Photographers are chroniclers of our times, holding up a mirror to society through responsive images. Aesthetica collates five of 2018’s must-see fairs, foregrounding key platforms for the next generation of talent.
Les Rencontres d’Arles
This annual festival presents a varied programme, tapping into ideas of technological innovation, global politics and the American dream through renowned names and emerging contemporary practitioners. Until 23 September.
Marking its fifth anniversary with a five-part public programme, this year’s edition gives contemporary Asian photography an extensive platform. Featured practitioners include Hiroshi Sugimoto, an influential artist whose work explore notions of space and transience. 21-23 September.
Whilst responding to current trends and developments in photography, Unseen provides a platform for emerging artists. Pulling together a bold selection of new talent – from Todd Hido to Scarlett Hooft Graafland – it engages with diverse contemporary approaches. 21-23 September.
The 22nd Paris Photo offers a range of photography spanning from the 19th century to the present day, foregrounding 149 galleries and 31 publishers. Looking to the future of the medium, the event features virtual reality and moving-image installations. 8-11 November.
Brighton Photo Biennial
Offering a month of exhibitions and events, the eighth edition of Brighton Photo Biennial – entitled A New Europe – examines the UK’s current socio-political landscape. Featured shows explore notions of identity through a wide-reaching approach. 28 September-28 October.
1. Seven Steps of Overlapping Beauty © Scarlett Hooft Graafland. Courtesy Flowers Gallery
2. Paul Graham. White SUV Outside New House, California, 2002; 71 ½ x 91 ¼ in. Courtesy of the Artist and Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco.
3. Image by Chen Wei.
4. Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Still life with Camel, (2016). Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York.
5. Jagdhaus Honecker 2016. courtesy the artist and carlier | gebauer
6. © Corinne Silva, New suburb of Tangier placed in former mining region La Unión, Murcia, from ‘Imported Landscapes’, 2010. Site specific installation and C-type photograph, 179cm x 143 cm.