The World Photography Organisation and Montgomery announced earlier this year 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.
The Fair is Shanghai’s foremost international art fair and is of particular relevance with the current growing interest in photography and the art fair boom taking place in China. Some of the world’s most renowned galleries will be exhibiting their photographers’ work, contributing to what will be both a glamorous and significant event.
Examples of photographers whose work will be exhibited at the Fair include: Araki, Nick Brandt, René Burri, Edward Burtynsky, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Patrick Demarchelier, Yang Fudong, André Kertész, Peter Lindbergh, Vivian Maier, Steve McCurry, Daido Moriyama, Martin Parr, Robert Polidori, Sebastião Salgado, Josef Sudek and Edward Weston.
Fair Director Alexander Montague-Sparey, (previously Head of Photographs at Christie’s London), 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, states they are “delighted to welcome photographers Roger Ballen, Birdhead and Martin Parr to the city of Shanghai on the occasion of the Fair.”
Talks and an educational programme will run alongside exhibitions to offer audiences a complete experience, which will enable them to explore collectable fine art photography available on the market today. The talks will be led by world renowned experts in their field and will include curators, experts, collectors, dealers and international photographers.
Highlights include Commissioning the World’s Hottest Photographers, which features The Wall Street Journal’s photography director Jennifer Pastore in conversation with Alexander Montague-Sparey; and Introduction to the Chinese Photo Book with Ruben Lundgren and Martin Parr – the show’s curators – who will introduce the project to a Chinese audience for the first time.
Leading partner -Maserati – have also created the Neptune Photography Contest, to support up and coming photography artists with the winning images displayed at the Fair. Other leading partners include: Sony, The Wall Street Journal – the principal international media partner of Photo Shanghai – with Modern Media acting as the Chinese media partner.
For more information visit www.photoshanghai.org.
1. Yves Devleminck, 3rd place, Belgium, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Photo Shanghai.
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