With each passing year, I think I am learning to appreciate the subdued reserve of the ADAA Art Show more and more. Yes, it’s hushed, respectable, and generally conservative in its tastes, but on the spectrum of fair-going experiences, it’s consistently the most comfortable. Of course, this kind of pampering isn’t always consistent with the risk taking and brash aggressiveness we often associate with cutting-edge contemporary photography, but if you’ve got your mindset calibrated right before visiting the fair and you’re in need of a well-edited experience, then a few hours can be well spent here.
This year’s show has roughly the same amount of photography as in previous years, with less than a dozen photo-only booths/installations and a handful of single photographs sprinkled in broader group shows. For photography collectors, these spots can easily be circumnavigated in under two hours, with plenty of time for questions and socializing; ruthless photo processors can likely breeze through in less than an hour.
The slideshow below contains various photographic highlights, and in a few cases, I’ve selected more than one worthy image from a single booth. Each image includes additional description and commentary, with linked gallery names, photographer names, and prices where appropriate.