PHOTOFAIRS, The World Photography Organisation’s international art fair, comes to San Francisco for its first US edition. Opening January 2017, it is dedicated to presenting fine art photography and moving image from artists across the world. The event will also highlight talent from the west coast of America, shining a spotlight on the city’s photographic legacy and its position as one for the most important scenes for the medium.
Displayed in a carefully curated manner, the fair includes over 300 pieces from a wide range of US and international exhibitors. In partnership with leading galleries such as Flowers, M97 Gallery, Casemore Kirkeby, Camera Work, Danzinger, Rose Gallery and many more, PHOTOFAIRS celebrates the photography on a global scale. European artists such as Martin Kollar, Tina Berning, Yves Marchand, Romain Meffre and Alejandro Guijarro are featured, alongside Japanese artists Sohei Nishino, Yuki Onodera and Aki Lumi. Galleries from the Middle East represent Cortis & Sonderegger and Mehdi Abdolkarimi.
One of the central aspects to the festival is enabling collectors and audiences to engage with living contemporary artists. Tailored VIP and public programs are designed to create an engaging platform for an international audience. As part of this initiative, British artist Paul Graham examines 30 years of publishing, and LA based Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz explore their collection of Japanese photography. The event Conversations brings together industry experts for a series of talks drawing on key themes and ideas that are prevalent throughout the work included at the fair. Additionally, In Contemporary Moving Image, curator Lindsay Howard discusses current movements in film, video, animation and internet art with a group of prominent figures from the trade.
Alexander Montague-Sparey, Artistic Director, states: “We are honoured to bring to San Francisco — a city so heavily synonymous with the photographic medium— a very refreshing, focused and cutting-edge international edit of some of the best opportunities available in the market at this time. In a very nurturing, boutique context, this new platform aims to highlight the wonders of the medium both aesthetically and intellectually, whilst underlining it as a tantalizing opportunity for both the new and seasoned collector”.
Collaborating with leading international galleries to offer an extensive exhibition of from both emerging and established artists alike, the fair embraces both the current trends in practice, and vintage material, in a celebration of the medium of photography.
PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 27-29 January. Visit: www.photofairs.org
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1. Anja Niemi Dead Bird. (Courtesy of The Little Black Gallery and PHOTOFAIRS).