Modern, contemporary, portrait, landscape, fashion, still life, documentary, commercial, conceptual, abstract, minimalist, surrealist, black and white, color, analog, digital. Photography is just so versatile and marvellous! For me, photography fairs, and especially the biggest ones like Paris Photo, above all represent a remarkable showcase of only the best examples of this medium - and then, of course, if you’re a collector, you probably feel like a kid in a candy store. As many as 147 galleries will show all those legendary names we all admire, as well as the upcoming artists talented enough to end up at such big event that is Paris Photo. Taking place from 12th till 15th November at Grand Palais in Paris, this photography fair will also introduce a brand new section, dedicated to large-scale and serial works, called Prisms and held in the Salon d’Honneur. There will be numerous group and solo exhibition, like Brassai at Karsten Greve, Sandy Skorlund at Paci, Guy Bourdin at Louise Alexander and Nick Knight at Christophe Guye, to name just a few.
Founded in 1999, London’s James Hyman Gallery is an important art institution which specialises in fine art photography. Many of their works have been regularly loaned by many museums. As one of the most interesting Paris Photo booths, they will bring an impressive selection of mainly modern, but also contemporary photos, including iconic names of American photography such as Berenice Abbott, Bill Brandt, Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, but also European, like Andre Kertesz, Brassai and Roger Fenton.
Main sector, A38
Featured image: André Kertész - Henry Moore's Studio with Elephant Skull and Seated Figure, England, 1980. Vintage gelatin silver print
Fraenkel Gallery is based in San Francisco, and with an experience of over thirty five years with historical and contemporary photographs, as well as a vigorous publishing program including numerous monographs and exhibition catalogues, they have established their name as a force to be reckoned with. At their booth, the visitors can see the works of esteemed photographers like Nan Goldin, Lee Friedlander, Idris Khan, Alec Soth, Garry Winogrand and Hiroshi Sugimoto, among others.
Main sector, B30
Featured image: Nan Goldin - Self-portrait in bed with lover, 1990. Cibachrome print. © Nan Goldin
What can we say about the Gagosian galleries - all fourteen of them? Owned by one Larry Gagosian, they’re a regular at almost every art fair in the world, and, almost by default, they ended up among our top Paris Photo booths. This year, they come back with yet another breathtaking line-up of names, among which Richard Avedon, Cindy Sherman, William Eggleston, Thomas Ruff, Inez & Vinoodh, William Eggleston, but also Ed Ruscha, Cy Twombly and Robert Rauschenberg. Yes, they did photography too!
Main sector, B18
Featured image: Richard Avedon - Steer, Slaughterhouse, Amarillo, Texas, November 19, 1981, 1981. Gelatin silver print, 59 5/8 x 47 1/8 in, 151.4 x 119.7 cm. © The Richard Avedon Foundation
Another art fair regular, and here we also mean FIAC and Art Basel, Galerie Daniel Templon has been around ever since 1966, with current bases in Paris and Brussels. For their second appearance at the fair, their booth will focus on three internationally renowned artists: Pierre et Gilles, David LaChapelle and James Casebere, for a proper celebration of the saturated and the staged, but will also show works of Gregory Crewdson, Jutish Kallas and Kehinde Wiley.
Main sector, C41
Featured image: Pierre et Gilles - Le petit bal (Modèles- Quentin Bruhat et Izae), 2015. Photographie peinte, 150 x 118 cm. Courtesy Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris et Bruxelles. © Pierre et Gilles
Looking to showcase those whose photographs capture urban and rural landscapes, and sometimes people living in them too, New York’s Bryce Wolkowitz is bringing a total of 5 established photographers, among which there are Jimmy Nelson with his tribal works and Edward Burtynsky, with his stunning aerial shots of earth. The gallery has been open and working since 2002, and besides photographic imagery, they also present sculpture, painting and new media art.
Main sector, B8
Featured image: Jimmy Nelson - XX 204, Bayau Bulang, Renchinkhumbe, Khovsgol, Mongolia, 2011. Chromogenic color print, 24 3-8 x 33 5-8 in. Courtesy of the artist and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Since its founding in 1997, Camera Work has been specializing in vintage masterworks and contemporary photography. Together with their other space called CWC, The Berlin gallery will bring us back to the past with the amazing works by Ansel Adams, Ilse Bing, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Patrick Demarchelier, Bettina Rheims, Herb Ritts and Gilbert and George, putting on view a selection of classic icons in order to capture the development of the medium from its inception to the present day.
Main sector, B47
Featured image: Herb Ritts - Alek Wek, 1998. Gelatin Silver Print, 50 x 40 cm. © Herb Ritts Foundation. Courtesy of CAMERA WORK
Based in Munich, Germany and Lucerne, Switzerland, Bernheimer Fine Art Photography was founded in 2003, and has since organised thematic shows with an exclusive portfolio of works by artists like Lucien Clergue, Horst P. Horst and Annie Leibovitz - all of whom will also be shown at their booth at Paris Photo. But besides celebrated photographers, Bernheimer also aims to promote emerging talents, in this case Vanessa von Zitzewitz.
Main sector, D9
Featured image: Lucien Clergue - Habillé de lumière, Santa Barbara, 2002
Just recently, I wrote about the wonders of surrealist photography, and at Paris Photo, there will be a London art space showcasing fine examples of it. At the booth of Atlas Gallery, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, György Kepes, and lesser known practioners such as Barbara Morgan and pioneering fine art photographer turned photojournalist Werner Bischof. They say this is also a rare opportunity to see the work of Neusüss alongside that of Moholy-Nagy for the first time since 1966 and their historic exhibition at Europa Centrum, Berlin.
Main sector, A13
Featured image: Floris M. Neusüss - Tellerbild triptych, 1968. Gelatin silver photograms on auto-reverse paper, 105 x 45 cm each work. Courtesy ATLAS Gallery
Zurich’s Mai 36 Galerie has been in love with post-war art ever since its establishment in 1987. Like taken straight from a photography history book, there will be many important names, such as Candida Hofer, Robert Mapplethorpe, Thomas Struth, Luigi Ghirri and Peter Hujar, and that’s not even all of them. And in case you somehow miss them at Paris Photo, they will also participate at Art Basel Miami Beach in December.
Main sector, C21
Featured image: Robert Mapplethorpe - Sybil Walker, 1979. Vintage silver gelatin print, edition of 10 + 2 AP, ed. 3-10 image 35.2 x 35.3 cm, 13 7-8 x 13 7-8 in. The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York and Mai 36 Galerie
Out from Boston, Robert Klein Gallery has been managing to cover photography’s entire existence, starting from the 19th century through Modern and until Contemporary. Since 2013, they have been interested in the work of contemporary Iranian photographers, and some of them will be present at the fair - Alireza Fani, Gohar Dashti, Bahman Jalali, Tahmineh Monzavi. Next to them: Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, Sebastiao Salgado, Francesca Woodman, Mario Giacomelli and many others.
Main sector, D3
Featured image: Gordon Parks - Untitled, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956. Archival digital pigment print. Courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation and Robert Klein Gallery
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