© ANDREA GOOD, ES WARD ES WIRD I Drahtwerk Bözingen VII Taubenlochschlucht, 2011
Courtesy of Galerie Stephan Witschi (Zurich)


Insights | A Color Explosion 

Insights is an initiative which focuses on an important moment in the development of the fine art photography practices.
At the fourth edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, curator Alexander Montague-Sparey has taken as a starting point the mid-1970s, when William Eggleston first started experimenting with dye-transfer-prints. The show will examine how the resplendent colors achieved would change the way we saw color photography forever more, in a domain that had, until then, favoured the black and white gelatin silver print.

The exhibition underlines the extent to which the profile of color photography became accepted as a legitimate artistic medium in the art world in the 1970s. The exhibitions places the work of international stars William Eggleston (CAMERA WORK, Berlin), as well as Harry Callahan (Robert Mann Gallery, New York), Daido Moriyama (Three Shadows + 3 Gallery, Beijing), and Richard Misrach (Robert Mann Gallery, New York), next to a generation of younger contemporary European, Asian and American artists. These 14 artists include Jiang Pengyi (Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong), Andrea Good (Galerie Stephan Witschi, Zurich), Shen Wei (Flowers Gallery, London & New York) and Robert Zhao (ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore).

From a technical standpoint, the exhibition will further aim to explore different paper types such as dye-transfer prints, dye-destruction prints as well as pigment prints and chromogenic prints, and how these compare and contrast in terms of results and uses.

Alexander Montague-Sparey, PHOTOFAIRS Artistic Director and curator of Insights, will be in conversation with New York dealer Robert Mann. Together they will look at the the history of color photography in America and its evolution into European and Asian practices. The second part of the talk will focus on the work of Chinese artists Shen Wei (Flowers Gallery) and Feng Yan (Three Shadows+ 3 Gallery), and their respective approaches to color in their work.

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