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Unseen Photo Fair 2017
Work of last year's Outset Exhibtion Fund Recipient - Ren Hang Unseen 2016 © Iris Duvekot

Unseen Photo Fair 2017

Laurence Aëgerter » Takaaki Akaishi » Thomas Albdorf » Miles Aldridge » Evgenia Arbugaeva » Sofia Ayarzagoitia » Ralph Baiker » Roger Ballen » Fabio Barile » Melanie Bonajo » Elina Brotherus » Thibault Brunet » Tom Butler » Tom Callemin » Juno Calypso » Ricardo Cases » Kyungwoo Chun » Edmund Clark » Kenta Cobayashi » Colin Cook » Katharine Cooper » Maisie Cousins » José Luis Cuevas » Susan Derges » Elspeth Diederix » Mark Dorf » Charlotte Dumas » Laura El-Tantawy » Kadara Enyeasi » Santiago Forero » Peggy Franck » Lara Gasparotto » Andreas Gefeller » Stephen Gill » Tanya Habjouqa » Gregory Halpern » Jacqueline Hassink » Todd Hido » Scarlett Hooft Graafland » Peyman Hooshmandzadeh » Mayumi Hosokura » Rogier Houwen » Rogier Houwen » Nicholas Hughes » Nadine Ijewere » Irina Ionesco » Cuny Janssen » Adam Jeppesen » Miho Kajioka » Nadav Kander » Kohey Kanno » Sandra Kantanen » Rinko Kawauchi » Erik Kessels » Asami Kiyokawa » Sjoerd Knibbeler » Nico Krijno » Anouk Kruithof » Thomas Kuijpers » Ola Lanko » Jason Larkin » Michel Le Belhomme » Stanislaw Lewkowicz » Thomas Mailaender » Douglas Mandry » Julien Mauve » Raymond Meeks » Nathaniel Mellors » Lana Mesic » Yoshinori Mizutani » Mohau Modisakeng » Richard Mosse » Viktor Naumovski » Liz Nielsen » Drew Nikonowicz » Momo Okabe » Hans Op de Beeck » Daan Paans » Marton Perlaki » Ralf Peters » Caio Reisewitz » Jannemarein Renout » Maya Rochat » Tokyo Rumando » Johann Ryno de Wet » Pentti Sammallahti » Sara, Peter & Tobias » Martina Sauter » Daniel Shea » Toshio Shibata » Theo Simpson » Edouard Taufenbach » Esther Teichmann » Lamberto Teotino » Daniëlle van Ark » Ruth van Beek » Awoiska van der Molen » Hanne van der Woude » Maurice van Es » Kadir van Lohuizen » Paolo Ventura » Camille Vivier » Bettina von Zwehl » Ester Vonplon » Lucian Wester » Henk Wildschut » Karina Wisniewska » Michael Wolf » Bastiaan Woudt » Vasantha Yogananthan » Daisuke Yokota » Francesco Zizola » Ton Zwerver »

Fair: 22 Sep – 24 Sep 2017

Thu 21 Sep

Unseen Photo

Bleiswijkstraat 8,
1051 DG Amsterdam


Unseen Photo Fair 2017
DAISY 1, from the series Last Child in the Woods © Melanie Bonajo/AKINCI/selection made by Unseen

Unseen Photo Fair 2017:
VIP preview: Thursday September 21, 14:30 - 18:30 | Official opening: Thursday September 21, 18:30 - 21:00
Friday September 22, 11:00 - 21:00 | Saturday September 23, 11:00 - 20:00 | Sunday September 24, 11:00 - 17:00


  • 95 artists will be showing premiere works at this year's Fair
  • Unseen CO-OP, a new dynamic and interactive element exclusively dedicated to the work of cutting edge artist collectives from all over the world
  • New exclusive exhibitions, including Photo Pleasure Palace, The Currency of Ideas, and Lumix Meets Beyond 2020 by Japanese Photographers #5
  • Site-specific installations, featuring three interactive ventures by Zoe Karssen, the KABK and G/P Gallery
  • Interactive City Programme with city-wide galleries and leading institutions including Foam, EYE Filmmuseum, Looiersgracht60 and many more
  • Unseen Book Market, with 60 independent publishers and a rich programme of book launches and signings, featuring Irina Ionesco, Miles Aldridge, Daisuke Yokota, Henk Wildschut, Ricardo Cases, amongst others
  • Unseen Living Room - the speakers programme, co-curated by the Barbican and the Centre for Creative Photography

Unseen Fair and Premiers
53 galleries from 14 countries will participate in the sixth edition of Unseen Amsterdam's Fair, taking place 22 - 24 September (Preview 21 September). This edition of the Fair will present a great deal of brand new photography, the highlight being the Unseen Premieres. This year 95 artists are showing Premieres – photographic works that have never been seen before at any gallery, institution or fair - which is the highest number of premiering artists Unseen Amsterdam has ever welcomed to its fair. With 15 new galleries and 95 premiere artists, the 2017 edition of Unseen Amsterdam, is the most ambitious to date.

Unseen CO-OP
For this year's edition, Unseen Amsterdam is thrilled to introduce a new, dynamic and interactive element to its platform; CO-OP, a space exclusively dedicated to the work of cutting edge artist collectives from all over the world. The thirteenth international collectives are selected by Unseen and Lars Willumeit, the curator of the first edition of CO-OP.

Unseen Living Room
For the first time in Unseen's history the Living Room will be co-curated by the Barbican in London (UK), and the Center for Creative Photography – CCP, in Tucson (USA). The Barbican is hosting discussions with photographers including Dana Lixenberg, Emmanuelle Andrianjafy and writer Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, while the CCP is inviting experts such as W.M. Hunt, Susan Bright and Krzysztof Candrowicz for the speakers programme.

Photo Pleasure Palace
For Unseen Amsterdam 2017, Thomas Mailaender and Erik Kessels have created Photo Pleasure Palace - a special place where visitors are welcome to set their minds on fire inside a bizarre wonderland full of photo fortune tellers, photographic tattoo artists, and print prizes.

Unseen Photo Fair 2017
Photo Pleasure Palace, 2017 © Erik Kessels and Thomas Mailaender

The Currency of Ideas: The Grolsch Unseen Residency Exhibition
The winner of the 2016 Grolsch Unseen Residency, Lana Mesic (1987, Croatia), explores the financial structures of the City of London with her series Souls, ties and a pile of carrots, making reference to elements she used in her research interviews with the banking sector. The project is a continuation of her series Towers and looks at the theme of 'value' and its workings. An exhibition of these works, including cross-stitch portraits, are brought together in a cumulative showcase at this year's Unseen Amsterdam.

Lumix Meets Beyond 2020 by Japanese Photographers #5
Lumix Meets Beyond 2020 by Japanese Photographers #5 is an exhibition showcasing six exceptional emerging Japanese artists. The photographers produced work in response to the theme "Portraits in the Post-Truth Era", exploring the most cutting-edge conceptual and technical trends in contemporary photography.

Analogue (back) in Fashion
Fashion designer Zoe Karssen presents Analogue (back) in Fashion, a site-specific project led by established Dutch fashion photographer Paul Bellaart and emerging artist Sophie van der Perre. Accompanied by a select group of young image makers, they will be taking photographs on site throughout Unseen Amsterdam using analogue cameras and materials. The images are processed and printed immediately so that visitors can see the resulting photographs, which are displayed in a constantly-evolving exhibition.

For this interactive project, G/P Gallery (Tokyo, Japan) introduces the latest Japanese artists who use performance as an extension of their photographic practice. These interdisciplinary works push the boundaries of the photographic medium by inviting visitors to experience photography in unexpected hands-on formats. Participating artists include Takaaki Akaishi, Kenta Cobayashi and the artist collective Spew (Daisuke Yokota, Naohiro Utagawa and Koji Kitagawa).

Let me tell you about...
The Royal Academy of Art The Hague presents Let me tell you about…, a collaborative project developed by twelve third-year photography students.Whilst each photographic story is distinct, they all focus on a collective yearning to break down themes that can be difficult to digest for young photographers. Supervised by tutors Raimond Wouda, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, the participating students are Nael Quraishi, Elodie Vreeburg, Viktor Naumovski, Katarina Juricic, Sophie Schwartz, Caspar von Eugen, Filippo Maria Ciriani, Daniela Rosca, Tibor Dieters, Avgud, Stella Loning and Linnea Frandsen. The concept and design of the project was developed by Kummer & Herrman.

Unseen Book Market
The Book-Market houses over 60 international independent publishers and contains a rich programme of book launches and signings with Irina Ionesco, Miles Aldridgde, Daisuke Yokota, Ricardo Cases, Henk Wildschut and many more. The shortlisted selections of this year's Unseen Dummy Award will also be on view for visitors to engage with at the Book Market.

City Programme
In addition to the main event at the Westergasfabriek, this year's Unseen Amsterdam incorporates an interactive programme that invites visitors to experience photography at galleries and leading institutions all over the city, including Foam, EYE Filmmuseum, Looiersgracht60 and many more. As a part of the City Programme, Unseen Amsterdam is collaborating with a number of local galleries for Open Gallery Night, supported by Fujifilm, on Saturday 23rd of September from 20:00 until 22:00, where visitors are invited to explore the streets of the city and experience Amsterdam's lively art scene.

Unseen Magazine 2017
Unseen is proud to present the fourth issue of Unseen Magazine, including over 50 interviews with artists participating in Unseen Amsterdam 2017 and featuring a rich and discursive compendium of essays, conversations and articles by contributors David Company, Darius Himes, Max Houghton amongst others. The magazine can be purchased via Idea Books.

Unseen Photo Fair 2017
Anonymous works, 2017 © Yosuke Yajima
Unseen Photo Fair 2017
Pattern Study with Pine Cones 2016 © Nico Krijno Courtesy The Ravestijn Gallery
Unseen Photo Fair 2017
© Ester Vonplon, Untitled, from the series ' Wie Viel Zeit Bleibt der Endlichkeit' , 2016
Courtesy Kahmann gallery, Amsterdam
Unseen Photo Fair 2017
Douglas Mandry, Unseen Sights, Mountain Pass IV, 2017, 120 x 150 cm, Airbrush on C-Print, Collage, Edition 5 & 1 AP
Courtesy BILDHALLE Zurich
Unseen Photo Fair 2017
Hans Op de Beeck, Room (10), Lambda print mounted on Dibond and covered with Plexiglas, 110 x 180 cm, 2017
Courtesy Ron Mandos Amsterdam
Unseen Photo Fair 2017
MELISSIËR from the series Last Child in the Woods, 2017 © Melanie Bonajo/AKINCI/Selection made by Unseen