Photo Basel 2020 (virtual edition)

Khadiza Begum (38) is carrying her daughter Sumaiya (2). She along her husband sells pickle in the street. After lock down they are not able to go out in the street. As soon as they are out of income, they are now left without food supply. After paying 4000-taka house rent they now have no money left to buy daily grocery or food supply. Dhaka, Bangladesh © Mohammad Rakibul Hasan

At this time of enduring global uncertainty, °CLAIRbyKahn is taking part in the first-ever virtual edition of the Photo Basel photography fair by presenting a selection of images that capture the fragility and foreboding of contemporary existence.
“Not only does photography help us interpret the world, but it also informs our decisions as we determine how we will react to the world,” says Anna-Patricia Kahn, the director of °CLAIRbyKahn. “What emerges from these images is the common desire to act in the face of precarity and to continue moving forward into the unknown.”
To this end, the °CLAIRbyKahn section of the Photo Basel virtual exhibition features photographs from Mohammad Rakibul Hasan’s Last Savings series. These compelling images emphasize the looming starvation faced by millions of slum dwellers in Bangladesh in the wake of the economic devastation of the Covid-19 crisis. The photographer and gallery are committed to action and are donating half of the proceeds from these photographs to famine relief in the slums.
°CLAIRbyKahn will also use the Photo Basel exhibition to present several extraordinary photographs by Lee Miller. A retrospective on Miller’s career will be held at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, the Swiss museum for design and visual communication, from August 28, 2020 to January 3, 2021.

Another highlight of °CLAIRbyKahn’s virtual gallery is never-before printed photographs by Philippe Halsman that awaken notions of unease that have proven to be timeless. There are also haunting images from the Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian, a fractured moment of the Hong Kong protest captured by Chien-Chi Chang, and an imposing grey citadel of a building as seen through the lens of Tom Vack. The exhibition is completed by work from Seán Hillen and Erich Hartmann.

The virtual exhibition will run from June 17 to 21, 2020, which are the originally scheduled dates for Photo Basel. To visit the °CLAIRbyKahn exhibition, click here.

Inquiries regarding any of the photographs from the exhibition are welcome via email at

Get some impressions of this virtual fair.