PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco 2017 - Complementing the City's Strong Photographic Legacy

January 17, 2017

Following the highly successful edition in Shanghai last year, PHOTOFAIRS will be launched this month in San Francisco for the first time. Taking place from January 27th through January 29th, 2017 at Pavilion and Fort Mason Center, PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco will be the city’s newest and most international fair for photography and moving image. Bringing a remarkable selection of galleries around the globe and their artists, the fair will engage collectors across Asia-Pacific and the Pacific Rim even further. Having photography and photography collecting inseparable from the city’s identity, San Francisco is long regarded as a leading globally renowned center for photography that hosts a plethora of world-class museums, commercial galleries, contemporary art collections, impressive private collections and a well-informed, dynamic collector base. Complementing the Bay Area’s already strong photographic legacy, the renowned art fair will be an exceptional opportunity for both the new and seasoned collector. Aiming to highlight wonders of the medium both aesthetically and intellectually, PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco will bring together an impressive selection of 34 national and international galleries, representing 14 countries and 25 cities worldwide.

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Left: JEFF BROUWS, Carmen Red, Daly City, California, 1991 Courtesy of Robert Koch (San Francisco) / Right: TABITHA SOREN, The Puritan 023024-1, 2016. Courtesy of EUQINOMprojects (San Francisco)

PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco Exhibitors

This edition of the PHOTOFAIRS will bring together blue-chip vintage material alongside contemporary photographic works of art. This will provide a breadth of unique photography for both collectors and art enthusiasts alike. The exhibitors will be presented in two sectors, Main and Platform.

The Main sector will present galleries both emerging and established highlighting artworks by European, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and American creatives. Within a fantastic selection of European creatives, be sure not to miss artworks by Martin Kollar presented by Galerie & Edition Stephan Witschi from Zurich, artworks by Peter Lindbergh and Anderson & Low presented by CAMERA WORK from Berlin, pieces by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre and Alejandro Guijarro presented by Tristan Hoare from London, pieces by Eric Pillot and Willy Rizzo presented by Galerie DUMONTEIL from Paris, Shanghai and New York, and pieces by Valérie Belin presented by Edwynn Houk Gallery from New York and Zurich, among others. The Asian and Middle Eastern selection will include Sohei Nishino presented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery from New York, Birdhead and Jungjin Lee presented by Galerie & Edition Stephen Witschi from Zurich, Rongrong & Inri and Yang Fudong presented by Three Shadows +3 Gallery from Beijing and Xiamen, and Shariar Tavakoli, Mehdi Abdolkarimi and Mehrdad Afsari presented by Mohsen Gallery from Tehran. Artists from Latin America include Vik Muniz and Abelardo Morell presented by Edwynn Houk Gallery from New York and Zürich, alongside a special solo presentation of Rodrigo Valenzuela’s moving and still image works presented by Upfor from Portland and Klowden Mann from Culver City. Local talents across the United States will include Jim Campbell presented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, Jeff Brouws and Robert Heinecken presented by Robert Koch Gallery from San Francisco, Todd Hido presented by Casemore Kirkeby from San Francisco and Mona Kuhn presented by EUQINOMprojects from San Francisco and Flowers Gallery from London, New York & Hong Kong.

The Platform sector will present galleries participating in their first United States-based art fair. Be sure not to miss the showcase of artworks by Kate Stone shown by Rubber Factory from New York, Swiss-based artists Cortis & Sonderegger shown by East Wing from Dubai, solo-presentation of artworks by Ahmet Ertuğ shown by ELIPSIS PROJECTS from London and Istanbul and a group show presented by Pan-View from Zhengzhou exploring China’s social environment and ideological status.

The List of Exhibitors

The Public Program

Through a comprehensive program of installations, panels, artist talks, book signings, and exhibitions, visitors will have a chance to learn more about the medium. They will also be given a chance to engage with featured artists, as well as prominent curators from institutions such as Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Moving Image, New Museum, Portland Art Musuem, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Focusing on the theme of the new genre of unique collective photography, PHOTOFAIRS will host artists embracing this new genre to discuss their work. Be sure not to miss Meet the Artists of Insights with John Chiara, Christine Elfman, Chris McCaw, Sean McFarland, Klea McKenna, Jacqueline Norheim, Meghann Riepenhoff and Noah Wilson.

The program will present Insights, a curated show offering unique pieces for private sale. Presented in two parts, the show Insights: New Approaches to Photography since 2000 focuses entirely on cutting-edge creatives using photography to push the boundaries of the medium. Artists include John Chiara, Christine Elfman, Sissi Farassat, Chris McCaw, Sean McFarland, Klea McKenna, Anja Niemi, Jacqueline Nordheim, Meghann Riepenhoff, Ester Vonplon, Shao Wenhuan, and Noah Wilson. The Artist Talks will present Jim Campbell, Paul Graham, Alejandro Guijarro, Mona Kuhn and Wang Ningde, while Panel Discussions will gather industry experts such as Jason Eppink, the Curator of Digital Media at the Museum of the Moving Image, Virginia Heckert, the Curator and Department Head for Photographs at J. Paul Getty Museum, Zachary Kaplan, the Executive Director at Rhizome at New Museum, Michael Xufu Huang, the Co-Founder of M WOODS Museum, Erin O’Toole, the Curator at SFMOMA and Tiffany Zabludowicz, the Collector and Curator.

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ANJA NIEMI, The Receptionist, 2013. Courtesy of The Little Black Gallery (London)

The Staged Sector

The Staged sector is dedicated to exploring relationships between photography and other art forms. The China’s leading contemporary art magazine LEAP will present the US debut of LEAP Screen: What You See is Not What You See, showcasing 13 Chinese creatives working at the cutting edge photography with visions bound to consciousness, understanding, memory and emotion. In addition to Leap Screen, solo and in-situ presentations and installations for Staged sector include Pace Art + Technology presenting the latest pieces from the London collective Random International, Rubber Factory presenting the latest pieces from Jordan Sullivan, CHOI & Lager Gallery and Division Gallery presenting a special installation of Scott McFarland, East Wing presenting a site-specific installation and publication by Sara Galbiati, Peter Heller Eriksen and Tobias Selneas Markussen, and the latest pieces by Wan Ningde brought by Arts Partner XITEK.

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Left: JULIE COCKBURN, Honeymoon Period 7, 2015. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery (London, New York & Hong Kong) / Right: SISSI FARASSAT, Me, And, 2014. Courtesy of Edwynn Houk (New York & Zurich)

Practical Information

PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco will take place from January 27th through January 29th, 2017 at Pavilion and Fort Mason Center. Press and Collector’s Preview by invitation only will be held on Thursday, January 26th, from 5 to 6pm, followed by the invitation-only opening reception from 6 to 10pm. For more information, visit the official page of the art fair.

Featured images: © TYLER UDALL, Rio In His Car, 2014. Courtesy of The Little Black Gallery, London ; © SISSI FARASSAT, Stitch X, 2010. Courtesy of Edwynn Houk (New York & Zurich); © RENE BURRI, South Korea, 1987. Courtesy of Magnum Photos, London, Paris and New York; © PHENOMENA, 2016 (installation). Courtesy of East Wing (Dubai) (1); © MEHRAD ASFARI, Untitled, 2015,  Courtesy of Mohsen Gallery, Tehran; © CAROLYN DRAKE, Darvaza, Turkmenistan, 2009, Courtesy of Magnum Photos (London, Paris & New York); RANDOM INTERNATIONAL, Fragments, 2016 © Random International, Courtesy Pace Gallery,Photography by Random International. All images courtesy of PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco.