Highlights of the AIPAD Photography Show New York

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From Ansel Adams’ American West landscapes to Alex Prager’s cinematic technicolor stills, the AIPAD Photography Show, opening tomorrow in New York City, presents the best in both vintage and contemporary fine art photography from across the nation and abroad. Artists include revered masters such as Robert Adams, Harry Callahan, Walker Evans, Andre Kertesz, Helen Levitt, and Man Ray, as well as contemporary photographers like Sally Mann, Roger Ballen, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andrew Bush, Esko Männikkö, Sally Gall, and Simen Johan. And this year’s event brings with it some surprises. Gary Edwards Gallery from Washington, DC, shows a 1963 portrait of Chairman Mao by an unknown photographer from the Xinhua Agency. One hundred million copies of the portrait, it is rumored, have been printed, and it was the inspiration for the monumental image of Chairman Mao hanging at Tiananmen Gate in Beijing and Andy Warhol’s 1972 Mao screenprints. Whether or not you can make the event, check out a sample of the highlights — including the photo of Chairman Mao — and see why AIPAD is one of the most important international photography events occurring today.

Massimo Vitali, Otrando Sud Family, 2010 (#4230) © Massimo Vitali Courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NY

Massimo Vitali, Torre Pali, 2010 (#4216)© Massimo Vitali Courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NY

Mark Seliger, Nude, New York April 18, 2002 Platinum palladium printed 2010, 40 x 30 inches © Mark Seliger Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery

Alison Rossiter, Fuji, exact expiration date unknown, ca. 1930s, processed in 2010 (#3), 2010, Gelatin Silver Print, © Alison Rossiter, Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Simen Johan, Untitled #162. From the series Until the Kingdom Comes. C-Print. 2010 © Simen Johan, Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Olivo Barbieri, Dolomites Project 2010 (#3), archival pigment print, 40 x 55 inches, edition of 6 © Olivo Barbieri Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery

Robert Mapplethorpe, Ken Moody and Robert Sherman, 1984, Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches © Robert Mapplethorpe Courtesy of Jade Jar Fine Art

Andrew Moore, Peacock Alley, Lee Plaza Hotel, Detroit, 2009, chromogenic print, 40 x 50 inches, edition of 5. © Andrew Moore Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery

Julie Blackmon, American Gothic, 2008, 24 x 31 inches (edition of 25), 36 x 46 inches (edition of 10), archival pigment print © Julie Blackmon Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Lost Mitten, 2010, 24 x 31 inches (edition of 25), 36 x 46 inches (edition of 10), 44 x 57 inches (edition of 5), archival pigment print © Julie Blackmon Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery

Ola Kolehmainen, Untitled (MiN25), 2010, Chromogenic print, diasec, 70.87 x 76.38 inches © Ola Kolehmainen Courtesy of Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Matthew Pillsbury, The Brooklyn Flea, Williamsburg Savings Bank, 2011 (TV11499) © Matthew Pillsbury Courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NY

Matthew Pillsbury, Les Ecalves de Michel Ange, Musée du Louvre, 2010 (TV10480) © Matthew Pillsbury Courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NY

Alex Prager, June, from the series The Long Week-End, 2010, chromogenic print, 36 x 49 inches, edition of 5 © Alex Prager Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery

Richard Renaldi, Smashed Water Tower, Electra, Texas, 2005. Chromogenic print, 33 x 40 inches © Richard Renaldi Courtesy of Robert Morat Gallerie

Abelardo Morell, Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Landscape Outside Florence, 2010 © Abelardo Morell Courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NY

Abelardo Morell, Tent-Camera Image on Ground: Rooftop View of Midtown Manhattan Looking East, 2010 © Abelardo Morell Courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NY

Naomi Leshem, Kristina, Germany, 2009, Chromogenic print, 36.25 x 36.25 inches © Naomi Leshem Courtesy of Andrea Meislin Gallery

Bill Owens, Richie, 1971, from the Suburbia series © Bill Owens Courtesy of PDNB Gallery, Dallas, TX

Jeff Brouws, Eighteen Freight Cars, 1995 – 2001, 9 x 11 inches (each piece) group of 18 archival pigment prints © Jeff Brouws Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery

Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled [Talc mine with truck, Cameron, MT], VS-09-20, 2009, chromogenic print, 39 x 55 inches, edition of 5 © Victoria Sambunaris Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery

Unknown Xinhua Agency photographer (possibly Shiin Chen), Chairman Mao, 1964, Gelatin silver print 12 x 8 inches. Courtesy of Gary Edwards Gallery

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Nathan’s, 2010, Pigment print, 30 x 72 inches © Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery