Browsing Through an Exquisite Selection of Photography at Paris Photo 2019

October 21, 2019

One of the most anticipated international photography events of the year, Paris Photo returns to the Grand Palais this November for its 23rd edition. The largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, Paris Photo 2019 will offer collectors and enthusiasts the most diverse and qualitative presentation of photography-driven projects today.

This year, the fair will welcome 213 exhibitors in all sectors, 52 new galleries compared to 2018 of which 33 first-ever participants. It will bring together leading galleries showcasing historical and contemporary artworks from modern masters to young talents, as well as specialized publishers and art book dealers presenting unique and rare editions.

Additionally, the program will include a range of solo and duo shows, special projects, awards and immersive conversations programs.

Joseph Rodriguez - 220 West Houston Street, 1984 at Paris Photo in November at Grand Palais
Joseph Rodriguez - 220 West Houston Street, 1984. Silver gelatin print, 12 x 16 inches. © Joseph Rodriguez, courtesy Galerie Bene Taschen Cologne

Paris Photo 2019 Exhibitors

In 2019, Paris Photo will bring together 213 exhibitors from 31 countries, spread across 5 sectors offering visitors the largest panorama of premium photographic artworks available on the market today.

Within the Main Gallery Sector, the fair will gather a range of returning galleries such as ATLAS from London, embracing photography in all forms, with extensive holdings of works by 20th-century masters as well as a diverse range of contemporary photographers; BRUCE SILVERSTEIN from New York, focusing on the representation of an international roster of contemporary artists as well as established artists of great influence; CARLOS CARVALHO from Lisbon, supporting and promoting not only the work of a successful generation of artists but also established ones; HOWARD GREENBERG from New York, featuring a vast and ever-changing collection of some of the most important photographs in the medium; and GOODMAN from Johannesburg, Cape Town and London, representing artists whose work confronts entrenched power structures and inspires social change; but also newcomer ones such as BLINDSPOT from Hong Kong, representing both emerging and established artists, mainly from Hong Kong and the region but also beyond; GALERIST from Istanbul, nurturing the careers of distinguished Turkish contemporary artists and introducing their work to a global audience; and HAUSER & WIRTH from Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Somerset and St. Moritz, representing over 75 artists and estates who have been instrumental in shaping its identity over the past quarter century; among others.

Within the curated Prismes sector, Paris Photo will gather 14 galleries showcasing exceptional large-format, series, and installation projects exploring the photographic medium in its most diverse forms and practices, including ANNIE GENTILS from Antwerp featuring Marie Cloquet, GUILLAUME from Paris featuring Jérémie Lenoir and SPAZIO NUOVO from Rome featuring Marco Maria Zanin.

Inaugurated in 2018, the Curiosa sector will this year address photography’s increasingly unstable relationship to the physical world, illuminating the multiple realities of human experience. Among 14 exhibitors within the sector are CIBRIÁN from San Sebastian featuring Leandro Feal, David Meskhi at KORNFELD from Berlin and UN-SPACED from Paris with the works of Thomas Hauser on display.

The fair will also present 33 publishers within the Book Sector, as well as the FILM sector with films exploring the intimate and diverse relationship between photography and moving image.

The List of Exhibitors

Solo and Duo Projects

A range of exhibitors have decided to present solo and duo projects, offering visitors the opportunity to discover and rediscover leading artists through the viewing of important artistic ensembles.

The pogram presents total of 30 solo shows, including Joel-Peter Witkin presented by Baudoin Lebon from Paris and Etherton from Tuscon, Man Ray presented by Gagosian from Paris and 1900-2000 from Paris, August Sander presented by Hauser & Wirth from Zurich, Axel Hütte presented by Nikolaus Ruzicska from Salzburg and Juergen Teller presented by Suzanne Tarasieve from Paris.

There will also be a selection of 12 duo shows, including the dialogues between Sam Haskins and Frauke Eigen presented by ATLAS from London, Sebastian Riemer and Morgaine Schafer presented by DIX9 - Helene Lacharmoise from Paris, and Yūshi Kobayashi and Noboru Ueki presented by MEM from Tokyo.

Todd Hido - #11506-3940, 2014 at Paris Photo alongside Talks & Conversations, Photo Book Sector, Film Sector, and Awards
Todd Hido - #11506-3940, 2014. C-print, 76 x 115 cm. Courtesy Galerie Les filles du calvaire

The Program

In addition to gallery presentations, Paris Photo 2019 will present a range of special projects.
As part of the accompanying programs, the Fondation A Stichting opens its doors to Paris Photo for an exhibition which brings together works by Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Harry Callahan, Mitch Epstein, Facundo de Zuviria, Paolo Gasparini, Nicholas Nixon, Martha Rosler, Judith Joy Ross, Larry Sultan and Jaime Villaseca. Other exhibitions include Collective Identity,  a selection of photographic portraits from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, Seriously Convivial, Pernod Ricard’s tenth carte blanche photography campaign and Carbon's Casualties by Josh Haner.

For the third year in a row, the fair partners with Picto Foundation, and SNCF Gares & Connexions to launch a platform in promotion of the discovery and exposure of outstanding young talent within masters or bachelor programs in European schools for photography and the visual arts. Four selected student projects will be presented in a dedicated space at Paris Photo.

This edition welcomes back the PhotoBook Awards, initiated in 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, which will award three prizes: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year.

As part of the Talks & Conversations program, Paris Photo will present the Platform, 4 days of conversations led by personalities from the world of art and photography, and the Artist Talks which will put into perspective the link between the artist and the book in their artistic practice, editorial approach and in their publications.

The Location of Paris Photo 2019 - Grand Palais

Practical Information

Paris Photo 2019 will take place at Grand Palais in Paris from November 7 until November 10, 2019.

The doors of the fair will be open to the public from 12 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 12 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The Full Rate Entry Week Day will be 30€ (≈$30), Full Rate Entry Weekend will be 32€ (≈$35), After Work Entry will be 25€ (≈$28), while Reduced Rate Entry will be 15€ (≈$17).

For more visitor information, check out the official website of the fair.

Marie Cloquet - Scorched Earth X
Marie Cloquet - Scorched Earth X, 2018. Photographic emulsion and watercolor on paper on canvas, 250 x 380 cm. Unique. Courtesy Annie Gentils Gallery

Bettina Rheims - 21 avril, novembre 1991, Nicola Lo Calzo, (Série Obia) Adrien Ajintoena, Obiaman est rescapé du massacre de Moiwana (29 novembre 1989
Left: Bettina Rheims - 21 avril, novembre 1991, Paris, 1991, C-Print, 35 x 35 cm, Bettina Rheims / Right: Nicola Lo Calzo, (Série Obia) Adrien Ajintoena, Obiaman est rescapé du massacre de Moiwana (29 novembre 1989). Charvein, Guyane française., 2014, Fine Art print on baryté Hahnemühle, 125 x 100 cm. Galerie Dominique Fiat / Nicola Lo Calzo

Stéphane Thidet, Poussières, 2011
Stéphane Thidet - Poussières, 2011. Impression jet d'encre, 9 x 13 cm. Stéphane Thidet / courtesy galerie Aline Vidal

Mari Katayama - bystander #014, 2016, at Grand Palais alongside Talks & Conversations, Photo Book Sector, Film Sector, and Awards
Mari Katayama - bystander #014, 2016. C-print, 90 x 120 cm. Courtesy Mari Katayama / SAGE Paris

German Lorca, A Procura de Emprego, 1948, Boris Ignatovich - Shower, 1935
Left: German Lorca - A Procura de Emprego, 1948. Vintage, Silver gelatin on paper, 46 x 34,5 cm. German Lorca, Courtesy RocioSantaCruz Gallery / Right: Boris Ignatovich - Shower, 1935. Vintage gelatin silver print, 23 1/4 x 16 5/8 in. (59.1 x 42.2 cm). Boris Ignatovich Estate, courtesy of Nailya Alexander Gallery

Robert Adams - Untitled, 1973
Robert Adams - Untitled, 1973. Vintage gelatin silver print, 6 x 7.7 inch / 15 x 20 cm. © Robert Adams, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne & Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.

Helen Levitt - N.Y., 1980
Helen Levitt - N.Y., 1980. Dye transfer print, 12.4 x 16.8 inch / 36 x 42.5 cm. © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

André Kertész - Café Extra, 1927, T Lux Feininger - Bauhaus Band, 1928
Left: André Kertész - Café Extra, 1927. Silver print, 200 x 130 mm. Estate of André Kertész / Right: T Lux Feininger - Bauhaus Band, 1928. Gelatin silver print, 7 x 12,5 cm. © Rudolf Kicken Galerie, Cologne 1985

Fusako Kodama - untitled from Graphication#1, 1971
Fusako Kodama - untitled from Graphication#1, 1971. Gelatin silver print, 20.3 x 25.4cm. © KODAMA Fusako

Yan MORVAN - Serie Champs de batailles, Bataille du Canyon de Chelly, 2014, 2019
Yan Morvan - Serie Champs de batailles, Bataille du Canyon de Chelly, 2014, 2019. Tirage cibachrome, 80 x 100 cm. © Yan Morvan, courtesy galerie Sit Down

Jalal Sepehr - Dream Bridge, 2018
Jalal Sepehr - Dream Bridge, 2018. Digital Print, 70 x 100 cm. Courtesy Silk Road Gallery & The Artist

Carla Cabanas - I Don't Trust Myself When I'm Sleeping, 2018
Carla Cabanas - I Don't Trust Myself When I'm Sleeping, 2018. Photographic album, color photographs, variable sizes. Courtesy Carla Cabanas

Featured image: Harry Gruyaert - USA, Las Vegas International airport, 1982. Archival pigment print, printed later, 53 x 80 cm. © Harry Gruyaert, Courtesy Gallery FIFTY ONE. All images courtesy of Paris Photo.