The 26th edition of Paris Photo, the pivotal event in the photography world, is set to welcome a diverse group of artists, institutions, curators, collectors, journalists, and photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Scheduled from November 9 to 12, 2023, at the Grand Palais Éphémère and virtually through the Paris Photo Online Viewing Rooms, the event stands as a beacon, showcasing the finest offerings from international galleries and publishers.
Florence Bourgeois, the Director of Paris Photo, outlined the triad of objectives steering this year’s event: to showcase a discerning panorama of photography spanning nearly two centuries, encompassing historical snapshots, unprecedented projects, and emerging talents; to foster a rich tapestry of dialogues by bringing together key players in the photography ecosystem along with the general public; and to fortify and elevate the photography market and the realm of artists’ books.
The Main sector remains a focal point of the event, assembling 133 galleries from 21 countries, and offering a sweeping overview of the photographic medium, from modern masterpieces to the works of budding artists. This sector is dedicated to presenting a rich spectrum of historical and contemporary works, promising attendees a deep dive into the expansive world of photography.
A special highlight of this year’s event is the Publishers sector, which has rallied 35 international participants to champion the production of photography books, a crucial aspect of the photographic landscape that binds the still image with narrative and context.
Under the meticulous guidance of curator Anna Planas, the Curiosa sector is set to unveil the works of 17 artists gracing the event for the first time, spotlighting a diverse range of photographic practices that span from documentary to performance art.
In a nod to the digital age, a newly instituted sector curated by Nina Roehrs is dedicated to digital photography, bringing to the fore a selection of galleries and platforms deeply invested in reflection and showcasing artists who are redefining the boundaries of the photographic medium through the integration of new technologies.
The Elles x Paris Photo initiative, curated by Fiona Rogers and supported by Kering Women In Motion in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, has crafted a pathway guiding visitors through works of 36 artists selected from the galleries present at the Grand Palais Éphémère. This initiative stands as a testament to the increasing representation of women artists at the show, witnessing a growth from 20% to 36% over the past five years.
As Paris Photo unfolds, it promises a rich program of proposals, fostering a vibrant space for discussions and explorations into the dynamic world of photography. It invites attendees to immerse themselves in a rich cultural tapestry, offering a unique opportunity to delve deep into the heart of the photography world, nurturing connections and fostering a deeper understanding of the medium that has captured imaginations for centuries.