Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the annual Paris Photo fair has long provided the photography world with a year-end exclamation point, bringing together some of the world’s most well-known artists, blue-chip galleries and major collectors to Paris for a week of celebration and discovery. This year’s edition promises to be another rich one: thousands of images and a wide-range of associated activities, as well as a re-doubled effort to showcase new work through the “Prismes” program.
As usual, the fair is underpinned by its invited galleries. 153 in total, including 37 which were not in attendance last year, will share their work at the Grand Palais, presenting both historical and contemporary works. Joining them are 30 publishers and specialized art book dealers, with their latest offerings on display (not to mention hundreds of book signings, giving you the opportunity to meet some personal heroes, if you should choose).
Indeed, the photobook will have a prominent place at the fair, as in the past few years. In partnership with the Aperture Foundation, Paris Photo presents the 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards. From over 1,000 titles, the Awards’ committee has chosen a shortlist of 35 books [read one of our editor’s thoughts on this year’s list]. There will ultimately be three winners in the following categories: “First PhotoBook,” “PhotoBook of the Year,” and “Photography Catalogue of the Year.”
Besides photobooks, there also promises to be a sense of excitement around the “Prismes” section. For the second time, a selection of galleries will present large-format work and specially commissioned projects. Taking place in a newly enlarged space in the Salon d’Honneur, this year’s slate highlights work from familiar names (William Klein, Edward Burtynsky), to up-and-comers (Noemie Goudal)—14 diverse projects in total.
Finally, as usual, the Paris Photo Platform will reunite key figures in the art world for a cycle of talks and discussions. This year’s program will elaborate upon five axes, ranging from collecting photography, photography beyond representation and different conceptions of the role of photographers and much more.
We hope you enjoy our slideshow presentation above—and we hope to see you at the Grand Palais!
Editors’ Note: Paris Photo will run from November 10 - November 13, 2016. It will be held at the Grand Palais, in the heart of Paris. We look forward to seeing some of you there!