Sheila (New York), 1968, 1969

For the fourth year running, Leica camera UK has been selected as an Official Partner of Photo London. This year, Leica honours American art photographer and long-time Leica devotee Ralph Gibson with exclusive exhibitions, talks and events. Leica’s exhibition at Photo London will hold prime positioning at the international photography fair, located at the main (northside) entrance of the courtyard pavilion at Somerset House. 

Photo London will be exhibiting the less known documentary style works by Ralph Gibson shot at the beginning of his career between 1960 and 1970. Gibson is known for his evocative, sensual and surreal gaze, producing deeply monochromatic images via the combination of camera and rich black printing.  

Photo London showcases the very best of the past, present and future of photography. Guests can discover new work from established masters and rare vintage pieces alongside work from emerging artists. Attendees are invited to join Leica to view Gibson’s work and in particular, hear from the man himself by attending book signings and talks. Photo London will also offer an opportunity to learn more about Leica’s iconic product range and history. 

Gibson’s long relationship with Leica began in 1961 when the head of the photography department at the California School of Fine Arts, where Gibson was then enrolled, loaned him a Leica M2 with a 35mm lens. It was the beginning of a relationship with Leica cameras that would endure for the next 60 years, and immeasurably aid in the forging of his visual style. In his recent autobiography “Self-Exposure” (2018), Gibson states that, “My Leica and I are interdependent.”

On Friday, 17 May Gibson will hold a book signing at the Leica exhibit at Photo London and give a talk hosted by Leica in the Lancaster Rooms at Somerset House. This talk will represent a retrospective of the photographer’s long career including all major projects and books. 

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Leica UK at Photo London 2019

05/16/2019 - 05/19/2019