The Photography Show presented by AIPAD

The Photography Show presented by AIPAD is one of the world’s most prestigious annual photography fairs. Featuring a tantalizing array of fresh-to-market and museum-quality work including cutting-edge contemporary, modern, and exemplary 19th-century photographs, it is longest-running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium. The 2022 fair will bring together 49 galleries from 9 countries and 23 cities from across the U.S. and around the world. The exhibitors are all members of the prestigious Association of International Photography Art Dealers known as AIPAD, recognized as the world’s leading galleries of fine art photography. The 41st edition of the fair will be held in a new midtown location: Center415 on Fifth Avenue between 37th and 38th streets, and promises an exciting, fresh atmosphere for this storied fair.

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Lydia Melamed Johnson shares her views!

Fair Director

The Photography Show 2022

Location

Center 415
415 5th Avenue Between 37th and, E 38th St
New York, NY 10016
United States

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Opening hours

19 May: VIP Preview
20 May: 1pm – 7pm
21 May: 12pm – 7pm
22 May: 12pm – 5pm

Entrance Fee

General Admission: $45
Run-of-show: $75
Student: $20

Mediums

Photography

Art Periods

Vintage
Modern
Contemporary

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Insights The Photography Show

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Lydia Melamed Johnson

Fair Director

What would you say is the DNA of The Photography Show presented by AIPAD?

The Photography Show presented by AIPAD is an annual gathering of the best photography fine art dealers in the world. The fair, now in its 41st edition, offers an opportunity to see a wide variety of work ranging from cutting-edge contemporary work to classic and vintage modern masters and important 19th century photographs. What’s palpable from year to year is the strong camaraderie among the AIPAD dealers, which creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere as the photography community gathers in New York.

What type of galleries are chosen to exhibit, and why?

This year’s Photography Show is a members-only fair featuring 49 galleries from the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD).

What is the price range of pieces? Who is the average buyer?

The fair will offer photographs priced from a few thousand dollars to up near a million for exceedingly rare works. Buyers range in age and consist of everyone from new, young collectors making their first forays into art buying to experienced museum acquisition teams looking for that singular, spectacular work. The common denominators are that they all share a share a love of fine art photography and understand that AIPAD galleries are respected and responsible dealers.

“What’s palpable from year to year is the strong camaraderie among the AIPAD dealers, which creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere as the photography community gathers in New York.”

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Who is the typical attendee of The Photography Show?

There is no typical attendee for the Show. It runs the gamut. The attendees range from professionals in the photo world, museum curators, gallerists, art historians, writers and journalists to collectors, artists, photographers, students and the culturally curious.

What strategy – physical as digital – will you adopt in medium to long term?

In the current, constantly evolving conditions, our hybrid strategy this year includes the physical show in May, opening this year in a new venue and showcasing only galleries with AIPAD membership, and a robust offering of year-round virtual programming with AIPAD Talks. We are also excited to partner with the ICP Photobook Fest to highlight the photobook community and Aperture to present two exciting conversations in the lead-up to the fair.

What are two other art fairs you would suggest?

For more in photography in New York in spring 2022, I suggest the International Center of Photography’s Photobook Fest running concurrently, and presented in partnership with The Photography Show. We’re also thrilled to be opening our fair during an exciting week of art alongside Frieze and VOLTA.

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