This week, the AIPAD Photography Show, one of the longest-running and most highly acclaimed photography exhibitions in the world, has fallen upon New York City’s historic Park Avenue Armory. The exhibition features over 80 of the world’s leading galleries and reads like a history of the medium—from David LaChapelle’s vivid C-print of a leggy model crushed by a giant hamburger, to Matthew Brandt’s heliograph of a fossilized animal skeleton, made using the same process as the world’s first photograph. The exhibition is open through Sunday, so New Yorkers, it’s uptown you go—and here’s three booths you absolutely cannot miss:
Staley-Wise Gallery, Booth 113
Since arriving on the scene in 1980s SoHo with an exhibition by the legendary Horst P. Horst, Staley-Wise Gallery has been an unyielding name to know in fashion photography. Look for Patrick Demarchelier’s photograph of an undressed model, rummaging through Christian Dior Haute Couture gowns; Arthur Elgort’s portrait of a somber Kate Moss, seated upon an elephant in Nepal; Bert Stern’s contact sheet from Marilyn Monroe’s iconic “Last Sitting;” Harry Benson’s candid snap of Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger; Steven Klein’s girl and horse, taking a dip in a swimming pool; and more.
Rick Wester Fine Art, Booth 312
Rick Wester, proprietor of Rick Wester Fine Art, has been in the photography business for over 30 years and has been called “an important catalyst in bringing the market for photography into prominence.” At AIPAD, his booth holds more than a few iconic portraits: Paul Fusco’s photograph of Janis Joplin performing in San Francisco in 1969; Laurie Lambrecht’s photograph of her mentor, Roy Lichtenstein; Joni Sternbach’s tintypes of surfers in Ditch Plains, Montauk; and a portrait by Christian Vogt of fellow photographer Duane Michals, taken during a studio visit in the late ’70s.
Yancey Richardson, Booth 404
Yancey Richardson is one of the most distinguished dealers of art photography in the United States, a fact we’re quickly reminded of when viewing the gallery’s AIPAD booth. From Olivo Barbieri’s large-scale vistas of the Alps, to Andrew Moore’s scribbled schoolhouse chalkboard in Cherry County, Nebraska, to Terry Evans’s aerial views of untouched prairies in Kansas, photographed from airplanes with the help of military pilots; the gallery’s booth is filled with photography’s heavy hitters—and photographs you should make a point not to miss.
The AIPAD Photography Show is on view through April 13th at the Park Avenue Armory, New York City.