Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Paris Photo - The Greatest Hits

Last week it was all about photography, photographers and more photography as Paris Photo rolled into the Grand Palais for the first time in its 15 year history as probably the world's most prominent photo fair.

I crossed the channel to report on it for Phaidon.com, where you'll find many more photos and features on the fair, but I'm going to share a few of my highlights below too.

Matthew Brandt pushes photography to its limit
A short chat at Paris Photo with the photographer who develops his prints using water from a lake

Matthew Brandt starts off with "the most Calendaresque and complete" photo-representation that he can find of a lake or reservoir. These calender-like photographs are then processed by soaking the C-type print in water collected from the lakes he photographs. "In my photographs it is interesting to reflect on photography’s inherent nature of passing moments with a fragile and fleeting/transient printing material or method. No matter how hard people try to prevent a photograph/moment from fading, it always will - no matter how fancy the UV resistant glass is."
See more of Matthew Brandt's lake photographs

The most expensive photographs ever taken
Daniel Blau Gallery exhibits rare NASA shots that map the moon at Paris Photo

“Everything comes to market at some point, it's just a question of whether it’s appreciated before it is scrapped," said Brad Feuerhelm, Director of the London Daniel Blau Gallery. "In terms of market, these mosaic pieces seem to have been saved quite early on. Again, these are great because you have the contact print, each print woven in. Can you imagine somebody scrapping that? It's where photography inadvertently transcends photography to become object status."
Read The most expensive photographs ever taken in full

People watching with a difference
Michael Wall’s Paris Photo photos of compressed commuters are a big hit with Martin Parr

German-born, USA-educated and China-based Michael Wolf's Tokyo Compression series, taken on the city's subway, succinctly capture the reality of urban public transport. Does anybody know the Japanese for ‘sardine can'? Faces of Tokyo commuters are pressed up against condensation-soaked windows, creating small pools of mist as they breathe in and out, struggling for air.
Read People watching with a difference in full

In bed with the Brooklyn Bridge
Photographer Abelardo Morell has a new take on the camera obscura

"One of the satisfactions I get from making this imagery comes from my seeing the weird and yet natural marriage of the inside and outside," says Abelardo Morell of his camera obscura images.
See more of Abelardo Morell's photographs

Read all the Phaidon.com Paris Photo coverage here

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