Photo Shanghai is China’s first art fair dedicated to photography. Running from 5-7 September 2014, the Photo Shanghai fair will see as many as seventy leading galleries exhibit works from fine-art photographers and legendary photojournalists such as Josef Sudek, Edward Burtynsky, Nick Brandt, Robert Polidori, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Araki, Mokiyama, Martin Parr, Steve Mc Curry, Sebastiao Salgado and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Sandy Angus, co-founder of ART HK (now Art Basel Hong Kong) and Chairman of Montgomery and the World Photography Organisation, said: “The vast Asian art market has seen considerable growth over the past decade and in that time photography has been an ever-increasing part within the contemporary art space. China has the advantage of a treasure trove of ancient photographs as well as an appreciation of the medium of photography and its place in the art world. Photo Shanghai has the opportunity to draw on this interest amongst both Chinese and Asia-Pacific collectors.” For those wishing to showcase at Photo Shanghai, the application deadline is 30 May 2014.
- Inaugural edition of China’s first art fair dedicated to photography, the first of this calibre in the Asia-Pacific region
- World leading galleries exhibiting at the fair announced, including Fahey/Klein (LA), Camera Work, (Berlin), M97 (Shanghai) and Flowers Gallery (UK)
- Latest advisory board members include –Rong Rong, Photographer and Founder & Director, Three Shadows Photography Art Center; Wang Zhonglei, President, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation; Lisa Botos, Curator and Art Consultant, Singapore and Wang Xiye, Photography collector
- Created in response to the buoyant photography market across the Asia-Pacific region
- Fair Director - Alexander Montague-Sparey
The World Photography Organisation and Montgomery recently announced the inaugural edition of Photo Shanghai, the first international art fair dedicated to photography in China. The Fair will run from 5-7 September at the landmark Shanghai Exhibition Centre, and aims to establish the most professional and international platform for fine art photography in the Asia-Pacific region.
A press conference at VIP partner hotel Le Royal Méridien Shanghai - today, 8 May - announced the confirmed galleries to date alongside the advisory board. Up to 70 galleries will exhibit at the Fair including:
A. Galerie, Paris, France
Aike Dellarco, Shanghai
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu
AO Vertical Art Space, Hong Kong
Amana Salto, Tokyo, Japan
ATLAS Gallery, London, UK
BREESE LITTLE, London, UK
C14 GALLERY, Shanghai
C.A.M. GALLERY, Istanbul, Turkey
CAMERA WORK, Berlin, Germany
Czech Center of Photography, Prague, Czech Republic
DANZIGER GALLERY, New York, U.S.
Fahey / Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.
FLOWERS, London, UK
In the Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
M97 Gallery, Shanghai
MABS Society, Shanghai
Magda Danysz, Shanghai
Paolo Morello Studio, Palermo, U.S.
Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, U.S.
Tasveer, Bangalore, India
Three Shadows, Beijing
Timeless Gallery, Beijing
TORCH Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tristan Hoare Gallery, London, UK
Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai
Examples of photographers whose work will be exhibited sat the Fair include: Josef Sudek, Edward Burtynsky, Nick Brandt, Robert Polidori, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Araki, Mokiyama, Martin Parr, Steve Mc Curry, Sebastiao Salgado and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
The Fair, which will be directed by Alexander Montague-Sparey (previously Director, Head of Photographs Department, Christie’s London) has been created in direct response to the increasing demand by audiences from across Asia-Pacific, and beyond, to discover accessible and collectable photography. Galleries from across the world now have a unique platform in China and the opportunity to establish and extend their network of buyers in the Asia-Pacific region.
As Jeffrey Boloten, Co-Founder & Managing Director of ArtInsight Ltd comments: “With the intense infrastructure developments continuing apace; a major governmental cultural industry focus and museum building drive, Christie's and Sotheby’s as new entrants to the auction market, and the Basel Art Fair now a formidable presence in Hong Kong, the Chinese art market is absolutely heading in a positive direction for the future.”
Fair Director Alexander Montague-Sparey, who has worked with some of the biggest collectors, dealers and artists in the field and created many notable new auction markets for contemporary photographs, comments:
“Photography, art fairs and China are three of the most dynamic opportunities in the art world today. It is therefore an honour to direct the first edition of Photo Shanghai. I am thrilled to bring 19th Century and 20th Century photography alongside emerging and established contemporary photography of the highest calibre into the fastest-growing economic region in the world.”
“The need for such a fair is reflected in the enthusiasm and commitment we have received from some of the leading international galleries in the field, such as FLOWERS, CAMERA WORK, DANZIGER GALLERY, Fahey/Klein Gallery, M97 Gallery and Vanguard Gallery. This highly curated and elegant fair is set to create a new benchmark for photography in the Asia Pacific region and adds an important date to the art world calendar.”
Commenting on their involvement, David Fahey - Owner of the Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles - says: “We have been watching with interest the many talented photographers coming out of China and the growth in interest of the Chinese community in collecting photography. Shanghai is clearly one of the most vibrant and high energy cities in the world and the perfect locale to host this new fair.”
To this, Ute Hartjen, Director, CAMERA WORK, Berlin, adds: “Gallery CAMERA WORK is proud to be part of Photo Shanghai 2014 and takes the view that the gallery and its aim to combine both classic and contemporary photography perfectly reflects the city of Shanghai with its fascinating synergy of traditional and modern elements."
Sandy Angus, co-founder of ART HK (now Art Basel Hong Kong) and Chairman of Montgomery and the World Photography Organisation comments: “The vast Asian art market has seen considerable growth over the past decade and in that time photography has been an ever-increasing part within the contemporary art space. China has the advantage of a treasure trove of ancient photographs as well as an appreciation of the medium of photography and its place in the art world. Photo Shanghai has the opportunity to draw on this interest amongst both Chinese and Asia-Pacific collectors.”
Photo Shanghai is supported and advised by a board of international industry professionals including: Wang Huangsheng, Director, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing; Christopher Phillips, Curator, ICP, New York; Francis Hodgson, Financial Times Photo Critic and co-founder of the Prix Pictet, London; Lise Li, Founder and Owner, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai; Jeffrey Boloten, Co-Founder & Managing Director of ArtInsight Ltd, UK; Bill Hunt, Photography Consultant & Collector, New York; Zelda Cheatle, Portfolio Manager & Curator, London; RongRong, Photographer, Founder & Director, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing; Wang Zhonglei, President, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Shanghai; Lisa Botos, Curator and Art Consultant, Singapore and Wang Xiye, Photography Collector, Shanghai.
It is also a thrill to announce that the first Beijing Photo Biennale will have a platform at Photo Shanghai. The Biennale is curated by Wang Huangsheng, its artistic director, and the foremost curator of photography in China and Director of CAFA.
A curated talks and events programme will run alongside the fair for its duration. These talks will be led by world renowned experts in their field. These will include curators such as Christopher Philipps, dealers and international photographers.
The Wall Street Journal is the principal international media partner of Photo Shanghai, while Modern Media is the Chinese media partner for the fair.
For those wishing to showcase at Photo Shanghai, the application deadline is:
30 MAY 2014
For further press information about Photo Shanghai – and images - please contact:
Kiri Gillespie, PR Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org / + 44 (0) 20 7886 3049
For all gallery application enquires please contact:
Agustina Nin, Gallery Liaison, email@example.com / + 44 (0) 20 7886 3018
Application forms for the fair can be downloaded from http://www.photoshanghai.org/exhibitors/application/