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Peng Yun, Summer of Xiao Duo's 1-09, 2009 | © Peng Yun/Courtesy of Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai)
Peng Yun, Summer of Xiao Duo's 1-09, 2009 | © Peng Yun/Courtesy of Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai)
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Check Out These Swoonworthy Photos at Photofairs Shanghai

Picture of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 7 September 2017
Considered Asia’s ‘most authoritative platform on contemporary photography’, the fourth edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai returns to China this September.

With its focus on discovering artists who challenge what photography means today, the fair is regarded as the home for ‘cutting-edge’ photography.

Emerging and established artists from Peng Yun and Chen Wei to Robert Mapplethorpe and Wolfgang Tillmans will be brought together in ambitious, museum-quality presentations.

PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai | © James Ambrose
PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai | © James Ambrose

‘PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is the most important and prestigious gateway for collectors and enthusiasts in Asia to embrace this dynamic medium in art,’ said Lu Xun, Art collector and Director of Sifang Art Museum, China.

Jeff Brouws, FPH grid, Daly City, CA 1991 | © Jeff Brouws/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery (San Francisco)
Jeff Brouws, FPH grid, Daly City, CA 1991 | © Jeff Brouws. Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery (San Francisco)

From Chinese talents, new and old, the fair will also include historically important presentations of Zhang Hai’er, Henri Cartier Bresson, Marc Riboud and Alexander Rodchenko.

This year will also see the inclusion of several new galleries like Tasveer from Bangalore, who will showcase London-based photographer Karen Knorr, while Chinese specialists Longmen Art Projects will be presenting the hauntingly poetic street observations of American-Chinese photographer, Daniel Lee Postaer.

PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai | © James Ambrose
PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai | © James Ambrose

For the first time, the fair will host a specially-curated exhibition of works from some of China’s most prominent collectors’ archives.

David Chau (Cc Foundation), Adrian Cheng (K11 Art Foundation), Thomas Shao (Modern Media Group), and Jenny Wang (Fosun Foundation) are each committed to buying photography and moving image, and this showcase – featuring works by Cindy Sherman and Nobuyoshi Araki among others – will give a unique insight into the importance of private acquisition.

© Henri Cartier Bresson/Courtesy of Time Space Gallery (Beijing)
© Henri Cartier Bresson. Courtesy of Time Space Gallery (Beijing)

Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect to see

Chen Wei, Lost Hotel, 2016 | © Chen Wei/Courtesy of ShanghArt Gallry (Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore)
Chen Wei, Lost Hotel, 2016 | © Chen Wei. Courtesy of ShanghArt Gallry (Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore)
© Nobuyoshi Araki
© Araki Nobuyoshi
Peng Yun, Summer of Xiao Duo's 1-09, 2009 | © Peng Yun/Courtesy of Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai)
Peng Yun, Summer of Xiao Duo’s 1-09, 2009 | © Peng Yun/Courtesy of Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai)
Harry Callahan, Chicago 1951 | © Harry Callahan/Courtesy Robert Mann Gallery (New York)
Harry Callahan, Chicago 1951 | © © Harry Callahan. Courtesy Robert Mann Gallery (New York)
Fan Xi, The Tree No. 2, 2015 | © Fan Xi/Courtesy of Gallery Yang (Beijing)
Fan Xi, The Tree No. 2, 2015 | © Fan Xi. Courtesy of Gallery Yang (Beijing)
Jiang Pengyi, Dissolution No. 5, 2017 | © Jiang Pengyi/Courtesy of Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong)
Jiang Pengyi, Dissolution No. 5, 2017 | © Jiang Pengyi. Courtesy of Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong)
Marc Riboud, CHINA 1965. A street in Beijing as seen from inside an antique dealer's shop | © Marc Riboud/Courtesy of Magnum (London)
Marc Riboud, CHINA 1965. A street in Beijing as seen from inside an antique dealer’s shop | © Marc Riboud. Courtesy of Magnum (London)
Andrea Good, Drahtwerk Bözingen VII – Taubenlochschlucht, 2017 | © Andrea Good/Courtesy of Galerie Stephan Witschi (Zurich)
Andrea Good, Drahtwerk Bözingen VII – Taubenlochschlucht, 2017 | © Andrea Good Courtesy of Galerie Stephan Witschi (Zurich)
Lillian Bassman, Tunic Suit, Sunny Harnett (suit by Charles James), 1955 | © Lillian Bassman/Courtesy of CAMERA WORK (Berlin) and Lillian Bassman Estate
Lillian Bassman, Tunic Suit, Sunny Harnett (suit by Charles James), 1955 | © Lillian Bassman. Courtesy of CAMERA WORK (Berlin) and Lillian Bassman Estate
© Chen Quilin, Unknown/Coutesy of A Thousand Plateaus (Chengdu)
© Chen Quilin, Unknown. Coutesy of A Thousand Plateaus (Chengdu)
Zhang Hai'er, The Forbidden City, Beijing 1987 | © ZHANG HAI'ER/Courtesy of Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong)
Zhang Hai’er, The Forbidden City, Beijing 1987 | © ZHANG HAI'ER Courtesy of Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong)
Yang Yongliang, Endless Streams, 2017 | © Yang Yongliang/Courtesy of Mathew Liu Fine Arts (Shanghai)
Yang Yongliang, Endless Streams, 2017 | © Yang Yongliang. Courtesy of Mathew Liu Fine Arts (Shanghai)

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, 1000 Yan’an Road, near Tongren Road from Friday September 8 to Sunday September 10, 2017.

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