February 7, 2017

January 26–28, 2018

PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco
Festival Pavilion
Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA

January 26–28, 2018

Shanghai Exhibition Center

September 8–10, 2017

applications [​at​]

PHOTOFAIRS attracts key collectors and curators to their inaugural US edition in San Francisco, and highlights April 6 deadline for its fourth Shanghai edition.

“San Francisco is widely acknowledged as one of the leading cities in the world for collecting and viewing photography. Now it also has an international fair dedicated exclusively to the best in contemporary and modern photography.”​ Edwynn Houk, Edwynn Houk Gallery (New York & Zurich)​

PHOTOFAIRS drew 11,000 visitors, collectors, and curators to the inaugural opening of their San Francisco edition. Complementing the Bay Area’s already strong photographic legacy, PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco’s international selection of galleries and artists, representing 14 countries and 22 cities worldwide, created an atmosphere of strong sales and lively conversations throughout the 4-day event, and is the Bay Area’s only contemporary art fair exclusively focused on the photographic arts.

Drawing on the international reach of the majority of participating galleries, PHOTOFAIRS boutique curation brought together vintage and blue-chip works alongside cutting-edge contemporary photography, creating an excellent environment in which to discover and collect new works of art. “There was a great response to the Chinese artists we brought to the fair and collectors saw the value, creativity, and artistry of their work,” Steven Harris, M97 Gallery (Shanghai). “For me, this is a sign of real understanding and appreciation of the photographic arts.”

Noted Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery (New York), “We felt the fair was extremely successful—placing works with an entirely new clientele, including multiple photographs by Sohei Nishino, in addition to works by Robert Currie and Yorgo Alexopoulos. We see great promise for the fair moving forward!”

Collectors, curators and artists
“With this inaugural edition of PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco, we welcomed new buyers and seasoned collectors alike, from a variety of influential Bay Area communities,” Sarah Shepard, PHOTOFAIRS’ San Francisco-based manager. Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and new collector, Ruzwana Bashir, Founder of, notes, “This is just what San Francisco needs: an inviting environment to experience and engage with a distinctive, global selection of galleries and expertly curated collectable photography.”

Among the distinguished guests in attendance throughout the fair’s inaugural weekend were: Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Nion McEvoy, Peter MacGill, Bonnie Raitt, Kelly Sultan, Ed and Deanna Templeton, Trevor Traina, Julian Cox, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Jim Ganz, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Virginia Heckert, J. Paul Getty, Sandra Phillips, SFMOMA, Erin O’Toole, SFMOMA, Corey Keller, SFMOMA, Deborah and Andy Rappaport, Minnesota Street Project, Jordan Kurland, NoisePop, Zachary Kaplan, Rhizome, Michael Xufu Huang, M-Woods, Tiffany Zabludowicz, Zabludowicz Collection, and Gordon Knox, SFAI President. Distinguished artists included: Jim Campbell, John Chiara, Christine Elfman, Paul Graham, Alejandro Guijarro, Todd Hido, Mona Kuhn, Chris McCaw, Sean McFarland, Klea McKenna, Jacquline Norheim, Meghann Riepenhoff, Kate Stone, Rodrigo Valenzuela and Noah Wilson.

Applications for PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco 2018 will open in February, to register your interest please email applications [​at​]

PHOTOFAIRS next edition
Following San Francisco, PHOTOFAIRS will return to Shanghai for its fourth edition at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. Running from September 8 through 10, 2017, the fair will continue to expand the market for the collection of photography in China and across Asia Pacific.

The third edition of Shanghai welcomed 27,000 visitors and galleries reported a thoroughly engaged Chinese audience resulting in increased sales across the fair, cementing the fairs position as Asia Pacific’s leading contemporary fair focusing on photography. The fair welcomes applications to Main, the central sector celebrating established international galleries, alongside Connected, which celebrates artist working within the realm of moving image in China, and Platform, for galleries exhibiting in mainland China for the first time.

Shanghai application deadline: April 6, 2017

For further information please contact applications [​at​]