2012 started out with my annual trip to PhotoLA where galleries from around the world showcase and exhibit vintage masterworks as well as contemporary photography. Held at the historic Santa Monica Civic Auditorium this fair is where I saw some fantastic fine art photography.
Later in the spring I attended The Association of International Photography Dealers (AIPAD) the annual photography show held at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory. This year’s fair did not disappoint. Seventy-five of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries displayed classic and contemporary work from established and emerging fine art photographers. I go for the reason that AIPAD’s President, Stephen Bulger stated, “the AIPAD Photography Show is an unparalleled opportunity to see the finest historical and contemporary work from around the world.” It is simply wonderful to see great work up close and personal.
I was delighted that I got an opportunity to meet Bill Eppridge while at the fair. He is delightful and I absolutely love his work. My favorite image is The Chainey family as they depart for the burial of James Chaney, Meridian, Mississippi, August 7, 1964. It was incredible to hear first hand about the day he captured this image.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Elisabeth Sunday whose mirror images of nomadic tribes and Akan Fishermen captivates you and takes you to a place that you have likely not been before.
Her work is stunning and is presented in platinum palladium which adds an elegance that renders the images palpable. She photographs her subjects through a curved mirror, which she feels “releases her subjects’ true souls and inner spirit.”
I also made time in 2012 to attend Art Basel Miami Beach. Well known to be the premiere art fair in North America, Miami is the place to see the galleries that are among the world’s most respected art dealers who offer exceptional work by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. It is art on steroids!
Everywhere I turned I saw interesting work. I especially enjoyed attending the many satellite fairs that have cropped up in the 12 year existence of this Art Basel Miami. It is a wonderful feeling to be amongst people that enjoy art and desire to soak it all in. I must admit however, one must pace themselves.