What makes PHOTOFAIRS different from other art fairs?
PHOTOFAIRS presents photography and moving image within highly curated environments in contemporary and dynamic art capitals such as Shanghai and San Francisco. Featuring hand-picked galleries, bespoke VIP programs and critically acclaimed public programs, PHOTOFAIRS prides itself on its boutique format, which allows collectors to explore the fair in a focused way.
How are the galleries selected?
PHOTOFAIRS welcomes submissions from photography and contemporary art galleries with strong photography programs. Applications for PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai & San Francisco are vetted by the Artistic Director of PHOTOFAIRS, Alexander Montague-Sparey.
What are the different sectors within PHOTOFAIRS?
PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai & San Francisco features two exhibiting sectors; Main and Platform.
What is the Main sector?
Exhibitors in the Main sector of the fair are commercial galleries representing an international program of artists.
What is Platform?
Platform welcomes international galleries that have never shown at an art fair in Shanghai or San Francisco before. The sector focuses on offering collectors and curators a site of discovery and welcomes applications from galleries of any age.
What is the Public Program?
The Public Program is the non-profit arm of PHOTOFAIRS and is comprised of Conversations, Insights, Connected, Spotlight and Staged.
What is Insights?
Insights is an exhibition that reflects international trends within photography or focuses on a specific theme. Each year a new curator is appointed and a new theme is chosen. Previous curators include Alexander Montague-Sparey (Artistic Director, PHOTOFAIRS), Allie Hauesslein (Associate Director, Pier24), Victor Wang (curator & write) and Biljana Ciric (curator & writer).
What is Conversations?
Conversations is a daily program of panel discussions and talks featuring leading experts, artists, curators, collectors and gallerists.
What is Staged?
Staged explores the relationship between photography and other art forms such as installation art, sculpture, video and painting. Participating galleries are invited to submit proposals following their acceptance
If I cannot get to PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai or PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco is there anyway I can still enjoy it?
Visit the PHOTOFAIRS website at photofairs.org which offers details on the individual talks and images of the complete program from previous editions. For updates on PHOTOFAIRS, please follow us at @photofairs on Instagram, Twitter and Wechat, like us on Facebook and sign up to the PHOTOFAIRS email Newsletter.