Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world…

—Joel Sternfeld

After a smashingly successful inaugural edition, the international fair Photo London is back for more. Beautifully situated at the Somerset House on the Thames river, Photo London will offer the public a vibrant celebration of photography in all its forms. 80 of the world’s finest galleries will be on hand to display and sell beautiful photographs from all periods and genres to collectors.

LensCulture’s editors put together a highly selective preview of some of the work that excites us most — a 55-image slideshow that gives a great overview of what will be on display next week at the fair.

Here, we put our focus on black and white. We have drawn together a wide-ranging array of images from the classic but timeless medium that will be on display (and for sale) at Photo London. The examples run from work springing from the hands and eyes of the masters—Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud, Don McCullin—to photographs by some exciting contemporary practitioners who are utilizing visual references to the long-running language while also bringing their own unique and fresh perspective to the format.

It’s worth noting that two of the younger artists in this selection—Marina Sersale and Bredun Edwards—were featured on LensCulture’s Instagram feed earlier in 2016. Some of the images that they shared on our feed, which were taken on smartphones, will exhibit at Photo London as part of the ”Magic Lantern Show.”

From Cartier-Bresson’s 50mm lens to the phones in our pockets, black and white has come a long way and shows no signs of slowing down. We hope there’s something in this slideshow that touches your eye and inspires you to look once more at the world, as ever, in an eternal, photographic monochrome.


Editors’ Note: Photo London will run from May 19-May 22, 2016. It will be held at the Somerset House, in the heart of London. We hope to see many of you there! Purchase your tickets now.