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Course: Collecting photography at PhotoLondon 2017

Photo London returns to Somerset House in May 2017. Featuring over 90 of the world’s leading galleries Photo London has in its first two editions established itself as a key destination for everyone who is intrigued by the rich history of photography and fascinated by the future directions of the medium. In the lead up to Photo London 2017, it will offer a course on collecting photography, led by the curator, editor, lecturer and consultant Zelda Cheatle.

The course is aimed at seasoned collectors, as well as those who have begun, or are beginning to think about collecting photography. The course will explore the practical handling of photographs; it will host talks and lectures, will visit private and museum collections, as well as exploring photography at auction and in commercial galleries, in view of larger conversations on the art market, and how photography sits within the commercial art world.

The six week course will culminate in a private VIP tour of Photo London - the international gathering of the best photography galleries, exhibitions, education programmes and photobook publishers, and the leading global platform for the new artists, new work by established artists and gems from the dawn of photography.

The 6 week course will be hosted on Monday evenings, 7pm-9pm, from Monday, 27 March 2017 (except for the private event at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is hosted on a Friday and the VIP day at Photo London on Wednesday 17 May 2017).


Programme of events:

Monday 27th March 2017
Venue: The Screening Room, Somerset House

The group meets one another; we discover wish lists, likes and dislikes within photography, and explore a general outline to the history of photography and its history in London.
A chance to meet the Founders of Photo London and look through some photographs to begin the process of acquiring knowledge through identifying many print processes and types.

Monday 3rd April 2017
Venue: The Screening Room, Somerset House
A presentation given by the highly esteemed Angels Arribas, an expert in Conservation, who was educated at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.
This will be a practical and useful guide to conservation, preservation and storing of photographs, archiving and handling, framing, hanging, UV light and much more.

Monday 28th April 2017 
Chelsea, London

A special opportunity to visit an important private collection, normally closed to viewings. An insight into 20th century collecting, with magnificent 19th century examples from Fox Talbot up to the most recent practitioners of the 21st century.

Friday 5th May 2017
Venue: The Victoria and Albert Museum
As an exclusive to this course, a late evening in the Print Room at the V&A will look at selected works in the National Collection as we listen to a V&A curator speak about photography in this National Collection, the role of Friends of Photography and the new acquisitions from the Royal Photographic Society.

Wednesday 10th May 2017 
Around the City
A gallery tour of the newest, most hidden, youngest and ones to watch - finishing in Kings Cross.
We will arrange private view invitations to the auction previews, and several galleries will host openings during the week of Photo London to which students of this course will be included. VIP events will also be extended to members of the class.

Wednesday 17th May 2017
Photo London, Somerset House

VIP day at Photo London with first tour of the galleries and exhibitions, before the Fair is open to the public. This group will be the first to see the galleries, some artists and gallery directors will speak to the group for a few minutes each on the tour.


The cost is £850.00, six week course
Numbers are limited

For any further information, or to reserve a place on the course, please email

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