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Chris Killip Youth On Wall
"Youth on Wall", Jarrow, Tyneside, UK, 1976Photography by Chris Killip, courtesy of Eric Franck Fine Art, London

The world’s most innovative photographers take on London

Preview the best of the capital’s first international photography fair – featuring work from Nobuyoshi Araki, Nick Knight and Jean-François Lepage

Somerset House is throwing open its doors for London's first international photography fair. Come Thursday, Photo London will showcase up to 70 innovative galleries, including work from iconic names like Jean-François Lepage, Nobuyoshi Araki, Nick Knight and Chris Killip. Combining both vintage archives with the beat of modern day culture, the carefully selected images will honour the finest image makers from around the world. “Our aim is to celebrate photography in its many and varied forms at the very place (Somerset House) where the word 'photography' was coined," co-director Michael Benson told us. 

Alongside the exhibitions, a huge range of events will take place over the weekend, including talks and performances. We suggest you don't miss Rankin in conversation with Kate Barrett on Sunday 24 May at 2.30pm (tickets here) and Dazed favourite Arvida Byström and fellow artist Maja Malou Lyse's selfie-stick aerobics class on Saturday 23 May at 4pm in the Tate's Turbine Hall.

A public manifestation striving to deepen London's relationship with photography, the wide-ranging public programme will offer visitors an exclusive insight into the diversity of art. “If you like, it is both a kind of homecoming and a realisation of just how rich this child of the nineteenth century has become.” As the exhibition readies itself, take a sneak peek of some of the works on show.

Photo London is on show at Somerset House from 21 – 24 May, 2015