated by Nick Hackworth, director of Paradise Row Gallery in London. The exhibition brings together a selection of work from the 1970s to the present day by eight documentary photographers and photojournalists who have lived and worked in Britain. The featured photographers are: Dorothy Bohm, Brian Griffin, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Homer Sykes, Paul Hill, Marketa Luskacova, Ian Beesley and Chris Steele-Perkins.


Billed as ‘an elliptical mediation on the idea of historical change’, the exhibition looks at the relationship between photography and themes such as time, memory and repetition. “We’re showing photographers who’ve had long enough careers they have returned to earlier subjects,” says Hackworth. “The exhibition shows work that has been produced with a very conscious relationship to time and memory.”

Jonathan Burton, director of the London Art Fair, commented: “We originally introduced Photo50 as way of encouraging our visitors to start collecting photography. It has always been a selling exhibition and we felt that by presenting work in a critical context it would show that photographic artists were being discussed in the same terms as the rest of contemporary art.”

Last year’s Photo50, The New Alchemists, was curated by critic and broadcaster Sue Steward and featured the work of 50 contemporary photographers who transform or subvert the photographic print by decorating or defacing it in some way.

Photo50 is located at Gallery Level 2 at the fair. A Photography Focus day takes place on Wednesday 16 January and features talks programmed by Photovoice and Photoworks.

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