switzerland´s first international art fair
solely dedicated to photography.


june 17 - 20, 2015

catalogue 2015.

See our catalogue from the 2015-show:

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clippings 2015.

Over 3,5 million people did read or hear about photo basel. Watch out our documetnation about our media coverage:
  photobasel_medienmappe_151001_small.pdf (pdf, 3,9MB)

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motion picture.

photo basel 2015 - making of and retrospection:

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media response.

over 35 medias talked about photo basel. you'll find all releases here:
media clippings.

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photo basel 2015 - end of show report.

Switzerland’s first art fair solely dedicated to photography had a great finissage last Saturday, June 20th in it’s inauguration year.

The first edition of photo basel was one huge success. The media echo (over 50 press clippings were counted so far) helped to establish photo basel right from the beginning as the premier photography art fair of Switzerland.

Some highlights of the first edition have been the many visits of representatives, curators and collectors of institutions such as: Sotheby’s, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Maison Européenne de la Photographie Paris, NEAR Lausanne, Centre de la photographie Genève, GRID Photography Biennials, Huis Marseille Amsterdam, Festival Images Vevey, Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson, Bieler Fototage, Paris Photo, Photo London, Unseen Amsterdam, Liste, Tate Modern London, Centre Pompidou Paris, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Fondation Carmignac, UBS, Philadelphia Museum of Art and more.

photo basel provided an outstanding platform for international galleries to sell, meet and mingle with an international crowd. With the overwhelming success of the first edition (over 7000 visitors), it is clear that photo basel will return next year during Art Basel week – we are already working on the second edition, so stay tuned!

We also wanted to thank everyone that supported us throughout these exciting times and are looking forward to welcoming you again in 2016.

Check out the footage of photo basel 2015, first edition:

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pictures by team members of photo basel

Thank you and see you soon -
Your photo basel family
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galleries of photo basel

we are very excited to let you know who will exhibit at photo basel 2015. Please see all galleries and publishers here.
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special exhibition.

additionally of being Switzerland’s first international art fair for photography, showcasing galleries from 10 countries (3 continents), photo basel is honoured to host the special exhibition „DRIVE IN“, curated by Esther Woerdehoff in cooperation with Zürich’s Bildhalle.

Drive In is an exhibition about cars, showing the approach of this subject by numerous photographers, from the fifties to nowadays.

left: Tobias Madörin, Sao Paolo, Avenida Paolista, Brazil, 2002, 120 x 141 cm, Courtesy Bildhalle / right: Simone Kappeler, Los Angeles, 18.7.1981, 125 x 185 cm, Edition 4 von 7, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

When Elliott Erwitt, during and after the depression era, photographed those rolling dreams with his candid sense of humour and irony, cars, especially the very large and imposing ones, were already a landmark in the American landscape. When René Burri travelled to Brazil to document the building of modern cities, one of his most stunning photographs, «Men on a roof top, Sao Paulo, 1960», is a view of the rush hour traffic on a busy street. Simone Kappeler, another Swiss photographer, drove through America in 1981, 30 years after her fellow countryman Robert Frank, and took pictures with her Hasselblad, a Polaroid and cheap toy cameras like Diana. She saw America in colour, influenced by American movies and photography. Symbol of the American dream, of the rise of the middle class and of individualism through the whole XXth century, cars appear in a great amount of photographies.

left: Elliott Erwitt, Wyoming, USA, 1954, 70 x 61 cm, / right: Sam Shaw_Marilyne Monroe und Henry Miller im Auto, New York City, 1957_50 x 33 cm / Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

With the rise of Street Photography, cars were bound to peep out on most photos taken. Still cars are photographed not only as a transportation device through the packed streets of cities or in the great outdoors emptiness but also as a traveling place of intimacy in the public space, where people talk, eat, sleep, love, as in a ever moving home. For photographers, cars are elements of decor, mechanical sculptures with their own modern aesthetic, frames that echoes the camera’s viewfinder but also boxes where small scenes take place between people as in a moving theatre. Cars ends up belonging to a cinematographic imaginary and become a subject for their own aesthetic qualities of machines and the symbolic of speed, power and freedom they convey.

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