Since 1997, Paris Photo has been bringing photography fans, curators and collectors to Paris with its promise of new talent, as well as its collection of rare editions of photo masters for sale. Founded by art publisher Rik Gadella, the scholarship partnered with Aperture Foundation in 2012 to launch the Aperture PhotoBook Awards, and over the past decade the $10,000 prize has helped launch the careers of artists including Vasantha Yogananthan, Dayanita Singh and Michael Christopher Brown.
With the arrival of the inaugural Art Basel Paris just two weeks before Paris Photo at the end of October this year, show organizers were concerned that Art Basel Paris would dominate Paris Photo’s status as an independent champion of talent among visiting collectors. But by midday on the first day of the show, the show was in full swing as the show continued to champion established photographers, including Viviane Sassen and Tania Franco Klein, alongside up-and-coming names such as Pao Houa Her and Arash Hanaei. Here we round up five of the standout photographers we know from the 25th edition of Paris Photo.
Deana Lawson, Andreen, 2022
Galerie Gagosian exhibited intimate portraits of American photographers Deana Lawson and Sally Mann side by side – the result cast an even stronger light on the work of each of the iconoclastic female photographers. The two women worked together on the roster on the show, with Lawson’s Andreen and that of Mann Kare and the Cadet speaking about the importance of women’s direct gaze at the camera.
Deborah Turbeville, From the Valentino collection1977
After ten years as the fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar US, Deborah Turbeville became a fashion photographer, creating images that challenged the conventional boundaries of fashion editing and art. Her image of models in couture by the designer Valentino exemplifies her signature lens that explored both the humanity and pathos of glamour.
Tania Franco Klein, Toaster (self-portrait)from the series Our life in the shadow2016
Franco Klein exhibited a series of photos from her series from 2016 Our life in the shadow — a collection in which the artist becomes the voyeur of the individualistic lives of contemporary Americans. The Mexican photographer is inspired by William Eggleston, Diane Arbus and Alec Soth in her spotlight on the cracks in the American dream.
Laurie Simons, Hiking camera II (Jimmy the camera)1987
Simmons’ black-and-white print winks at the surreal female photographers Dora Maar and Lee Miller, and their animation of ordinary household possessions. The work is part of a series created in the 1980s that brings inanimate objects to life, from dolls to toy houses. Hiking camera II was inspired by the everyday American mid-century ephemera the artist grew up with.
Arash Hanai, Suburban Hauntolofy2022
Iranian photographer Arash Hanaei has reinvented the suburbs of Paris with his series Suburban Hauntology at BMW Art Makers, a commentary on the social responsibility of state housing and the inattention in the current French system. The booth, curated by art historian Morad Montazam, allows Hanaei to comment on the tension between art and politics that his cult status knows him for.
Paris Photo runs until November 14.