Photo Shanghai 2015

July 21, 2015 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events | Comment |

Photo Shanghai, China’s first art fair dedicated to photography, has announced its full list of participating galleries, programme highlights and partners for 2015. Running from 11-13 September, the second edition of the highly curated fair organised by the World Photography Organisation will feature 50 leading international galleries and over 500 works of art for sale by artists including: Nobuyoshi Araki, Birdhead, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hsieh Chun-te, Elliott Erwitt, Chien-Chi Chang, Yang Fudong, Candida Höfer, Horst P. Horst, Axel Hüette, André Kertész, Steven Klein, Gustave Le Gray, Aki Lumi, Daido Moriyama, Vik Muniz, Helmut Newton, Erwin Olaf, Yuki Onodera, Jiang Pengyi, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Li Wei and Zhang Xiao, among many others. Click through / scroll down for the full list of participating galleries and programme highlights.

Press Release

Photo Shanghai, Asia’s premier art fair dedicated to photography, today announces its full list of participating galleries, programme highlights and partners for 2015. This year, from both East and West, the fair brings together some of the most exciting names from the world of fine art photography.

The second edition of the highly curated and elegant fair organised by the World Photography Organisation, will return to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from 11-13 September. Featuring fifty leading international galleries and over 500 works of art for sale by artists including: Nobuyoshi Araki, Birdhead, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hsieh Chun-te, Elliott Erwitt, Chien-Chi Chang, Yang Fudong, Candida Höfer, Horst P. Horst, Axel Hüette, André Kertész, Steven Klein, Gustave Le Gray, Aki Lumi, Daido Moriyama, Vik Muniz, Helmut Newton, Erwin Olaf, Yuki Onodera, Jiang Pengyi, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Li Wei and Zhang Xiao among many others.

Photo Shanghai will offer exceptional prospects for international collectors to explore works by emerging and established artists from across the Asia Pacific region and will offer local collectors the chance to see works by internationally renowned artists from the West. Photo Shanghai is Shanghai’s most international art fair and the leading platform for the photographic medium in the Asia Pacific region.

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2015 programme highlights

In addition to showcasing both established and emerging international photographers, Photo Shanghai is committed to curating museum scale and quality exhibitions, as well as exploring the relationship between photography and other media. Reflective of this, the programme includes:

Taryn Simon exhibition hosted by Gagosian Gallery

In Asia for the first time, a special museum scale exhibition of 156 works by celebrated American artist Taryn Simon will be presented by Gagosian Gallery. Simon’s seminal Birds of the West Indies series showcases the artists unique weaving of photography, text and graphic design which has made her one of the finest contemporary photographers working today.

Chinese debut of new work by aerial performance artist Li Wei, Friday 11 September, 1.30pm

Fly Me to the Moon, a spectacular photo performance by renowned artist Li Wei and Bonnie Tchien Hwen-Ying will open the first public day of the Fair. Supported by ON Gallery, Li Wei will fly above the Shanghai Exhibition Centre to create stunning, gravity defying photography.

Cutting edge video installation, curated by Professor Zhang Peili

One of China’s foremost video artists, Professor Zhang Peili will curate work from established and emerging artists using video as their main media. Presented in the Fair’s dedicated video room, the installation explores how different generations of video artists portray their surroundings. As part of the Fair’s talk programme Professor Zhang Peili will also speak about his curation and the relevance of moving image within the broader art scene in Asia.

Participating galleries

This year Photo Shanghai will see international galleries from 15 countries present the best in collectible vintage and contemporary fine art photography. These countries include: Mainland China, Taiwan, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US, the UK, amongst others.

For the 2015 edition of Photo Shanghai we are proud to work with:

  • A Thousand Plateaus Art Space (Chengdu)
  • amanasalto (Tokyo, Shanghai)
  • ART LABOR Gallery (Shanghai)
  • ARTDOOR Gallery (Taipei)
  • ATLAS Gallery (London)
  • Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong)
  • Bluerider ART (Taipei)
  • C14 Gallery (Shanghai)
  • CAMERA WORK (Berlin)
  • CHRISTIAN LARSEN (Stockholm)
  • Cipa Gallery (Beijing)
  • °CLAIR GALLERY (Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Munich)
  • EMON Photo Gallery (Tokyo)
  • Flowers (London)
  • Gagosian Gallery (New York, London, Paris, Athens, Geneva, Los Angeles, Rome and Hong Kong)
  • Galerie Adnan Sezer (Paris)
  • Galerie DUMONTEIL (Shanghai, Paris, New York)
  • GALERIE PHOTO12 (Paris)
  • Galerie Stephan Witschi (Zurich)
  • Galleria Sabrina Falzone (Milan)
  • Gallery Yang (Beijing)
  • In The Gallery (Copenhagen)
  • M97 Gallery (Shanghai)
  • Magnum Photos
  • Matthew Liu Fine Arts (Shanghai)
  • MD Gallery (Shanghai, Paris)
  • Mind Set Art Center MSAC (Taipei)
  • Pan-View Gallery (Zhengzhou)
  • OFOTO & ANART (Shanghai)
  • ON/gallery (Beijing)
  • Pékin Fine Arts (Beijing)
  • Willas Contemporary (Oslo)
  • RASTI Chinese Fine Art (Hong Kong)
  • see+ gallery (Beijing)
  • ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore)
  • Staley – Wise Gallery (New York)
  • Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo, Paris, New York)
  • Three Shadows +3 Gallery (Beijing)
  • Time Space Gallery (Beijing)
  • Timeless Gallery (Beijing)
  • Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai)
  • Visionairs (Singapore)
  • voila! Gallery (Los Angeles)
  • Yeo Workshop (Singapore)

Events programme

Photo Shanghai 2015 will offer visitors an extensive public and VIP programme, with each event intended to further explore our commitment to celebrate the international fine art photography market in China and the exposure of international artists.

Every morning of the Fair, the Talks Programme will offer the public a rare opportunity to meet with and listen to photographers and experts from East and West.

An exciting addition for 2015 is the Talks Programme’s Artist in Profile section. Taking the format of an ‘in conversation’ between an artist and a relevant expert in the field, talks include: Aki Lumi and Yuki Onodera with Lise Li (Vanguard Gallery); Chien-Chi Chang with Anna-Patricia Kahn (°CLAIR GALLERY); Arno Rafael Minkinnen with Ellen. K. Willas (Willas Contemporary), Yan Wang Preston with curator Zelda Cheatle; Erwin Olaf with Madga Danysz (MD Gallery), and Jacob Aue Sobol and Alessandra Sanguinetti with Sophie Wright (Magnum Photos).

After the success of last year’s education series we will also offer another enlightening educational panel with experts Shi Han Tao, Steven Harris and Lise Li, aimed at collectors buying for the first time. The Fair will explore the role of photography in international museums with curators Christopher Phillips (ICP, New York) and Liu Heung Shing (ScOP, Shanghai). In addition WSJ. The Wall Street Journal Magazine photography director Jennifer Pastore will give audiences insight into the magazine's approach to photographing many of the world's most esteemed artists. Curator Davide Quadrio will explore in depth his inspiration behind his recent show at the Aurora Museum (Shanghai). Alexander Montague-Sparey will join Peter MacGill (Founder Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York) at the West Bund Arts Centre for a talk around the theme of collecting photography. This talk will be moderated by SCoP Founder Liu Heung Shing and Karen Smith.

Book signings will run throughout the Fair and include signings by Michio Yamauchi (Taka Ishii Gallery), RongRong & inri (Three Shadows +3 Gallery) Erwin Olaf (MD Gallery) and Jacob Aue Sobol (Magnum Photos).

A hand-picked selection of local experiences is on offer to our VIPS. Exclusive events include private tours of collectors Qiao Zhibing's iconic karaoke nightclub and art collection, as well as interior designer Alan Chan’s Shanghai home, and private tours of the Sifang Art Museum, the Rockbund Museum and the Mingqi Art District.


Photo Shanghai is proud to collaborate with the following partners, each of whom will present exclusive events at the Fair:

Principle Partner Swarovski Waterschool will show exclusive images by Oscar nominated filmmaker and photographer Eric Valli, commissioned to document the lives of seven communities along the Yangtze River. A larger exhibition of the work will be on show at Jing’An Park from 9 -27 September.

Fellow Principle Partner De Beers Diamond Jewellers, in collaboration with renowned photographer Mary McCartney, will highlight women across varying industries to explore their talents and their Moments in Light - exceptional moments of their lives that they hold most cherished.

Photo Partner Leica Camera will present three photographers' works, each showing a multi-faceted view on China: stunning aerial photographs of China captured in the 1930s by aviation pioneer Wulf-Diether Graf zu Castell-Rüdenhausen and contemporary landscapes of the country by German architecture photographer HG Esch are united for the exhibition: China from Above, together with a personal documentary of China by the young and poetic fine-art photographer Jing Huang.

America Express is the VIP Partner of Photo Shanghai, and as a long-time art supporter, American Express will invite honoured card members to the preview of the event.

Watch Partner and Swiss luxury brand Hublot will present selected artworks by renowned visual artist Chen Man, the brand’s first female Chinese ambassador, in an exhibition named The Art of Fusion which fuses traditional Chinese philosophical culture and modern fashion.

Artsy, the resource for learning about and collecting art from over 40 of the world’s most influential art fairs, is the Official Online Partner of the Fair. For the first time, collectors and art enthusiasts can explore Photo Shanghai 2015, enquire on works for sale, and view special features on and the Artsy app for iPhone and iPad. A dedicated microsite featuring the exclusive online preview of the Fair will launch on Artsy on 8 September.

For the event, Castel, Europe’s largest wine producer with over sixty years experience of spreading the word about French wines throughout the world, is Photo Shanghai’s Wine Partner. Light & Salt, one of Shanghai’s leading lifestyle brands featuring modern bistro, wine bar and boutique retail space is the Food & Beverage Partner. The Hotel Partner is Hotel Indigo®, the first international chained boutique hotel brand in the world, an upscale boutique hotel brand under IHG.

International media partner WSJ: The Wall Street Journal Magazine will exhibit a selection of artist portraits from the magazine including a recent portfolio of 21 portraits of contemporary artists whose work is a part of the Broad Art Foundation. Over the years, the publication has recruited some of the industry’s top photographers to shoot many of the world’s best-known artists and art world figures, from Richard Prince to Kara Walker to Marian Goodman. This exhibition will display the visual breadth and diversity of the magazine’s approach to these timeless shoots.

Modern Media Group, China’s leading media company whose portfolio includes Modern Weekly, The Art Newspaper China and iWeekly, is the Fair’s Chinese Media Partner. It will present the LEAP Pavilion, a roving curated exhibition of up to 20 handpicked emerging artists from across China, whose work will debut at Photo Shanghai.

Photograph © David Drebin, Dreams of Hong Kong, 2009. Courtesy of CAMERA WORK, Berlin

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