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AIPAD Exposure May 2024


Photo by Casey Kelbaugh

A massive thank you to our 2024 exhibitors, both gallery and photobook, our generous partners and panelists, and especially, to our artists and visitors for making The Photography Show 2024 an edition to remember. As AIPAD returned to the Park Avenue Armory, it was thrilling to see the community come together over four beautiful spring days and celebrate fine art photography in all its forms.

If you were unable to join us, you can view our Exhibitors' Online Viewing Rooms, watch our AIPAD Talks Live program on our YouTube Channel or peruse our 2024 Catalogue, edited by The Classic and presented with The MUUS Collection. The Catalogue, in its physical form, is also available for purchase by emailing

Stay tuned for our dates for 2025!


Image by Erica Price

Congratulations to Arnika Dawkins, who was presented with the inaugural AIPAD Community Contribution Award, for going above and beyond for the photography community. Dawkins not only created educational opportunities for artists, curators, and experts through the AIPAD Talks programming, but she initiated the virtual talks in 2022, during the COVID pandemic. The virtual talks have continued, allowing audiences worldwide to log on and listen. During the 2023 Photography Show, Dawkins, a member of the board of AIPAD, also reestablished the on-site talks.

Arnika Dawkins

"Arnika exemplifies the best of what AIPAD Membership stands for: deep knowledge of the medium, dedication to this community and sincere generosity with her time to fellow dealers and photography enthusiasts. It has been an honor and pleasure to work with her and I'm thrilled the membership chose her as the first reciepient of this new prize." - Lydia Melamed Johnson, AIPAD Executive Director.

The AIPAD Community Contribution Award is a new, yearly intiative started in 2024 by the Board of Directors of AIPAD, to recognize and celebrate an individual, or individuals in the AIPAD Membership that has consistently and profoundly served the fine art photographic community. Each year's receipent is voted on by the AIPAD Membership and is presented at the Annual AIPAD Membership Meeting. 



Dawoud Bey and Valerie Cassel Oliver speak at AIPAD Talks Live at The Photography Show 2024.
Photo by Erica Price.

Our AIPAD Talks Live series from The Photography Show 2024 is now available for streaming on our website and on our YouTube Channel. Catch up on all our talks, including Dawoud Bey with Valerie Cassel Oliver, Vera Lutter with Drew Sawyer, and much more:

2024 AIPAD Award Winner: Vince Aletti with Jeff Rosenheim

Deborah Turbeville's Polaroids: Scratching the Surface

On Collecting: A Night of Photography

A Long Arc: Photography and the American South since 1845

In the Now: Gender and Nation in Europe, Selections from the Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl Photography Collection

Ivan Shaw and Ngoc Minh Ngo

Dawoud Bey: Elegy

Keep up with our year-round AIPAD Talks series by subscribing to our YouTube page.




Ed van der Elsken, Self Portrait with Ata Kando, Paris, 1952. Nederlands Fotomuseum
© Ed van der Elsken, showing at Kicken Berlin

With spring in full swing, we’re highlighting a few exhibitions on view this month, including two galleries that are celebrating milestone anniversaries.


Lee Friedlander, Topless Bridesmaid, 1967.
© 2024 Lee Friedlander, showing at Kicken Berlin

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Kicken Berlin has organized the exhibition 50 Years | 50 Photographs, on view through December 20. The works have been selected by Wilhelm Schürmann, who co-founded the gallery in 1974 with Rudolf Kicken (who died in 2014). In venues in Aachen, Cologne, and Berlin, the gallery has shown more than 250 exhibitions, as well as published editions and publications that reflect the history of photography. In 1974, the gallery had its first show in Aachen, Germany, and became one of the first galleries to specialize in photography. Since then, the gallery has shown work from the early days of the medium through photography’s history, giving special weight to such movements as the Bauhaus, New Objectivity, and Czech modernism. Their half-century exhibition includes work by Ed van der Elsken, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Lisette Model, Josef Sudek, and UMBO, among many others.


Lisette Model, Bois de Boulogne, 1938.
© 2024 Estate of Lisette Model, showing at Kicken Berlin


UMBO, Self, ca 1930.
© Phyllis Umbehr / Galerie Kicken Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024 


Sandy Skoglund, Early Morning, 1980.
Courtesy Paci Contemporary

Paci Gallery in Brescia, Italy, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the exhibition Twenty: The Artists of the 20th Century of the 20 Years of the Gallery. On view through September 20, the exhibition, which fills the entire 8,600-square-foot space, includes work that represent the history of the gallery: Sandy Skoglund’s iconic Still Life from 1979; Mario Cravo Neto’s spare, mysterious black-and-white photograph Ode, 1989; Erwin Olaf’s eerie close-up clown, Matt, from the series Paradise Portraits, 2002; and Nancy Burson’s ominous merged Trump/Putin, 2018. The gallery is also showing shots from 20th-century film sets and Vogue covers by Horst P. Horst and previewing a major exhibition of photographs by Martin Munkacsi that will open in the fall.


Mario Cravo Neto, Ode, 1989.
Courtesy Paci Contemporary


Alanna Airitam, Boss Mike, Chosen Few Nomad President, 2023.
© Alanna Airitam, Courtesy Etherton Gallery

The Etherton Gallery in Tucson is showing work by photo-based conceptual artist Alanna Airitam from her series Black Diamonds, portraits of Chosen Few MC, a historically Black motorcycle club. On view through June 22, the exhibition features Airitam’s photographs of this little-known, private culture, which visualize one of the untold stories of Black history in the U.S. Airitam borrows equally from European portrait painting and Black studio photography for her portraits of members of the Tucson, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Long Beach, and San Fernando Valley Chapters of the Chosen Few. She often photographs her subjects in front of idealized landscapes, held up with clamps so that their artificiality is obvious, and focuses on the details of the patches they wear, which have special significance and detail a member’s history with the club.


Alanna Airitam, Pushback, Chosen Few Tucson, 2024.
© Alanna Airitam, Courtesy Etherton Gallery


Alanna Airitam, Trax, Chosen Few Tucson, 2024.
© Alanna Airitam, Courtesy Etherton Gallery


Alanna Airitam, Level Up, LOTC Phoenix, 2024.
© Alanna Airitam, Courtesy Etherton Gallery

Member shows open this month:

Assembly OVR, Cristina Velásquez, May 1

Atlas Gallery, Terence Donovan, May 23

Catherine Couturier Gallery, Cara Barer: Bibliomania, May 18 - June 22

CLAMP, AdeY: Uncensored, May 16 - May 25

Danziger Gallery, Online exhibition: Karen Knorr: Country Life, 1983 - 1985, May 6 - June 14

Fraenkel Gallery, Frankenstein, May 30 - August 10

Gagosian London, Nan Goldin, May 14 - June 22

Galerie Bildhalle Amsterdam, Where Are You: Chantal Elisabeth Ariens, May 24 - July 20

Galerie Sit Down, Florian Ruiz: Le Monde d’Invisible, May 4 - June 28

HackelBury Fine Art, Sharon Walters: Seeing Ourselves, May 10 - July 6

Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Fine Photographs, Paris: City of Light & Shadow, May 8 - July 12

The Hulett Collection, Matthew Phipps: The River Runs Wild, May 11 - June 22

Joseph Bellows Gallery, Steve Fitch: American Motel Signs, May 21 - August 31

Keith de Lellis Gallery, PaJaMa, May 30 - August 1

Koslov Larsen, Brenda Biondo: Sun to Earth, May 3 - June 21

Laurence Miller Gallery, Simone Rosenbauer: Like Ice in the Clouds, May 6 - July 31

Marshall Gallery, A Legacy of Light: Edward Curtis, May 4 - June 15

MEM Inc., Shingo Kanagawa, May 11 - June 2

Obscura Gallery, Michael P. Berman: The Gila at 100, May 17 - June 29

Peter Fetterman Gallery, Michael Kenna: Japan / A Love Story, May 11 - July 20

The Ravestijn Gallery, Mathieu Asselin: Exposed, May 2 - June 2

Robert Klein Gallery, Sage Sohier: Passing Time, May 2 - June 21

Stephen Bulger Gallery, Sara Angelucci: Nocturnal Botanical, May 4 - June 15

Yancey Richardson Gallery, Laura Letinsky: For, and because of..., and Bryan Graf: Midnight Swim, May 22nd - July 3


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