Photo London

Meet Magnum at Somerset House this week.

Magnum is back at Somerset House on the banks of the River Thames this week for the return of the annual art fair, Photo London (May 11–14).

The Magnum booth is located in the central pavilion in the courtyard of one of London’s key historic buildings, and this year will showcase the work of six Magnum photographers.

Gregory Halpern, Lindokuhle Sobekwa and Alec Soth are presented together in Echoes, “a journey of synergies and reflections through the works of three very different artists whose images are nevertheless united in their interrogation of humanity, nature and hope.”

Magnum is also showing work by Chris Killip (curated by Halpern, one of his former students), alongside Bieke Depoorter and Martin Parr.

Stuart, Pittsburgh, USA, 2021 © Alec Soth/Magnum Photos.
Parkview, Johannesburg, South Africa. March 18, 2020 © Lindokuhle Sobekwa/Magnum Photos.
James in car. Omaha, Nebraska, 2005-2018 © Gregory Halpern/Magnum Photos.

Parr also has a major solo show at Somerset House, having been named Photo London’s 2023 Master of Photography. Parr’s Recent Work is one of three exhibitions that form the fair’s public program, and includes pictures taken in the British Isles, including beaches that he has been photographing for five decades.

As well as the seaside, I have a long fascination with the agricultural shows and fêtes that pop up all over the country in the summer months,” he told The Sunday Times Magazine in a recent interview. “I think of these images as an interpretation of the mixed emotions I feel towards my homeland — it is almost a love-hate relationship, and addressing this is almost a form of therapy for me.”

Great Dorset Steam Fair, UK, 2022 © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos.

"I think of these images as an interpretation of the mixed emotions I feel towards my homeland."

Michael at Home, Portland, Oregon, USA, May 2015 © Bieke Depoorter/Magnum Photos

Meanwhile, Depoorter’s work is showing across town at The Photographers’ Gallery, where she is showing as part of this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. She is one of four photographers nominated for the £30,000 prize, the winner of which is announced on Thursday evening (May 11).

For tickets and details on Photo London, visit here.

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