Master Cabinet
special exhibition


Special exhibition - Master Cabinet - Tender Moments

After the successful launch of our Master Cabinet in 2018, highlighting vintage or early prints of classic photographic positions in a curated special exhibition, photo basel is delighted to return the Master Cabinet in 2019. Picking up from last year's topic "Pivotal Moments", our upcoming edition will focus on "Tender Moments" in photography. "Tender Moments" will explore people's capacity and need for affection, in images that capture and express the attentive and empathetic nature of this human interaction. And here, it is especially female artists who have produced many iconic images that are permeated with tenderness and care, and whose practice tends to be more true to the emotional and physical state depicted within their photographs.

past editions

photo basel's 2018 special exhibition

The curated special exhibition, titled “Pivotal Moments”, took place during photo basel 2018 and presented selected vintage prints from participating galleries.

“Pivotal Moments” - Pivotal moments are significant occurrences, often defined by certain historical or cultural shifts. Photography as medium is full of pivotal moments. There were important movements, trail-blazing artists and iconic works. But photography was also central in depicting and influencing historic events and cultural eras. And 2018 is packed with anniversaries of such pivotal moments. Within this thought bracket of photography as an ever changing and expanding medium depicting the upheavals and silent shifts of the 20th Century, photo basel strives to curate a special exhibition that can convey, enlighten, recollect and amaze with a selection of outstanding prints.


a selection of the 2018 Master Cabinet