Two festivals // two exhibitions

Peckham 24

Enjoying the sunshine in the courtyard at Peckham 24

If you ask me the real buzz around photography in London this weekend was south of the river, at the fringe festival Peckham 24. Now in its third year this diminutive festival is well in its stride. The old factory buildings and derelict spaces housed small but thoughtfully curated exhibitions and was the perfect antidote to the heady commercialism of Photo London, held in the grandeur of Somerset House. Two stand-out shows were held in the Copeland Gallery space – My London, curated by Emma Bowkett and Concealer, curated by Tom Lovelace.


Jonny Briggs, The Silent Image (My ear poking through a photograph of Freud’s garden). Part of My London.


Penelope Umbrico, Everyone’s Photos Any License. Screenshot 2015-11-04 14.22.59. Part of Concealer

Peckham 24 also hosted talks in a room with the best windows I’ve seen in a long time.

Peckham 24

Audience listen to Hannah Hughes, Daphne Talmor, Jonny Briggs, Bruno V Roels and Yamini Nayar in conversation.


Foam Talent at Beaconsfield Gallery in Vauxhall

Tucked away from the luxury apartment buildings rising up around Vauxhall station lies Beaconsfield Gallery, an artist run space in a former Victorian school. This is where Foam has for the third time presented its show of artists to look out for under the age of 35.


Video still from Alinka Echeverría, Fieldnotes for Nicephora, 2015

Visitors fill the Somerset House galleries

Visitors fill the Somerset House galleries, photo by Kristina Sälgvik.

Over at Photo London the trick to staying focused and in good humour is to dip in and out (that is if you have the luxury of a weekend ticket). Of course I attempted to see it all in one go and left in a predictably stupefied state.

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky, Carrara Marble Quarries, Cava di Canalgrande #2, Carrara, Italy 2016

Burtynsky’s six metre wide mural of the Carrara quarries contains triggers for augmented reality film clips that play on an app when a device is held up to the image on the wall.


Marton Perlaki at Webber Represents

A wonderful collection of Henry Wessel's at Thomas Zander

A wonderful collection of Henry Wessel’s at Galerie Thomas Zander

Further along The Strand in a disused brutalist office building is the exhibition A Shade of Pale, curated by Carrie Scott. Although the show is conceived as an exploration in photographic series that reject linear readings, my overarching impression was about the impact of colour, no doubt accentuated by the cool, concrete location.


Marco Walker’s pop art-esq cut-outs explode from a disused safe.

John Pawson's Spectrum

Architect John Pawson‘s chromatic series Spectrum is like walking though a designer’s colour and pattern reference book.