Founded in Stockholm in 2010, before expanding to Tallin last year, international photography destination, Fotografiska, has now arrived in the Big Apple; Fotografiska New York having opened with five exhibitions, including Ellen von Unwerth’s Devotion! 30 Years of Photographing Women; a packed programme of events; and a floor dedicated to giving artists the freedom of using it how they wish in order to support their exhibitions and create opportunities to build a devoted community.
The sixth floor’s comprehensive programming is set to include rotating photography installations; live music sets; artist conversations; workshops; DJ sets; film screenings; and is opening with renowned music photographer Danny Clinch. Located at 281 Park Avenue South, the 45,000 square foot building—a registered landmark in New York City—was designed and renovated by award-winning firm CetraRuddy, with Higgins Quasebarth & Partners consulting on the preservation and restoration elements of the 1890s constructed property.
Hollywood set designers turned lauded interiors magic-weavers, Roman and Williams, oversaw and lead the interior concept for Verōnika, a drop-dead gorgeous restaurant named after the patron saint of photography, which serves up fresh dishes conceived by executive chef Robert Aikens.
Founded by brothers Jan and Per Broman, who as sons of a darkroom manager grew up surrounded by photography, the concept of Fotografiska has been received with wide acclaim, the gallery producing a broad range of rotating exhibitions from easily accessible to hardcore conceptual, shot by grand masters and emerging talent. All the while, the Bromans have been guided by the principle of inspiring a more conscious world through images, and shining a spotlight on global issues through Fotografiska for Life; a program that provides a platform for action and awareness.