On March 31, a roster of 44 international photography galleries will commune in New York City for the Photography Show, AIPAD’s flagship art fair. The exhibition of rare and genre-defining contemporary photography attracts the likes of blue-chip collectors and those who manage collections for the world’s leading museums.
“The AIPAD galleries are second to none in their connoisseurship and expertise,” director Lydia Melamed Johnson says of the 100-plus artists and four institutions—MUUS Collection, the International Center of Photography (ICP), Aperture, and Fotografiska New York—who will be represented at the show.
It’s easy to see why: a major highlight of this year’s edition is Benjamin Ogilvy Projects’ showcase of Hal Fischer’s Gay Semiotics series from 1977. Described by Fischer as a “lexicon of attraction,” the collection is among the first to combine linguistics and photography. Fischer even revisited the series recently for a photo essay on celebrity queer-baiting. Elsewhere at the fair, Michael Hoppen Gallery will showcase a rare 1954 capture of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Boy Carrying a Wine Bottle, shot in Paris. The image, which the late photographer gifted to Slim Aarons, is a foundational piece of contemporary photography and one of the world’s most recognizable prints.