Year round, Paris is one of the world capitals of photography. Each November, this feeling is amplified with the arrival of Paris Photo (and bi-annually, with the Mois de la Photo). But for the past few years, a young festival has been making a strong case that perhaps we should extend our view of the photography season in Paris just a couple months longer.
Circulation(s), now in its 5th year, is dedicated to the idea of promoting young photography talents throughout Europe. Last year's edition not only completed a seamless transition to a spacious new venue, Le Centquatre, but featured some excellent discoveries: Elena Chernyshova, Rubén Plasencia and Delphine Schacher. As the festival's name indicates, the festival prides itself on bringing together Europe's disparate people and ideas with the hope of bridging gaps, appreciating differences, and helping to launch young artist's careers.
This year's edition seems to offer the same sense of discovery and delight as years past, featuring the work of 43 photographers in total. These 43 were drawn together through diverse means: a jury selected 21 photographers (hailing from 13 European countries) to present their work. Festival guest curator Natalie Herschdorfer was given a "carte blanche" and invited four additional photographers, thereby offering her personal perspective on who is making innovative and fresh work amidst Europe's image-makers. And the festival itself invited over a dozen more artists to diversify the program.
The festival's programming will also include screenings from a half dozen other European photo festivals, underscoring Circulation(s) commitment to unifying and disseminating great work from across the continent.
Above, you will find 46 images that offer just a glimpse of the rich variety that will be on display this year. Sit back and enjoy!
Editor's Note: Circulation(s) will open to the public on Saturday, January 24 at Le Centquatre. It will remain open through March 8, 2015. Also, don't miss related opportunities for portfolio reviews, workshops and a presentation on "How to Sell Your Photos."