24 hours in Amsterdam, September 18 - 19 2014
A relaxing TGV ride from Paris deposits you within walking distance of Westergasfabriek, the old gasworks plant converted into a lovely urban park. It's there we find Unseen Photofair, housed in novel industrial buildings decked out for the occasion.
As it happens our visit coincides with a summer reprise -- it's hot, sunny and utterly delightful to be out and about along the canals, with herons keeping an eye on the art fair-goers.
The main building houses a multitude of galleries in a spoke-like formation, making it easy to navigate at your own speed.
With the focus firmly on collectible photography, works in the low-thousands by recognizable names are plentiful. It is indeed a perfect place to start or expand a collection.
We were particularly taken by works from Frederike von Rausch, Matt Wilson, Santeri Tuori and Daisuke Yokota.
Day two sees us taking the ferry up the canal to Amsterdam Drawing, a small, intimate venue where again the focus is on collection, with an innovative corridor devoted to small works under €1000.
We see stands from some of our favourite Paris galleries, and take note of lovely works by Iris van Dongen, Matthew Cherkit and Heske de Vries before catching the ferry back to the train station.
We were impressed by the low-key, low stress vibe of these fairs, the friendliness and walkability of the city, and we look forward to returning in late September, 2015.