Photo London 2023 opens this week: here's what you need to know

Votes for Women, by Sarah Maple, is part of the Writing Her Own Script show at Photo London 2023
Votes for Women, by Sarah Maple, is part of the Writing Her Own Script show at Photo London 2023, featuring the work of women photographers from the Hyman Collection (Image credit: Sarah Maple/Photo London 2023)

Photo London is one of the world's biggest photography fairs, bringing together the world's leading galleries to show and sell work by photographers. Relaunched in 2015, Photo London is now in its eight year, and has become a firm fixture on the fine art and professional photography calendar. 

This week the event returns to Somerset House in London's West End on 11-14 May. And it's an amazing place to keep your pulse on what's happening in the industry, network and find inspiration. Here you'll find galleries, exhibitors, book publishers, and a public programme of talks and tours. 

  • The Photo London x Nikon Emerging Photographer Award, with the winner announced Wednesday 10 May at 6.30pm, and a display of last year’s winner Max Miechowski and his fellow shortlisted photographers in the Nikon Gallery.
  • The inaugural Photo London x Hahnemühle Student Award, with shortlisted photographers on view and the winner announced on Saturday 13 May.
  • Aperture leads the 2023 Talks Programme alongside Nikon and FT Weekend, offering conversations with Lynsey Addario, Heather Agyepong, Alia Ali, Babak Kazemi, Joy Gregory and Martin Parr.
  • Workshops run by Nikon on dance photography and British fashion.
  • I MATTER, an outdoor photographic exhibition presented by the non-profit organisation CASE Art Fund to raise awareness about children's human rights.
  • Shtager Gallery will present a study of glossy photography from Gunter Sachs (1932-2011), who shot the first nude photo for French Vogue in 1976.
  • This year’s Fair includes several galleries supporting photographers from Iran. LS10 Gallery presents a focus on Iranian contemporary photography, while O Gallery based in Tehran is presenting works by the contemporary photographer Mohammedreza Mirzaei alongside rare prints by Kaveh Kazemi, including photographs of the 1979 revolution and its aftermath.
  • The relationship between photography and truth is interrogated by a number of photographers including Thomas Demand, whose illusionistic photographs of 3D models sculpted entirely from paper are on show at Galleri K.
  • Contemporary artists whose work engages with AI include Ori Gersht, on show at Michel Hoppen, Maisie Cousins at TJ Boulting and the young, Nikon-shortlisted photographer Evelyn Bencicova at Artemis.

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.