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Following the success of our IMAGE exhibitions of 2018 and 2019, which encompassed a wide range of internationally renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Cecil Beaton, Juno Calypso and Maisie Cousins, and more recently our Tif Hunter and Alexander Lindsay solo shows, Messums is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Julie Bonzon and the launch of our photographic department on 12 May 2021 with a programme of online and physical exhibitions planned for September 2021 onwards. The department will explore contemporary narratives in photographic practices with the benefit of lateral perspective across different artistic medium.
As well as a site for selling, Messums Photography will offer clients, members and broader audience expertise in the genre of photography through a series of online conversations with represented artists as well as critical interrogations into photography making techniques and lens-based narratives today. Its engaging online platform will be supported by physical exhibitions and events in our London, Wiltshire and Yorkshire venues. Our curatorial programme will feature international, renowned and emerging artists and photographers working in various parts of the world and encourage dialogue between archives and contemporary imagery. Messums Photography aims to present compelling content across its online and physical platforms that is timely and relevant.
The establishment of Messums Photography is a recognition that the vitality of material being produced by artists in this medium is attracting the attention of collectors looking to expand their knowledge and interests. Alongside providing individual support to photographers and visual artists, the department will offer guidance on secondary market sales, research and cataloguing to collectors, public and private institutions and estates.
Online photography talks will be approximately 30-40 minutes long followed by discussions and we welcome your questions in advance to help build the conversation.
Conversations with our represented artists are free.
Talks with guest speakers are £10.
Join for one talk for £10 or take up Online Membership for £30 and attend as many as you would like to and through the year ahead as well as catch up on recorded talks, online video and research documents.
Individual online membership: £30 for the entire first year
Messums Photography is affiliated to our London office, a refurbished 1950’s art gallery on Cork Street in the heart of Mayfair. Messums London is part of the Messums Wiltshire and Messums Yorkshire group of gallery spaces founded by Johnathan Messum in 2016.
Jonathan Messum has always had an interest in photography, a curiosity sparked for him in the late 1990’s by the work of ground-breaking American artist Nan Goldin, as well contemporary Australian photography and tintypes. His London, Wiltshire and Yorkshire galleries engage a wide and diverse audience and celebrate the best of artists and conceptual craft and the skill of the hand when applied to creativity across the ages.
Born in Switzerland, Julie Bonzon is a London-based art historian and a specialist in South African Photography. Following a Bachelors in History of Art and Social Sciences at Université de Lausanne, she completed a Masters in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and an AHRC-funded PhD in History of Art at University College London. Her curatorial motivation is centred around photography as a reflection of our times, cultures and transnational histories and contemporary and modern works engaging notions of intimacy, care and empowerment. Bonzon has worked on curatorial and education projects for the Cultural Department of Magnum Photos London, The Photographer’s Gallery, The Ian Parry Scholarship and private photography collectors.
Photos: in order of appearance
Dod Miller, Birdman, Bognor beach, 1994, Vintage gelatin silver print, Edition 1/1. © Dod Miller
Justin Keene, Lucian and Ferousa, 2019, C-Type hand-print, Edition 1/5. © Justin Keene
Polly Penrose, Silver Balloons, 2015, Archival pigment print, Edition 3/5. © Polly Penrose
Jeffrey Milstein, Universal Orlando Seuss Landing, 2019, Archival inkjet print, Edition 1/20 (available in two sizes). © Jeffrey Milstein