Josef Koudelka

Exhibition Paris Photo 2022

© Josef Koudelka

Paris Photo, the world’s leading art fair dedicated to photography, returns for its 25th-anniversary edition, featuring a packed schedule in the heart of the French capital.

─── by Josh Bright, November 2, 2022
  • From 1o-13 November, the Grand Palais Ephémère will play host to 181 exhibitors representing 31 different countries around the globe, collectively showcasing the very best of the photographic medium, from its earliest forms through to its most cutting–edge iterations.

    Street color photography by Alex Webb, Greece, coast,
    Thessaloniki, Greece, 2003 © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos

    For the 25th edition, the fair will be organized into 3 sectors: the main sector, in which 134 galleries, (including 18 first-time participants) will showcase the full breadth of the photographic medium from its inception to today; the Curiosa sector, dedicated to emerging art and overseen by guest curator Holly Roussell, will feature 16 galleries from 9 countries, and the book sector, which assembles 32 publishers from 9 countries, presenting rare editions and new releases, as well as a program of signatures from some of the world’s leading visual artists.

    Black and white portrait photography by Paolo Roversi
    Natalia, Paris, 2003 © Paolo Roversi / Galerie Camera Obscura
    Black and white photography by Eugène Atget, staircase, paris
    Saint-Cloud, 1906, © Eugène Atget courtesy of Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris

    Highlights of the 24 solo and 14 duo shows include a large-scale installation by American artist Daniel Gordon, presented by London gallery Huxley-Parlour; ‘Theatre of War’, Ukrainian photographer Boris Mikhaïlov’s tribute to his compatriots at Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris; Sao Paolo gallery, Lume, presents the work of local photographer Julio Bittencourt alongside French multidisciplinary artist, Mame-Diarra Niang, and Budapest’s TOBE Gallery, will show a selection of work by Swedish cinematographer Anna Fabricius and London-based artist, Dafna Talmor.

    Color still life photography by Daniel Gordon, Blue Apples and Houseplant
    Blue Apples and Houseplant, 2022 © Daniel Gordon. Courtesy of Huxley-Parlour

    The diverse group shows include an exploration of the iconography of disaster and protest, focusing particularly on femininity and mass media, by ADN, Barcelona; Karsten Greve, Paris, presents the work of three of the medium’s most iconic names: Eugène Atget, Brassaï and Edward Steichen, and Magnum celebrate their 75th anniversary with a Martin Parr-curated exhibition featuring some of the artists from their extensive roster.

    Documentary photography by Alec Soth, bed covered in photos
    A Pound of Pictures, 2022 © Alec Soth, courtesy of MACK and the artist
    Color photography by Steve McCurry, women in red clothing during dust storm
    Dust Storm, 1983, © Steve McCurry, Courtesy Polka Galerie.
    Photography by Reina José Galindo
    Aparición (Ruhr), 2021 © Reina José Galindo / ADN Galeria

    The Curiosa sector, which first launched in 2015, returns with an innovative program curated by Holly Russell (curator at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing). Highlighting interdisciplinarity in image-based art practices, along with photographic explorations both in and beyond the medium’s traditional genres, solo presentations of 17 emerging artists representing 12 countries will be presented by 16 galleries, nine of which are appearing at the festival for the first time.

    Photography installation by Julio Bittencourt
    About Walls - Dinner, 2021 © Julio Bittencourt / Galeria Lume

    Launched in 2018 in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture to promote the visibility of women artists and their contribution to the history of photography, Elles x Paris Photo returns with a collection of works selected from among
    the gallery proposals, presented by writer and curator, and newly appointed director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts du Locle in Switzerland, Federica Chiocchetti.

    Architecture photography by Leigh Merrill. Paris Photo
    Jack's, 2019 © Leigh Merrill / Liliana Bloch Gallery

    After a successful inauguration in 2021, Paris Photo Online Viewing Room will return for this year’s fair. Powered by Artlogic (the industry leader in digital solutions for the art world) it provides a platform for galleries and book dealers, allowing them to expand on their physical offerings, and, an opportunity for those collectors and photography enthusiasts who are unable to attend in person, to peruse and purchase artworks, discover new talent, and connect with galleries and art book dealers from around the world. In addition, visitors to the fair will be able to access additional digital programming and live content developed exclusively for Paris Photo.


    Paris photo 2022, poster

    The 25th edition of Paris Photo will run from NOV 10-13 2022. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website.

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