The Best of Photo London 2016

'Manchester' showing a boy on the street by Shirley Baker.

Manchester, 1967 by Shirley Baker ©Shirley Baker

A city-wide event taking place across the British capital, Photo London is a major international photography fair showcasing work from over 80 of the world’s leading galleries. This year’s edition saw a stellar line-up of new emerging talent pitched alongside world-leading photographers including Patrick Demarchelier and Thomas Struth, while rare original prints by 19th century photography pioneer William Henry Fox and Yousuf Karsh’s famous portrait of Winston Churchill were also on offer.

As part of Photo London 2016, three new major exhibitions also opened at Somerset House including one from iconic British war photographer Don McCullin, recently named this year’s Photo London Master of Photography. The Embankment Galleries of Somerset House saw an exhibition by Turner Prize-nominated artist Craigie Horsefield, while the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow presented new work from contemporary Russian photographer Sergei Chilikov who was nominated for the prestigious Kandinsky Prize in 2008.

A full spectrum of work from all genres was showcased at Photo London 2016, including several iconic images from popular culture. Work from German photographer Ellen von Unwerth included her renowned image of the late David Bowie with Kate Moss, while Thomas Hoepker’s offering featured iconic shots of Muhammed Ali from 1966. Elsewhere, Erwin Blumenfeld’s 1950 image of Jean Patchett, entitled The Doe Eye and made famous on the front of Vogue, will be on show alongside the work of contemporary photographers such as Noé Sendas, Roe Ethridge and Anja Niemi.

'Handstand' showing a man doing a handstand on a high balcony by Jürgen Schadeberg.

Handstand on Michel, 1948 by Jürgen Schadeberg ©Jürgen Schadeberg

Jean Patchett on the cover of Vogue in 1950 by Erwin Blumenfeld.

Jean Patchett, Vogue, New York, 1950 by Erwin Blumenfeld ©Erwin Blumenfeld

'Ali left & right Fist' showing Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker.

Ali left & right Fist, London, 1966 by Thomas Hoepker ©Thomas Hoepker

A woman holding a baby from the series 'Imprisoned Women' by Adriana Lestido.

From the series Imprisoned Women (1991–1993) by Adriana Lestido ©Adriana Lestido

Words by Liam Roberts

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

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