The PGH Photo Fair 2017 Speaker Series has ended. We are thankful to our sponsors Ace Hotel and Fugitive Vision for their support.

The PGH Photo Fair provides informative talks on photography at a variety of venues in Pittsburgh leading up to each edition of the fair. The series aims to augment the already rich art and photography scene in Pittsburgh with speakers who will focus on the nuts and bolts of collecting including connoisseurship, the state of the art, and an insider's view of the market.

All events are free and at the Ace Hotel Ballroom on the following Wednesdays. 6pm doors open, starts at 6:30pm.

After each lecture, everyone is invited to stay for drinks at the hotel bar.

April, 5th - Dr. David Kronn, Collector

David Kronn is the Chief of Medical Genetics at Westchester Medical Center and Associate Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics at New York Medical College, both in Valhalla, New York; He was born in Dublin and qualified as a physician from Trinity College Dublin. He moved to New York to pursue training in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics at New York University Medical Center. His interest in photography has been lifelong, initially as a keen amateur photographer which he continues, to his interest in collecting which started shortly after arriving in New York. Photographs from his collection have been shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin in 2011 and 2014, at the Glucksman Gallery, Cork in 2011 and at the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny in 2015. His collection is an ongoing donation and promised gift to the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

March, 8th - Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem

Amanda Hunt recently served as Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her exhibitions there included The Window and the Breaking of the Window; Black Cowboy; Tenses: Artists in Residence 2015-16; Rashaad Newsome: THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE; A Constellation; Lorraine O’Grady: Art Is…; In Profile: Portraits from the Permanent Collection. Hunt was the curator of inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk, Rudy Shepherd, a multi-site public art initiative in four Historic Harlem Parks, on view through July 25, 2017. Hunt curated Portland2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Oregon, and was a curator at the non-profit art space LA><ART from 2011-2014. Hunt helped to produce two major initiatives in Los Angeles, including the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, co-produced by LA><ART and the Getty Research Institute, and Made in LA 2012, the first Los Angeles biennial organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA><ART. Hunt also served as Curatorial Assistant for the Los Angeles City Pavilion for the 9th Shanghai Biennale in 2012. She has worked at various galleries and institutions including Whitechapel Gallery, London; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hunt holds her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. 

February, 8th - Robert E. Jackson, Collector

Robert E. Jackson has collected photography since 1997.  In the fall of 2007, his snapshot collection formed the basis of The National Gallery of Art’s show and catalog “The Art of the American Snapshot: 1888-1978”.  His second book, “Pure Photography”, was published in 2011 by Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books in Portland, Oregon.  The following year, Seattle based Marquand Books featured color snapshots owned by Jackson in the book “The Seduction of Color”.  In June of 2013, Pace/MacGill in NYC mounted a show from his collection entitled “Snap Noir: Snapshot Stories”.  Over twenty of his photos were included in the 2011 bestselling young adult book “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs.  In 2019, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas will mount a show of 19th century and early 20th century U.S. cabinet cards which will feature some of Jackson’s collection in that medium along with other images the museum has acquired.

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