This was my first visit to the Independent art fair (it’s been up and running for four years now, so I’m a little late to the party), and I came away generally impressed with the quality of what I saw. In contrast to the normal, seemingly endless warren of white cube booths in a fair, the Independent is more free form, with 49 galleries shoehorned into angled spaces and spread across three floors. This design is mostly a blessing, as it makes the whole fair flow better; the one downside is that I often had the feeling of being not quite sure whose space I was in, especially in the higher traffic zones. Photography-wise, the show tended toward smartly conceptual work rather than big name churn and burn merch.
The booths/galleries are arranged below by my winding path through the fair (with images of note is a slideshow) roughly moving up and through the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of the building starting at the bottom. For each booth, a list of photographers has been provided, with the number of works on display in parentheses. Additional commentary, prices, and pictures of the installation are also included as appropriate.
The Modern Institute (here): Michael Wilkinson (4)
Office Baroque (here): Leigh Ledare (2), Michel Auder (1 video)
Real Fine Arts (here): Heji Shin (3)
Richard Telles Fine Art (here): Dan Finsel (2)
Galerie Christian Nagel (here): Clegg & Guttman (2)
Galerie Susanne Zander (here): Thomas Glendenning Hamilton (5)
Jack Hanely Gallery (here): Jessica Rath (3)