Flor Garduño, Anémone, Suiza, 2007, 76.7 x 80.01 cm, © Flor Garduño, courtesy Thessa Herold, Paris.

Luc Delahaye, History, Mai 2003, © Courtesy Denis Ozanne, Paris.

Focus of Paris Photo 2009 is Photography in Iran and the Arab World

Marina Abramovic, The Family VI, 2008, C-print, 180 x 294 cm, © Courtesy La Fabrica Galeria, Madrid.

Hicham Benohoud, Azemmour, 2007, © Courtesy Hicham Benohoud / Galerie Vu, Paris.

Taysir Batniji, Sky over Gaza I, © Courtesy La B.A.N.K. Paris.

Hannah Collins, True Stories Paris 1, 2009, Framed Giclée colour photography, 175 x 235 cm, © Courtesy Dominique Fiat, Paris.

Thomas Annan, High Street Glasgow, Vers 1866, © Courtesy Bernard Quaritch, London.

Rineke Dijkstra, Vondelpark, Amsterdam, June 19, 2005, 2005, C-print, 128 x 150 cm, © Courtesy La Fabrica Galeria, Madrid.

Jessica Backhaus, Marlon Brando, 2005, C-print, 28 x 35 cm, Courtesy of Robert Morat Galerie.

Reza Aramesh, Action 51, Kerem Shalom, Israel – February 17, 2008: Palestinian prisoners sit blindfolded on the ground after they were captured by Israeli soldiers, February 17, 2008, 124 x 159 cm, Courtesy B21 Gallery and the Artist.

Lalia Essaydi, Les femmes du Maroc: Harem Beauty #2, 2008, Chromogenic print mounted to aluminium, © Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

Carla Van de Puttelaar, Untitled, 2009, C-print, © Carla van de Puttelaar / Courtesy Flatland Gallery, Utrecht.

Van Leo, Sherihan actrice égyptienne, Le Caire, Egypte, 1976, Collection Fondation Arabe pour l'Image – Fondation Arabe pour l'Image.


Paris Photo 2009
Carrousel du Louvre
99 rue de Rivoli

Paris Photo undertakes an exploration of photographic practices in the Orient. Photography arrived in the region in the 19th Century. It has become the dominant medium in what is today a diverse and autonomous contemporary art scene that attracts considerable interest internationally. Catherine David, Director of Documenta X at Kassel in 1997 and author of numerous exhibitions and publications on Arab contemporary artistic production, presents the major characteristics of this emerging and poorly documented scene in three parts. First is the Central Exhibition showing a selection of rare images from the collections of the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut. The Statement section provides an overview of emerging talent from Tehran to Damascus, Beirut to Cairo and Tangiers to Dubai. The Project Room offers a program of video screenings, testimony to growing interest in the dynamics of this medium among the artists of the region.

A number of Western galleries in the general section will present work of established Arab and Iranian artists such as Abbas Kiarostami at London gallery Purdy Hicks, Abbas on Iran at Magnum Gallery, Morocco’s Yto Barrada at Polaris, Egypt’s Youssef Nabil at Michael Stevenson, Palestinian Taysir Batniji at La B.A.N.K and Lebanon’s Fouad El Khoury at Tanit. Other galleries have chosen to show Western visions of the East, in particular some of the earliest examples of orientalist photography presented by Baudoin Lebon, Serge Plantureux and Hershkowitz. Also showing is the work of contemporary artists such as Gabriele Basilico on Beirut, Philippe Chancel on Dubai, Lars Tunbjork on Oman etc.

Paris Photo, the leading fair for 19th Century, modern and contemporary photography features 102 exhibitors including 89 galleries and 13 publishers. With 75 percent of selected participants coming from 23 countries, the 2009 edition is remarkable in terms of geographical diversity. With 11 galleries Germany is first among foreign participants, followed by the U.S. with 10 galleries, United Kingdom (7), Netherlands (6), Japan and Spain (5 each), Italy (3), two each from South Africa, Denmark United Arab Emirates, Finland, Tunisia, and finally one for Austria, Belgium, China, South Korea, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, Lebanon and Morocco. France is represented by 21 galleries, among which several newcomers debut such as La B.A.N.K, Patricia Dorfman, Dominique Fiat, Françoise Paviot and la Galerie RX.

With 31 first-time participants, the emphasis in this year’s selection is on renewal and up-and-coming galleries such a Motive from Amsterdam, Kuckei+Kuckei from Berlin, Nusser & Baumgart from Munich, or Pente 10 from Lisbon. They show alongside established and prestigious names such as Goodman Gallery, South Africa’s historic gallery founded in 1965, and Munich’s Fine Old Masters, a regular at TEFAF Maastricht. Denmark’s Bo Bjerggaard is back and Robert Koch Gallery of San Francisco and Toni Tapiès of Barcelona show for the first time.

The BMW-Paris Photo prize supports contemporary creativity, awarded once a year to an artist/photographer for his or her work on a theme related to BMW France’s advertising campaign. The prize, reserved for artists represented by galleries participating in Paris Photo, reveals the best in contemporary photography with work on the theme “When was the last time you had a unique experience?” The winner is chosen from short-listed artists whose work is displayed during Paris Photo. The €12,000 prize is awarded Wednesday, November 18.

The 2009 jury is presided by Philippe Dehennin, President of BMW France Robert Delpire, Photographer and publisher, Paris, TJ Demos, Art critic and writer, London, Matthias Harder, Curator and Director of the Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Manfred Heiting, Collector, Los Angeles and Sandra S. Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

This November, Paris Photo coincides with several major photographic events in Paris: Michael Kenna, retrospective at Bibliothèque nationale de France, The Subversion of Images, Surrealism, Photography, Film at Centre Pompidou, August Sander: Seeing, Observing, Thinking at Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation, Delpire & Cie at Maison européenne de la photographie, Federico Fellini, La Grande Parade at Jeu de Paume. In addition, the Middle East will be the main focus of exhibitions such as Palestine, creation in all states at the Arab World Institute, Djân, Body and Soul at VU Gallery , 150 years of Iranian Photography at Musée du Quai Branly, or Iran 1979-2009: Between Hope and Chaos, 30 years of Iranian Documentary Photography at Monnaie de Paris.

Exhibiting Galleries: 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing. Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid. Anhava Helsinki. Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen. Base Gallery,Tokyo. baudoin lebon, Paris. Bernard Quaritch, London. Bernheimer Fine Art Photography Munich. Daniel Blau Munich. Galleri Bo Bjerggaard Copenhagen. Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York. Brancolini Grimaldi, Rome/Florence. Camera Obscura, Paris. Caprice Horn* Berlin. Michèle Chomette, Paris. Cokkie Snoei, Rotterdam. DNA Berlin. Patricia Dorfmann Paris. Johannes Faber, Vienna. Dominique Fiat Paris. Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Anvers. Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris. Flatland, Utrecht. FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo. Forma Galleria, Milan. Eric Franck, London. Françoise Paviot* Paris. Galeria Fucares, Madrid. G/P Tokyo. Goodman Gallery Johannesburg. Howard Greenberg, New York. Guido Costa Projects Turin. Hamiltons, London. Robert Hershkowitz, Sussex, UK. Michael Hoppen, London. Edwynn Houk, New York. galerie du jour agnès b. Paris. Keumsan Gallery, Seoul. Robert Klein, Boston. Robert Koch Gallery San Francisco. Galerie Van Kranendonk, The Hague. Hans P. Kraus Jr. New York. Kudlek van der Grinten, Cologne. Kuckei + Kuckei Berlin La B.A.N.K. Paris. La Fabrica Galeria, Madrid. Lumière des Roses; Montreuil. Magnum Gallery, Paris. Robert Mann, New York. Max Estrella, Madrid. m Bochum, Bochum. MEM, Osaka. Michael Stevenson, Cape Town. Laurence Miller, New York. Robert Morat Hamburg. Motive Amsterdam. Taro Nasu,Tokyo. Nusser & Baumgart Contemporary Munich. Obsis Paris. Priska Pasquer, Cologne. Pente 10 Lisbon. The Photographer’s Gallery London. Serge Plantureux, Paris. Pobeda Gallery Moscow. Polaris, Paris. Purdy Hicks London. Le Réverbère, Lyon. Yancey Richardson, New York. Galerie RX Paris. Bruce Silverstein Photography, New York. TaiK, Helsinki, Tanit*Munich., Thessa Herold, Paris Toluca, Paris. Galeria Toni Tapies Barcelona. Torch Gallery Amsterdam. Vintage, Budapest. Vu’ la Galerie, Paris. Esther Woerdehoff, Paris. Xippas, Paris/Athens. Van Zoetendaal, Amsterdam.

Arab and Iranian Galleries: Assar Art Gallery Tehran / Mohammad Ghazali, Sadegh Tirafkan, B21 Gallery Dubai / Reza Aramesh, Ramin Haerizadeh, U.A.E. El Marsa Tunis / Lamia Naji, Galerie 127 Marrakech / Malik Nejmi. Selma Feriani London/Tunis / Raja Aissa, Sama Alshaibi, Rula Halawani. Sfeir-Semler Beirut/Hamburg / Yasser Alwan, Walid Raad, Wael Shawky, Akram Zaatari. Silk Road Tehran / Bahman Jalali, Gohar Dashti, Katayoun Karami, The Empty Quarter Dubai / Fara Nosh, Asim Rafiqi.

Holly Andres, The Red Purse, From the series: Sparrow Lane, 2008, © Holly Andres, Courtesy Robert Mann Gallery, New York.

William Hammerschmidt, Femme arabe portant un costume d'intérieur, Vers 1860, Tirage sur papier albuminé, © Courtesy Lumiére des Roses, Montreuil.

Catherine Robbe-Grillet, L'hommage a Yves Klein, Photographie n& b réalisée lors du tournage du film de Alain Robbe-Grillet Glissements progressifs du plaisir, 1974, (Anicée Alvina), Tirage d'époque, Crédit: Catherine Robbe-Grillet / Productions Coséfa, Films – Courtesy Galerie Obsis, 23,9 x 18 cm.

Norman Parkinson, The art of travel, Vogue, 1951, Modern gelatin silver, 50 x 40 cm., © Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive and Eric Franck Fine Art.

Frantisek Drtikol, Zena ve Svetie, Praha: E. Beaufort, 1930, © Courtesy Harper's Books.

Yuki Onodera, Transvest Dave, 2003, Gelatin-silver print, 197 x 125 cm, © Courtesy Galerie RX, Paris.

Gabriela Marawetz, Plus proche de moi que moi-meme, 2009, Jet d'encre pigmentée sur voile et toile, 170 x 104 cm, © Gabriela Morawetz, courtesy Thessa Herold, Paris.

Barbara Probst, Exposure #65: N.Y.C., 55 8th Avenue, 11.26.08, 6:11 p.m., 2009, Ultrachrome ink on cotton paper, 2 parts 112 x 112 cm each, Kuckel + Kuckel Gallery, Berlin.


Rudolf Koppitz, The Brothers, 1928, Vintage pigment print, 26.5 x 25.2 cm, © Estate of Rudolf Koppitz, Courtesy Galerie Johannes Faber.