Robert Polidori, Salle de Crimée Sud, 2007, courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve
Josef Hoflehner, Bondi Baths (Sydney, Australia, 2011)
Paris Photo is big this year. It’s at the Grand Palais with over 160 galleries and publishers plus curated sections from Harald Falkenberg’s collection, the Instituto Moreira Salles, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Museum Folkwang. The Paris Photo Platform welcomes photographers, critics and curators for talks throughout the event (This afternoon, Martin Parr at 2pm! Sunday afternoon Nicolas Bourriaud of Ensba in conversation with Philippe Parreno!)
The bulk of what is on show is, of course, not an exhibition but a shopping opportunity for the financially unchallenged. Here is my dream shopping list (or a list of recommendations, should you wish to part with a few thousand this weekend… ):
Robert Polidori‘s La Mémoire des Murs. Ragged-looking interiors and faded grandeur of the Chateau de Versailles under restoration in the 1980s, abandoned interiors of Pripyat (near Chernobyl) (Karsten Greve, also currently on show in the gallery).
Vik Muniz’s painstakingly assembled photo-collages, in particular the one after Hieronymous Bosch (Ben Brown Fine Arts).
Josef Hoflehner‘s limpid and playful landscapes (Nikolaus Reizicska)
Katy Grannan‘s brutally frank portraits (Fraenkel)
Massimo Vitali‘s over-crowded, over-exposed beach landscapes (Brancolini Grimaldi)
Edward Burtynsky’s awe-inspiring landscapes, where human intervention meets the raw power of nature (Howard Greenberg)
Joann Verburg‘s ethereal olive grove landscapes (Pace/Macgill)
Paris Photo is on at the Grand Palais until 17/11/13, full list of exhibitors and program here.