Photo London took over Somerset House once again for its fourth edition, and for those that have visited the annual event before, yes it is still huge - showcasing over a hundred galleries.

While the four-day event is a wonderful entity and now a vital part of the capital’s cultural calendar, to take-in every part of Photo London is something of an overwhelming experience. Thus due to its scope, we opted to focus on just a single area and arguably one of the more exciting: the Photo London Discovery section.

The Discovery zone (the thinking man's Crystal Maze zone) made its debut in 2017, and this year has grown from 16 galleries to 22, with the modus operandi to feature galleries between one and five years old. Curated by Tristan Lund, this brief consequently spotlights the emerging galleries from around the world, which is something very much to be welcomed especially given the attention brought to larger and more established galleries throughout the event.

Here are some of our favourite photographers from this Discovery section.


Janet Delany - Euqinom Projects janet-delany-EUQINOM_Euqinom Projects, founded in San Francisco in 2015, displayed two artists: Meghann Riepenhoff and Janet Delany. While Delany herself has been producing work since the late 1970’s, her work has once again come to the fore thanks to a recently-released photobook via MACK books in London (South of Market 1978-1986).

The photo here is from Delany’s series Public Matters, a project that documented San Fran’s fast-paced gentrification in the Reagan-era - an issue that remains as relevant today as it was back then. Her entire back-catalogue is well worth your time exploring.


Lorena Lohr - Cob Gallery lorena-lohr-cobb gakkeryFile Lorena Lohr’s photos under: photos that you’d most like to wear. Or eat. The dream-like, washed-out photographs consist of soft-yet-vivid pastel colours, and thus have a very distinctive quality to them. Quite frankly, they’re beautiful - but of course there’s more to them than just their aesthetics.

Canadian-British Lohr’s series Ocean Sands documents the American South West and the area close to the US/Mexico border, a part of the world that the photographer has returned to frequently - travelling solo via Greyhound Buses using 35mm analogue cameras.

The images generally do not feature people, with Lohr instead opting to capture the essence of the place and suggested human activity, or occasionally glimpses of humans in shot. It’s all about the details - outrageously gorgeous images of the ordinary. There’s a William Egglestone-esque snapshot approach to the images particularly in regards to these details and framing, yet her series is most certainly striking and original on their own terms. One we’re already excited to see future work from.


Tania Franco-klein - Almanaque Fotografica Tania-Franco-Klein-AlmanaqueALMANAQUE launched in February 2016 in Mexico City, committed to showcasing International contemporary photography.

Tania Franco-Klein also started her education in Mexico’s Capital, before moving to London to study a Masters in Photography at University of the Arts London - moving away from her architectural study in Mexico. 'Our Life in the Shadows' features staged photography - although influenced by Franco-Klein’s interest in documentary photography, with the results offering a malleable narrative, allowing the viewer to create their own story of the scene in front of them.

The images possess a meticulous attention to detail, and are full of bold colours and rich, dark tones - an “obsessive treatment of colour” as she states. Look closely and there’s contradictions galore here between the colours and subject matter, the characters, the staged, and the real. Aside from their initial, bold impact, there’s a joy in dissecting the scenes set out before the viewer.


Shen Wei ON/gallery Beijing Shen-Wei-ongalleryThe Discovery this year is truly an International affair (mirroring the rest of the event), with on/gallery in Beijing a strong example of this. Shen Wei was born and raised in Shanghai, his work often featuring intimate portraits of both himself and others, using photography alongside other mediums.

Images from his series 'I Miss You Already' featured, a series that explores self-discovery and contemplation using overt sexual tension within the images, drawing the viewer in. While today based in New York, his work is easy to view via the prism of his conservative upbringing in China, with the two countries and eras offering rather differing societal attitudes toward nudity and self-expression.


Steve Macleod - Black Box Projects SteveMacleod_BlackBoxProjectBlack Box specialises in contemporary photography and art, and while currently featuring no permanent space, the gallery instead opts to focus on pop-exhibitions that cater to their artist's work.

Steve Macleod’s 'Hala' series, translating as “aura” in Arabic, comprises images taken on a large-format camera in United Arab Emirates between 2015-2017. The results are deeply impressive; Macleod’s images are printed nearly two metres across, bolstering the already painterly quality to them. Hazy hues wash across the desolate landscapes, as Macleod plays with light for some intriguing effects.

'Hala' is inspired by a collection of images by British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger, with Thesiger creating these images during World War II on behalf of an army unit.