This year marks the 20th anniversary of Paris Photo, the largest international art fair with a focus on photography. As ever, the fair aims to bring together all forms of the medium, from dealers to curators and from vintage works to contemporary stars, in a bid to unite, enrich and enlighten those from the world of photography.
Since it started, the fair has grown at an admirable pace: having only 50 exhibitors in 1997, by 2002 the number had grown to 100 and by 2011, with the arrival of the fair at the Grand Palais, Paris, an impressive 135 exhibitors from 23 countries were on show.
This year, alongside the 60,000 visitors expected, 153 galleries are available to explore across the sizeable venue. In addition, the fair’s signature programme returns promising numerous speaker events and a variety of exhibitions including recent acquisitions from major institutions or private collections.
Unlike its predecessors, Paris Photo’s 20th edition features some unique bonuses. An anniversary publication will be released, reflecting on key moments in the history of the fair. The fair will also be broadcast via Radio Nova, adding another dimension to the works shown through discussions with guest curators and with artists.
A number of the fair’s official partners, such as JPMorgan and BMW, will be presenting choice works from their collections. Similarly, Huawei, another official partner, will bring to the fair new and upcoming talent in the form of their selected young artists.
Having reached two decades, this year represents a milestone for Paris Photo. Running from 10 – 13 November, it symbolises the achievement of their goal: to bring together and enhance the world of photography through debate and exchange.
Paris Photo, 10- 13 November, Grand Palais, Paris.
Find out more: www.parisphoto.com
1. Model Muriel Maxwell putting on lipstick. American Vogue cover, 1 July 1939. Photograph: Conde Nast, Horst Estate.