Imitate Modern at Photo London 2022

The seventh edition of Photo London will take place on May 12h until the 15th. Set at the historic Somerset House, Imitate will be exhibiting British photographer/director David Bailey and American photographer/director Tyler Shields. This is Imitate Modern’s first time at Photo London.

About the Fair

Photo London brings the finest international photography to the British capital every year. The Fair presents the best historic and vintage works while also spotlighting fresh perspectives in photography. Along with a selection of the world’s leading photography dealers and galleries, Photo London’s Discovery section is dedicated to the most exciting emerging galleries and artists. In addition, each edition sees a unique Public Programme including special exhibitions and installations; a Talks Programme curated by William A. Ewing, former Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, and former Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York; and several Awards announced, headlined by the Photo London Master of Photography Award.

Beyond the Fair, Photo London regularly hosts Pre-Fair Talks engaging with the craft, market and knowledge of photography and acts as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community, with major institutions, auction houses, galleries and the burgeoning creative communities in the East End and South London presenting a series of Satellite Events.

Tyler Shields

“all my photographs tell a story – they are a freeze frame of just a split second yet they provide a window onto a world of fantasy, eroticism, violence, romance, you name it. For me, good art makes you think, great art makes you feel, and I hope that when anyone views my work, they’re aroused by some sort of emotion – whether that be shock, joy, love or even anger.”

Californian fine art photographer and filmmaker Tyler Shields will exhibit a personally selected set of eleven prints at Photo London, in collaboration with his representative London gallery Imitate Modern. The booth will feature works from the entire breadth of the provocateur photographer’s portfolio, beginning with the Glitter Mouth shot in 2012, to his most recent, captured during the global pandemic and made possible by the unusually vacant streets of LA. Iconic works will be displayed such as Under the Rain (2018), an image which Shields’ himself admitted looked even better on film than it did in real life.


  1. Art Plugged ‘Tyler Shields Makes His Photo London Debut’:
  2. London-TV ‘Tyler Shields Makes His Photo London Debut’:
  3. Made in Shoreditch ‘New Work by Tyler Shields Unveiled at Imitate Modern’ :