Photo London

If you're a budding Bailey or a wannabe Warhol head over to London's Somerset House where the world's most arresting images are on show


London's Somerset House is the eye of a photographic storm sweeping through the capital this week. Photo London is the largest photography fair ever staged here, bringing in more than 70 of the world's leading photographers and galleries.

On show are works by the biggest names behind the lens, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Bailey, Herb Ritts and Horst, along with young emerging talent from across the globe.

The five exhibitions at Somerset House include Beneath The Surface, 200 rarely seen photographs from the archives of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, large-format platinum prints from Sebastião Salgado’s planet-hopping Genesis series, Kāveh Golestān’s intimate pre-revolution images of Tehran prostitutes, Rut Blees Luxemberg's stunning The Teaser lightbox installation and Sohei Nishino's photo-collage Cities series.

ABOVE: 'The Cult of the Self #3', Miles Aldridge, 2013
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Untitled', Jacques Sonck, 1981

ABOVE FROM TOP: 'Poolscape #1', Karine Laval, 2009; 'Amrita's Message' from the 'India Song' series, Karen Knorr, 2008-2014; 'Drape (Colour 1)', Eva Stenram, 2011

In the age of smartphones and selfies, Photo London serves to remind us that the camera is simply the tool and that true talent is a rare gift. Darkrooms may have been replaced by digital trickery, film and Polaroids consigned to history, but as these iconic images show the art of photography is most definitely alive and well. The next generation of auteurs is just a click away...

ABOVE FROM TOP: 'Diorama Map London', Sohei Nishino, 2010; 'Green Interior', Michael Eastman, 2002; 'Model's Hands with Jewelled Ring and Watch – Vogue', Horst P Horst, 1942

'Photo London' runs from 21 to 24 May 2015 at Somerset House, Strand, London WC2. Admission: Adults £20, children £14.