Yesterday I went to Unseen, the first edition of an international photography fair in Amsterdam’s Westergas Fabriek exhibiting work from 50 international galleries. Unseen, which is open to the public until 23 September, is an initiative to showcase contemporary photography and to give young talent a platform they deserve. The exhibition shows unseen work from emerging talent as well as renowned pictures from established artists. The fair has a festival flair because it also appeals to ‘first-time-buyers’ by selling 80 works under €1000. There’s an outdoor exhibition on billboards selected by FOAM magazine, daily films, lectures, a photobooks fair, and evening parties with deejays.
However, I decided to visit the fair to see a particular exhibition: Fashion! Photographs from the Camera Work Collection.
The Fashion! exhibition is a special selection of 180 photos compiled from the collection of Camera Work. Camera Work owns one of the world’s largest collections of photographic works and books. The works on display survey nine decades of fashion photography and vary from Edward Steichen’s classical compositions, the experimental work of Man Ray and the controversial photos of Helmut Newton to the contemporary fashion photography of Steven Klei.