What makes PHOTOFAIRS different from other art fairs?

PHOTOFAIRS presents photography and moving image within highly curated environments in contemporary and dynamic art capitals such as Shanghai and San Francisco. Featuring hand-picked galleries, bespoke VIP programs and critically acclaimed public programs, PHOTOFAIRS prides itself on its boutique format, which allows collectors to explore the fair in a focused way. 

How are the galleries selected?

PHOTOFAIRS welcomes submissions from photography and contemporary art galleries with strong photography programs.  Applications for PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai & San Francisco are vetted by the Artistic Director of PHOTOFAIRS, Alexander Montague-Sparey. 

What are the different sectors within PHOTOFAIRS?

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai & San Francisco is made up of three sectors; MainConnected and Platform

What is the Main sector?  

Exhibitors in the Main sector of the fair are commercial galleries representing an international program of artists.

What is Connected?

Connected is a sector dedicated to video art and moving image. Galleries wishing to take part in this sector are entitled to a subsidised rate. 

What is Platform?

Platform is a sector dedicated to international galleries that have never previously shown in China or the United States.  This sector also offers galleries a subsidised rate. 

What is the Public Program?

The Public Program is the non-profit arm of PHOTOFAIRS.  Curated by Alexander Montague-Sparey, Artistic Director of PHOTOFAIRS, the Public Program comprises of Conversations and Insights. 

What is Insights?

Insights is an exhibition which traveled between the PHOTOFAIRS destinations and reflected international trends within photography. Insights | Shanghai 2016 and Insights | San Francisco 2017 focused on New Approaches to Photography Since 2000

What is Conversations?

Conversations is a daily program of panel discussions and talks featuring leading experts, artists, curators, collectors and gallerists.

If I cannot get to PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai or PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco is there anyway I can still enjoy it?

Visit the PHOTOFAIRS website at photofairs.org which offers details on the individual talks and images of the complete program from previous editions.  For updates on PHOTOFAIRS, please follow us at @photofairs on InstagramTwitter and Wechat, like us on Facebook and sign up to the PHOTOFAIRS email Newsletter.