Friday, January 27


Four Decades of Photobooks  - A Dialog Between Paul Graham and Michael Mack

Paul Graham (Artist) and Michael Mack (Founder, MACK) will discuss the evolution of the photographic book since the early 1980's, and it's role in the fine photography world today. The dialog will reflect on Paul Graham's book projects, from self publishing, to projects with the legendary Scalo, through Steidl and Phaidon, to working with Mack, one of the pre-eminent publishers in today's dynamic photography book world.

Paul Graham, b. 1956, United Kingdom, is exhibited widely and collected by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim, Tate Gallery, London and the Whitney Museum of American Art amongst others. His photographs of everyday people, places and events challenge the view to ponder human conditions and face the realities of society today.

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Artist in Conversation: Wang Ningde

Heather Snider, Executive Director, SF Camerawork, will speak in conversation with Chinese Contemporary artist Wang Nindge.

Wang Ningde, b. 1972, Liaoning Province, China, is a prominent figure among a generation of profound young Chinese photographers. He graduated from the photography department of the Lu Xun Academy of Art in 1995. With his striking black and white photographs, the artist has been able to capture the tension between an ever-changing contemporary China and the always-present memory of the Cultural Revolution. He is an artist who works not only in traditional photography but also more recently in video and installation artwork.

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Collecting with a Focus: The Huyck Katz Collection of Japanese Photography & Ely Rueda Collection of Latin American Photography

LA based collectors Gloria + Willard Huyck & Paula Ely + Cesar Rueda in conversation with Michelle Dunn Marsh (Executive Director Pacific Center Northwest and Publisher, Minor Matters Books).

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Artist in Conversation: Jim Campbell

Gallery owner and PHOTOFAIRS exhibitor, Bryce Wolkowitz, will speak to artist Jim Campbell about his practice and use of computer technology as an art form. 

Jim Campbell, b. 1956, United States, makes custom electronic sculptures and installations some of which have been exhibited publicly at Madison Square Park in New York, SFMOMA and the Federal Courthouse in Denver. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, de Young Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, SFMOMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art amongst others. The artist lives in San Francisco.

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm


Saturday, January 28


Mona Kuhn: The Creative Process

Alexander Montague-Sparey (Artistic Director, PHOTOFAIRS), will speak in conversation with Mona Kuhn will discuss her work and insightful approach to the art of photography. She will be focusing the presentation on Acido Dorado, her upcoming publication with Steidl and Poems.

Mona Kuhn, b. 1969, Brazil, lives and works in Los Angeles. She is best known for her large-scale, dream-like photographs of the human form. Kuhn’s approach to her photography is unusual in that she usually develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable naturalness and intimacy, and creating the effect of people naked but comfortable in their own skin. Exhibited internationally she is in the collections of the J.Paul Getty Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum and The International Center of Photography, NYC, amongst others. She is currently an independent scholar at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

American Destiny: Photography and America's Social and Economic Landscape

To mark the publication of Aperture magazine's American Destiny issue, a panel discussion about photographers' address to America's social and economic landscape, including a discussion of how photographers respond and America's new politics, moderated by Chris Boot,  Executive Director of the Aperture Foundation. 

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Contemporary Moving Image

Lindsay Howard (Curator) leads a conversation exploring approaches for presenting and archiving online artworks, how social networks are impacting the way that artists create work, best practices for collecting born-digital work, and strategies for discovering the most exciting new artists. She is joined by Jason Eppink (Curator of Digital Media, Museum of the Moving Image), Zachary Kaplan (Executive Director at Rhizome, New Museum), Tiffany Zabludowicz (Collector and Curator) and Michael Xufu Huang (Founder M WOODS Museum).

Time: 3.00pm - 4:00pm

Meet the Artists of Insights: New Approaches to Photography since 2000

Join the curators of Insights - Alexander Montague-Sparey and Allie Haeusslein - in partnership with the artists, for a look inside the exhibition with John Chiara, Christine Elfman, Chris McCaw, Sean McFarland, Klea McKenna, Jacqueline Norheim, Meghann Riepenhoff, Rodrigo Valenzuela and Noah Wilson. A short introduction will be given by Allie Haeusslein and the event will include book signings by John ChiaraChris McCaw, Sean McFarlandMeghann Riepenhoff and a select number of other artists.

Time: 4.00pm-5.00pm

Materiality and Memory: New Approaches to Landscape Photography

Virginia Heckert (Curator and Department Head, Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum) joins Allie Haeusslein (Associate Director, Pier 24 Photography) in conversation with artists John Chiara, Chris McCaw and Christine Elfman.

Time: 5.00pm - 6:00pm


Sunday, January 29


Artist in Conversation: Alejandro Guijarro

Alexander Montague-Sparey (Artistic Director, PHOTOFAIRS) leads a conversation with artist Alejandro Guijarro. Focusing on his recent body of work LEAD, the artist will share details on how he produced a series of photographs of X-Rays, ultra-violet and infrared scans of Old Master paintings that he discovered in the conservation departments of the National Gallery, the Louvre, and the Prado. He photographed his findings, and then produced them at a 1:1 scale – the exact dimensions of the original work. The resulting images belong to the realm of science, but their appearance is more akin to that of Abstract Expressionism, a movement that the original works predate by several centuries. 

Alejandro Guijarro, b. 1979, Madrid, lives and works between London and Madrid. He works primarily with photography, questioning its ability to refer to reality or truth. His work examines spatial relations in photographic representation, exploring what photography is still allowed and able to do. His notable series, Momentum, was a 3-year project in which Alejandro Guijarro travelled to the great quantum mechanics institutions of the world. Using a large-format camera he photographs the blackboards as he finds them, and then produces the photographs exactly to scale. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in 2010, he has been exhibited widely since.

Time: Sunday 11:30am - 12:30pm

In Retrospect: Curating the Monographic Exhibition

Virginia Heckert, Curator and Department Head, Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a conversation with Julian Cox, Chief Curator and Founding Curator of Photography, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Amanda Maddox, Assistant Curator of Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Erin O'Toole, Baker Street Foundation Associate Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, on current and past monographic exhibition projects.  

Time: 1.00pm - 2:00pm

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