Frank Horvat

Exhibition Paris Photo 2023

© Frank Horvat

Paris Photo, the world’s premier art fair dedicated to photography, makes a grand return for its 26th edition, promising a jam-packed schedule in the heart of the French capital.

─── by Josh Bright, November 13, 2023
  • From November 9 to 12, 2023, the Grand Palais Ephémère will play host to 191 participants collectively showcasing the very best of the photographic medium.

    Photo of a sunset over an ice cream shop with cars in front of it by Joel Meyerowitz
    Dairy Land. Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1976 © Joel Meyerowitz / Polka Gallery

    As was the case last year, the fair will feature the Main Sector, consisting of 133 galleries from 21 different countries, showcasing works that span the full spectrum of photography, from historical masterpieces to groundbreaking creations by emerging artists.

    Two black & white images, one of a tunnel and another a self portrait by Japanese photographer Ken Ohara
    September 3, 1972 © Ken Ohara / Val Bach Galerie
    Black & white photo of white flowers in a vase
    Lily, 1987 © Robert Mapplethorpe / Courtesy of Baudoin Lebon

    The Curiosa sector, curated by the new Paris Photo Artistic Director, Ana Planas, focuses on emerging art and highlights 17 artists making their Paris Photo debut, whilst the Publisher’s sector also makes its return, with 35 participants from around the world.

    Photo of people repairing a wooden boat
    Repairing Jose Wamputsag's boat Suwa, Wawaim © Eléonore Lubna and Louis Matton / Galerie Younique

    In an exciting development, a new sector solely dedicated to digital photography has been introduced. Curated by Nina Roehrs, the founder of Swiss Gallery Roehrs & Boetsch, this sector brings together galleries and platforms that explore the intersection of art and new technologies in photography. Additionally, the Elles x Paris Photo initiative returns, featuring a special curated path by Fiona Rogers, showcasing the work of 36 artists from various galleries at the fair, alongside a series of engaging talks and conversations.

    Photo of red cinema seats covered in dust with a heart and some arabic writing drawn on one
    Untitled, 2027-2020; from 'What's Ours' (Aperture 2023) © Myriam Boulos / Aperture
    Self portrait by photographer Samuel Fosso, dressed as the pope
    Black Pope © Samuel Fosso / Christophe Person Gallery
    Photo of a woman and a peacock by Ren Hang
    Untitled © Ren Hang / Stieglitz19

    Among the highlights of the 20 solo and 6 duo shows are new works by Samuel Fosso, widely recognized as one of Africa’s most influential contemporary artists and the winner of this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, presented by Paris’ Christophe Person Gallery, and London’s Photographer’s Gallery will showcase“Mystery Street,” the latest project by Vasantha Yogananthan.

    Black and white photo of two women dressed the same lying on the grass
    A Stranger Who Doesn't Look Like One #1 © Widline Cadet / Webber Gallery

    There’s also an exploration of the photographic diaries of the 1970s brought to you by La Patinoire Royale Galerie Valérie Bach in Brussels, and Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery in New York. The daily self-portraits of American photographer Melissa Shook are presented in tandem with Ken Ohara’s 365-diary, a fascinating project wherein the Japanese photographer paired self-portraits with landscapes, figures, or still-life shots, offering a unique perspective of his daily life, both inward and outward.

    Black & white self portrait by Melissa Shook
    March 21, 1973 © Melissa Shook / Kristina Shook & The Estate of M. Melissa Shook courtesy of Val Bach Galerie

    The fair’s 101 group shows encompass a diverse array of offerings, including presentations of iconic masters and pioneering artists, from Man Ray and Bill Cunningham to Dakota Mace and Sarah Sense, presented by NYC’s Bruce Silverstein Gallery. In neighbouring exhibition spaces, ParisJean Kenta Gauthier and New York’s Hans P. Kraus engage in a compelling conversation titled “Is the Future in the Past”, pairing 19th-century photographs with early 20th-century and contemporary imagery.

    Colourful amusement stands near the beachfront in Essaouira, Morocco by Harry Gruyaert
    Morocco. Essaouira. Amusement stands near the beachfront. 1988 © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

    Returning for the 6th time, the Curiosa sector welcomes 16 different galleries from 9 countries, with 17 debutant artists. While there is no specific theme, the artists were selected for their innovative forms of collaboration. The program will include an interactive exhibition, where Vivian Galban will offer to take portraits of visitors using a camera obscura, allowing attendees to become a part of the art.

    Photo of a group of women dressed in black embracing. Taken from behind
    Untitled #6 (from the 'In Turn' series) © Hoda Afshar / Milani Gallery
    Color portrait of a woman and a man kneeling in a japanese style house by Pixy Liao
    'Find a woman you can rely on'. 2018 © Pixy Liao courtesy of Stieglitz19

    At the heart of the fair, the Edition sector will feature 35 French publishers and booksellers, offering previews of launches, rare and limited editions, and 300 signing sessions with some of the most prominent names in contemporary photography, serving as a space to view and admire photography as well as to acquire unique and limited-edition pieces.

    Photo of orange chairs and white tables on a salt flat
    Outdoor Dining, Bonneville Salt Flats © Richard Misrach, courtesy of Pace Gallery

    Lastly, the Digital sector will make its debut, featuring a selection of nine contemporary art galleries and curated platforms at the forefront of new technologies, presenting artists who seamlessly integrate digital realities into their work, offering visitors a glimpse into the future of the ever-evolving world of photography.

    Poster for Paris Photo 2023

    The 26th edition of Paris Photo will run from NOV 09-12 2023. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website.

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