Conversations | Photofairs


The Conversations program offers visitors and galleries the opportunity to engage with an extensive public talks and events program, with each event intended to further explore and celebrate the local and international fine art photography market and celebrate artists from across the Asia Pacific region.  Each event is led by a high-profile panel of experts and encourages debate engaging with a live audience.

See below the 2017 Conversations schedule.


Friday, September 8

1.30 - 2.15 pm | A Color Explosion | The Evolution and Influence of Color Photography

Moderator | Alexander Montague-Sparey, Artistic Director - PHOTOFAIRS  
Speakers | Robert Mann (Director, Robert Mann Gallery), Feng Yan (Artist, Three Shadows +3 Gallery), Shen Wei (Artist, Flowers Gallery), Cheng Ran (Artist, Leo Xu Projects)

Alexander Montague-Sparey, curator of Insights will be in conversation with New York dealer Robert Mann. Together they will look at the the history of color photography in America and its evolution into European and Asian practices. The second part of the talk will focus on the work of artists Shen Wei, Cheng Ran and Feng Yan, and their respective approaches to colour in their work.


2.30 - 3.15 pm | What Next? | Photography, Moving Image and the Internet

Introduction | Jefferson Hack (CEO, NOWNESS)
Moderator | Robin Peckham (Editor in Chief, LEAP)
Speakers | David Gryn (Director, Daata Editions), Lu Yang (Artist) and Michael Xufu Huang (Collector and Co-founder, M-Woods Museum, Beijing)

Robin Peckham will lead curators David Gryn, contemporary artist Lu Yang and Collector Michael Huang in an exploration of photography, moving image and internet based art work.


3.30 - 4.15 pm | Museums | Making Space for Photography

Moderator | Jessica Zhang (Publisher, artnet News China)
Speakers | Naomi Cass (Director, Centre of Contemporary Photogrophy, Melbourne), Jean-Francois Dubos (President, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris), Karen Smith (Director, OCAT Xi'an) and Heung Shing Liu (Director, Shanghai Centre of Photography)

This panel brings together four photography experts to discuss the present and future status of photography within the art world at large. The panelists will discuss the role of photography in a curatorial context and how institutions approach collecting the medium, as well as presenting the unique opportunities and challenges presented by photography. 


4.30 - 5.15 pm | Twenty Years of the Walther Collection | A Personal Journey

Speakers | Christopher Philips (Curator, The Walther Collection), Artur Walther (Collector)

During the past two decades, the German-American collector Artur Walther has assembled one of the world's great photography collections. In this conversation with curator Christopher Phillips, Mr. Walther will discuss his approach to collecting, his founding of a private museum, and the ambitious series of exhibitions and books that the Walther Collection has organized.



Saturday, September 9

11.30 - 12.15 am | A Platform for the New Chinese Photography Scene

Moderator | Cao Dan, Publisher of LEAP and The Art Newspaper China (Modern Media)
Speakers | Sam Stourdzé (Director of Festival Rencontres d'Arles (France), co-founder of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival), Rong Rong (Photographer, founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, co-founder of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival), Bérénice Angremy (Director of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, co-founder of Doors 门艺 Art & Culture Agency), Li Bo (Photographer), Wang Tuo (Photographer)


2.15 - 3 pm | Collectors | Supporting the Arts

Moderator | Erin Barnett (Director of Collections & Exhibition, International Center for Photography, New York) 
Speakers | David Chau (Collector and Founder, Cc Foundation), Jenny Jinyuan Wang. (Collector and Founder, Fosun Foundation) and Thomas Shao (Collector and Founder, Modern Media Group)

Erin Barnett leads China's most important collectors in conversation on the importance of collecting and philanthropy. 


3.15 - 4 pm | Exploring the Practice of Jiang Pengyi

Speakers | Diana d'Arenberg (Ocula) and Jiang Pengyi (Artist, Blindspot Gallery)

Diana d'Arenberg (Ocula) in conversation with cutting-edge contemporary artist Jiang Pengyi about his practice and recent works. 


4.15 - 5 pm | Masato Seto and the influence of Masahisa Fakase

Speakers | Masato Seto (Arists, see+gallery) , Zhang Lihua (Chief Editor of Photographers' Companion)

Masato Seto discusses his practice and the influence of Masahisa Fakase.



Sunday, September 10

3.15 - 4 pm | Spotlight | Ren Hang

Moderator | Oscar Holland (Freelance Journalist)
Speakers | Yuling Zhang (Director, KWM artcenter, Beijing), Cherie McNair (Director and CEO, Australian Centre for Photography)

In support of the Spotlight exhibition leading curators and writers discuss the impact of Ren Hang on contemporary photography. 


4.15 - 5 pm | The Photography Market in Asia

Moderator | Li Xin - Editor, The Collection Market of Photography
Speakers | Heung Shing Liu (Director, Shanghai Photography Art Center), Wang Chuncheng (Curator, Director of Dept. of Academic Research, CAFA), Zhao Yingxin (Publisher, China Photographic Publishing House), Luo Yong (Founder and Director, Henan Quan Shi Photo Gallery), Xie Xiaodong (Founder of Zai-Art)

Li Xin leads a panel of art market experts in a discussion on the history, development and future of the photography art market in Asia.