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Fraenkel Gallery Director Darius Himes on How to Collect American Photography

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Fraenkel Gallery Director Darius Himes on How to Collect American Photography

Director Darius Himes of San Francisco’s Fraenkel Gallery.

Fraenkel Gallery, based in San Francisco, celebrates its 35th anniversary next fall, placing it among the oldest and most respected galleries with a focus on photography. Through the years Jeffrey Fraenkeland his team have helped to define the modern American canon while championing many talented photographers and artists, including Robert Adams,William Eggleston, Katy Grannan, Idris Khan, Richard Learoyd, and Christian Marclay, as well as through presentation of the work of major historical figures likeCarelton Watkins and Man Ray. Now regarded as contemporary masters, artists such as Lee Friedlander, Adam Fuss, and Richard Misrach have been with the gallery since early in their careers.

One of the most notable characteristics of Fraenkel’s exhibition program has been the dialogue created with other media and artists not known primarily as photographers. At the same time, the gallery continues to be one of the most important venues for the work of great American modern and contemporary photographers, as in the case of the current show featuring the work of Diane Arbus. On January 4, the gallery will debut two new shows featuring the work of Nan Goldin and Peter Hujar.

Fraenkel Gallery director Darius Himes is also a cofounder of nonprofit art book publisher Radius Books, and was founding editor of photo-eye Booklist, an international quarterly journal devoted to photography books. Artspace deputy editor Eric Bryant spoke with Himes about the evolution of photography collecting, and how to get started in the field.To read the full article, click here: