Carnegie Museum of Art

May 17 & 18
Noon to 5 p.m.

If you’re searching for a statement piece for that empty living room wall, or you’ve always wanted to start up an art collectionthis weekend’s PGH Photo Fair is the place for you. Back with a new location in the Carnegie Museum of Art Hall of Sculpture, the third annual PGH Photo Fair returns with a two-day celebration of the medium.

Free and open to the public, the  fair’s third edition will feature 12 internationally known dealers exhibiting museum-quality prints and photo-based art, as well as an expanded lineup of programming. Featured images span the history of the fine art medium, from 19-century vintage prints and contemporary photography, to photographic books and photo-based magazines. The unique event, which debuted in East Liberty in 2012, is the first of its kind in Pittsburgh to promote the discussion of photography within the contemporary and fine art markets. In addition, the event will include consultations and tours with museum curators, book signings, raffles, and artists talks.

New to the roster this year is Foley Gallery from NYC, presenting leading contemporary photography, as well as the prestigious Aperture Foundation, also from New York. Returning exhibitors include Gitterman Gallery (NYC), Stephen Bulger Gallery (Toronto) and L. Parker Stephenson Photographs (NYC and Antwerp), whose broad and diverse exhibition programs range from classic to contemporary works. Returning for its second appearance at the Fair is Washington, D.C.-based Gary Edwards Gallery, which specializes in 19th-century photography. Chicago-based exhibitors Stephen Daiter Gallery and Paul Berlanga Fine Arts, who participated in the inaugural event in 2012, are also featured this weekend.

Rounding out the impressive roster with books, limited edition prints and magazines are Blind Spot (NYC), Next Level Projects (London) and Only Photography (Berlin). Representing Pittsburgh will be Melissa Catanese, co-owner of Lawrenceville’s Spaces Corners, an artist run bookshop, gallery and project space dedicated to contemporary photography, and Regent Square-based Concept Gallery, which will be showing fine art by pioneering photographers such as Luke Swank and W. Eugene Smith, along with additional photography by artists who either worked in or are from Pittsburgh.

Another featured highlight will be the 10×10 Photobooks Project, which showcases 100 Japanese photobooks from the perspective of 10 specialists. After being exhibited in New York City and Tokyo, Pittsburgh is the only other city to see this acclaimed collection.

Designed to appeal to novices and seasoned collectors alike, PGH Photo Fair invites the public to browse original works, shop for affordable and rare prints and learn about the history and significance of photography from noteworthy experts in the field. Prices range from $25 for a vernacular piece or a small book to $50,000 for a vintage print by a well-known artist, with many works available in the $500 to 2,500 range. The homegrown fair has also launched a Speaker Series, and is establishing itself as a regular forum where hobbyists, collectors, artists, scholars and the public can gather along with gallery owners, museum professions and art dealers to peruse fine art, purchase original prints and publications, and learn more about the history of and innovations in the medium.