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Paris Photo 2015


Eliana Silva


Photography as art and statement.


 

 

Paris, the world capital of art, fashion and gastronomy boasts a stunning 19th-century cityscape that includes the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral among other wonders. The City of Light will host—from 12 to 15 November—the nineteenth edition of the Paris Photo fair. The event will take place at the historical Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees.

Paris Photo
(L) Exhibition Poster; (R) NOEMIE GOUDAL. Observatory X.

The participating photographers will showcase their works through more than 140 galleries and 27 publishers specializing in art, and offering a complete demonstration of the latest in photography. 

The hall of honor will serve as headquarters for special guests such as Enea Righi, Cy Twombly, Nan Goldin and Hans-Peter Feldmann, who will present significant works from private collections.

Emphasizing its cultural and social dynamics, the fair will bring together key figures from the art world in a series of talks and discussions focused on three areas: The Collection, Photography After the Crisis, and Photography and its Relationship with Books.

Paris Photo
Musee Niepce.

The Collection will be cover the JP Morgan exhibition, which centers on the proper way to maintain photo collections with the passage of time. Photography After the Crisis, explores the testimonial value of the photos from the early 19th century. And The Relationship Between Photography and Books is a theoretical discussion that begs the question of whether books are still the best means of communication.

This meeting in the French capital is made possible thanks to the support and involvement of sponsors like BMW, Pernod Ricard, and JP Morgan Chase.

The art collection of JPMorgan Chase, On Time, was created in 1959 by David Rockefeller and includes more than 30,000 works of art exhibited in 450 offices worldwide. With more than 6,000 photographs, paintings, sculptures and objects from all countries where the company has done business, the collection has become known for its commitment and support of contemporary artists. It also features photographs and films created by 13 artists..

Paris Photo
Jeff Wall. The Pine in the Corner.

One of the great designers who have supported the exhibition Paris Photo is Giorgio Armani, with Acqua # 6. For the Italian couturier, water has always been an integral part of his work. Armani spearheaded a project to bring clean water to communities in need. This was done in collaboration with the Green Cross International. Since its inception, this initiative has delivered 530 million liters of fresh water.

There will also be a workshop titled The Book Machine featuring pre-selected project by 30 artists and five graphic design students poised to graduate from Paris’ acclaimed School of Visual Communication. The artists will create a book with the help of the graphic designers.

The competition awards will be announced on November 13 at 1:00 PM. The Phonebook prize consists of $10,000. Winners in other categories will receive a commemorative award.

Artist Li Wei will present the work Vision, an exploration of the collective adventure. Among iconic illusions and vertiginous experiences, Pernod Ricard will present 40 men and women photographed from the photographers hearts.

It will be an exciting week for collectors, artists and fans, and a unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments and news related to the fascinating world of photography and images.

The cost of admission ranges from € 15 to € 45 (between 16 and 48 USD). ■


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