Focus your lens on Dutch photographers in London

In the world of photography, the focus is on London in May 2019. Photo London, set in Somerset House, puts a spotlight on photo galleries from around the world, which in turn provide exposure to internationally acclaimed photographers, including artists from the Netherlands. But there is so much more photography to see in London in May 2019.

Clärchens Ballhaus Mitte

Clärchens Ballhaus Mitte by Erwin Olaf is offered for auction in London

Various photography events in London

Zoom out a bit, create a bit more depth of field, and in the viewfinder many more events appear. For instance, the annual Foam Talent exhibition takes places in Beaconsfield Gallery in Vauxhall from 16 May to 16 June. And the world's largest solo photo exhibition 'Streets of the World', showing 195 photos of all capital cities in the world, by Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Swolfs, has turned Canary Wharf into one big exhibition space.

Dutch galleries and artists at Photo London

Visitors of Photo London can expect to see prints from Dutch photographers like Erwin Olaf, Marie Cécile Thijs, Daniëlle van Zadelhoff, Ellen Kooi, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Mart Engelen and more. Over 100 galleries from around the world, including various Netherlands-based photo galleries, take this four day opportunity (16 to 19 May) to reach a wide audience of photography lovers. Some examples of art dealers from the Netherlands that have a stand at this fair are Reflex Amsterdam, Artitled, Project 2.0 / Gallery, Suite 59 Gallery and SmithDavidson Gallery.

Foam Talent at Beaconsfield Gallery

The Foam Talent exhibition, organised by Foam (Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam) at the Beaconsfield Gallery in Vauxhall, shows the work of 20 young artists. Selected from 1,800 submission, these are twenty talents (photographers under the age of 35) for which Foam foresees a bright future. These twenty talents were featured in Foam Magazine in December 2018, after which the exhibition went on tour to Amsterdam, New York, London and (next stop) Frankfurt. So if you want to discover the future big names of photography, the Beaconsfield Gallery is the place to be.

Streets of the World in Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is the stage of the world’s largest outdoor exhibition by a single photographer. While strolling through the streets of Canary Wharf, visitors can literally see the Streets of the World. Photo journalist Jeroen Swolfs travelled to all 195 capital cities in the world to take pictures. (This took him seven years!) The exhibition shows one image of each city. Swolfs now aims to travel the world again, but this time to show everyone his Streets of the World. London is only the third place to show this project, so Swolfs still has a lot more travelling to do.

Photographs on auction

May also seems to be a picture perfect time for London-based auctioneers to sell some famous photographs.

Chiswick Auctions is auctioning a work by the Dutch Fine Art photographer Erwin Olaf on 16 May. The work titled Clärchens Ballhaus Mitte (see above) was taken in 2012 and produced as part of a series of other photographs taken in specially-selected locations in Berlin, all chosen for the nostalgia that adds to Olaf’s dramatic portrayals.

Sotheby's will auction a photograph of former Foam Talent Alex Prager on 16 May. The photo is titled Cathy and is part of Prager's Week End series.

Contact the Dutch Embassy

Foam Talent was made possible with financial support from the Dutch Embassy in the United Kingdom.