[dropcap type=”1″]T[/dropcap]he fair is officialy opening to the public the 9th, but for the press and the collectors there is a chance to get inside a day before, avoiding in this way the huge amount of visitors that every year are attending at the fair, taking place at the Gran Palais.
Paris Photo is the leading photography fairs and also a great opportunity to discover the trend galleries and which international photographers are selling most. You will find around 160 galleries from 30 different countries and 31 book dealers. The fair is divided in 4 categories: Main Gallery Sector, Prismes, the book sector and the new area dedicated to Film and Video.
Speaking about numbers, Paris photo is hosting in total 29 solo shows, with galleries which are dedicating their space to a single artist.
The new section, the one dedicated to Film and Videos looks very promising, featuring artists such as Evangelia Kranioti, Goran Skofic, Hao Jingban, Laura Henno, Noémie Goudal, Roy Samaha, Sergio Vega, Smith, and Vanessa Beecroft. The Prismes category is a space for large formats installation, something that you probably don’t want to miss. An important part of the fair is also the ” Salon d’Honneur”, featuring the works by Aurélie Pétrel, Evangelia Kranioti, Gilles Caron, Grey Crawford, Henry Chalfant, John Chiara, Jungjin Lee, Karlheinz Weinberger, Katsunobu Yaguchi, Klaus Rinke, Nadev Kander, Timm Rautert, Victor Burgin, and Wilhelm Schürmann.
If you want to see the whole exhibitor list, just click here.
If you are a gallerist Paris Photo, but in general Paris during that week is something you can’t really miss, thanks to the huge amount of artists, editors, journalists and many others going to Paris for business meetings. The 21st edition of Paris Photo is dedicated to a special guest: Karl Lagerfeld. The famous fashion designer is also a great photographer and you will find a selection of artworks showing his special point of view about photography and fashion. Among the show there is also a speical edition book published by Steidl.
[quote_box name=””]Positive Magazine is going to attend at Paris Photo and we will do a special streaming on our website and on our social networks to report about the fair. Just stay tuned![/quote_box]
But around the fair there are also other important events:
Film/Artist Videos—MK2 Grand Palais
Paris Photo launches a film and video sector in collaboration with MK2 (Grand Palais) exploring the different practices and uses of images. Marin Karmitz (distributor, producer, director, and collector) proposes a personal selection of films on Thursday, November 9. Friday through Sunday, November 10-12, this year’s guest curator Matthieu Orléan (La Cinémathèque française) presents a screening programme featuring selected artist’s films and videos from exhibiting galleries.
The Tears of Things—the private collection of Helga De Alvear
Paris Photo is proud to welcome Spanish collector Helga de Alvear for a special exhibition curated by Marta Gili (director of the Jeu de Paume), featuring works by Allan Sekula, Chen Wei, Christian Marclay, Edward Ruscha, Frank Thiel, Gordon Matta-Clark, Helena Almeida, James Casebere, Rodney Graham, Thomas Demand, Thomas Ruff, among others.
The Platform Conversations
Experimental forum, the platform proposes a cycle of conversation with leading figures in the field including artists, curators, historians, filmmakers and critics. This 2017 programme is organised by David Campany (writer, curator, artist), Mouna Mekouar (independant curator) and Cristiano Raimondi (Head of Development & International Projects, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco) with participants including Harry Gruyaert, Joel Meyerowitz, Roe Ethridge, Alfredo Jaar, Francesco Zanot, Susan Meiselas…
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards
The PhotoBook Awards celebrate the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. The winners for categories: 1st PhotoBook (10,000 USD prize), PhotoBook of the year, Photography Catalogue of the Year, will be announced at Paris Photo Friday, November 10, at 1pm. The shortlisted titles will be presented in the 6th edition of The Photobook Review and exhibited at the fair.
Carte Blanche—students at the Gare du Nord
This October, 4 students selected from over 50 European Art schools are given carte blanche at the Gare du Nord train station. Congratulations to Alexey Shlyk (Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium), George Selley (College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK), Leon Billerbeck (Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany), and William Lakin (Middlesex University, UK). The students will also take part in a round table discussion and expose their projects at the fair.
Paris Photo joins Radio Nova to bring words to images
Weekdays from October 20 through November 8, Radio Nova is airing segments with leading figures in photography as they give form to images through words. Follow the programme and discover the artworks from Paris Photo’s PRISMES sector as they are revealed online.
The Artists talks by The Eyes
The Eyes Magazine presents a program of intimate 15-minute talks engaging the public in three 45-minute daily sessions dedicated to the photographic object and its author with Alec Soth, Paul Graham, among others.
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