Positive Magazine is ready for the 19th edition of Paris Photo. The world’s leading photography fair will take place from 12 to 15 November 2015 at the Grand Palais,in Paris.

It will discover photography through the world’s largest panorama of the medium, from its first expressions to the latest contemporary trends. At the heart of the fair are 147 international galleries who bring to light the greatest talents in photography.
Check the list out here.

Joining them are 27 specialized art book dealers providing a complete panorama of the photographic medium. Check the list out here. This year, The Private Collection welcoming Italian collector, Enea Righi, one of Italy’s most prominent private collections. His collection consists of over 1,000 works of contemporary art from the 60s to today. During Paris Photo, a selection of works will be presented by artists including: Cy Twombly, Joan Jonas, Nan Goldin, Sanja Ivekovic. The exhibition is presented on the 1st floor in the Salon d’Honnor of the Grand Palais.

Gabor Attalai, RED-Y MADE No339
Gabor Attalai, RED-Y MADE No339

 Paris Photo once again will present a culturally rich programme with the Platform through the course of four days. It will offer a series of interviews, testimonies and discussions around 3 axis: THE COLLECTION, PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER THE CRISIS, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BOOK AND PHOTOGRAPHY. Is the book still the best medium for the dissemination of photography? Through three exchanges with artists using mainly photography, Christophe Boutin (co-founder of Onestar press and of Three Star Books) will discuss the elaboration of their works. They will put in perspective their practices in relation to the book and the fascination that this medium continues to impart on these artists today. Check the Platform program out here.

Brea Souders, Breaking Ground
Brea Souders, Breaking Ground

On the occasion of this edition, Paris Photo inaugurates a new sector, PRISMES, with a selection of projects dedicated to serial works and projects outside the norm. “Since its origins, photography has generated a multiplication of images,integrating in certain cases the serial process at the heart of the work. The Double Elephant portfolio includes a collection of 60 historical works by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and Walker Evans tracing the evolution of visual culture since the 30s.Daido Moriyama reflects on seriality in his work;in Sleeping Portraits, a complete set from a larger series, Paul Graham leads us through an exploration of the ephemerality and the triviality of everyday life” explained Christoph Wiesner, Paris Photo Artistic Director.

Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrates the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. The fourth edition of the Awards will recognize three winners in the following categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. An exhibition of thirty-five shortlisted books, chosen by an international jury, will be shown in the PhotoBook section. The final jury in Paris will include Lorenzo Paini (Curator, Enea Righi Collection, Bologna), Clément Chéroux (Curator, Chief of Service, Photography Department), Donatien Grau (author and editor), Christophe Boutin (co-founder of onsetar press) and Frish Brandt (President, Fraenkel Gallery).The winners will be revealed November 13 at 1pm. The winner of the category First PhotoBook will receive a $10,000 prize. The winners of the other two categories will each receive a commemorative award. After Paris Photo, the exhibition will travel to Self Publish Riga, Riga Photomonth 2016 Latvia / May 12-June 3, 15th International Festival of Photography in Łódź – Fotofestiwal 2016, June 9-19, Landskrona Foto Festival () Landskrona, Sweden, August 19-27, as well as other venues to be determined.

Ori Gersht, Far Off Mountains and Rivers
Ori Gersht, Far Off Mountains and Rivers

This Year Paris Photo in collaboration with ONESTAR PRESS launches BOOK MACHINE an event dedicated to the process of book production in the grandest sense. BOOK MACHINE is a new initiative connecting emerging designers and public participants through the creation of book. It will reunite thirty photobook project candidates and five graphic design students in their final year at Ecole de Communication Visuelle (ECV) in Paris to work together to conceive, design and complete book projects in 3 hour sessions. On Sunday November 15th at 5 pm, a panel of invited guests will present and comment the completed projects in a Closing ceremony in the Auditorium. Each candidate will leave with their own printed book.

This year, Leica Camera is presenting a new exhibition by Stéphane Duroy and Paulo Nozolino, organized by Paul Cottin. The works, produced at the same time by the two photographers during a residency at the GwinZegal arts centre in northern Brittany, look into the hidden nooks and crannies of our history, the echoes of a world silently disappearing, the heritage of a rural society that is fading away, using them to sound out the values that govern our digitalized, anthropocentric and globalized contemporary societies.

Robert Adams, Santa Ana Wash
Robert Adams, Santa Ana Wash

During the festival don’t miss to visit other exhibitions around Paris:
In Passage du Désir will open a retrospective presenting the photographic work of Ostkreuz the Berlin agency founded after the fall of the Wall by four East German photographers. The exhibition will present the works of of Marc Beckmann, Sibylle Bergemann, Jörg Brüggemann, Espen Eichhöfer, Sibylle Fendt, Annette Hauschild, Harald Hauswald, Tobias Kruse, Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler, Dawin Meckel, Thomas Meyer, Julian Röder, Frank Schinski, Jordis Antonia Schlösser, Linn Schröder, Anne Schönharting, Stephanie Steinkopf, Heinrich Völkel and Maurice Weiss.


Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson hosts JEFF WALL – SMALLER PICTURES (9 SEP – 20 DEC 2015) at Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson and MUSÉE DE L’ORANGERIE presents QUI A PEUR DES FEMMES PHOTOGRAPHES 1839 – 1919 (14 OCT 2015 – 24 JAN 2016).

Don’t miss Foam Talent 2015 (Atelier Néerlandais, 121 rue de Lille, 11 November until 20 December), the group exhibition featuring the work of 21 international talents. The annual Foam Talent Call is designed to showcase exceptional young photographers from all over the world. Some of the artists on show are visibly influenced by advertising or commercial fields, while others explore the documentary qualities of the medium and its truth values.

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About the Author

Eleonora Milner was born and lives in Venice, Italy. She is a writer and a photographer primarily interested in participatory art and in photography projects focusing on contemporary urban landscapes. She has been awarded with a BA in DAMS Visual Arts in Bologna, Italy and a MA in ISIA, Cultural Heritage Photography in Urbino, Italy. Is currently the Art and Culture editor at Positive Magazine

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