Issue #92  9/8/2005
Paris Photo, World's Largest Photo Expo, Kicks Off in Mid-November

Paris Photo, the world's largest and arguably most important venue for vintage, modern and contemporary photography, will celebrate its ninth year by hosting 105 photography dealers and publishers from 14 countries. Located in the Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris (in the first arrondissement), the show kicks off with the Preview for media/art professionals: Wednesday, November 16, from 7 pm to 10 pm.

The normal schedule for the public exhibition runs: Thursday, November 17: 11 am-8 pm; Friday, November 18: 11 am-9 pm; Saturday, November 19: 11 am-8 pm; and Sunday, November 20: 11 am-7 pm. General admission per day is 15 Euros; for Groups/Students, 7.5 Euros; and the catalogue is 15 Euros.

The selection of exhibitors for 2005 will be more international than ever, with over 72% of participants based outside France. In addition to the 22 French galleries, the largest contingent of exhibiting galleries is USA based (19), followed by Spain (14), Germany (12), Holland (6), UK (4), Switzerland (3), Austria (2), Italy (2), Japan (2) and one representative each from Belgium, Finland, Hungary and Luxemburg.

The 2005 edition is comprised of 26 new participants. Their presence attests to the show management's emphasis placed on creating a balance between classic, modern and contemporary and helps address a growing concern expressed about the tilt of this show towards contemporary cutting edge imagery.

Established galleries added this year specializing in 20th century vintage images include Deborah Bell (New York), Catherine Edelman (Chicago), Luisotti (Santa Monica), Rose Gallery (Santa Monica) and Vintage Works (Chalfont), which will also include 19th, as well as 20th century vintage material and contemporary work.

Established contemporary art galleries added this year include Art:Concept (Paris), Julie Saul (New York), Volker Diehl (Berlin), Yancey Richardson (New York) and Scalo (Zürich).

Emerging new galleries include F 5,6 (Münich) and Mem (Osaka).

Special monographic, group and thematic shows will pay homage to 19th-century pioneers of photography such as Baldus and Charles Nègre, and 20th -century masters Diane Arbus, Erwin Blumenfeld, Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Guy Bourdin, Robert Doisneau, André Kertesz, Lee Friedlander and others.

Established contemporary art figures will include David Hilliard, Stephen Shore, Richard Misrach, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Massimo Vitali, and Jeremy Deller, among others.

There will also be a focus on new discoveries by emerging contemporary photographers and international trends from the Helsinki School and the Osaka School.

Another distinctive feature of the 2005 edition is the strong presence of photography book publishers whose number has steadily grown over the years as part of a renewed interest in the photo book as a collectible item, as well as an original work in its own right for photographers. From rare books to digital prints, Paris Photo 2005 will bring together an exceptional array of 15 global photo publishers with new exciting additions such as Denis Ozanne (Paris), Trolley (London) and Steidl (London), among others.

Paris Photo 2005 will celebrate Spain as its special guest of honor, Spain as the locus of an ebullient art scene in Southern Europe.

Out of the 14 selected Spanish participants, six galleries (Luis Adelantado, Valencia; Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid; Estiarte, Madrid; Max, Madrid; Kowasa, Barcelona; Moises Perez de Albeniz, Pamplona) are presenting group shows in the general sector of the fair and eight galleries are present in the Statement Exhibition, with solo shows by emerging Spanish artists: Pablo Genoves (Bacelos, Vigo), Sergio Belinchon (Dels Angels, Barcelona), Naïa del Castillo (Distrito4, Madrid), Bleda y Rosa (Fucares, Madrid), Mayte Vieta (Palma12, Vilafranca Penedes), Alicia Martin (Oliva Arauna, Madrid), Jordi Bernado (Senda, Barcelona), and Raul Belinchon (T20, Murcia).

This program on Spanish art at Paris Photo will be complemented by special screenings of contemporary videos in the Project Room that are in the collection of three main Spanish institutions: ARTIUM (vitoria), CAB (Burgos) and MUSAC (Leon).

A Central Exhibition will highlight a selection of the latest acquisitions from the photographic collection of the Comunidad de Madrid. This public collection has, since its creation in 1999, accumulated more than 300 key works, in both reportage and contemporary art, by outstanding Spanish artists such as Cristina Garcia Rodero, Alberto Garcia-Alix, and Antoni Muntadas.

Rosa Olivares, publisher and editor of EXIT magazine, will curate these special programs.

First introduced in 2004, the BMW-Paris Photo Prize to promote creative contemporary photography will be awarded once again in 2005 to a photographer/artist represented by a participating gallery. The 2005 theme is "Spirit on the move". A prestigious jury of experts will award the 12,000 euros (US$ 15,000) prize on Friday, November 18.

Close-Up, Paris Photo's signature program for international collectors, will offer VIP visitors access to a series of special tours and events. Programme highlights include viewings of important private collections and curator-led tours of exhibitions: Dada at the Pompidou Center, Hommage à Bill Brandt at the Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation, Michal Rovner at the Jeu de Paume, Miguel Rio Branco at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and Joan Fontcuberta at the Instituto Cervantes. Advance registration in the Close-Up Collectors Program is required.

For more information on this year's Paris Photo, call +33 141 90 47 70 or go to: http://www.parisphoto.fr .