Art Out: Photo Basel

Art Out: Photo Basel

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

By Campbell George

Photo Basel is back for its fifth year and we couldn’t be more excited! From June 11th to 16th, thousands of visitors will fill the halls of Volkshaus Basel to view the best in contemporary photography. From the most erudite collector to the casual observer, curator Daniel Blochwitz has something for everyone who enters its doors with an inquiring mind.

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

The first thing one notices about the gallery is that it’s capital-B Busy. No, we’re not referring to crowds, though there are plenty of those. Visitors can explore two floors, featuring the work of 41 photographers from 15 countries, and relish the vision of grandmasters such as Irene Cruz, Michael O’Brien, and Daesung Lee, as well at that of emerging photographers. From the first step into the exhibition, it’s clear that the walls of Photo Basel express a resolve to share as much art with as many people as possible. Meandering routes throughout the gallery betray a sea of experiences to be had with the photographs on display. Lucky patrons of the arts might catch a photographer seated by their work, happy to delve into their creative process. Tables of photo prints for purchase ensure that the visitor’s experience lives on well past their visit. For those wishing to further plumb the portfolios of their favorite photographers, career-spanning books are also available for perusal.

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Photographs on display range from the minute to the monumental, examining every facet of the human condition as evoked in Hisaji Hara and Natsumi Hayashi’s Gazing Into the World series to the weariness felt in Dirk Hardy’s Void, 9:11AM. The simple beauty of the sunsets, roads, and flora of the collection bring the viewer back to reality after an immersion in the abstract that only the subconscious can parse. From the lighting to the framing, no pain has been spared in cultivating the ultimate gallery experience. The care lavished on each visitor’s Photo Basel experience is a further credit to the fabled Swiss attention to detail.

Come and enjoy the art of Photo Basel. The memories remain but the exhibit won’t! Tickets available here.


Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

Courtesy of photo basel (2019)

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