PHOTOFAIRS, the international art fair from the World Photography Organisation, is launching its first ever US event in San Francisco this month. Opening on January 26, this edition of the fair will highlight works by international artists never seen before in the Bay Area.
Last year PHOTOFAIRS launched Insights, an exhibition within the fair to explore contemporary approaches to photography by current artists. This year in San Francisco the exhibition is reimagined, co-curated by the fair's Artistic Director Alexander Montague-Sparey and Allie Haeusslein of Pier 24 Photography. The project takes place in two chapters: the first focusing on works exploring the Western landscape by West-Coast artists, and the second featuring works from across the world.
Curator Alexander Montague-Sparey explains the selection process in choosing artists with innovative approaches to the medium; "Photography has almost ironically come full-circle. Some artists are re-using analog techniques in new and fascinating ways to produce unique photographs, whilst others are inspired by painting and sculpture. The premise of Insights and the artists featured give a nod to 19th century French photographers and the birth of photography as an artistic medium.”
From painterly colours to mixed media collages, the works featured span the breadth of exploration in art photography today. Photography curator at the Getty Museum, Virginia Heckert, will lead panel with selected artists featured in the exhibition, on Materiality and Memory: New Approaches to Landscape Photography. Events across the weekend include talks on publishing, Japanese collections and moving image on the internet - access to all which are included in the fair's entry fee.
PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center
Friday, January 27 & Saturday
January 28, 11am-7pm
Sunday, January 29, 11am-5pm
Banner image: Sebastiaan Bremer, Schoener Goetterfunken II B, 'Daughter of Elysium' (Tochter Aus Elysium), 2010. Courtesy of Edwynn Houk (New York & Zurich)