Notable: Report From Paris Photo 2010

In Art Fair, Article, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector on November 22, 2010 at 10:06 am

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‘Deco Stairwell, Havana’ (2010) by Michael Eastman

A very nice wrap up from Francis Hodgson on this year’s Paris Photo in the Financial Times:

The 2010 edition is superficially a good
vintage – although this report is necessarily
written before results are in any way clear.
The spread of imagery seems as wide as
ever. I saw wonderful early French calotypes from the 1840s – the very dawn of
photography – in the care of Robert
Hershkowitz, selected to chime with a
heroic exhibition on that subject at the
Bibliothèque Nationale. And there are
naturally more pictures dated 2010 than you can shake a stick at. Yet this catholic range conceals a definite shift back to steadier virtues than the shrill contemporary pageant of several recent instances of the fair.

This year there is a particular concentration on the photography of eastern Europe, with more rewarding results than the recent similar focus on Iranian photography, which fell very flat. Since eastern Europe has been a powerhouse of photographic invention, it makes for a very rich seam
indeed. Howard Greenberg is offering charming 1930s contact prints by Josef Ehms: the one which seduced me most was a plunging view of a modernist café terrace dotted with white parasols. There are splendid vintage Brassaï prints at Galerie Françoise Paviot from Paris and no shortage of Kertesz in the year of his huge show at the Jeu de Paume.

For more from the article: Financial Times

For more on the art fair: Paris Photo

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