April 26, 2013


Paris Photo, a hugely prestigious art fair, highlights historical and contemporary work in the photographic medium. The fair–which celebrates its seventeenth year–drew over 50,000 visitors to its November fair in the Grand Palais, and opened its first edition in the US last night, here in Los Angeles at Paramount Pictures Studios. The fair, which prides itself on the impressive collection of exhibitors it gathers, brings that excellence to LA, blending together more than 70 galleries and publishers from 14 different countries.

The choice to launch the American edition in LA was a conscious one, considering the undisputed significance of the city as a powerhouse and center of art–particularly for modern and contemporary features.

Director of Paris Photo, Julien Frydman, notes that “For us, this city, which in the last ten years has changed so much with so many galleries, was an obvious environment to create the fair. Once we secured the location at Paramount Studios, it was even more obvious because we were in this historical place where fiction meets reality.

By pairing the enriched influence of Paris and Los Angeles, the exhibition hopes to establish a beautiful, unsurpassed experience for the public. Highlights include the Andy Warhol BMW Art Car which Warhol painted in 1979, Matthew Brandt’s nightscapes, and more. Additionally, visitors have the opportunity to meet artists such as William Egleston, Catherine Opie, and Roe Etheridge via the fair’s book signings.

Besides the photography featured, the fair offers a program of conversations and screenings curated by Douglas Fogle. “Sound and Vision,” as the feature is called, includes an international roster of artists such as Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner who discusses the relationship of still and moving images as it pertains to film and cinema.

Paper Chase attended the opening to check out the scene.  Arriving on the New York lot, there was an exciting energy, attendees roamed the streets visiting booths, sipping on cocktails and enjoying the multiple parties that were held as part of the kick off Thursday night. With an exhibitor list that includes many prestigious galleries and publishers such as Regen Projects, Perry Rubenstein, Artbook D.A.P and Aperture, the fair is sure to attract large crowds of supporters through the weekend.

Interested in attending the fair? Ticketing information is available here.

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