Valérie Fougeirol, director of Paris Photo and its
London edition, has left the company "by mutual consent", forcing the
cancellation of Photo London, scheduled for this May.
The London fair has been dogged with misfortune
even before Reed Expositions (the organisers of Paris Photo) took over
at the end of 2006. Dealers had complained about the cramped conditions
of its Burlington Gardens venue since 2004, but the first revamped
edition in Old Billingsgate market last May saw a poor turnout (despite
eye-catching posters) as it was thought to be too close to other events
including the Venice Biennale and Art Basel.
The organisers say that the event will return to London in 2009, but
that "a full review of the challenges of the international photography
market needs to be addressed." The Paris edition, which takes place in
November, is still scheduled to go ahead.
By Melanie Gerlis
For The Art Newspaper