The fair is Asia Pacific’s leading platform for collectable fine art photography and moving image. An audience of more than 30,000 influential collectors, curators and visitors from around the world were given unparalleled access to cutting-edge artworks and experts from across the medium.
“It has been an eye-opening experience and a surprising fair. I have been introduced to impressive new work by Chinese galleries and made exciting discoveries among both established and emerging artists.” Simon Baker (Tate Modern, London)
Prominent collectors and curators at the fair included: Simon Baker (Tate Modern, London); Yang Bing (collector); Erin Barnett (International Center of Photography, New York); Pierre Brahm (collector/patron, Tate Modern, London); Jan Broman (Fotografiska, Stockholm); Naomi Cass (Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne); David Chau (Cc Foundation, Shanghai); b (K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai); Clément Chéroux (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco); Jean-François Dubos (Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris), Jefferson Hack (NOWNESS); Zheng Hao (HOW Art Museum, Shanghai); Michael Xufu Huang (M-Woods Museum, Beijing); Wang Jun (collector); Pi Li (M+, Hong Kong); HS Liu (Shanghai Centre of Photography, Shanghai); Cherie McNair (Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney); Christopher Phillips (curator/PHOTOFAIRS advisory board); Thomas Shao (collector / Modern Media Group); Warren Silverberg (patron, Aperture Foundation); Karen Smith (OCAT Xi’an); Artur Walther (The Walther Collection / Neu-Ulm); Jenny Jinyuan Wang(Fosun Foundation); May Xue (collector); Andrew Zheng (collector); Qiao Zhibing (Qiao Space, Shanghai) and Chong Zhou (collector).
The world-class public programming of the fair was also particularly noted by those in attendance. Highlights included Spotlight - the first international platform of work by late Chinese artist Ren Hang, Insights - a museum-quality exhibition of unique pieces tracing the history of colour in photography, and a special presentation of work by four of China’s foremost art collectors in the Collectors’ Exhibition
PHOTOFAIRS will next open in San Francisco, where its second edition will run from February 23-25, 2018. The fair returns to Shanghai in 2018 from September 21-23.