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Photo London 2024 Highlights

By 21st May 2024May 30th, 2024No Comments

Gina Cross and Jo Bradford

Gallery: Gina Cross Projects

I loved the camera-less photographs of Gina Cross – the vibrant, textural, abstract ‘Sculptural Movements’ – and the dreamy abstracts of Jo Bradford.

Images: Folds #1, 2023 Sculptural Movements
Washaway, 2022

Carolyn Gowdy

Gallery: England and Co

Wonderful to discover American London-based artist Carolyn Gowdy and her surrealist black and white work from 1977/1978.

Untitled (Male/Female) 1978
Untitled (Slumber) 1977

Katrin Linkersdorff and Susan Derges

Gallery: Purdy Hicks

The gorgeously delicate large-scale tulip photographs of German photographer Katrin Linkersdorf are stunning, hung in contrast to the quietly mesmerising photograms of Dartmoor-based Susan Derges.

from the series Fairies, 2020-2023
Larvae, 2007

Nanna Hanninen

Gallery: Persons Projects. Berlin

Finnish conceptual photographer Nanna Hanninen merges landscape and paint to transform iconic images.

Mesa in Blue (Monument Valley) 2024, archival pigment print, acrylic paint

Lydia Goldblatt

Gallery: Robert Morat Galerie

I loved London-based Lydia Goldblatt’s intimate photographic series and book on motherhood published by GOST Books. One of the series, ‘Eden’, won second prize in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, 2020.

Fugue, 2020-2024

Aisha Seriki

Gallery:  Doyle Wham

Nigerian London-based multimedia artist Aisha Seriki uses the calabach as a metaphor in her series ‘Ori Inu’. It depicts her attempts to ‘mend the break between her mind and spirit.’ Aisha was shortlisted for the Photo London X Nikon Emerging Photographer award 2024 and was a winner of the V&A Parasol Foundation Prize for Women in Photography this year. The fabulous Doyle Wham gallery, run by Imme Dattenberg-Doyle and Sofia Carrera Wham, is the UK’s only contemporary African photography gallery.

Ori Inu 9, 2024

J.K. Lavin 

Gallery: Alta Vista

I loved seeing the LA-based photographer J.K. Lavin’s incredible body of self-portraiture from the 1970s and 1980s, which presciently explored the effects of advertising on the female psyche.

Eye #1

Valérie Belin

Gallery: Galerie Nathalie Obadia

And last but definitely not least, the Master of Photography for Photo London 2024, Valérie Belin, ‘Silent Stories’; this stunning retrospective filled a beautiful space with her large format, saturated ‘mirrors of fictions without words’. A triumph.