NY Photo Fair Cancelled
Sanford Smith & Associates has cancelled its NY Photography Fair, which was set again for October. Citing dealer dissatisfaction and lower than expected gate, the show management company decided to move out of the photography area. This follows on the heels of the Sanford Smith group de-emphasizing photography in its Modernism show, after putting Photography in the title of the show just a few years ago.
Given recent auction results and the Photo LA show's success, the problem doesn't seem to be in the marketplace but perhaps in the execution and lack of upfront investment necessary for a new show by this group.
New Titles and Players at Christie's
Rick Wester over at Christie's has a new title: International Department Head and Senior Vice President of Christie's Photographs. I wonder if that means he gets to live in Paris, London AND NYC. And how the heck is he going to fit all of that on a business card?
Meanwhile, Christie's South Kensington office loses lovely and talented Alison Jeffery Kist, who decided to go back home to Canada. Canada's gain is London's loss.
The new photography director replacing Alison at South Ken is Elizabeth Smith. Smith was previously print sales manager at the Photographers' Gallery in London. She is a graduate of Indiana University. She will be supported by Lindsey Stewart, Christie's photographs consultant, and newly appointed junior specialist Michelle Jarman.
Congratulations to all.
Ginns Nominated as President of APHS
The American Historical Photographic Society has named photographica dealer Bryan Ginns president-elect. This New York-based group has been floundering over the last several years and its board and membership has been aging and directionless. But the election of Ginns may signal changes at one of the oldest photo societies in the country. The only real question is: Is it too late?
Ginns had earlier served as a board member. Ginns told me his goals are to try to improve the semi-annual show and develop a plan to increase membership.
I've been a member for a number of years, but gave up exhibiting because the show went down hill in terms of buyers. Knowing Bryan, as I do, his nomination gives me hope.
For membership information, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
To reach Bryan (He has a great new photographica catalogue coming out shortly, as I pointed out in the last newsletter; anonymous London bidders take note.), you can email him at: The3DMan@aol.com .