AIPAD at the Park Avenue Armory
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This past Friday, I made the annual trek to NYC to see the AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) Photography show. AIPAD is held at the Park Avenue Armory, on… you guessed it… Park Avenue – a fantastic building with great architectural details.
Inside the giant hall was a collection of vintage and contemporary photography for sale that was even more impressive. Original prints by the masters… Cartier Bresson, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Wynn Bullock, Sebastiao Salgado, and many other classic and contemporary photographers. This show has it all.
Over 75 exhibitors (most of them galleries, some of them dealers) showed their wares, and prints ranged from 1 or 2 inches up to 40 x 60 inches in size. There was a large variety of presentation styles, from plexiglas face mounting to mounted matte laminates, and standard gallery frames with museum board mats. It is a very valuable experience to see this work, and to hear the dealers explain the art to prospective buyers…it’s a world that we photographers rarely get to see, and it is informational and downright inspirational.
My fellow travelers were Mickey Freed, Kathy Buckalew, and Danny Schweers, all photographers. We had a wonderful day and the weather was awesome. John Corcoran was going to join us, but unfortunately couldn’t make it at the last minute… sorry, John…there’s always next year!
We took the train into Penn Station, and from there took the subway up to the Armory. It went very smoothly, and total time door-to-door, from my studio in West Chester to the armory, was about 2 1/2 hours.
Here is Mickey looking at his camera, um….I mean iPhone:
Danny, looking quite debonair, as he’s getting ready to purchase subway tickets:
Kathy, here on the 6 train, is on the lookout for a great photograph:
Danny suggested we have lunch at Mon Petit Cafe, (which for some reason resembles a small cafe) and it was a great suggestion… and who says there aren’t trees in Manhattan? We’re not even in Brooklyn!
Here Danny is admiring his camera…
Some New York snapshots:
One of the best things that you can do for your camera is to lend it to someone with vision, especially if they forgot their camera! Mickey didn’t bring one (except for his iPhone), so he borrowed my camera and did some cool shots out of the train window:
To quote the graffiti above, No More!