Changing the face of contemporary photography in China
Since launching in 2014, PHOTOFAIRS has played a significant role in the growing importance of the photographic medium in China, the world’s second largest art market, and the repositioning of photography as a collectable art form.
The four previous Shanghai editions have welcomed more than 100,000 collectors, curators and buyers and offered each the opportunity to discover new artists and works fresh to China, together with classic masterpieces, large-scale installations and moving image pieces.
Alongside the Fair, the number of photography exhibitions in Shanghai have increased 250% between 2014 and 2017, and four major photography museums have opened across China, supporting the increased interest in the medium of photography.
Critic and curator Christopher Phillips comments: “PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai has become a crossroads for international collectors, museum curators, and image entrepreneurs in search of exciting work not yet on the radar in Paris, New York, and London. It has also played an important role in shaping the tastes of the new generation of photography collectors who are increasingly evident in China.”
Thomas Shao, Shao Foundation & Modern Media Group, adds: “PHOTOFAIRS is the most anticipated international fair in my calendar, and has been since its inception five years ago. The Fair had witnessed the tremendous growth in the region in terms of photography and new media art collection. The most obvious evidence is that new museums, such as SCoP and Light Society, with programming rivalling well established photography international museums are planting roots in fertile, yet still underdeveloped Chinese soil.”
Full programming and galleries for PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai will be announced in the summer. The Fair’s official online preview by International Online Partner Artsy will launch in September.
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