We put the focus on cutting-edge galleries at PARISPHOTO 2019 at the Grand Palais. Here are the most significant photographic exhibitions.
BEING STAGED AND FRAMED
"ParisPhoto is an exceptional platform for discovery and exchange, to unveil the best of photography over nearly two centuries."
Artistic Director of ParisPhoto
Interviews and featured galleries, artists by Zoltan Alexander
Christoph Wiesner of ParisPhoto, Peter Hujar at Jeu de Paume (Paris), Jonny Briggs at Approche (Paris), AKKA at Le Carreau du Temple (Paris), Hassan Hajjaj at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), Emeric Lhuisset at BMW Residency (Paris), Máté Bartha at TOBE Gallery (Budapest), Elsa Leydier at Galerie Intervalle (Paris) and Maison Ruinart (Reims), Osei Bonsu of Tate Modern (London), Samuel Fordham of UWE at Carte Blanche Student (Bristol), Eric Baudelaire at Galería Juana De Aizpuru (Madrid), Niko Luoma at Taik Persons Gallery (Berlin), Ayana V Jackson at JP Morgan Chase (New York) and at Marian Ibrahim Gallery (Boston), Pixy Liao at Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong), Adrian Sauer at Klemm's Gallery (Berlin), Anne Bean at England & Co Gallery (London), Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts at Hamiltons Gallery (London), Stevenson Gallery (Cape Town/ Johannesburg), Juergen Teller at Suzanne Tarasieve Gallery (Paris), Georges Rousse, Anna Malagrida, Denis Darzacq, Sabine Pigalle at Galerie RX (Paris), Joel-Peter Witkin at Galerie Baudoin Lebon (Paris), Lorenzo Vitturi at Flowers Gallery (London), Edward Burtynsky at Nicholas Metiver Gallery (Toronto), Tim Walker at Michael Hoppen Gallery (London)
Interview with Emeric Lhuisset at BMW Residency (Paris)
and Máté Bartha at TOBE Gallery (Budapest)
Interview with Elsa Leydier at Galerie Intervalle (Paris) with the participation of Maison Ruinart
ParisPhoto 2019 / © video by Zoltan Alexander ZOLTAN+MEDIA
An unparalleled presentation of contemporary and vintage photography from grandmasters to emerging young talents, from Mapplethorpe to Man Ray, ParisPhoto 2019 returns to the Grand Palais with its 23rd edition.
The Fair always opens on a Tuesday for a selected crowd of officials and collectors, on Wednesday for the press and VIP and from Thursday to Sunday to the public.
Since 1997, the Fair’s mission is to provide visitors with first-hand insights and access to the art world, promote galleries, publishers and artists all around the world. This year ParisPhoto brought 179 galleries and 33 publishers together, offering collectors and art-enthusiasts the most diverse presentation in photography.
The Fair's programming had a large variety of curated exhibitions and conversation cycles with guest-artists, curators, collectors and art critics. Publishing houses were present as photography would not exist without the support of books - essential in the visibility and the knowledge that they bring to the medium.
Each year, ParisPhoto is divided into sectors:
the Main section with exhibitors, Curiosa with its second edition curated by Osei Bonsu, Carte Blanche Student partnered with Picto Foundation and SNCF Gares & Connexions, Aperture with Art Book Dealers & Publishers, followed by Prismes and the MK2 Film section in the Salon d'Honneur on the first floor with the additional Art Collection of the Fair's official partner J.P. Morgan Chase next to the VIP Lounge of Maison Ruinart presenting large-scale prints of Vik Muniz.
In addition to the collectors' programme “In Paris during ParisPhoto” reunited a dense network of cultural institutions throughout Paris comprising some of the most compelling photographic exhibitions.
We highlighted a few.
highlights / JEU DE PAUME / PETER HUJAR
The life and photographic images of Peter Hujar (1934-1987) are inseparable from the 80’s New York. Independent by nature, willingly combative, cultivated and well introduced into the artistic world, Hujar evolved in an avant-garde scene made of dancers, musicians, visual artists and transvestites. His accomplishment as a photographer was contemporary with the evolution and visibility of the gay lifestyle between 1969 and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.
After high school in 1953, Hujar worked as an assistant to various photographers in advertising. Five years of collaborating with mainstream magazines were enough to convince him that a career as a fashion photographer was not for him. In 1973, he dived into a more elaborate, artistic life allowing himself greater freedom in his photographic work. He rented a loft-studio above an East Village theatre and turned his focus on those who refused to have easy success in life.
He said they were "simple and direct images of difficult and complicated subjects". He immortalised instants and cultural practices of his time, had a brief affair with young artist David Wojnarowicz, with whom he went through all the dilapidated neighbourhoods and underground places of New York. The city Hujar photographed at this time was a small vibrant world with intense creative energy and freedom, which has since disappeared. Peter Hujar died in November 1987 from AIDS-related pneumonia.
His current exhibition at Jeu de Paume, "Peter Hujar: Speed of Life" presents a selection of over 140 photographs, resolutely black & white prints, nudes and landscapes of New York City. The exhibition follows Hujar's journey from his early works in the mid-1950s to the 1980s when he was one of the major figures of the East Village art scene.
highlights / APPROCHE / JONNY BRIGGS
The satellite art fair APPROCHE organised by Emilia Genuardi and Elsa Janssen, at Galerie Le Molière, rue Richelieu, presented 15 international artists. Amongst the exhibitors the Italian Nconemporary exhibited a photographic series by UK artist Jonny Briggs.
Briggs had already many exhibitions behind him including Saatchi Gallery (London), Zabludowicz Collection (London), Fondazione Fotografia Modena (Modena) and Unseen (Amsterdam).
Briggs said: “In search of lost parts of my childhood I try to think outside the reality I was socialised into. I explore the constructed reality of the family and question the boundaries between us, between child/adult, self/other, nature/culture, real/fake in an attempt to revive my unconditioned self, beyond the family bubble.
Although easily assumed to be photoshopped or faked, upon closer inspection the images are made to be more real than first expected. Involving staged installations, I look back to my younger self and attempt to re-capture childhood nature through my assuming adult eyes.”
highlights / LE CARREAU DU TEMPLE / AKAA
AKAA, “Also Known As