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Paris Photo 2008:
Get ready for international inspiration, visual stimulation, new photographic insights, and — quite possibly — image overload!
From November 13 to 16, 2008, Paris Photo, the world’s leading fair and marketplace for photography, will showcase the works of more than 500 international photographers and artists from all continents, presented by 107 exhibitors from 18 countries (USA, France, Japan, Germany, Spain, the UK, Holland, Italy, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, South-Africa, South-Korea, Australia and India).
Thanks to a new initiative at the fair, you can expect to discover lots of fresh, exciting, never-seen-before photography, since more than a third of the exhibitors are presenting work at the fair for the first time.
Plus, this year, the special “guest of honor” focus is photography from Japan. This promises to be an exceptional overview of Japanese photography from 1848 to 2008.
From the press release:
Photography has been one of the most intense and major areas of Japanese culture since it was first introduced in the country in 1848, towards the end of the Edo Period. Paris Photo has pulled together work by more than 130 artists, from the Meiji era to 1930’s avant-garde movements and the post-war years through to the most contemporary production. To date, no exhibition in Europe has brought together such a large number of Japanese photographers.
About thirty galleries will feature Japan’s great classic masters — Shoji Ueda, Ihei Kimura, Masahisa Fukase, Eikoh Hosoe, Shomei Tomastu — and contemporary artists Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama, Naoya Hatakeyama. Eight other Japanese galleries have been invited to present the photography and video art of a young generation of artists mainly born in the mid-sixties and the seventies. A publishers’ space will highlight the central role of photo books in the Japanese photography scene.
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