Taiwan Photo is professional and single focusing on photography artworks which is different than the other exhibitions conducted in Taiwan. With a respectively productive exhibition of Taiwan Photo since 2011, this year TAIWAN PHOTO is continuing to focus on current development and make a communication platform with the world.
The Single Pur Photography Art Fair in Taiwan
In 1970, Christie and Sotheby’s, two major international auction houses located in New York and London, have set up a dedicated photography auction. In continuation from that success, many photography galleries around the world co-funded AIPAD (The Association of International Photography Art Dealers), an entity that organizes gallery openings that showcase exclusive photos. One of AIPAD’s annual highlights is the AIPAD Photography Show, held in New York. Such development of photography into the international market has been nearly four decades since then.
After the 1980s, the mingling between modern photography and contemporary art brought photography onto the international art stage. The high level of recognition for photography caused galleries and collectors to compete in terms of their photo collections. Responding to this trend, the Paris Photo was established in 1996 and to this day it remains a major annual event in the photography world by attracting visitors from around the world, ranging from museum researchers, curators, collectors, photographers, to art experts.
Ten years later this trend moved into Asia. Starting in 2008, Photo Beijing and Seoul Photo followed by the 2009 Singapore International Photography Festival and Tokyo Photo have been held. Facing this international trend, Taiwan Photo was successfully launched in 2011 as well. After then, in Japan, the Kyoto Graphie International photography Festival and Daikanyama Hillside Terrace Photo Fair was also well introduced in 2013 and 2014 respectively. 2014 September the Photo Shanghai was also followed. As a result, we confident to say, TAIWAN PHOTO stands a high degree of professional quality to play an important role among artist, galleries and international photography expositions.
With a respectively productive nine-years exhibition of Taiwan Photo since 2011, we continue keeping our aims to attain a strong communication platform with the world by inviting well-known international galleries to Taiwan whilst expanding local knowledge on aesthetics. Meanwhile, Taiwan’s photo exhibition keeps enhancing international visibility of photographic art in Taiwan and enriching the public’s international views thus helping the promotion of cultural and diplomatic exchanges between Taiwan and the rest of the world.
However, since 2020, we have been through the coronavirus epidemic and were forced to stop our activities for three years. After the epidemic, we are going to resume exhibitions in 2023 and continue to invite internationally renowned galleries to Taiwan to connect a platform of photography art with the world.
Therefore, we have confidence that TAIWAN PHOTO Art Fair will become a sustainable cross-regional international art exchange platform, providing an open dialogue among international photographers, international photography galleries, collectors, and art lovers, as well as educating local art lovers with photography appreciation and attracting international attendees to appreciate Taiwan culture.
Dr. Edward Chiu,