Paris Photo

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Paris Photo is an international art fair of photography held annually since 1997 in Paris, France in November.[1][2][3] The fair is held in the Grand Palais,[4] a large historic site, exhibition hall and museum complex located at the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement.

Between 2013 and 2015, a Los Angeles edition of Paris Photo was held annually at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood. Since 2012 the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards have been announced and exhibited at Paris Photo.


Every year, Paris Photo invites a selected country or region to promote their native artists. In 2006 Spain was selected, and in 2007 Scandinavia.

In 2006, public attendance was 40,000. By 2014, nearly 60,000 people visited the Grand Palais for the fairs 18th edition.[5]

Florence Bourgeois is its current director.[6] She was preceded by Julien Frydman.

Paris Photo Los Angeles[edit]

In 2013, a Los Angeles edition of Paris Photo was held for the first time at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood.[7][8] The fair was organized by Reed Exhibitions.[9]

The fair's 2014 edition featured a tribute to Dennis Hopper, including a display of his photographic work and a screening of his 1971 film, The Last Movie.[10] 16,000 visitors attended the fair over the course of four days.[11][12]

In 2015, the biggest galleries that participated in the fair's earlier Los Angeles editions, including Fraenkel Gallery (San Francisco), Emmanuel Perrotin (Paris) and Gagosian Gallery (New York), did not return.[13] After three editions of Paris Photo Los Angeles, the fourth edition was canceled in early 2016 and plans for a Los Angeles edition of the FIAC fair were also tossed.[14]

The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards[edit]

The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards is a yearly photography book award that is given jointly by Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation.[15] It is announced at Paris Photo and was established in 2012.[16] The categories are Photography Catalogue of the Year (with a $10,000 prize), PhotoBook of the Year and First PhotoBook. The shortlisted books are displayed at Paris Photo.

Jury prize[edit]

The festival at one time had a jury prize, associated with a theme, awarded to the artist whose work best expresses the theme. In 2007 the theme was "Pleasure, Distilled" and the prize was 12,000 Euros. Karijn Kakebeeke was winner of the 2009 BMW – Paris Photo Prize for contemporary photography.

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  4. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (13 November 2011). "Paris Photo 2011 – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Nate Freeman (December 16, 2014), Paris Photo Loses Director Just Months Before Fair in Los Angeles The New York Observer.
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  7. ^ Georgina Adam (May 2, 2014), Takashi Murakami’s debut sci-fi film Financial Times.
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  9. ^ Dan Duray (February 15, 2016), Paris Photo LA cancelled due to low sales The Art Newspaper.
  10. ^ Booth Moore (April 25, 2014), Paris Photo L.A. art fair opens with Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, more Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ Felix Burrichter (April 29, 2014), L.A. Ups Its Fair Game W.
  12. ^ Deborah Vankin (April 24, 2014), FIAC L.A., Paris Photo L.A. art fairs to team up in 2015 Los Angeles Times.
  13. ^ Jori Finkel (May 4, 2015), Paris Photo Los Angeles loses its international accent The Art Newspaper.
  14. ^ Paris Photo Los Angeles Discontinued and Upcoming Edition of FIAC Los Angeles Canceled Artforum, February 15, 2016.
  15. ^ "PhotoBook Awards", Aperture Foundation. Accessed 1 August 2014.
  16. ^ "The Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Exhibition in Tokyo". Time Out. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 

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