PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, Asia Pacific’s leading art fair dedicated to photography, opens this week.
The third edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai runs September 9 – 11 at Shanghai Exhibition Center and it sees the participation of 50 galleries from 15 countries covering 24 cities, including new galleries from South Korea, Belgium, Israel and Iran. It will be a unique opportunity to meet and listen to key artists, art world experts and opinion leaders at the fair.
Continuing in its commitment to celebrate the best within the international photography market, the 2016 edition of the fair will offer unparalleled access to work spanning the full history of the photographic medium on an international scale – all under one roof.
Exhibited works include images by leading artists of the international contemporary photography market represented with Mona Kuhn, Cai DongDong, Wim Wenders, Ren Hang, Vik Muniz, Shen Wei, Candida Höfer, Wang Youshen and Jiang Pengyi among many others. Fashion photography will continue to be a strong theme with the work of Mario Sorrenti, Patrick Demarchelier and Jeanloup Sieff for sale. In addition, iconic work by 19th Century pioneers such as Gustave le Gray and world famous photojournalists Elliott Erwitt and William Klein and 20th Century masters such as August Sander, Robert Mapplethorpe and Irving Penn will be exhibited.
PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, conceived and managed by the World Photography Organisation, is the leading commercial fair solely dedicated to photography in Asia. With the booming demand for photography as a collectable art form in the region, the fair has, since launching in 2014, become the leading art fair to see and experience the most important photographic art on the market. Cementing PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai’s importance, the 2016 fair will be visited by leading collectors and curators including Budi Tek (Founder, Yuz Museum, China), Wang Xiye, Lu Xun (Director, Sifang Art Museum, China), Qiao Zhibing, Mikala Tai (Director 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sidney), Todd Brandow (Executive Director, Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, New York, Paris, Lausanne) and Nathalie Herschodorfer (Diectrice, Museé des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle) amongst others.
Talking about PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai’s unique position Christopher Phillips, Adjunct Curator, International Center of Photography comments “The photography market in Asia has seen an unprecedented burst of activity in recent years. Regional institutions and private collectors, having finally recognized the significance of photography as a visual medium, are now making serious acquisitions of top-tier historic and contemporary work. PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, because of its energy, professionalism and commitment to the highest standards of quality, has been one of the leading factors in photography’s new visibility among Asian collectors.”
2016 Program Highlights
The 2016 fair introduces dynamic new sectors to celebrate the diversity and nurture knowledge about the photographic medium. Highlights include:
Insights | New Approaches to Photography Since 2000
Platform |Supporting galleries new to mainland China
Connected | Celebrating artists working with photography and moving-image
Conversations | Leading artists and experts in discussion
Book signings | personal signings with internationally acclaimed artists
Press Preview (by invitation only) – Thu 8 Sept 2016
Collectors’ Preview (by invitation only) and Vernissage (by invitation only & select tickets) – Thu 8 Sept 2016
VIP Preview (by invitation only & select tickets) – Fri 9 Sept 2016
Public Opening – Sat 10 – Su 11 Sept 2016
PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai
September 9-11, 2016
Shanghai Exhibition Centre
- © Elliott Erwitt, New York city, 1955, Courtesy of Beetles+Huxley, London
- © Eric Pillot, Bali Starling and Mountain, 2012, Courtesy of Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, Paris, New York
- © JinHee Kim, April-005, 2014, Courtesy of Gallery Koo, Seoul
- © Martin Kollar, Field Trip, 2009-2011, Courtesy of Galerie Stephan Witschi, Zurich