On Thursday November 15 Picturae's Paris Photo started with the opening of two beautiful exhibitions in our office which is close to the office of Magnum Photos in Montmartre. You could visit visit the special exhibition 'Middlesex' by the Archive of Modern Conflict. This included the work of Magnum Photographer Bruce Gilden, Kalev Erickson, Antony Cairns and Stephen Gill. Other works by these photographers were exhibited the same week in one of the largest stands of Paris Photo in the Grand Palais. The second exhibition which was shown in the office of Picturae covered a selection of the work by the famous Dutch photographer Kors van Bennekom.
On Friday we were guests of Institut Néerlandais, a beautiful monumental building which is located at walking distance from the Grand Palais, the location of Paris Photo itself. The impressive programme started with a "round table" discussion group, while enjoying delicious macarons, coffee and risotto. Meanwhile, the Dutch portrait photograher Robin de Puy opened her photo studio, where guests could have their picture taken for a small fee. In the afternoon guests could visit the Anima exhibition of Charlotte Dumas, who was there in person to talk about her work. In the evening the biggest event of Picturae's Paris Photo took place: DDK – Paris edition. This was a great succes! During this liveshow the room was filled with people who enjoyed the show, talked about photography or bought interesting books at the book sale.
On Friday morning first-rate photographers, photography institutions and Picturae came together to discuss the Future of Photographic Archives. The guests were very varied: from photo historian Brigitte Lardinois, Director of the Magnum Foundation Susan Meiselas and photographer Joachim Ladefoged to journalist Dirk Gebhardt, Anneke van Veen curator of the Amsterdam Municipal Archives and Martijn van de Broek, Head of Collections of the Dutch Photomuseum, everyone had something to say about this important issue. A big concern of many photographers is the survival of their archive in present times. Many wonder how their analog and digital archive can be preserved for the future. Picturae offeres a complete process so that photographers have the possibility to cooperate with agencies, platforms and clients in bringing collections together. During the round table
discussion several questions were covered like:
1. It is nessesary to digitise your entire collection?
2. Can you use the public in making a selection?
3. Can a photographer afford this kind of system?
4. Does branding offer a solution?
5. Are there 'angels' to help with the financing of such projects?
Between 1.00 pm and 7.30 pm one of the most striking Dutch portrait photograhers of the moment, Robin de Puy, took the most beautiful photos. The potret photos and full body shots were all taken with Robins feeling of beauty and were shot with perfect control of lightning.
First-rate photographer Charlotte Dumas revealed her exhibtion Anima in Institut Néerlandais. At Picturae's Paris Photo, Dumas visited the exhibition herself to explain visitors about her work. She took visitors on a tour around the exhibition room and talked about her recent photo series Retrieved (2011), portrets of the resque dogs of 9/11, and Anima (2012), which involves the horses that are used for important military funurals and ceremonies at the Arlington Cemetery in the US. During her tour, Dumas told the story of these sad animals.
DDK - Paris
The programme on Friday was closed with a special DDK - Paris edition. DDK, a live
show about photography, offered an evening filled with interviews with internationally renowned photographers and a book designer, as well as columns by critics like Donald Weber, Martin Roemers and Francis Hodgson and six pitches by starting photographers
looking for financial support for their projects. DDK – Paris also took place in Institut Néerlandais in the centre of Paris. The event started with two presentations by Viewbook and GUP Magazine. GUP presented its portfolio book New, which provides the portfolio's of around 100 photographers.
After these presentations several interviews with first-rate photographers took place. Charlotte Dumas talked about her exhibition Anima, the Canadian photographer Donald Weber explained his project and book Interrogations, Martin Roemers presented his award winning project Metroplis, the Dutch photographer Scarlett Hooft Graafland showed some of her magic photos and the American photographer Stanley Greene talked about his cooperation with the Dutch designer Teun van der Heijden. Moreover, the English art critic Francis Hodgson and the Dutch photography critic Merel Bem were invited to make an appearance. As icing on the cake David Galjaard, the young photographer who won the First PhotoBook Award earlier that afternoon, talked about his book Concresco.
We also had room for beginning photographers to pitch their project during DDK – Paris.
About a month ago, Picturae placed together with the FotografenFederatie en the website PhotoQ an appeal about this. More than thirthy-five photographers replied and were carefully reviewed. After that, six people remaind who got the change to pitch their project. The audience decided who won. The winning photographer, Isabelle Pateer, received a cheque of € 1.000,- from Picturae for her photo project Unsettled. Moreover, 100 photos of Pateer will be digitised.
On Saturday a lot of people took the last opportunity to visit the 'Middlesex' and the Kors van Bennekom exhibitions. Lovers of photography came from everywhere to experience Picturae's Paris Photo. In three days more than 250 people visited Picturae's Paris Photo. Picturae enjoyed hosting this event, which may be repeated in the feature...