Photofairs’ New York fair is canceled until ‘market conditions improve’

Photofairs New York, the fair for lens-based and digital art that debuted in September 2023 at the Javits Center alongside The Armory Show, has canceled its 2024 edition.

The New York edition of the successful Shanghai fair was founded by Scott Gray, the CEO of Creo Arts, the London-based company that operates both fairs and Photo London, plus the Sony World Photography Awards and the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards. Helen Toomer, former director of the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair and the International Fine Print Dealers Association print fair, and the inaugural director of Photofairs New York, is no longer working with Photofairs, according to her LinkedIn profile.

A spokesperson for Creo Arts said that despite “strong interest and support” for the New York fair, “in light of market conditions and in consultation with our community of galleries and partners, we have decided that the fair will not take place in 2024 ”. The spokesperson did not elaborate on when Photofairs might return to New York, simply adding that “we believe it is best to hold the fair once market conditions improve.”

At the time of Photofairs’ debut in New York, Gray expressed optimism about the appetite for photography among the city’s collectors. “The idea for Photofairs is to create space for the medium,” he said. “When we launched Shanghai, photo collecting in the Asia Pacific region was still in its infancy. Here it is far from that.” The fair’s debut in New York featured 56 exhibitors in a hall in Manhattan’s sprawling Javits Center, adjacent to the city’s largest art fair, The Armory Show.

The Shanghai edition of Photofairs held its ninth edition in April, with around 50 galleries participating. Creo’s spokesperson confirmed that the 2025 edition of the fair in China will proceed as planned.

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