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The Photography Show presented by AIPAD reports second successful year at Pier 94
Robert McCabe, Corinth, The Archaic Temple of Apollo, 1955. Analog Gelatin Silver print, 100 x 100 cm (39’ 3/8 x 39’ 3/8 inches) © Robert McCABE courtesy galerie SIT DOWN.

NEW YORK, NY.- The 38th edition of The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, held April 5-8, 2018, garnered rave reviews for the second year in a row at its new location at Pier 94. Fair attendance held steady at last year’s record of more than 15,000 visitors, which was the highest in AIPAD history, up from the 12,000 who attended the Show when it was previously held at the Park Avenue Armory.

The Photography Show featured 96 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries, a lively photography book section with 36 publishers and book sellers, 15 AIPAD talks, three special exhibitions, and one screening room. Presented by AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers), the fair is the longest-running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium.

Presenting a range of museum-quality work including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video, and new media, The Photography Show represented galleries from more than 14 countries and 49 cities from across the U.S. and around the world, including Europe, the U.K., Asia, Canada, and South America.

AIPAD Talks featured 15 well-attended conversations with prominent curators, collectors, artists, and journalists including Susan Meiselas, Teju Cole, Sarah Hermanson Meister, Tina Barney, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Adam Weinberg, Edward Burtynsky, Keith Davis, and Zackary Drucker, among many others. Presenting issues and viewpoints rarely discussed at art fairs, the inaugural AIPAD Talk program, Photography Talking Back, addressed immigration, racism, climate change, and gender inequality, drawing large crowds each day.

“Collectors continue to compliment the show,” said Richard Moore, Richard Moore Photographs, Oakland, CA, and President, AIPAD. “They appreciate the enormous range of extraordinary work on view, the expanded exhibitions and programs, as well as the layout of the show with its spacious aisles.”

Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, said “We had a very successful show and sold over 50 prints. We saw curators and repeat collectors and many new collectors and sold work including LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Woodlawn Street, Braddock, PA, 2010, for $15,000 and Dan Weiner’s Martin Luther King, Jr, Bus Boycott, Montgomery, AL, 1956, for $15,000. “

Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Minneapolis, stated, “We had a successful fair and sold work by all of our artists.” Throckmorton, New York, described the show as “very busy, very good” with visits from museum curators and collectors. The gallery sold a number of works including a Lewis Hine print for $35,000.

Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London, said, “We were delighted with the show. We met many new wonderful collectors and sold more than 15 photographs.” Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, noted, “We had good consistent sales to new clients both institutional and private.”

Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, had a very successful show selling more than 15 photographs to both established and new collectors, including portraits by Yousuf Karsh for $12,500 and work by Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti for $4,500. Gary Edwards Gallery, Southampton, NY, noted, “Our booth was very active, and we sold 19th-century work.”

Keith de Lellis Gallery, New York, sold a number of portraits of celebrities. Paul Newman’s daughter attended AIPAD to see the portrait of her father at the booth. Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, noted, “It was another great year at AIPAD. Sales were strong.”

The Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite National Park, CA, said, “Our goal was to introduce ourselves to collectors and advisors who were not familiar with us. We were so pleased that AIPAD was successful for us. We made sales and more importantly we made a lot of great new contacts.” Utópica, São Paulo, Brazil, reported “very good sales and sold 20 prints to institutional and private collectors, with prices ranging from $4,000 to $20,000.”

Le filles du calvaire, Paris, sold numerous collages by Katrien De Blauwer ranging from $1,000 to $1,500, and works by Christer Strömholm ranging from $4,600 to $5,000. Lisa Sette Gallery, who showed work by Binh Danh that calls attention to the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, noted that, “Our booth elicited a lot of stories and a lot of sales.”

Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM, said AIPAD 2018 was “highly successful and very well attended with eager collectors and newly-interested buyers. We met with long-established collectors, institutional curators, and many first time buyers and sold more than 45 photographs.” The gallery sold Bill Eppridge’s iconic Robert Kennedy Campaigns from 1968 for $9,500 and a number of prints by Tony Vaccaro for $3,500 to $9,000, including a portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Ryan Vizzions, a photojournalist who covered the Dakota Access pipeline protests and whose work is shown by Monroe Gallery, said, “I went to North Dakota because I cared about the issue and never thought it would take me to AIPAD where my work is on view next to a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.!”

A number of celebrities and notables attended AIPAD including Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Chris Rock, Riz Ahmed, Gina Gershon, Gilbert Gottfried, Brenda Vaccaro, Pete Souza, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, Adam D. Weinberg, Zackary Drucker, Leonard Lauder and Judy Glickman Lauder, Maggie Taylor, Jeff Mermelstein, Jerry Uelsmann, Stephen Wilkes, Sheila Pree Bright, Susan Meiselas, Tina Barney, La Toya Ruby Frazier, Wendy Ewald, Chris Boot, Michelle Dunn Marsh, Gary and Sarah Wolkowitz, Joe Baio, Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, Celso Gonzalez-Falla and Sondra Gilman, David Mahoney, Eileen Cohen, Anthony D’Offray, Barbara Jacobson, Elizabeth Kahane, Teju Cole, Vince Aletti, Christiane Fischer, Sarah Hermanson Meister, Quentin Bajac, Corey Keller, Brian Wallis, Mia Fineman, Elliott Erwitt, Ralph Gibson, Tony Vaccaro, David Maisel, Beth Saunders, Elizabeth Sherman, Lisa Hostetler, and Jeff Rosenheim.

The Photography Show is known for its excellent attendance from curators, and 2018 was no exception. Institutions represented included the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; International Center of Photography, New York; Morgan Library & Museum, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum of the City of New York, New York; Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA; George Eastman Museum, Rochester; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

The Photography Show presented three special exhibitions. A Time for Reflection, curated by Elton John, included thematic work selected from AIPAD member galleries. Forever Young: Selections from the Joe Baio Collection of Photography, focused on childhood and adolescence and was exhibited publicly for the first time. All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party, curated by Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director and Curator at the Photographic Center Northwest, showcased contemporary black artists who have been informed or influenced by the Black Panther movement.

The second edition of the AIPAD Screening Room presented documentaries on photographers curated by award-winning filmmaker Mary Engel, Director, Orkin/Engel Film & Photo Archive, including films on Yousuf Karsh, Ruth Orkin, Gordon Parks, and W. Eugene Smith.

Celebrating the contribution of photography books to the evolving story of the medium of photography, Aperture presented daily in-person talks with photographers, writers, curators, and publishers.

The AIPAD Award honors visionaries who have contributed to the field of photography, including artists, curators, and publishers. This year’s recipient of the second annual award was Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator of Photography, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO.

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