ABOUT

PHOTOFAIRS New York is the contemporary art fair dedicated to photography and new media. Returning to the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West side in September 2024, the fair is a distinct new addition to the global fair calendar providing a dedicated space for galleries and audiences to explore an expansive view of the photographic medium.

Taking place annually during New York’s Armory Week, the fair presents a state-of-the-art view of visual culture: from modern examples to contemporary intersections with digital and film. With presentations across three sectors – Main, Solo and Platform – the strong curatorial approach showcases the evolution and diversity of photo-based practices. A robust program includes special partner projects, talks, events, and an annual acquisition prize established in partnership with 21c Museum Hotels. The fair is complemented by a bespoke VIP program featuring museum openings, studio visits and private collection tours to engage visitors in the wider cultural context. 

New York’s enthusiasm for visual culture is seen through its strong and longstanding gallery scene, with more galleries representing photographers in the city than anywhere else in the world. A place for cultural enrichment, New York has made an impressive contribution to the medium’s development through its public collections and museum holdings being some of the finest in the world.

The United States holds the largest global market for photography and New York is home to more than half of the world’s high-end collectors and patrons of photography, making the city the ideal location for PHOTOFAIRS New York, the first contemporary art fair dedicated to the intersection of photography, digital, and new media. 

PHOTOFAIRS New York runs alongside The Armory Show in the Javits Center, and is part of a dynamic week of fairs, gallery, and museum openings kicking off the fall art season, making for an unmissable art moment on the New York calendar. The Javits Center’s central location on Manhattan’s West Side and its proximity to the High Line and the buzzing Chelsea and Tribeca neighborhoods provides a strong draw for local and international collectors looking to take in the city’s vibrant cultural offerings.

PHOTOFAIRS New York is launched by Creo in partnership with Angus Montgomery Arts, its majority shareholder, and in collaboration with Candlestar.

PHOTOFAIRS is a brand of high-end art fairs with a particular focus on photo-based and digital works. It comprises two editions: PHOTOFAIRS New York, launched in 2023 at the heart of the largest and most dynamic global market for art and photography; and PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, Asia Pacific’s leading photography fair, acting as a site for discovery for artists and galleries working at the cutting edge of the medium.

PHOTOFAIRS New York sits within the contemporary art strand of Creo, which comprises a portfolio of high-end art fairs focused on photo-based and digital works.

Creo initiates and organises events and programming across three key strands: photography, film and contemporary art. Established in 2007 as World Photography Organisation, Creo has since grown in scope, furthering its mission of developing meaningful opportunities for creatives and expanding the reach of its cultural activities. Working in partnership with Angus Montgomery Arts, Creo helps deliver the group’s ventures, comprising some of the world’s leading art fairs. creoarts.com

Angus Montgomery Arts has more than 40 years of experience in the contemporary art sphere. As one of the largest art fair organizers in the world, Angus Montgomery Arts is committed to delivering high quality events that serve the needs of collectors and galleries. The current portfolio includes Taipei Dangdai, India Art Fair, Sydney Contemporary, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, Art Central Hong Kong, Art Düsseldorf, Photo London,Art SG and Tokyo Gendai.  angusmontgomeryarts.co.uk

Candlestar is an internationally renowned visual arts consultancy formed in 2003 by globally respected authorities on photography and arts production Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad. Candlestar has delivered a range of innovative projects, including the world-class photography fair Photo London. Established in 2015, Photo London has become a catalyst for the capital’s dynamic photography community. candlestar.co.uk

Founders

SANDY ANGUS

Chairman

Led by Chairman Sandy Angus, Angus Montgomery Arts has more than 40 years of experience in the contemporary art sphere, establishing successful fairs globally. The co-founders of ArtHK (now Art Basel Hong Kong), Angus Montgomery Arts is today the largest art fair organizer in Asia and is committed to delivering high quality, regional art fairs that serve the needs of collectors and galleries. The current portfolio includes: India Art Fair, ART SG, Tokyo Gendai, Sydney Contemporary, Taipei Dangdai, PHOTOFAIRS New York, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, Art Central Hong Kong, Art Düsseldorf, Aotearoa Art Fair and Photo London
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SCOTT GRAY

Founder and CEO

Scott Gray has over 20 years of experience in the international art fair and event business. In 2007 he founded Creo, first established as World Photography Organisation, Creo has since grown in scope, furthering its mission of developing meaningful opportunities for creatives and expanding the reach of its cultural activities to film and contemporary art. In 2014 Scott founded PHOTOFAIRS, a brand of high-end art fairs with a particular focus on photo-based and digital works; first launching with Shanghai in 2014, and New York in 2023. Alongside his role at Creo Scott also acts as CEO of Angus Montgomery Arts (AMA), the arts division of Angus Montgomery Limited, an independent exhibition and events company.  As one of the largest art fair organizers in the world, Angus Montgomery Arts is committed to delivering high quality events that serve the needs of collectors and galleries.

director

PHOTOFAIRS New York

Helen Toomer

Helen toomer

Helen Toomer is a recognized leader in the arts, with over 15 years’ experience organizing events, exhibitions and residencies. She is dedicated to uplifting womxn in the arts.

Toomer is Co-Founder of STONELEAF RETREAT, an artists’ residency and connective space in the Hudson Valley of New York focused on supporting womxn and families. She is the Founder of UPSTATE ART WEEKEND and the Co-Founder of Art Mamas Alliance.

Formerly, Toomer was executive director of Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) and director of the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair, Collective Design Fair, and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs. She also co-founded and managed a contemporary art gallery, toomer labzda, in New York City.

Toomer lectures on art fairs and professional development at universities and arts organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom, and was an adjunct professor at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She serves on the Board of AIRIE and Advisory Committees for ProjectArt, Foundwork, The Dorsky Museum and the Baxter St Camera Club of New York.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Managing Director

Inbal Mizrahi - [email protected]

FAIR MANAGER

Haley Carloni - [email protected]

VIP MANAGER

Alex DeMasi - [email protected]

Program Coordinator

Liz Eriole - liz@photofairs.org

Senior PR Manager

Polly Brock - [email protected]

Marketing director

Faustine Pagés - [email protected]

oPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Ania Huggins - [email protected]