Bigger and bolder than ever before, the 37th edition of The Photography Show opened to VIP visitors on Wednesday at Pier 94, a massive 133,000 square foot exhibition space on the Hudson River. Featuring nearly 150 exhibitors—ranging from international galleries offering photography, photo-based art, video and new media to photography publishers and booksellers—the annual New York fair got off to a lively start as curators, collectors and critics cruised through the aisles.
Robert Farber. | Deterioration 155, 2017. | Courtesy 21st Editions, South Dennis.
Although many of the pictures on view leaned toward landscape and still lives the ones that caught our eye focused on flesh and fantasy. From surreal pairings of people with inanimate objects, including Erwin Blumenfeld’s Nude in Broken Mirror and Horst P. Horst’s Barefoot Beauty, to such social documentary as Earlie Hudnall, Jr.’s Hip Hop and Zanele Muholi’s Julile I, Parktown, Johannesburg, the corporal in art continues to pack a powerful punch while inspiring our imaginations.
Earlie Hudnall, Jr. | Hip Hop, 1993. | Courtesy PDNB Gallery, Dallas.
Mona Kuhn. | Poem 1, 2016. | Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York and Zurich.
Herb Ritts. | Man with Chain. Los Angeles, 1985. | Courtesy Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach.
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, independent curator, artist, and lecturer. He is a New York desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific and a contributing editor at artBahrain and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. He is a contributor writer to Time Out New York, New York Observer, Modern Painters, Cultured Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, ArtPulse, Glasstire and ConceptualFineArts.com