2017 PHOTOFAIRS｜ShanghaiThis September, Photofairs Shanghai returns to China for the fourth year to celebrate the art of the photographic medium. Taking place at the Shanghai Exhibition Center from 8-10 September 2017, the fair is widely recognized as Asia Pacific’s home for cutting-edge photography and a key driver of China’s maturing photography market. Ambitious, museum-quality presentations throughout the 2017 edition will bring together emerging and established artists who push the boundaries of the photographic medium, and challenge the notion of what photography can be. With this sole focus on photography, Photofairs Shanghai offers collectors, curators and visitors from across the Asia Pacific region an unparalleled site of discovery.
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This September, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai returns to China for the fourth year to celebrate the art of the photographic medium. Taking place at the Shanghai Exhibition Center from 8-10 September 2017, the fair is widely recognised as Asia Pacific’s home for cutting-edge photography and a key driver of China’s maturing photography market.
Ambitious, museum-quality presentations throughout the 2017 edition will bring together emerging and established artists who push the boundaries of the photographic medium, and challenge the notion of what photography can be. With this sole focus on photography, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai offers collectors, curators and visitors from across the Asia Pacific region an unparalleled site of discovery.
Strong sales and an increasing number of collectors and buyers attending PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai since its launch in 2014 have greatly supported the development of the photographic medium in China, now the world’s largest art market.
50 galleries and institutions spanning 28 cities and 16 countries will be showcased, making this the most international edition to date. The 2017 edition is defined by cutting-edge photography from emerging and established artists rarely available to acquire in China.
Here are the artists that you should definitely check out:
© HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, Schoolchildren looking from the Top of Notre-Dame Cathedral at the Seine River, Paris. Courtesy of Books & Photographs (Paris)
Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer and filmmaker known as a pioneer of street photography. His dramatic black-and-white documentary images are among the most iconic in the medium of photography, including indelible images of major political moments in the 20th century.
© ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE, Patrice, N.Y.C, 1977. Courtesy of Timeless Gallery (Beijing)
As an American photographer known for his black-and-white portraits and for documenting New York’s S&M scene, Robert Mapplethorpe was concerned with Classical aspects of beauty, whether in his nudes, floral still lifes, or self-portraits—light, shadow, composition, and form were central to all his work.
© WILLIAM EGGLESTON, Untitled. Courtesy of CAMERA WORK (Berlin)
William Eggleston is one of the most influential photographers of the latter half of the 20th century. His portraits and landscapes of the American South reframed the history of the medium and its relationship to color photography.
© PATRICK DEMARCHELIER, Liu Wen, 2012. Courtesy of CAMERA WORK (Berlin)
Patrick Demarchelier is a world-renowned French fashion photographer. Responsible for countless iconic images created for publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, he is perhaps best known for his intimate portraits of Princess Diana that helped establish her popularity and accessible public image.
© DAIDO MORIYAMA, Kuchibiru'(red), 2007. Courtesy of Three Shadows + 3 Gallery (Beijing)
As a Japanese street photographer best known for his confrontational, black-and-white images, Daido Moriyama’s influence on the medium of photography has been profound, notably for his rejection of technical precision in favor of more expressive, grainy, and high-contrast images.
© NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, EROTOS 2013 ＃6, 1993. Courtesy of Three Shadows + 3 Gallery (Beijing & Xiamen)
The photography about women of this Japanese contemporary erotic photographer has been widely controversial worldwide and has a great influence in Asia.
© REN HANG, Untitled, 2015. Courtesy of KWM artcenter (Beijing)
Mostly known for his nude photographic portraits, significant in a society that is heavily censored, Ren Hang has been arrested several times throughout his career due to the erotic undertones of his projects. The Chinese photographer commited suicide back in February.
© BIRDHEAD, Welcome to Birdhead World Again 2016. Courtesy of ShanghArt (Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore)
Song Tao and Ji Weiyu make up the artist collective BIRDHEAD, whose oeuvre consists of (mostly black and white) photographic images of everyday life in Shanghai. Their large-scale installation 'Welcome to Birdhead' captures the ever-changing nature of the city.
Main | Features international leading galleries dedicated to photography.
© HARRY CALLAHAN, Chicago 1951. Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery (New York)
Platform | Discovering international galleries new to China mainland.
© PENG YUN, Film Still from Miss Melissa and Mr. Fish at 2.31pm, 2013. Courtesy of Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai)
Insights | A Color Explosion
Insights is an initiative which focuses on an important moment in the development of the fine art photography practices. PHOTOFAIRS’ Artistic Director Alexander Montague-Sparey looked to the mid-1970s and the moment at which the art world started to view photography as an artistic medium, partially due to the increased use of color.
© HAROLD EGERTON, Bullet Piercing Apple, 1964. Courtesy of Timeless Gallery (Beijing)
Artists and art world experts lead a dynamic program of talks and debates that examine key themes and ideas seen throughout the fair. Speakers include artists Lu Yang, Yang Fudong, and Masato Seto with leading collectors Adrian Cheng, Ben Wood and Artur Walther alongside curators and influencers such as Jefferson Hack, David Gryn and Erin Barnett.
©YANG YONGLIANG, Endless Streams, 2017. Courtesy of Mathew Liu Fine Arts (Shanghai)
Staged | New to the fair this program explores the relationship between photography and other art forms such as installation art, sculpture, video and painting. Transcending the traditional art fair stand, the interventions will appear throughout the fair offering visitors key sites of discovery.
© Zhang Huan, Family Tree 2015, Courtesy of Pace Gallery (New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Palo Alto, Paris)
Spotlight | Ren Hang: 19 Photos, KWM artcenter is pleased to show an exhibition of the final works printed and authenticated by the late Chinese photographer Ren Hang for PHOTOTFAIRS | Shanghai. This exhibition highlights his enthusiasm for abstraction within the human body. The male bodies in this selection of his works are naked, alive, tactile and desirable and, at same time, also compositions, gestures, arrangements and forms. Both human and inhuman.
© REN HANG, Untitled, 2014. Courtesy of KWM artcenter (Beijing)
Collectors' Exhibition | Telling Tales, curated by Erin Barnett (International Center for Photography, New York) will offer aninsight into the private acquisitions of powerful Chinese art collectors; Adrian Cheng (K11 Art Foundation), David Chau (Cc Foundation), Jenny Jinyuan Wang (Fosun Foundation) and Thomas Shao (Modern Media Group). Artists featured include René Burri, Annie Leibovitz, Araki Nobuyoshi alongside and emerging talent JR, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran.
© YANG FUDONG, International Hotel No.8, 2010. Courtesy of David Chau (Cc Foundation), Private Collection
Daata Editions Commission
Daata Editions | PHOTOFAIRS is delighted to announced the launch of the Daata Editions Commission powered by Artune, The Social Platform for a Global Art Community, at the fourth edition of the fair. This year’s commission will be created by Chinese contemporary artist, Lu Yang. The new work will be available on the Daata Editions website as a free download, in response to a flourishing interest from the Asian art market to engage with the digital medium.
Image source: http://luyang.asia
PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is Asia Pacific’s leading contemporary art fair dedicated to photography and moving image. The fair offers international galleries, collectors and curators a unique experience in one of Asia’s most dynamic cities.
For further information, please see photofairs.org.
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