Saturday, 31 December 2011

Paris Photo 2011 (Highlights)

 Previously held at the Carousel de Louvre, this years setting for Paris Photo 2011 was the Grand Palais. The building as the name suggests is impressively large and quite awe inspiring once you start walking around. The day I attended there was bright sunshine, with the roof being made of glass the majority of prints were viewed in natural daylight, which is quite different from previous shows which have been in closed roof buildings.

  The show attracted more galleries than ever this year, and in terms of attendance feedback from people I spoke to said that a greater number of people attended this time round.  

Below highlights some of the prints that were on show that caught my eye.  Hamilton’s Gallery usually has the best looking stand, this year was no different. They had a selection of Irving Penn’s multi-layered platinum prints on display that were stunning examples of this particular alternative printing process.

Irving Penn, A Cry,Multi-layered Platinum/Palladium Print, 1982, 12x16 inchs

Irving PennBalenciaga Mantle Coat (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn),
Multi-layered Platinum/Palladium Print, 1950, 23x20 inchs

Selection of Irving Penn Platinum/Palladium Prints from the 'Small Trade' series 

 Helmet Newton 

Pace/MacGill had some interesting prints on show by Penn, Paolo Roversi and Harry Callahan

 Cigarette 37, Irving Penn, 1972, Four Platinum/Palladium prints, (60x45inchs)

Kirsten as Juliet, 1988, Paolo Roversi, Polariod,  9.5x7.5inchs

Eleanor, Chicago, 1947, Harry Callahan, Silver Gelatin, 5x4 inchs

Every year Paris photo has a theme, this year it was images of African Origin, Bernheimer Fine Art photography showed a selection of platinum prints by Nick Brandt and Irving Penn based on this theme.

Girl With Nose Disc, Irving Penn,1969, Multi-layer platinum/palladium print, 20x16 inchs

Nick Brandt, Elephant Drinking, Platinum/Palladium print, 90x70cm

Chettah and Cubs, Nick Brandt,2003, Plaitnum/Palladium 90x70

The Michael Hoppen gallery had some new prints by Boris Savelev, these are multi-layered pigment (inkjet) prints on gesso covered aluminium. Regular viewers will know that i wrote an article on this process you can download a copy here

Boris Savelev, Jelty Bus,Multi-layered pigment print on gesso covered aluminium. 164x110cm

I came across some stunning platinum/palladium prints by Herb Ritts at the Edwynn Houk Gallery.

  Herb Ritts, Tatjana Veiled Head, 1988 Platinum/Palladium print,20x16 inchs


Herb Ritts,Now and Zen 1, Platinum/Palladium,20x24inchs

One of the many galleries that had not attened Paris Photo before was the Gagosian, they had some impressive prints that caught my eye by Hiroshi Sugimoto and very large Richard Avedon silver prints 

Hiroshi Sugimoto Lightening Fieilds 226-228, 2009, Silver Gelatin, 20x16 inchs

 Hiroshi Sugimoto Stylized Sculpture 110,  2007 Gelatin silver print,58x47 inchs

 Richard Avedon, self portrait, 1980, Silver Gelatin, 50x40 1/4 inches

 Hacklbury Fine Art gallery had some interesting prints by the Starn Twins, the print below using all maner of materials to create the final result

 Doug and Mike Starn, Dig Yourself (2005-2008) Unique color carbon print on Zerkall paper with 16K gold and palladium leaf water filding and 24K illumination. 36x60 inchs

 Doug & Mike Starn Structure of Thought 15 (2001-05) Inkjet print and mixed media

Always when I visit the Howard Greenburg stand i ask to have a look at some of Kenro Izu's platinum/palladium prints as they are simply exquisite, this print was influenced by Paul Stand's series of images he took of South West America in the early 20th Century. The print is quite breathtaking to view in person.

Kenro Izu, South West, US 8, 1993 Platinum-Palladium print, 14 x 20

 Overall I really enjoyed the fair this year, there was so much excellent photography on show, I really needed two days to view it all properly. I hope they use the Grand Palais again next year as it’s a great location.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Blog updates

I have nearly got around to finishing my review of Photo Paris 2011 and will post it as soon as it is complete. The show was better than ever this year and I took a lot of pictures this time around.

 I have also updated the gallery section of the DC Editions website with recent commissions we have been involved in, it is by no means an exhaustive list as with some commissions it is not possible to publicise at this stage.

Last September we completed some platinum/palladium prints as well as gum over platinum prints for a talented up and coming photographer called Ellen Rogers. It was really nice to work with her. She also wrote an article on the experience which includes and interview with myself, you can view it here