The diversity of creative exploration and documentation in photography will be on view in force this week as the Photography Show opens at the Park Avenue Armory. Presented by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), the show brings together 72 of the world's best galleries who will showcase important historical and contemporary work. Stephen Bulger, AIPAD's President, remarked "the AIPAD Photography Show is an unparalleled opportunity to see the finest historical and contemporary work from around the world."
We've highlighted a range of must-see works and installations that fit every collectors taste and budget.
Photography has been an important part of David Zwirner's program for years and the gallerist's 2009 solo exhibition devoted to 1000 of Phillip-Lorca di Corcia's Polaroids was critically-acclaimed. For AIPAD, Zwirner presents works from the artist's East of Eden series that extends a strategy of combining documentary and staged photography to blur the line between fact and fiction. The series draws from the Book of Genesis, taking the economic and political climate of the United States towards the end of the Bush era as a departure point and depicts people and events as existing or taking place after "the fall" to convey a sense of disillusionment and a loss of innocence.
Benjamin Trigano's M+B is one of the most interesting galleries in Los Angeles, showcasing established artists such as Massimo Vitali as well as rising stars like Mona Kuhn and Alex Prager. Trigano's program also promotes work centered around a social discourse.
Bonnie Benrubi Gallery
Representing established and emerging contemporary photographers, Bonnie Benrubi has developed a reputation for a critical eye and has mounted some of the most interesting exhibitions of any New York space.
Jackson Fine Art
Anna Skillman has built one of the strongest photography programs in the Southeast and a growing international reputation for excellence. A Board member of AIPAD, JFA will showcase the work of Detroit-born, self-taught master, Harry Callahan at the show.
Catherine Edelman Gallery
Established 25 years ago, Catherine Edelman's program builds a bridge from established contemporary artists to the emerging photographers who draw inspiration from their work. Her range is broad both with respect to subject matter and technique. At AIPAD, Edelman will present conceptual and representational works by six contemporary photographers.
Stephen Bulger Gallery
Focusing on narrative photography, Stephen Bulger Gallery is one of the most important photography galleries in Canada. At the Show, the gallery will feature a never-before-seen series by Dave Heath, as well as beautiful work by the French photographer, Gilbert Garcin.
Yancey Richardson Gallery
Originally housed in the historic 560 Broadway building in Soho, Yancey Richardson's eponymous gallery is now located in the heart of Chelsea. The program includes outstanding rising stars including Alex Prager, Lisa Kereszi and David Hilliard as well as mid-career talent such at Sebastiao Salgado, shown here.
L. Parker Stevenson Photographs
Honing her curatorial skills at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in the mid-1990s, Parker Stevenson's program showcases classic and avant-garde photographs of the 20th century with contemporary artists featured who extend that lineage.
Photographic processes have evolved dramatically over the past twenty years with many artists utilizing new media to complement their photographic work. Bryce Wolkowitz has been at the forefront, representing photographers and new media artists alike. The program is contemporary and includes both established and emerging artists. Look for an amazing presentation of important Ed Burtynsky works at the show.
Mack Lee's gallery north of Boston has developed a program centered around early American, British and French photographs, Alfred Steiglitz and The Photo-Secession along with a select group of contemporary stars.
James Hyman Photography
London-based James Hyman presents both historical and contemporary photography with a focus on artists whose conceptual documentary practice emerged during the Thatcher years and which investigates the winners and losers arising from her transformation of British society. At AIPAD, the Gallery will feature important vintage prints including an early Edward Weston and this Charles Negre from 1852.
Steven Kasher Gallery
Documentary photography offers a surprisingly subjective mirror on the issues of the day. Kasher's program presents a range of fascinating photographic works from Weegee's street scenes to the heyday of punk at Max Kansas City to Accra Shepp's Daily Diary of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Paul Kopeikin's Culver City gallery showcases a range of mostly emerging photographers whose conceptually based practice investigate ideas around identity and place.
The AIPAD Show also offers an amazing range of Saturday public programs including an artist talk with renowned Dutch photographer, Rineke Dijkstra. For more information, click here.
You'll find the range of work at the Photography Show amazing. The slideshow below features an additional 20 works by some of the most coveted photographers in the world.