Culture: Visual Arts

Preview of The Photo Art Fair

Kevin Poeung by Bertil Nilsson

This four-day exhibition is for lovers of photography and collectors as well as those who want to know more about this inventive, ever-changing art form.

It’s a brand new show of collectable works from up to 50 international photographers. It’s also an opportunity to purchase collectable images directly from undiscovered and emerging artists.

Hundreds of photographic art works will be available at the exhibition, with an online gallery to cater to international buyers and enthusiasts around the world which will launch on 6 May.

In addition to the new and established talents on display, the exhibition will see Gert Elfering’s personal collection of previously unseen works of Will McBride, which includes reportage and portrait images.

The event will also feature panel discussions, talks, Q&As and workshops from some of the most established and talented practitioners in their field. Panel discussions will focus on some of the current debates surrounding contemporary photography.

Workshops on how to collect intelligently will be chaired by the selection committee and tastemakers in the photography world which will also include talks by photographers who will reveal the stories and inspiration behind their work.

These include Beyond – a behind-the-scenes documentary of Joey L’s trip to Varanasi, India to complete his photo series Holy Men which is exhibited at Photo Art Fair.

There’s also Shooting Robert King, a documentary that spans 15 years, three tragically brutal wars and across one of the most singularly astonishing lifetimes of modern history. There will be a short Q&A with director Richard Parry after the screening.

Highlights to watch out for include Bertil Nilsson, a Swedish photographer who now lives and works in London. His work takes inspiration from movement and the human form. He collaborates extensively with dancers and circus artists.

There’s also Mary Scanlon, who once travelled the world taking photos for influential music magazines like Melody Maker. She was once flown to Sydney to take photos of INXS and she has worked with some of the biggest names in the world of music but said there was one who really stood out.

“Richard Ashcroft, who used to be in The Verve before he went solo. He was just a natural and a pleasure to photograph,” she said in an interview with City of Bath College.

“There have been many others who really stand out in my memory though – Leonard Cohen, Sinead O’Connor, PJ Harvey and Robbie Williams who, believe it or not, actually came across to me as quite shy.”

The Photo Art Fair is at  Victoria house, London WC1

3-6 May 2013

Thursday : Opening Night         6pm – 9.30pm

Friday – Saturday 12pm – 7pm

Sunday – Monday 12pm – 6pm

Words: Fiona Keating

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