Photo London 2019: Stephen Shore and Vivian Maier star in the public programme

Photo London is back at Somerset House this May for its fifth instalment, with a special exhibition of new and unseen work by this year’s Master of Photography, Stephen Shore, plus Vivian Maier, Roger Fenton, Eamonn Doyle, almost 100 galleries from 21 different countries, and a giant egg sculpture.

Known for his pioneering use of colour photography, Shore’s newest body of work, Details, will be shown for the first time in the UK at the fair, as well as a series of 60 small photographs titled Los Angeles, taken through a single day in the city in 1969“We are honoured to present Stephen Shore as our 2019 Master of Photography,” said Photo London’s founding directors Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad. “As his recent retrospective at MOMA (New York) admirably demonstrated, Stephen is a truly pioneering photographer who has consistently pushed the boundaries of image making throughout a long and successful career.”

Alongside the exhibition, which is produced in association with Sprüth Magers and 303 Gallery, Shore will be speaking as part of the talks programme on 16 May. This year’s speakers have been selected once again by writer and curator William A Ewing, and confirmed so far are Vanessa Winship, Martin Parr, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Susan Meiselas, and Ed and Deanna Templeton. The full programme will be announced in April.

Stephen Shore, ‘Los Angeles, California, February 4, 1969’ (1970) © Stephen Shore. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

The public programme also includes another UK-first – a major presentation of work by American street photographer Vivian Maier. Other highlights include work by Roger Fenton, one of the world’s first war photographers; and Irish photographer Eamonn Doyle’s audio-visual series, Made in Dublin. The New York Times will display a series of drone images that illustrate the crippling effects of climate change, made by staff photographer and senior editor for photo technology Josh Haner, and online platform Arturner will present work by Ana Elisa Egreja, Paul Kneale, and Tabor Robak.

There is an interactive element to this year’s programme, in the form of a giant egg sculpture by British artist Gavin Turk. Intending to question the role of photography and social media in experiencing art, the two metre egg will be installed on the Embankment terrace, inviting visitors to take photographs with and of it, and enter them into a photography competition via Instagram. Entries will be projected onto the walls of the Great Arch Hall throughout the festival.

Vivian Maier ‘Chicago, 1962’ (1962) © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY

The galleries showing at Photo London this year represent the biggest global reach yet at the fair, with almost 100 galleries from 21 different countries – Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Taiwan, the UK, and the USA.

16 of these galleries have opted to mount solo exhibitions, with work by Mitch Epstein (Galerie Thomas Zander), Tony Gum (Christopher Moller Gallery), Tom Wood (Sit Down Gallery), Ivars Gravlejs (Careva Contemporary), Daisuke Yokota (Roman Road), Dag Alveng (Shoot Gallery), Max Pinckers (Galerie Sofie Van de Velde), Giulio di Sturco (Podbielski Contemporary), Adam Jeppesen (Black Box Projects), Edouard Taufenbach (Galerie Binome), and Casper Sejersen (Cob Gallery).

Other galleries have chosen to focus their shows on specific countries or region, such as Iran by Roya Khadjavi Projects, Japan by IBASHO, Latin America by RocioSantaCruz and schools in Helsinki, by Gallery Taik Persons.

The widely acclaimed Discovery section will present 23 galleries focusing on new and emerging talent; the curated selection includes ALMANAQUE Fotográfica (Mexico City), Careva Contemporary (Riga, Latvia), Euqinom Gallery (San Francisco), Galerie Binome (Paris), Galerie-Peter-Sillem (Frankfurt, Germany), Gallery Sofie Van de Velde (Antwerp, Belgium), Metronom (Modena, Italy), and UP Gallery (Hsinchu City, Taiwan).

Photo London 2019 will take place 16-19 May at Somerset House. Tickets go on sale from 05 February at

Untitled (from site/cloud), 2012, Courtesy of Roman Road © Daisuke Yokota
Vivian Maier ‘Self-Portrait, Chicago, n.d’ © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY
Bus Station with Elephant & Red Bus, 2018, Archival pigment print. 56 x 89.6 in © Nick Brandt & Atlas Gallery
Tony Gum, ‘Milk The Bok’ (2017) © Tony Gum & Christopher Moller Gallery
Tom Wood, ‘Sit Down Great Homer Street’ (1992) © Tom Wood & Galerie Sit Down
Stephen Shore, New York, New York, May 19, 2017 (2017) © Stephen Shore. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York
Cottage overlooking the Dnieper, Russia
1852 © Roger Fenton
‘Mirrored Decline [Triptych], 2018 © Rad Husak
Mitch Epstein, ‘Tree-Sits, Camp White Pine, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania’ (2017), © Black River Productions, Ltd. Mitch Epstein, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Mitch Epstein, ‘Nogales, Arizona’ (2017), © Black River Productions, Ltd. Mitch Epstein, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Max Pinckers, from the series ‘Margins of Excess’ (2018) © Max Pinckers
Yellowstone National Park, USA, 2018 © Josh Haner/The New York Times
Jamel Shabazz, ‘The Playboy, Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY’ (1982) © Jamel Shabazz, courtesy Galerie Bene Taschen
Made In Dublin 12 © Eamonn Doyle
Made In Dublin 05 © Eamonn Doyle


Marigold Warner

Deputy Editor

Marigold Warner joined the British Journal Photography in April 2018, and currently holds the position of Deputy Editor. She studied English Literature and History of Art at the University of Leeds, followed by an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London. Her work has been published by titles including the Telegraph Magazine, Huck, Elephant, Gal-dem, The Face, Disegno, and the Architects Journal.