Paris Photo a passion of our times
ere we see a selling and "collectionist" fever, a cultural enthusiasm and a gargantuan programme found in no other major city – neither New York, London, Los Angeles, Berlin nor Beijing, although Paris's ranking in terms of commercial art transactions is on the down. This autumnal frenzy in photographic exhibitions can be explained by the number and
soundness of Paris museums and public institutions devoted to the medium, the wealth of galleries, the traditional place of photography, and undoubtedly other factors as well. Photography is the ultimate medium for disseminating cultural and industrial creations, which are some of the most vulnerable, but also some of the most sought-after and collected. Although photography still occupies a modest position in the art market, its share is constantly growing, particularly as, in terms of cultural commodities, the medium is the one that lends itself most easily to speculative operations because of the derisory nature of the support, its fragility and the ease with which it can be multiplied and transported. The photographic scene is undoubtedly the one where the feverish excitement of our time is the most all-encompassing, because it intermingles democratic culture, great art, science, fantasy, money and madness all at once. Paris Photo is clearly doing well: the event has now been exported to Los Angeles, with a first edition scheduled in April 2013 in the Paramount Pictures studios. Ever in quest of the innovative, the Paris exhibition, which returns to the Grand Palais this year, is staging "Paris Photo vu par…": a circuit focusing on a different personality each year. In 2012, David Lynch is the one pointing the way. The itinerary will be identified and can be followed on the Paris Photo mobile app; the selection is accompanied by a book published by Steidl. The "Recent acquisitions", "Private collection" and "The platform" sections
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards - Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs Book Cam.
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