Issue #75  8/12/2004
Paris Photo, World's Largest Photo Expo, Kicks Off in Mid-November

Paris Photo, the world's largest venue for vintage, modern and contemporary photography, will celebrate its eighth year by hosting 105 photography dealers from 16 countries. Located in the Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris (in the first arrondissemont), the show kicks off with the Preview for media/art professionals: Wednesday, November 10, from 7 pm to 11 pm.

The normal schedule for the public exhibition runs: Thursday, November 11: 11 am-8 pm; Friday, November 12: 11 am-10 pm; Saturday, November 13: 11 am-8 pm; and Sunday, November 14: 11 am -7 pm. General admission per day is 14 Euros; for Groups/students, 7 Euros; and the catalogue is 15 Euros.

The selection of exhibitors for 2004 will be more international than ever with the largest participation of foreign galleries since the creation of the fair. Over 70% of the exhibiting galleries (74 galleries) are based outside France. In particular, there is a strong increase in participation by galleries from the United States (17 galleries), followed by Germany (15 galleries) and the United Kingdom (10 galleries). This year Paris Photo 2004 welcomes galleries from two new countries: Iran and Italy.

Contemporary photography will play an important role at Paris Photo this year. The majority of the 31 galleries who are exhibiting at the fair for the first time specialize in contemporary art. Newcomers include Charles Cowles, Gitterman, Yossi Milo and Marvelli galleries, all from New York; Sfeir Semler (Hamburg) and Conrads (Dusseldorf); Isabella Brancolini (Florence) and Photo & Contemporary (Turin); Fernando Pradilla and Estiarte (both in Madrid), and Scout Gallery (London), in addition to the eight Swiss galleries exhibiting in the fair's Statement section.

In its annual Statement exhibition, Paris Photo celebrates the work of emerging photographers from a specific country. Statement 2004 will feature new work from Switzerland, with eight Swiss galleries presenting solo shows by emerging Swiss photographers. Artists exhibited include John M Armleder (at Susanna Kulli, Zürich), Erik Dettwiler (at Bernhard Bischoff, Thun); Thomas Flechtner (at Blancpain Stepczynski, Geneva); Régis Golay (at Edward Mitterrand, Geneva); Claudio Moser (at Skopia, Geneva); Nathalie Rebholz (at Analix Forever, Geneva); and Jules Spinatsch (at Austellungsraum25, Zürich.).

To complete the program on Swiss art at Paris Photo, the on-site Project Room will feature screenings of contemporary Swiss videos throughout the fair.

Statement Switzerland has been made possible thanks to support from the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris and Présence Suisse.

To complement the Statement section, Paris Photo will mount a special exhibition of highlights from the collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur to reinforce the role that Swiss art and collections have played in the development of modern and contemporary photography. Opened in 1993 and located just outside Zurich, the Winterthur has quickly become one of the world's major photography museums. Presented outside Switzerland for the first time, the selection of 15 artists, such as Robert Frank, Paul Graham, Vanessa Beecroft, Thomas Ruff, Lewis Baltz and others, will showcase the Museum's collection and provide an overview of important photography from 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

To celebrate and foster contemporary photography, Paris Photo and BMW will inaugurate a new photography prize at this year's fair: the Prix BMW- Paris Photo. Granted to a talented contemporary photographer exhibiting at Paris Photo, the award will be given to one artist selected from 50 short-listed artists by a prestigious jury of experts and collectors. The prize will be accompanied by a cash award of 12,000 Euros (approximately $15,000)

Throughout the month of November, Paris will celebrate photography with a series of events and exhibitions through its biennial citywide festival Mois de la Photo. More than 70 international photography exhibitions will be on view at museums and galleries throughout Paris (for details see www.mep-fr.org ).

Close-Up, Paris Photo's signature program for international collectors, will offer VIP visitors access to a series of special tours and events. Program highlights include viewings of important private collections and curator-led tours of exhibitions: Vienna in 1900 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie; New York and Modern Art: Alfred Stieglitz and His Circle (1905-1930) at the Musee d'Orsay; and l'Ombre du Temps, an exhibition at the newly reopened Jeu de Paume, featuring 20th-century photographers from Eugène Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans and Man Ray, to Jeff Wall, Nan Goldin, Roni Horn, Bruce Naumann and Cindy Sherman. Advance registration in the Close-Up Collectors Program is required. Contact kabylia_khedim@reedexpo.fr for more information on this program.

For more information on this year's Paris Photo, call +33 141 90 47 70; click on one of the Paris Photo banners on the I Photo Central Search page or Calendar page; or go to: http://www.parisphoto.fr . I did notice that the English version of the site was not yet working, but that should be changed shortly.