Paris Photo 2011: A majestic frame

Reviewed on 11/10/2011 | No Reviews

A new venue, a new director: The 15th edition of Paris Photo marks an important shift. After the catacombs under the Louvre, the obligatory rendezvous of the photo scene is being held, for the first time, in the Grand Palais: a majestic frame for a lovely fair.

About passion

Paris Photo is not only about photography. It’s also about passion. Whether you just like to stroll around and get an idea about the market of photography, or whether you are an experienced (and rich) collector, you’ll get your money’s worth.

From today on until Sunday evening, 135 galleries and publishers from 23 countries are showing the best of the best. It’s fascinating to browse through the booths under the majestic roof of the Grand Palais and discover artists you’ve never heard of or finally see originals you have seen reproduced in books or magazines a thousand times. I, for my part, would love to buy just one Irving Penn – but this must remain a dream, I guess.

An oneiric world

Don’t miss the highlights like the new works of Italian photographer Massimo Vitali, still showing beaches, nature, but this time not crowded but almost deserted.

HuckelBury gallery from London presents the work of the twins, Doug and Mike Starn, who use ancient and complex processes to create an oneiric world, which doesn’t look like photography anymore.

The African scene

And who’s the special guest this year, you might wonder? After Eastern Europe, it’s the African scene which is honored this time. 12 young contemporary photographers from Africa have been selected by the Bamako Encounters, the Biennial of African photography created in 1994. And for the very first time in France, parts of the Walter collection are on display in Paris.

What are you waiting for? Rush to the Grand Palais and enjoy a nice lunch in the splendid ambience of the Mini Palais afterwards.

Paris Photo 2011 -From 10th -13th November 2011

Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
Champs-Elysées Clémenceau

Open from noon – 8pm (7pm on Sunday)

Late opening on Friday: 9.30pm

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