PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco 2017 - Bringing Never Before Seen International Photography to the City
Following the highly successful edition in Shanghai this year, PHOTOFAIRS will be launched in San Francisco for the first time. PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco will take place from January 27th through January 29th, 2017 at Pavilion and Fort Mason Center. As the city’s newest and most international fair for photography and moving image, it will bring a remarkable selection of international galleries and their artists, engaging collectors across Asia-Pacific and the Pacific Rim even further. Having photography and photography collecting inseparable from the city’s identity, San Francisco makes an excellent choice for the next destination of PHOTOFAIRS. Long regarded as a leading international 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, the city will now become a home for a renowned art fair dedicated to the medium. Aiming to highlight wonders of the medium both aesthetically and intellectually, event will be a tantalizing opportunity for both the new and seasoned collector.
PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco Exhibitors
PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco will focus on presenting work by international artists never before seen in the Bay Area such as Vanguard Gallery from Shanghai, Pan-View Gallery from Zhengzhou, Mohsen Gallery from Tehran presenting the leading Iranian fine art photographer Mehdi Abdolkarimi, andriesse eyck galerie from Amsterdam, Galerie & Edition Stephan Witschi from Zürich bringing pieces by Martin Kollar, ELLIPSIS PROJECTS from Istanbul and London, East Wing from Dubai presenting the US debut of Swiss-based duo Cortis & Sonderegger, and Rubber Factory from New York, but it will also emphasize the key photographic talent from the United States’ West Coast such as Ratio 3 from San Francisco presenting West Coast artist Buck Ellison alongside conceptual German photographer Miriam Böhm, ROSEGALLERY from Santa Monica exhibiting John Chiara with emerging Dutch photographer Dirk Braeckman, and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery from New York exhibiting local artist Jim Campbell. The fair will also be working with leading galleries including M97 Gallery from Shanghai, Flowers from London, New York and Hong Kong, Casemore Kirkeby from San Francisco, Danziger Gallery from New York, Edwynn Houk Gallery from New York and Zürich, Three Shadows +3 Gallery from Beijing and Xiamen, and CAMERA WORK from Berlin bringing pieces by Tina Berning & Michelangelo di Baptista, Tristan Hoare from London featuring works by Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre and Alejandro Guijarro among others.
An Impressive Showcase of Artists
Taking a highly curated approach in order to provide an elegant and vibrant environment for both established and emerging collectors, PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco will present over 300 works for sale from both US and international galleries. Alongside a very current selection of contemporary photographic trends, the event will also present stellar examples of hand-selected blue-chip vintage material. As Alexander Montague-Sparey, the artistic director of the fair, explained, “it will be a very refreshing, focused and cutting-edge international edit of some of the best opportunities available in the market at this time.”
PHOTOFAIRS will feature the work of established names from the world of contemporary photography including Vik Muniz, Abelardo Morell, Sally Mann and Valérie Belin presented by Edwynn Houk Gallery from New York and Zürich, Ahmet Ertug presented by ELLIPSIS PROJECTS from London and Istanbul, Paul Fusco presented by Danziger Gallery from New York, Herb Ritts and Peter Lindbergh presented by CAMERA WORK from Berlin and Yang Fudong presented by Three Shadows +3 Gallery from Beijing and Xiamen, but there will also be the work of emerging ones such as Kate Stone presented by Rubber Factory from New York, Jungjin Lee presented by Galerie & Edition Stephan Witschi from Zürich and Wang Ningde presented by M97 Gallery from Shanghai. The showcase will also feature 20th-century masters of black and white photography such as Irving Penn presented by CAMERA WORK from Berlin, Herbert List presented by Magnum Photos from London, Paris and New York, Edward Weston and Danny Lyon, both represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery from New York and Zürich.
The Public Program
PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco has prepared an immersive public program that will bring together experts from the industry and enable collectors and audiences to engage with living contemporary artists. The program will present Conversations, a rigorous and relevant series of talks drawing on key themes and ideas seen throughout the fair, as well as Insights, a curated exhibition offering unique pieces for private sale. Some of the Conversations highlights include the lecture Collecting with a Focus: The Huyck Katz Collection, an exploration of Japanese photography with LA-based collectors Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, Contemporary Moving Images, an overview of current trends in the fields of film, video, animation and internet art with Zachary Kaplan, Jason Eppink, Michael Huang and Tiffany Zabludowitz, and the conversation with the British artist Paul Graham who will take a look back at his 30-year long career in publishing. Launched at PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai 2016 for the first time, Insights will present a rigorously curated exhibition exploring the work of photographers using novel approaches and innovative 21st-century techniques such as John Chiara, Christine Elfman, Chris McCaw, Sean McFarland and Meghann Riepenhoff, alongside European and Asian creatives. Presented through two chapters, the first one will focus on works exploring the Western landscape by West-Coast creatives, and the other on the works from other parts of America, Europe, the Middle-East, and Asia.
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: CAROLYN DRAKE, Darvaza, Turkmenistan, 2009, Courtesy of Magnum Photos (London, Paris & New York); TYLER UDALL, Rio In His Car, 2014. Courtesy of The Little Black Gallery, London; TRENT PARKE, Outback Queensland, from the series AUSTRALIA, 2003. Courtesy of Magnum Photos, London, Paris and New York; RENE BURRI, South Korea, 1987. Courtesy of Magnum Photos, London, Paris and New York. All images courtesy of PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco 2017.