Photo50

Photo50 is London Art Fair’s annual exhibition of contemporary photography, providing a critical forum for examining some of the most distinctive elements of current photographic practice.

Guest curated each year, it highlights a timely theme in current photography and adds a space and context to the photography presented by galleries at the Fair.

PHOTO50: LONDON ART FAIR 2022

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Rodrigo Orrantia, photographed by Manuel Vazquez

NO PLACE IS AN ISLAND

Guest curated by Rodrigo Orrantia, No Place is an Island presents a selection of works by British and UK-based artists, interested in questioning the idea of an island and the associated concepts of isolation and isolationism. The selection, especially made for Photo50, focuses on practices expanding the possibilities of photography, especially where the medium overlaps with sculpture and performance. 
 
Echoing John Donne’s celebrated No Man is an Island, this exhibition examines what it means to be an island in the contemporary moment. As we slowly emerge from the covid19 pandemic to a post-Brexit Britain, the topical issues of our day (climate emergency, mass migration, travel and movement restrictions) confront us with the reality of an interconnected world:  no place is really an island, we only make it one in our imagination. 

Rodrigo Orrantia is an art historian and curator, specialised in photography. 

His practice focuses on exhibition and publication projects, and critical writing. He is a regular speaker at Universities in the UK and France, and a reviewer and juror for international photography festivals and awards.

He is currently researching connections between photography, geography and place, with an interest in nature and its relationship with the urban/ manmade/ artificial environment.

PHOTO50: LONDON ART FAIR 2020

OCCUPY THE VOID

Occupy The Void, was the 14th edition of Photo50 for London Art Fair 2020, guest curated by Laura Noble. The space presented ten female photographers aged over 50. The exhibition explored the vast pool of talented living female photographers aged over 50 and the cultural ‘space’ that they inhabit. 

Through the work of ten contemporary female artists working in the UK and internationally, the exhibition interrogated the physical, psychological and ephemeral nature of space and our experience of existing within it, both during our lives and after death.

The exhibition reflected on the variety of photographic formats in 2D and 3D, and the diverse traditional and non-traditional materials employed in photography today.

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Samantha Brown, from the series Botany of Silence, 2015 – 2019, Inkjet print © Samantha Brown
Samantha Brown, from the series Botany of Silence, 2015 – 2019, Inkjet print © Samantha Brown
Danielle Peck Many Original Features Sunlight From the series Dreamland, C-type Fine Art print mounted on dibond © Danielle Peck
Danielle Peck Many Original Features Sunlight From the series Dreamland, C-type Fine Art print mounted on dibond © Danielle Peck

Occupy the Void was an inclusive exhibition, presenting both established names and artists in the early stages of their careers, all of which were female and over the age of 50.

Although 85% of women studying photography at university are women, only 15% of the industry is female. Thus Noble provided a platform for a diverse group of artists who are commonly underrepresented in the cultural dialogue, and offered them the opportunity to reclaim their space and the void.

Elizabeth Heyert, Sleepers 03, 2003. From the series The Sleepers, Selenium toned gelatin silver print etc. © Elizabeth Heyert
Elizabeth Heyert, Sleepers 03, 2003. From the series The Sleepers, Selenium toned gelatin silver print etc. © Elizabeth Heyert
Rosy Martin, In Situ, 1939-2014. From the series Immersion © Rosy Martin
Rosy Martin, In Situ, 1939-2014. From the series Immersion © Rosy Martin
Sandra Jordan, Hidden Beauty #26, London, 2016. From the series Hidden Beauty © Sandra Jordan
Sandra Jordan, Hidden Beauty #26, London, 2016. From the series Hidden Beauty © Sandra Jordan
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Laura Noble, photographed by ©Chloe Rosser

LAURA NOBLE

Laura Noble is the Director of L A Noble Gallery (LANG) in London.  She is also a curator and author of  The Art Of Collecting Photography. She is a nominator for the global Prix Pictet Prize and also an Ambassador for the Royal Photographic Society’s 100 Heroines project and Docking Station in Amsterdam as well as being a judge on many photographic competitions and residency programmes. Her commitment to photography is paramount.

Photo50 was supported by Photography Focus Day  and took place on Friday 24 of January 2020 with a dedicated programme of talks and tours led by practitioners and experts.

Photo50 at London Ar Fair 2020 was kindly supported by Genesis Imaging.

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