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Paris Photo

18 - 21 November 2010

Carrousel du Louvre


99 rue de Rivoli, 1er.

Metro : Palais royal – Musée du Louvre
Open Thurs, Fri, Sat 11.30 am – 8 pm. Sun 11.30 pm – 7 pm.
Admission 18 €, students 9 €

The Paris Photo fair, devoted to 19th century, modern and contemporary photography, brings together 103 exhibitors (90 galleries and 13 publishers) at the Carrousel du Louvre. With 78 % of foreign attendance, 25 countries represented, and 31 new participants, the 14th edition focuses strongly on the idea of discovery. Of note this year is the return of the Americans (16 galleries) and an increased contemporary presence thanks to Beaumont Public (Luxembourg), Ernst Hilger (Vienna), I8 (Reykjavik), Anne de Villepoix (Paris), Hervé Loevenbruck (Paris), and Yossi Milo (New York). Vintage photography is also very much present thanks to Stephen Bulger (Toronto), Sage Paris and Stephen Daiter (Chicago), and Barry Friedman (New York).

Honouring Central Europe:
Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia.
Photography is one of the richest means of artistic expression in Central Europe. Since the early 20th century, Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, Ljubljana and Warsaw have been innovative intellectual hothouses promoting a new vision of photography. From André Kertész to Mohology-Nagy, from Frantisek Drtikol to Josef Sudek, from Brassaï to Robert Capa, many major figures from Central Europe have revolutionised the history of photography. At the crossroads of visual art and performance, subjective expression and documentary, photography still remains a favourite idiom for Central European artists eager to express new political and social realities.
With over 90 Hungarian, Polish, Slovakian, Slovenian and Czech artists represented by a third of the participating galleries, Paris Photo 2010 showcases an outstanding overview of the Central European photography scene, covering both the historic avant-gardes of the 1920s and 1930s and contemporary work.
The curator for the event is Natasa Petresin-Bachelez, an art critic and freelance curator, and has received support from the Hungarian, Polish and Slovakian Institutes, the Czech Cultural Centre, and the Slovenian Embassy in Paris.

Prix BMW- Paris Photo 2010
The Prix BMW- Paris Photo is designed to promote contemporay photography and is awarded to an artist whose work relates to the public relations programme at BMW France. The prize, now in its seventh edition, is restricted to artists presented by participating galleries; this year’s theme is ‘Electric Vision’. The winner, selected from among finalists whose work is exhibited at Paris Photo, will receive a cheque for 12,000 euros on Wednesday 17 November.