Photo London is back with up to 70 exhibitors. We’ve chosen our six favourite galleries we think you should check out at Somerset House this May.
Crane Kalman Gallery – Brighton
The independent British photography gallery, Crane Kalman Gallery puts the best, young and local talent on their walls. Along with some of contemporary photography’s brightest stars, it is fast becoming a place where buying, and even collecting photography is possible due to their affordable prices. Associated to the Crane Kalman Gallery, London, it has been one of the leading galleries to showcase the work of modern British painters, such as Henry Moore, for the past 45 years.
Eleven Fine Art – London
Founded in 2005 by Charlie Phillips - who was formerly the founding director of Haunch of Venison - and Laura Lopes, Eleven Fine Art runs its smooth operation from its permanent space in Belgravia, with pop up galleries throughout London. Eleven Fine Art is dedicated to exhibiting the best faces of international contemporary art. With a range of art by both well established, and emerging artists, the gallery also acts as an art advisory service.
Image courtesy of Eleven, London
Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire – Paris
With more than half of its represented artists being photographers, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire has truly committed to the contemporary photography scene. Launched in Paris in 1996 by art collector, Stephane Maghan, and artistic director, Christine Ollier, the gallery’s programme comprises three divisions. Fine-art photography dealing with the problematic of the image and notions of subject, the field of the abstract and figurative painting, and multidisciplinary works involving installation and video.
Kasher I Potamkin – New York
A hybrid between two well-established gallery names, Steven Kasher (Steven Kasher Gallery) and Andi Potamkin (Three Squares Studio), presents handcrafted, rare objects and unique works of art and design. As a ‘boutique-meets-gallery’, the 1,100-sqaure-foot space situates its works of art in an intimate, cosy, home-like environment, essentially exploring the connection on how to integrate art and life. Aesthetics and craftsmanship are the key elements Kasher and Potamkin look for when sourcing artists to represent.
The Wapping Project Bankside – London
Specialising in photography, film and video, The Wapping Project Bankside gallery represents a small group of international fine art photographers born after 1970. All the photographers work with the film medium, creating work with challenging subject matters. The gallery has also showcased the works of late Lillian Bassman and Deborah Turbeville, the fine art work of Susan Meiselas and the fashion photography of Paolo Roversi.
Taka Ishii Gallery – New York/Paris/Tokyo
First opened in 1994, with an exhibition devoted to exploring the conceptual foundations and implications of contemporary photographic and graphic practice. The gallery now has spaces in Tokyo, New york and Paris, and has since exhibited and published works of contemporary established Japanese and foreign artists, while still supporting the development of younger, emerging artists.
Somerset House, from 21-24 May 2015