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Spring 2023 Photo Exhibits to Save the Date For

February 14, 2023

By Aimee Baldridge

Photo © AIPAD

The season for big photo fairs and festivals is starting up again and you could spend a weekend taking in their photo exhibits—or even submit a proposal to participate in one of them! There are lots of smaller photo exhibits opening too, with many taking a contemplative look at how photographers have grappled with periods of transformation.

Face to Face: Portraits of Artists
Looking to deepen and refine your portraiture practice? Come to “Face to Face: Portraits of Artists by Tacita Dean, Brigitte Lacombe & Catherine Opie” and learn from the masters. More than 50 images of cultural luminaries are on display, along with films by Tacita Dean. Running now through May 1 at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Photo exhibits on view include Face to Face: Portraits of Artists portrait.
 Jerome Caja, 1993, from Face to Face: Portraits of Artists. Photo © Catherine Opie, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul and Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Naples.

Zanele Muholi
“Visual activist” Zanele Muholi brings more than 200 photos and videos to Paris for this eponymous show at MEP, with a body of work that documents the black South African LGBTQIA+ community from the beginning of the 21st century. Running now through May 21.

Photo exhibits for Spring 2023.

Qiniso, The Sails, Durban, 2019. Courtesy of the Artist and Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York. Photo © Zanele Muholi

Projects: Ming Smith
One of the grande dames of politically engaged photography, Ming Smith inspired a generation of artists exploring black experience. Smith uses techniques honed over her five-decade career to dissolve boundaries between subject and surrounding, expression and representation. This retrospective includes work going back to the 1970s. Running now through May 29 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Thomas Demand: The Stutter of History
You might get the feeling that something’s a little off when you look at Thomas Demand’s large-scale scenes. That’s because everything in them is made out of cardboard. Demand finds historically significant media images, reconstructs them as life-size models, then photographs the models to create the final print. This show brings together nearly 100 of these uncanny doppelgangers. It opens February 14 and runs through May 28 at the Jeu de Paume in Paris.

Month of Photography Denver
This biennial festival brings a plethora of events and exhibits to the Denver, Colorado region throughout the month of March. Check the festival calendar to attend openings, talks, workshops, and screenings, or submit your own proposal by February 20.

New York Now: Home—A Photography Triennial
The Museum of the City of New York begins a new series of triennial photography exhibitions with this show opening on March 10. The series will take on the contemporary city, and this first installment does it through the idea of “Home.” Work by multiple artists explores how the concept comes into play in America’s quintessential big city.

Form Flashes of Memory exhibit.
From “Flashes of Memory: Photography During the Holocaust. Children on a street in the Łódź ghetto, o.J. Photo © Mendel Grossman/Yad Vashem Archives

Flashes of Memory: Photography During the Holocaust
The Israeli Holocaust remembrance center Yad Vashem brings this collection of more than 1,500 photos and films to Germany for the first time with this somber exhibit. Revealing both the realities of the Holocaust and the perspectives of the image makers, the collection includes work by Germana, Jews, and members of the Allied forces. The photo exhibit is open March 24 through August 20 at the Museum für Fotografie in Berlin.

AIPAD: The Photography Show
The annual fine art show brings work from dozens of galleries together, from 19th-century photographs to contemporary photo-based art to motion and new media. See it all at the Center415 event space in midtown Manhattan. The photo exhibit runs from March 30 through April 2.

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11th Annual Medium Festival of Photography
Medium’s bi-national festival includes a wide range of events, from lectures and photo exhibits to open studios. They’re peppered throughout the San Diego and Tijuana region. If you’re in the area and want to add your own work to the mix, you can still submit a proposal. The festival runs from April 1 through 16.

What’s turning the heads of collectors in Chinese fine-art photography these days? If you’re planning a trip to China this spring, you can find out with a stop in Shanghai. The annual PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai event will be held at the Shanghai Exhibition Center and feature photo-based and digital art from galleries and museums across China. The fair runs from April 20 through 23.

In Case You Missed It:

Speaking with Light: Contemporary Indigenous Photography
If you missed this photo exhibit in Fort Worth, you can still catch it in Denver. Featuring works by more than 30 indigenous artists, it presents photographs, videos, three-dimensional works, and “digital activations” created over the past few decades. Together, they form an investigation into identity, resistance, and belonging. The exhibit runs from February 19 through May 21 at the Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado.

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