Paris Photo, the world’s leading fair dedicated to the photographic medium, has once again gained quality and prestige with the distinguished and outstanding selections on show at its 21st edition. Phenomenal sales were achieved throughout the various sections of the fair.
Paris Photo came to a close on Sunday 12 November 2017, having welcomed a record 64,542 visitors over a period of five days, an increase of 4.1% on last year’s fair. This year the fair displayed 189 exhibitors from 30 different countries.
The 22nd edition of Paris Photo will be held at the Grand Palais from 7th to 11th November 2018. The fair will take place at the Grand Palais for the next three editions, up to and including 2020.
Amongst the many visitors, Paris Photo had the pleasure of welcoming over 100 French and international institutions.
These included major American institutions: Guggenheim (New York), ICP (New York), J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), LACMA (Los Angeles), MET (New York), MoMA (New York), SFMoMA (San Francisco), Museum of Fine Arts, (Houston), Museum of contemporary Photography (Colombia), MALBA (Buenos Aires), Museo de Arte (Lima)…
Institutions from Asia and the Middle East were also represented: YUZ Museum (Shanghai), Chanel Nexus Hall (Tokyo), M + (Hong Kong), Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Shpilman Institute (Tel Aviv) …
Many European and French institutions came to view this year’s fair: MAXXI Museum (Rome), Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid), National Gallery (London), Serpentine Gallery (London), Tate (London), The Photographers’ Gallery (London), Courtauld Institute of Art (London), FOAM (Amsterdam), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), MAMCO (Geneva), C / O Berlin Foundation (Berlin), Palais de Tokyo, Institut du monde arabe, Jeu de Paume, European House of Photography, Musée d’Orsay, musée du Louvre, musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Centre Pompidou, as well as private foundations such as Fondation Cartier, Fondation Guerlain, Fondation Louis Vuitton and La Maison Rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert.
The fair had the pleasure of welcoming France’s first lady, Mrs. Brigitte Macron, as well as ministers Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, and Muriel Penicaud, Minister of Labour, who met the artists, gallery owners and publishers.
SUCCESS OF THE PRISMES SECTION
For its third consecutive year, the PRISMES section presented 14 large-scale projects – serial works, large formats and installations – all of which received a very good critical and public reception. Many sales were made, notably by Taik Pearsons, Eric Firestone, Flowers and Jackson Fine Art.
This section, acclaimed by artists and galleries alike, has established a museum-standard, high-quality display for institutions, collectors and visitors ever since its creation.
DISCOVERY OF THE SECTION DEDICATED TO FILM AND VIDEOS
The film / video section, inaugurated this year in partnership with mk2 cinemas, has raised awareness amongst collectors and visitors of artists’ new use of images, by offering original selections combining feature films and artists’ videos. This debut, warmly welcomed by the galleries, bodes a promising future for the new section.
A DYNAMIC PUBLISHING SECTION
Visitors flocked to the 30 editors’ stands, interspersed by more than 250 book signing sessions hosted by the greatest names in photography such as Sophie Calle, Susan Meiselas, Elliott Erwitt, Joël Meyerovitz, among others, with two exceptional signings this year by David Lynch and Keanu Reeves.
THE GUEST OF HONOUR’S TRAIL BY KARL LAGERFELD
Visitors were invited to follow an engaging and unexpected route linking works of varied nature. All copies of the publication presenting this trail, published by Steidl, were sold at the fair. 250 books are still available online.
SUPPORTING YOUNG TALENTS
The four students selected for the Carte Blanche, in partnership with Gares & Connexions, – Alexey Shlyk (Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium), George Selley (College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK), Leon Billerbeck (Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany), and William Lakin (Middlesex University, UK) – showcased their work to numerous visitors, institutions and artists, and established promising contacts for their future projects.
THE TEARS OF THINGS – HELGA DE ALVEAR
Paris Photo was delighted to welcome, with the support of J. P. Morgan, the private collection of Helga De Alvear, a collector and gallery owner whose foundation has more than 700 photographs. The exhibition was curated by Marta Gili, director of Jeu de Paume.
PARIS PHOTO 2017 – IN THE WORDS OF THE GALLERIES
Howard Greenberg, New York
”The 2017 edition is the best we’ve ever had. We have made great sales, with a set of works from the Farm Security Administration collection of the Hank O’ Neal Archives selling for over 200,000 euros. The various works will notably belong to French, Belgian, German, Swiss and American collections.”
Françoise Paviot, Paris
“We sold older works as well as modern and contemporary works. We met collectors from different countries with multiple interests. Anna and Bernhard Blume’s collection was acquired by a Los Angeles collector and Benjamin Deroche’s series of 2 photos, produced especially for Paris Photo, completely sold out.”
Hans P. Kraus Jr., New York
“We have been participating in Paris Photo since its creation and continue to meet new museum representatives. It’s wonderful! We sold a dozen works, including those by Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, John Beasley Greene and William Henry Fox Talbot.”
Thomas Zander, Cologne
“2017 was a successful edition for our gallery which notably sold Edificio Basurto Ciudad de Mexico II, 2015, by Candida Höfer for 69 000 euros, and a photograph of Mitch Epstein for 29 000 euros. We have welcomed many European and American collectors, as well as American institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum, LACMA, SFMoMA and The Art Institute of Chicago.”
Sies + Hoke & Kicken, Düsseldorf / Berlin
“If you are interested in photography, Paris Photo is the best place to meet its key players; both curators and institutions as well as collectors: European, American and even Japanese. This edition was very rewarding, we recorded sales every day of the fair.”
Gregory Leroy & Charles Isaacs
“This was a very successful edition for our gallery, we sold almost 80% of the works presented this year. Our buyers include 2 American collectors, 2 French collectors, 1 Mexican collector and 3 American museums.”