The Best of Paris Photo 2016

Today one of the most important fixtures in the fine art photography calendar, Paris Photo this year celebrated 20 years of drawing collectors, curators, dealers and photograph aficionados from around the world to the French capital. While last year’s edition may have been overshadowed by the tragic terrorist attack that shook Paris on Friday 13th November, this year boldly re-instated the photography fair as one of the finest in the world, with 180 exhibitors from over 30 countries worldwide showcasing the best in classic and modern photography.

David Hockney at Galerie 1900-2000

David Hockney John St Clair swimming

David Hockney, John St Clair Swimming, April 1972, 1976, Tirage chromogènique sur papier kodak, 17.6 x 23.6cm, galerie 1900-2000, Paris, © David Hockney

Exhibited by Galerie 1900-2000 and Lelong over the weekend, one of the most anticipated exhibitions at this year’s event featured a rare series of photographs by David Hockney. Taken between the years of 1970 and 1975, the series comprises snapshot scenes from the artist’s private life with each photograph captioned ‘For Lucien’—Hockney’s former assistant who came to work for the artist after a period spent with iconic photographer Man Ray.

The Pencil of Culture


Maurice Tabard, Punu Mask, 1937, Gelatin Silver Print, © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Philippe Migeat/Dist. RMN-GP

With over 40,000 prints and counting, the collection at The Centre Pompidou is currently one of the most important photographic collections in Europe, if not the world. The Pencil of Culture, which references the first photography book produced in the 1840s, showcased the finest pieces from the Centre’s decade of acquisitions. Held at the Galeries Salon d’Honneur on the upper floor of the Grand Palais, exhibition highlights included works by Brassaï, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jeff Wall and Renée Magritte.

Leica Oskar Barnack Award

Scarlett Coten

© Scarlett Coten

Celebrating 10 years since its inception, Leica this year exhibited the 37 laureates of its Oskar Barnack award for the first time. Featuring now-famous shots from the oeuvre of artists including Luc Delahaye and Jane Evelyn Atwood, the exhibition also included the work of this year’s winner Scarlett Coten who won the prize for her series of portraits entitled Mectoub.


Anthony Hernandez

Anthony Hernandez, from the series (los angeles, photographs of) WAITING, SITTING, FISHING, AND SOME AUTOMOBILES, 1979-1982 Courtesy Gallery Thomas Zander, Cologne

Following on from its success in previous editions, the Prismes sector this year expanded to fill up the Grand Palais’ Salon d’Honneur. The sector is dedicated to projects exploring the diverse practices of photography, with this year’s Prismes comprising 14 presentations of work which included the White Space Gallery’s selection of prints by Russian cinematographer Andei Tarkovsky.

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