Thursday, 3 January 2008

Paris Photo 2007 (Mini review)

Finally had a chance to write i my visit last month to Photo Paris 2007. Overall it was another great show put on by the Reed the organisers of this large exhibition.

Apart from Eurostar hitting something just before entering the channel tunnel on the way back from Paris to London and resulting in a five hour delay the journey, the journey to Paris was comfortable and uneventful and took a speedy two and a quarter hours from the shiny new St Pancreas Terminal.

I took a number of photos of those booths and prints that really sparked my interest as well as some of the people I met. There was lots of new work aswell as old, so any person interested in photography would find some to take away from this wonderful event.

Michael Smith & Paula Chamlee

Had a good chat with Mike and his wife Paula, really nice people and their Azo prints are simply stunning. Bought one of Paula books on Tuscany. ( Ian I remembered to say hi to them for you, they thought your work was excellent and really enjoyed working with you at their workshop a month ago

Hamiltons Gallery

Had a short chat with the gallery manager of Hamiltons, a really pleasant chap called Charlie Fellowes. The booth was one of the nicest at Photo Paris. Was lucky enough to get an invite to their private view this Wednesday of Irving Penn’s work, will write up on blog.

What mainly sparked my interest at Hamiltons was a set of 10 photogravures of Robert Mapplethorpe’s flower prints, I believe they were around 50x40 cm and were made in 1984. A truly stunning set of prints that will no doubt rise in value, the asking price for the set was £150,000 Euros, below shows all of the set together.

Interesting nude

I went away from the Hamiltons booth really inspired as I have just started to experiment with photogravure

Camera Work

Cram packed full of prints by all sorts of photographers including, Helmet Newton, Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh to name a few, quite a bit of eye candy!

Also had one of my favourite prints by Irving Penn of his wife

Howard Greenberg

This booth had a nice set of prints by the late Arnold Newman as well some other prints that I cant remember , no Kenro Izu prints again this year, I really don’t know why they do not bring some of his prints over to Paris as they are simply stunning.

Robert Klein

This gallery had a good assortment of prints by the masters of photography including Stiglitz, Sudek, Steichen

Edward Steichen (Asking price £950,000 Euros)

Josef Sudek

Individual Artists work worth a mention

Paolo Roversi

Some stunningly beautiful polaroid nude portraits by Paolo Roversi, 10x8 inches £10,000 Euros each, a few had sold at this price.

Duane Michael’s

A nice set of Michael’s silver prints

Masao Yamamoto

Bill Brandt ( I believe this is one of his prints, please someone correct me if I am wrong) a stunning silver print

Alberto Morello

31 Studio

Although not present 31 studio (U.K platinum printmakers) had one of the largest platinum prints I have ever seen at Michael Hoppen stand. Looked almost like A1 size! I imagine a very expensive print to make!

General Shots of the exhibition

Overall I had an excellent time viewing many prints and I left the showing feeling very inspired, Highly recommended

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