The Photography Show, which is hosted by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), has moved to the 7th Regiment Armory, Park Ave. at 67th St., New York City and will run this coming week from February 9-12 (Thursday-Sunday). With its selection of top dealers and concentration of key collectors, it is still arguably the most important such multi-dealer art photography exhibition in the world. It is a not-to-be-missed event for all photography collectors and curators.
The new venue has allowed AIPAD to expand the average booth size dramatically and keep the show all on one level in a more prestigious location. A number of AIPAD dealers who have not exhibited in the recent past, particularly contemporary art photography dealers who had a need for more space, will now be showing at this revamped event. Eighty-three international photography dealers and galleries will exhibit contemporary art photography and 19th and 20th-century vintage material--most in booths that are now expanded up into 12 x 20 ft. or 12 x 24 ft. size.
Other changes in the 26th running of this show include going back to a four-day schedule from the previous five-day version. The show will officially kick off February 9, Thursday night from 6-9 p.m. with a benefit reception/opening for Inwood House, an organization that helps troubled teenagers. Tickets are $50 each. To purchase tickets or learn more about Inwood House, please contact: Jamila Baucom, Public Affairs Coordinator, Inwood House, 1-212-861-4400, ext 232; fax: 1-212-861-3791; email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; tickets can be purchased on line at http://www.inwoodhouse.com . Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
I Photo Central dealers Charles Schwartz, Ltd. and Vintage Works, Ltd. will be exhibiting at this year's venue.
Charles Schwartz will be in booth 104. He will be showing some exciting cased images, including a 1/2 plate ambrotype of a pony express stop and Wells Fargo Office in Vacaville, CA, and a gold miner's archive, which includes his portrait daguerreotype by Vance in its original case, a single-page letter written to his brother, his tin gold mining pan and six gold nuggets. Schwartz will present six large W. Eugene Smith exhibition prints measuring 21 x 15-1/2 in., including "The Spinner" from the Spanish Village series and "Ile de la Tortue, Haiti". In addition he will feature a series of important Samuel Gottscho photographs of New York City and a collection of five photographs by Shinzo Fukuhara, who was considered the father of modern Japanese photography. Charles will also show one of the earliest William Henry Jackson photographs (circa 1867) of Omaha, NB, which was the home of Jackson's first studio.
My own company, Vintage Works, Ltd., will be located in booth 315. I expect that my walls will be among the highest valued ones at the fair with well over $1.5 million in images, and another $2.5 million-plus in the bins and portfolios.
Here is some of what we are bringing: Three major vintage Steichens; a unique Man Ray of Kiki (among about six Man Rays that I am bringing); probably the most important and beautiful whole plate by Southworth and Hawes that is currently on the market; a fabulous, early and unique salt print by Charles Negre of a model on bed (plus about seven others by Negre); a rare and probably unique salt print by B. B. Turner; numerous rare 19th-century Roger Fenton, Auguste Salzmann, Louis De Clercq, Paul Berthier, Gustave Le Gray, Captain Linnaeus Tripe, Hippolyte Bayard, Edouard Baldus, Charles Clifford, Eugene Cuvelier, Thomas Eakins, Colonel Jean-Charles Langlois and Leon-Eugene Mehedin masterworks (some will be hidden away in our portfolios, so please ask to see them); an important group of carte-de-visite gems by Julia M. Cameron (plus many of her large prints, as well); two extremely early daguerreotypes by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey; important American salt prints; a unique Horst vintage print of Barefoot; two of the finest vintage Francois Kollar images that I have seen on the market; an apparently unique vintage portfolio of NY Photo League member Sol Libsohn's work in Newark, NJ from 1964; important published vintage 20th-century work by Berenice Abbott, Eugene Atget, Brassai, Edouard Boubat, Robert Doisneau (we have three major collections of his images in vintage or near vintage prints; please ask to see these), Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Ilse Bing, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Peter Henry Emerson, Walker Evans, Lewis Carroll, Jean Dreville, Andre Kertesz, Brett Weston, Willy Ronis, Sherill Schell and Clarence White. We will also feature the contemporary work of Marcus Doyle, Joel D. Levinson, Charlie Schreiner, Ted Jones and Ray Bidegain.
During the show, you may reach me on my mobile phone at 1-215-518-6962.
Regular hours for the show are the following: February 10-11, Friday and Saturday, from 12 noon-7 p.m.; Sunday from 12 noon-6 p.m. The ticket price is $30 for a three-day pass or $20 per day. The price of admission includes an exceptional 360-page catalogue.
AIPAD is cosponsoring a special panel symposium with the Metropolitan Museum of Art entitled 'Collaboration: Collector and Curator' on Friday, February 10, which will be offered free with museum admission and will be open to the general public. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Met. The symposium will run from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at Fifth Ave. and 82nd St. The panel members will discuss the mutually beneficial relationship between museums and collectors, and how that relationship enriches both parties. The moderator is Philip Gefter, The New York Times; and panelists include Malcolm Daniel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Pierre Apraxine, Gilman Paper Co. Collection; Anne Wilkes Tucker, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Manfred Heiting, collector; Sandra Phillips, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Carla Emil, collector; Philip Brookman, Corcoran Museum of Art; and Julia J. Norrell, collector.
AIPAD has let me know that there are still rooms available at the New York Hilton with an AIPAD group rate of $249, plus tax. For New York, that isn't bad at all. The reservation number is 1-800-HILTONS and mention "The Photography Show" rate.
Additional information about the Photography Show 2006 can be found at the newly redesigned AIPAD website at http://www.AIPAD.com , or by clicking on the banner ad from the I Photo Central website at http://www.iphotocentral.com .