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Fine Print Auction


Alfredo De Stèfano, Gypsies-Thar Desert, India, from the series Storm of Light, 2014

Every two years FotoFest asks artists who have participated in our Biennials, exhibitions, and other FotoFest programs and events to make a donation of their artwork to the FotoFest Fine Print Auction. This enables collectors to acquire some of the most outstanding work that FotoFest has exhibited. The work is largely contemporary, but also includes some important vintage classical work. All of the work is selected and accepted by invitation from the FotoFest director and co-founders. The prints are museum quality, and important examples of each artist’s work.

This collaboration between the artist donors and FotoFest provides a unique collection of art drawn from around the world. The thirteenth FotoFest Biennial Fine Print Auction features a exceptional selection of artwork donated by contemporary artists from nineteen countries across the world. Many of these artists are also included in the INDIA/Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art biennial central exhibition.

FotoFest is grateful for the support of the more than sixty donating artists and collectors. Works by the artists contributing to the FotoFest Auction came from
Western and Central Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Russia, Canada, Latin America, and the United States.

There is no other benefit photography auction that brings together this range of high quality contemporary work. The Fine Print Auction is FotoFest’s principal and largest fundraiser, occurring only once every two years. Its intent is also making truly fine national and international contemporary photographic art by leading artists available to people interested in fine art. All of the artists have significant professional careers and accomplishments. They have had important exhibitions and commissions with FotoFest. It is our hope that the Auction will honor these artists and their work by stimulating new excitement about fine art collecting and building public appreciation for the value of photography and photo-based contemporary art.

Auction revenues from print sales and table sponsorships go directly to support FotoFest art and exhibition programs in Houston and abroad, as well as the Literacy Through Photography year-round learning program, operating in over ninety Houston area classrooms this school year. The Literacy Through Photography program has a long and rich history in the educational landscape of Houston. In the fall of 2017, the learning program mobilized resources to specially assist schools impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and has created a special curriculum that intersects with the INDIA theme.

This year the Auction honors the groundbreaking artist collaborative MANUAL, also known as Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom. Ed and Suzanne are two of Houston’s most treasured artists, and long-time friends of FotoFest. Without their early support of FotoFest and conceptual photography, Houston's vibrant and supportive landscape for art photography would not exist.

Steven Evans, Executive Director, FotoFest

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