A rewarding experience during three intense days immersed in the exploration of creativity, good taste, great organization and marvellous company. The 18th edition of Paris Photo, a rich tapestry of photography from all corners of the globe covering a wide range of styles and subjects. 143 galleries from 35 countries populated the hallowed Nave of the Grand Palais, its beautiful glass roof providing an unusual canopy for this annual temporary exposition showcasing some of the best photographers past and present.
The thoroughly selection of the works highlights the significant role of photography as an infinite and enriching art form: versatility, diversity and high quality. From the great masters of classical photography to the most modern and innovative creations combining painting, graphics and sculpture. Pictures that remind us of Piet Mondrian or Georges Braque, some are pure texture and brightness others relieve mixed with three-dimensional elements. Relevant figures in the history of photography such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Avedon, Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Herb Ritts, Roger Ballen, Man Ray, W. Eugene Smith, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Daido Moriyama, Helmut Newton, Nobuyoshi Arak or new talents like Cristina the Middle, Marwane Pallace, Christian Patterson, Evelyn Hofer, Ilit Azoulay, Luis González Palma, Delphine Burtin, Joachim Schmid, Katsumi Omori, Paolo Ventura, Naoya Hatakeyama, Hiroshi Sugimoto or Brea Souders, a fantastic almost endless list.
Equally fascinating was the publishing display. I had the great pleasure of sharing space, time and conversation with the renowned photography poet Chema Madoz, who presented his latest publication Angle of Reflection. Or the exclusive new volume of Sumo, the stunning book containing forty years of photographic history of Annie Leibovitz, edited by Tashen in an impressive large format.
I felt very much comfortable with the exquisiteness of Hamilton’s Gallery, not just for the works exhibit -beautiful prints from Horst P. Horst, Cathleen Naundorf, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn or Jacob Felländer- but also by the captivating staging organized down to the last little details.
I can wait for the next edition in LA!