Photomonth 09 London announces programme

The UK capital is hotting up for a trio of art fairs and photo festivals with Frieze Art Fair (15-18 October), Zoo Art Fair (16-19 October) and photomonth 09 running for two months from 1 October – 30 November. It promises “over 100 exhibitions and events in more than 70 galleries and spaces across East London and the City” and will be “opening up issues and ideas, addressing contemporary culture and evoking the past. photomonth is the only photography festival in London and the largest in the UK.”

Now, that’s a bold statement and a tall order but an event, such as this one, dedicated to foregrounding photography, arguably one of the most influential and ubiquitous media, deserves full support. There will be Headline events including the opening on Thursday 1 October 6pm-9pm at the V&A Museum of Childhood, London and there will be an “exhibition of images of an East End childhood by Paul Trevor (see article from The Guardian, 2007, Paul Trevor’s best shot) from 1970s, 80s and into the 90s. At the opening photomonth will launch it’s new Youth Photography Award, sponsored by the World Photography Organisation, which this year will have the theme of Children’s Rights in support of the 20th Anniversary of the UNICEF Declaration of the Rights of a Child.”


A photofair “with photographers selling their prints, galleries representing photographers, publishers, products and services, talks and walks from the photo-bus and a photo-bar” will take place on Saturday 10 October 10am-6pm at Spitalfields Traders Market, London. Admission is free. Email:


Photomonth Photo-Open runs from Thurs 15 Oct – Wed 4 November (12noon-6pm daily) in F Block, Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, London.  Admission Free. The show is being invigilated by the photographers. “A wide range of subjects and approaches will be exhibited. All prints for sale”. Email:


Photomonth Portfolio Reviews at the Whitechapel Gallery, London on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November, (11am-4pm). This is an oppoortunity “for photographers to showcase their work to curators, publishers, picture editors, journalists, gallerists and established artists”. Reviewers this year include Louise Garczewska/Getty Images gallery, Tony Bell/Picture Editor, Observer, Hannah Watson/Trolley Books, Simon Bainbridge/British Journal of Photography, Renee Mussai/Autograph ABP, Stephen Gill/photographer, Anya Stonelake/White Space Gallery, Jenny Matthews/photographer. Bookings open 1 October. Email only:


Photomonth Lecture on Thursday 12 November 7pm at the Whitechapel Gallery given by Mark Neville, “who is interested in ways in which photography can benefit its subject matter”. He is best known for his book of social documentary style images, The Port Glasgow Book Project, “which he then delivered free to all 8,000 homes in the Port”. The book is unavailable commercially. Tickets £7/£5 concs. Booking essential 020 7522 7888 or Whitechapel Gallery event.

photomonth 2009 is produced by alternative arts


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