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Saturday, January 28, 2006


Well, it's almost February, and we all know what February means for those of us who care about photography—it's time for THE BIG SHOW! Every year about this time, the year's largest photo show in North America rolls around. Always cause for excitement and anticipation.

And if you think we're talking about the PMA show, well, of course we aren't! Who the heck wants to spend a whole weekend stumbling around looking at mind-numbing piles of cookie-cutter digicams, tripods, photo albums, inkjet printers and on and on, unless you're being paid to do it? I've got one word for gear shows: borrrrrrr-ing! There's almost nothing to look at.

The same cannot be said of THE BIG SHOW: I speak, of course, of the annual AIPAD show in New Yawk Citay, where more than 80 photography dealers from around the world gather to show off loads and loads of their best stuff. Vintage and contemporary photography abounds, you can rub elbows with famous museum curators, and you might even run in to celebrity photography collectors like Michael Stipe of R.E.M. or Graham Nash. There's no better place for getting a quick handle on who's hot and who's not in the world of art photography.

It's in new digs this year, too. Here's the complete skinny:

The Photography Show 2006
February 10th–2th
7th Regiment Armory, Park Avenue & 67th Street, New York City
Celebrating 26 Years as The World's Premiere Exposition Devoted to Fine Art Photography

THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW 2006, sponsored by AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) features 83 international exhibitors. Now in its 26th year, THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW is the world's premiere exposition of vintage and contemporary fine art photography.

Open to the public:
February 10th & 11th: 12 Noon to 7pm
February 12th: 12 Noon to 6pm
Ticket Price: $30 Three days; $20 One day

Skip PMA—take my word for it, there's nothing there but a bunch of equipment.



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