It’s been two years since our last visit to Photo London, back at Somerset House for its fifth installment, with a special exhibition of new and unseen work by Stephen Shore plus 100 galleries form 21 countries. Many may say there is a lack of new talent in the photography scene, I’m no expert but it’s always a joy to immerse yourself in the vivid works of renown photographers. As always, as shows like Photo London (esp on the weekend), it’s always overcrowding and overwhelming, but our approach? As always, never follow the crowd - discover a few favorites, stand still and savour them.
She was an extraordinary street photographer who documented the people and buildings of Chicago, New York and Los Angeles but whose work was unknown during her lifetime. It was only after her death that thousands of her images literally came to light. Known to her street scenes, photographing the anonymous masses in the street with the wide variety of characters, clothes, expressions. Her instant photographs find the beautiful in the mundane, seeking in everyday life any trace of those virtually invisible chinks that would let her enter their world. It was the little things and it was wonderful.
Always a favorite of ours, renown Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama represented by Akio Nagasawa at Photo London this year - known for his scandalous Tokyo city boogie woogie shots, depicting the contrast of traditional values and modern society in post-war Japan with commercialization and Americanisation of the country. It’s interesting how his pieces always manage to capture my attention every time, whether its the scandalous, almost offensive low life he’s portraying of neon-lit Tokyo - that is if I must say very sexy in a photographic sense, or the simple nostalgic scenes of the city that makes me just want to fly to Japan over the weekend - looking through windscreens onto rain-swept roads, at deserted car parks and battered hotels. They conveyed a raw, almost brutalised Japan in which the human figure dissolves into blackness and blur. During the show, I came across a particular piece being sold and sitting in the corner - couldn’t help but wonder where would this cheeky piece fit in its new home?
You may not heard of his name (yet), this may not be a photo - but Adam Jeppesen has definitely captured a lot of eyeballs this year at the show. Represented by Black Box Projects, the survey show comprises of his works created over the last decade. One of the highlights above - Tanks (2017), he transfers the idea of the pond and what lies beneath into three-dimensional. Cyanotype-printed fabric is suspended in clear oil inside a glass tank, this delicate material is then anchored by strings to create a sculptural abstract form - its simply mesmerizing and alluring.