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"New York Photography Fair"
1999-10-14 until 1999-10-16
Sanford L. Smith & Associates
New York, NY, USA United States of America

New York Photography Fair returns to the Puck Building from October 15-17 featuring 35 of the finest American and international fine art photography dealers. The New York Photography Fair was founded in response to a need for a fine art photography event in the fall season, said Sanford Smith. The New York Photography Fair will take place the week after the fall auctions and will serve as a barometer of the season's collecting trends.

The show offers something for everyone. This is a downtown show, said Sanford Smith, with a mix of emerging and established dealers that appeals to both younger and seasoned collectors. You'll see more risk taking down here than you will uptown.

An exciting feature of the New York Photography Fair is its focus on vernacular photography-19th and 20th century snapshots by amateurs with unknown resumés but obvious talent. This recent rise in the popularity of vernacular photography is evident by its presence in the photography collection at the Museum of Modern Art.

In addition to offering a wide range of cutting-edge contemporary works, the fair is particularly strong in 19th century daguerreotypes, tintypes, cyanotypes, ambrotypes, and albumen prints by artists both unknown and well-known-Julia Margaret Cameron, Louis Daguerre, Mathew Brady, and Carleton Watkins. The visitor to the fair will be able to trace the entire arc of the photographic medium. Exemplifying this range at the show will be the material in Ricco/Maresca's: The American Flag in Photography: Broad Stripes, Bright Stars with work from Mathew Brady to Berenice Abbott. Other exhibiting dealers include Sarah Morthland (New York, NY), Marion Meyer (Paris, France), banning + associates (New York, NY), Jiri Jasmanicky (Prague, Czech Republic), and Yancey Richardson (New York, NY).

Show hours are Friday, noon to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 7pm. Daily admission is $12. A gala preview party will be held Thursday, October 14 from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets for this event cost $25, which includes one readmission and a catalog. The Puck Building is located at Houston and Lafayette Streets in New York City. A café will offer refreshments during show hours. The Puck Building is wheelchair accessible.

Sanford L. Smith & Associates produces a number of prestigious art and antique shows including the Fall Antique Show, Modernism, The Outsider Art Fair, Works on Paper, The New York Antiquarian Book Fair (ABAA), The National Black Fine Art Show (a Wainwright/Smith Production). The company also manages the Philadelphia Antiques Show (a benefit for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania) and the Chicago International Antiques and Fine Art Fair in conjunction with the Merchandise Mart.

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