Photography fans, get your cameras ready. This month, from November 14-17, the beautiful Grand Palais is hosting the annual Paris Photo event.
Now an internationally-recognized festival in its 17th year, Paris Photo is playing host to 135 galleries and around 30 photography publishers from over twenty different countries. Last year there were over fifty thousand visitors, and 2013 looks set to beat that figure!
Paris Photo 2013
There are three main exhibits that you need to keep your lens open for:
1. The “Private Collection” is an exhibit about the role of private investors in the photography industry. From collectors of masterpieces to the funding of new techniques, these often secretive investors contribute enormously to the development of the art. There will also be a selection of pieces from Harald Falckenberg’s private collection to browse over.
2. The “Recent Acquisitions” exhibit will present new collections from three international institutions: the Instituto Moreira Salles (Rio de Janeiro), who are showing Brazilian pieces with a focus on the urban landscape; the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto (Cananda), with some photographs by Arnaud Maggs as well as a series on photographic techniques; and the Museum Folkwang from Essen (Germany) who will be offering a fascinating collection on the photographic representation of historic events. A specific focus will be the recent events in Egypt.
3. Thirdly, the “Open Book” exhibit will follow on from the theme of the photographic representation of history with a set of photography pamphlets covering revolutions from the 20th century through to today.
Other highlights include the Paris Book Awards and various talks, interviews and debates with industry specialists.
To get an idea about what Paris Photo is all about, have a look at last year’s videos here
Come back home with more than just photographs…
If culture is your thing, don’t limit your Paris trip to photography – there’s so much more! Try a Skip the Line tour and experience a fabulous guided tour around the famous Louvre museum, for example.