Discover 6 Must-See Booths at AIPAD’s Photography Show

There's a lot to see at this year's event.

The Vernissage for AIPAD. Courtesy of Sean Zanni © Patrick McMullan.

It’s a photography lover’s favorite time of year, as the Photography Show, AIPAD’s annual art fair, returns to Pier 94.

Highlighting this year’s edition is Room for Solace, a special exhibition curated by Alec Soth, which garnered headlines before the fair even opened to VIPs on Wednesday. Another sure bet is AIPAD’s acclaimed series of talks with Stephen Shore, Martha Wilson, and Vince Aletti headlining events on Friday and Saturday.

AIPAD prides itself on showcasing the entirety of photography’s history, from the 19th-century to today, and with 186 galleries participating, there is much to navigate. To get you on your way, we’ve picked out 6 of our favorite booths.

Staley-Wise Gallery

David LaChapelle, Elizabeth Taylor National Velvet (2002). Courtesy of Staley Wise Gallery.

Staley-Wise is a go-to for the best of fashion and celebrity photography, and it doesn’t disappoint at the Photography Show with Harry Benson’s iconic black-and-white images of the Beatles presented alongside David LaChapelle’s vibrant and glamorous portraiture. Also on view are the colorful and whimsical images of Erik Madigan Heck, who is additionally the subject of a current exhibition at the gallery’s Crosby Street location.

Booth 804


Elizabeth Houston Gallery

Mark Lyon, Mile 42 E-Greenville NY (2018). Courtesy of Elizabeth Houston Gallery.

The New York-based gallery is putting on a tight group show, astutely titled “Constructed Realities,”  featuring artists Nico Krijno, Daniel W. Coburn, Mark Lyon, and Amy Finkelstein. While the monochrome prints of Coburn focus on forms echoed in the natural world and in the human figure, Krijno’s abstract images evoke organic shapes in purely man-made constructions. Also on view are Mark Lyon’s dreamy landscapes and Finkelstein’s colorful compositions.

Booth 907


Monroe Gallery of Photography

Tony Vaccaro, Givenchy by the Pool, South of France (1961). Courtesy of Monroe Gallery.

American photographer Tony Vaccaro first rose to prominence with his harrowing images of World War II and its immediate aftermath. In a change of direction, Vaccaro went on to become a prominent fashion and editorial photographer, capturing elegant and intimate portraits of celebrities and artists. These two sides of his oeuvre are juxtaposed to interesting effect at the Photography Show. Also on view are Steve Schapiro’s powerful images of the Civil Rights movement series and Ryan Vizzions’s scenes of contemporary protest.

Booth 706


Boccara Art

Fu Wenjun, Spring Water (2018). Courtesy of Boccara Art.

The multimedia work of Chinese contemporary artist Fu Wenjun encompasses installation art, photography, and oil painting. For AIPAD, international gallery Boccara Art  highlights works from the artist’s “digital pictorial photography” series, which—in boldly colored displays—abstractly evoke natural landscapes.

Booth 211


Howard Greenberg Gallery

William Klein, Kid + Homeless (1955). Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Veteran photography dealer Howard Greenberg is returning to AIPAD with a group show of mostly black-and-white photographs that explore street photography, capturing candid moments that reveal various cultures in recent history. Artists like Bruce Davidson, William Klein, and Joel Meyerowitz show us the streets of Chicago and New York, while Alex Majoli captures the Republic of Congo.

Booth 303


Stephen Bulger Gallery

Merl McMaster, Wind Play Variation II (2015). Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Ontario-based Stephen Bulger Gallery is partnering with the Montreal-based Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain to debut the new body of work by the artist Meryl McMaster. McMaster is best known for using her practice to investigate her Indigenous heritage. In this series she retraced the steps of her ancestors and fashioned bright, intricate costumes which she wore on her travels.

Booth 1000

The Photography Show hosted by AIPAD is on view at Pier 94, April 4–7.

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