© WOLFGANG TILLMANS, Paranal ESO, sky & ocean, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Sage Gallery (Paris)
PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco closed its second edition with strong sales, pointing to the keen market in the Bay Area for collectable cutting-edge photography and moving image. Our Fair ran February 23-25 at the Festival Pavilion in the Fort Mason Center. Our First Look opening night event (Thursday, 22 February) benefited the photography program at SFMOMA.
PHOTOFAIRS’ 40 leading galleries covered 15 countries and 26 cities. Many have a strong international focus and works by Pan-Asian artists featured heavily, uniquely drawing upon the content of the Fair’s sister edition in Shanghai PHOTOFAIRS’ concentration on contemporary photography was rewarded with solid sales across all genres by local, national and international galleries alike. Placement into important private and institutional collections included works by artists new to the fair such as Noémie Goudal (France), Adam Katseff (US) and Bill Jacobson (USA).
Describing our impact, PHOTOFAIRS’ Artistic Director Alexander Montague-Sparey comments: “PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco successfully continued this year in its mission in widening the conversation around international collectable photography. The fair and its programming were very well received by seasoned and new collectors alike. San Francisco deserves a premier cutting-edge fair which celebrates photography in all its guises. It has yet again been an honor to bring this to a city so historically linked to the medium”.