Founded in 2009, UP Gallery(絕版影像館Uniquephoto Gallery in Mandarin) is Taiwan's first gallery that solely dedicates in exhibiting photographic and moving image works. Yichia Liao the founder of the gallery, also an artist foresaw the possibility of photography in the world of contemporary art. The need for an unconventional space and a platform for exposure of photographic art in Taiwan were crucial among his visions, which lead to the establishment of the physical gallery space that is now located in Hsinchu, Taiwan. UP Gallery, the initial gallery to introduce the concept of editions to the audience of Taiwan has thrived to educate and promote the photographic medium as art since its establishment.
The gallery with the total area of 600m²(three floors), and a parking lot which can hold up to a capacity of 15 ~20 cars is highly equipped. Currently, the gallery’s artistic director Agnes (Tzu-ning) Liao with an MA degree in Photography from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London) is the visionary leader of the gallery. Her interests lay in nourishing Asian photographers and guiding them into the international art world. She is also passionate about creating cross-cultural exhibitions and working with artists around the world. Her main field of expertise is in contemporary art photography.