Luis Adelantado, Valencia/Miami
Artists presented: Aggtelek, Diego Bianchi, Richard Orjis, Oswaldo Ruiz, Monserrat Soto, Eduardo Sourrilles, Priscilla Monge.
Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid
Artists presented: Eric Baudelaire, Jordi Colomer, Jonas Dahlberg, Dora García, Carmela García, Alberto García Alix, Cristina García Rodero, Pierre Gonnord, Cristina Lucas,Yasumasa Morimura, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Andres Serrano.
Artists presented: Sandra Kantanen, Pertti Kekarainen, Arno Rafael Minkkinen.
The gallery opposes the work of one of Finland’s historically most influential photographers, Arno RafaelMinkkinen, whose success starting in the 1970s stimulated many other artists, to that of two rising talents of the Helsinki School, Sandra Kantanen and Pertti Kekarainen. In his black and white shots, Minkkinen relentlessly examines the relationship between his body and places. His self-portraits show him nude, becoming one with the landscape by, for example, blending himself with two trees in an intense relationship with nature. Kantanen and Kekarainen represent conceptual photography at its highest technical and formal level. Kantanen’s spare, milky-toned still lives produce a poetry of the object and light. Kekarainen creates coloured abstractions by juxtaposing architectural details and playing with opacity and transparency.
Martin Asbaek Projects, Denmark
Artists presented:Trine Sondergaad (1972, Denmark), Nicolai Howalt (1970, Denmark), Ebbe Stub Wittrup (1973, Denmark), Lisa Strömbeck, (1973, Sweden).
“Man meets nature” could be defined as the common theme of a show featuring a continuation of Trine Sondergaad and Nicolai Howalt’s “How to Hunt” series. Against a background of romantic, foggy landscapes,these fascinating studies depict an act that was once necessary for survival and has now become a ritual. In Presumed Reality, Ebbe Strub Wittrup appropriates slides documenting a Norwegian mountaineering expedition in the1950s. The double exposures of disturbing landscapes place reality and its representation in an endless hall of mirrors and question the world of nature and the nature of the image. Pets – dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. – are the subject of Lisa Strömbeck’s photocollages and videos. She makes them pose in a humorous manner, highlighting the interdependence of people and their animals.
Oliva Arauna gallery, Madrid
Artists presented: Chema Alvargonzalez, Per Barclay, Botto & Bruno, Jota Castro, Concha Prada, Alexandra Ranner,Miguel Rio Branco.
Bonni Benrubi gallery, New York
Artists presented: Simon Norfolk,Abelardo Morell, Matthew Pillsbury, Massimo Vitali.
Camera Work, Berlin
Artists presented: David Drebin, Josef Hoflehner, Robert Polidori, Frank Rothe.
Clairefontaine gallery, Luxembourg
Artists presented: Marie Taillefer, Giacomo Costa.
Charles Cowles gallery, New York
Artists presented: Mona Kuhn (1969) and Edward Burtynsky (1955, Canada).
In conjunction with the publication of Quarries by Steidl books, the gallery is showing photographs by Edward Burtynsky from his famous series of views of stone quarries taken around the world. The uneasy beauty of these industrial landscapes is followed by Mona Khun’s nude studies of her friends in their familiar home settings. Reminiscent of Ingres, the contrasting soft and sharp focuses, and the fresh, sensual tones, create a hedonistic world in which nudity is a celebration of the natural.
Max Estrella, Madrid
Artists presented: Eugenio Ampudia (Spain), Roland Fischer (1958, Germany), Dionisio Gonzalez (1965, Spain), Duane Michals (1932, US), Aitor Ortiz (1971, Spain), Adrian Tyler (1963, UK).
The relationship between architecture and space is the common theme running through the work of the artists presented by this gallery: the digitally-created grey and white imaginary buildings of Aitor Ortiz; Roland Fischer’s abstract double exposures of the façades of the Alhambra; Adrian Tyler’s “archistructures;” and the computer-generated panoramic views
of chaotic, proliferating cities by Dionisio Gonzales.
Anne de Villepoix, Paris
Artists presented: Luigi Ghirri, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Martha Rosler,Alessandra Sanguinetti, Sam Samore, Erwin Wurm.
Erwin Wurm’s One-Minute Sculptures show ordinary people in incongruous poses, while the digital photocollages in Martha Rosler’s 2004 Bringing the War Home series denounce the disasters of America’s “war on terrorism.” The gallery is also showing photos by Alessandra Sanguinetti (1968,Argentina), a series much noted at the 2007 Arles photography festival called
“The adventures of Guille and Belinda and the enigmatic meaning of their dreams,” an epic narrative of the daily lives of young women on a farm near Buenos Aires.
Galerie Du Jour/ Agnès b, Paris
Artists presented: Ryan McGinley (1977, US), Malick Sidibé (1935, Mali).
The gallery features work young American photographer Ryan McGinley with his latest series of images of friends cavorting nude on the Western plains in an approach that brings to mind the work of his elders, Nan Goldin and Larry Clark.
Dominique Fiat, Paris
Artists presented: Philippe Gronon (1964, France), Ola Kolehmainen (1964, Finland),Thomas Lélu, Rut Blees Luxembourg,Tania Mouraud.
The city, its reflections and movement are are some of the threads running through the work of threeartists in this show:Rut Blees Luxembourg. His series “Piccadilly’s Peccadilloes ” was inspired by Charles Holden’s 1930s drawings of stations on that London Underground line.This German artist’s pictures capture pieces of the station’s lit-up signs reflected in a puddle of water or gleaming wet pavement, highlighting the elusive and inevitably misread meanings our eye finds in the mirrored urban night.Philippe Gronon. His “Tableaux de Mouvements – Chrysler Building, New York” is a recent series of six elevator control panels in the Chrysler Building, closeups taken at six different moments.The photos freeze precise instants in time, with the random movement of the elevators indicated by the red lights.These abstract images are symbolic of the verticality of the city and its dynamics,and the ups and downs of the human condition. Ola Kolehmainen. Frontal photographs of façades of glass building whose reflections deconstruct realityinto shimmering abstract surfaces.
Galeria Fucares, Madrid
Artists presented: Jaime de la Jara, Candida Hofer, Rita Magalaes, Rosa y Bleda.
Artists presented: Erwin Olaf (1959), Cornelie Tollens (1964), Ruud Van Empel (1958).
Three Dutch artists share the gallery walls: Cornelie Tollens stages erotic boudoir scenes, where accessories and items of clothing (high heels, silk stockings, lace, silk lace, flowers and fruit) are an exploration of feminine desire. Ruud Van Empel, known for his digital work, presents his latest series,“Venus,” images – half dream, half reality – of diaphanous girls floating in water. His compositions evoke the Pre-Raphaelite painters. In settings that evoke the life of American high society in the 1960s, Erwin Olaf’s new series “Grief” examines the suffering embodied by lonely women immured in their sorrow.
Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris
Artists presented: Charles Fréger, Paul Graham, Mohamed Bourouissa, Karen Knorr.
Along with Charles Fréger’s “uniform photographic portraits” in the “Empire” series (2006), ”American Nights” by Paul Graham and Karen Knorr’s animal fables (“Les Fables,” 2004/2007), the gallery introduces a new French artist, 29-year-old Mohamed Bourouissa. His
“Périphérique” series depicts Paris’ suburban housing projects: nightly clashes between rival bands, confrontations with the police.The pictures look like live-action reportage, but in fact the scenes are entirely set up. In this way, the artist deconstructs the clichés associated with the way the suburbs are commonly described and seeks to address issues such as the balance of power and its mechanisms.
Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp
Artists presented: Carl de Keyzer, Malick Sidibé, Friederike
Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
Artists presented: Ari Ashley, Jeff Bark (US, 1963), Scarlett Hooft Graafland.
Alongside to Jeff Bark’s latest painterly tableaux, contemporary reinterpretations of mythological scenes whose themes are eroticism, desire and physical abandon, visitors will also discover the work of UK photographer Ari Ashley, shown for the first time at Paris Photo. Like Lartigue, she photographs daily life, her friends and family and outdoor games. Her images reflect moments of pure happiness that recall the carefree days of the Belle Époque. Scarlett Hooft Graafland’s work lies at the intersection of photography, performance and sculpture.The arid Bolivian highlands serve as the background for surrealist interventions in the landscape recorded by her camera: a spiral jetty made of balloons on the reddish waters of a salt lake, hats floating in the desert…
Kudelk Van der Grinten, Cologne
Artists presented: Pierre Faure, Izima Kaoru, Reto Camenish.
Known for his phantasmagoric scenes in which actresses and models imagine and act out their own deaths, Izima Kaoru presents two recent small-format series: “Kuroki Meisa wears Gucci” (2006) and “Kimura Yoshino wears Calvin Klein” (2007). Pierre Faure delivers his impressions of Japan. These photographs, with their highly cinematographic quality, reveal the colours and lights, shapes and odours of cities, the faces and gestures of their inhabitants, all rendered abstract through the use of black, the common element running through these pieces. Swiss photographer Reto Camenisch presents “Zeit/time,” a black and white series of landscapes from
all corners of the world,transformed into timeless visions through the use of contrasts and deep black tones.
Magnum Photos, Paris
Artists presented: Antoine d’Agata, Bruno Barbey, Bruce Davidson, Thomas Dworzak, Bruce Gilden, Leonard Freed, Harry Gruyaert, Richard Kalvar, Carl de Keyzer, Guy Le Querrec, Alex Majoli, Peter Marlow, Mark Power, Miguel Rio Branco, Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Trent Parke, Martin Parr, Gilles Peres, Lise Sarfati, Dennis Stock,Alec Soth, Patrick Zachmann.
As part of its sixtieth anniversary celebrations, Magnum Photos, is opening a new gallery in Paris. At Paris Photo, the agency is presenting “On stage,” previously unseen contemporary and vintage prints from its rich and diverse archives, selected by Matthew Humery, director of the photography department at Christies New York. He brings together work that capture those magic moments just before or after a dramatic event taking place backstage during a performance or in the street.
Robert Miller gallery, New York
Artists presented: Bill Henson (1955,Australia), Walter Niedermayr, Mayumi Terrada (1958, Japan).
A subtle interplay of light and shadow links the minimalist interior scenes entirely recreated in the studio by Mayumi Terada with Walter Niedermayr’s milky snow-covered Alpine views and the chiaroscuro images of teenage bodies set in twilight industrial landscapes by Bill Henson.
M Bochum gallery, Bochum
Artists presented: Lucinda Devlin (1947, US),Thomas Florschuetz (1957, Germany), Peter Hendricks (1955, Germany), Aino Kannisto (1973, Finland).
This gallery’s eclectic show includes “Sehsüchtig /Sehnsüchtig” by Peter Hendricks, a 1994-98 series on female prostitution. In these rare an intense depictions of human suffering,pathos is absent from the tightly framed portraits and the close-ups of drug-ravaged bodies. Recent German history is the subject of Thomas Florschuetz’s “Palast” (2006), a series on the Palace of
the Republic in the former East Berlin, monument to the power of the now defunct GDR, as it undergoes demolition.The artist set up his camera inside the ruined building, shooting from the inside and looking out. Stripped of its opaque façade and ornamentation, the building reveals its structure and the world outside. For Florschuetz, this is both a formal exploration in the cold style of the German school of photography and a metaphorical reflection on inside and outside, opacity and transparency, enclosure and opening, concepts inseparably linked to the history of this site. The gallery also offers the latest narrative work by Finland’s Aino Kannisto, a series on existential anguish that reads almost like a short film.Also on show is the previously unseen “Subterranea” series by Lucinda Devlin. She makes subtle use of the effects of artificial light in stone-age caves that have been converted intotourist attractions to create a strange world as a metaphor for nature that has been alienated by man.
Galerie M+B, Los Angeles
Artists presented: Alison Jackson, Jehad Nga, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Rocky Schenks.
Among the artists shown at Paris Photo, the gallery is highlighting Alison Jackson’s “Confidential” series recently published in a book by Taschen, portraits of ‘celebrities’ taken by surprise in startling poses: the Queen of England on the toilet, George Bush and Tony Blair chatting in a sauna, Osama Bin Laden playing backgammon and Monica Lewinsky lighting Bill Clinton’s cigar. The resemblances are striking, but of course the models are look-alikes. In a highly sophisticated and subversive style, this British artist questions our contemporary obsession with celebrities and their private lives, truth and the artifice of image.
Olivier Robert Gallery, Paris
This gallery’s display centres on three young artists: Riyas Komu (India, b.1971) Joel Tettamanti (Cameroun, b.1977) and Boogie (Serbia, b.1970). Boogie goes deepinto the shadows of Bed-Stuy, Queensbridge, Bushwick and find his own fully-realised vision of unsolvable urban hopelessness: smiling young men revelling in violence and pointing guns at the camera; graffiti-covered walls and scarred flesh; needles and glass pipes.The charged energy of his pictures takes Boogie beyond the classic mode of photojournalism.
Polaris gallery, Paris
Artists presented: Yto Barrada, Stéphane Couturier, Assaf Shoshan.
Yancey Richardson gallery, New York
Artists presented: Olivo Barbieri, Esko Manniko, Hellen Van Meene.
In Italian photographer Olivo Barbieri’s bird’s-eye views (2007), Las Vegas looks like a miniature city. In the recent “Harmony Sisters” series by Esko Manniko (Finland), the close-ups of animal heads become almost abstract by the sharpness of the shapes and the intensity of the colour. The Dutch artist Hellen Ven Meene’s candid portraits of teenagers combine an investigation of the identity issues that arise with the passage from childhood to adolescence, with a formal approach that is closer classical portrait painting (the poses, garments and treatment of light).
Senda gallery, Barcelona
Artists presented: Jordi Bernardo, Jane Hammond, Ola Kolehmainen,Anna Malagrida.
Filomaena Soares gallery, Lisbon Artists presented: Pilar Albarracin, Helena Almeida,
Vasco Araujo,Axel Hütte.
Taik gallery, Helsinki
Artists presented: Susanna Majuri, Ola Kolehmainen, Ea Vasko, Anni Leppälä.
A promoter of the Helsinki School,Taik gallery director Timothy Persons presents new emerging talents, including Susanna Majuri, Ea Vasko and Anni Leppälä.The smallformat series by Leppälä (born 1981) is a chronicle of everyday life in which she moves from landscape to
portraiture, depicting a floating world charged with the sensations and emotions of childhood.
Van Zoetendaal gallery, Amsterdam
Artists presented: Analeen Louwes, Kyungwoo Chun, Holger Niehaus.
Gallery Esther Woerdehoff, Paris
Artists presented: Lillian Birnbaum (1959, US), Matthias Koch, Loan Nguyen (1977, Switzerland), Michael Schnabel.
In addition to Lillian Birnbaum’s discrete and powerfully evocative exploration of childhood giving way to adolescence, this show concentrates on landscape photography: vast, softly coloured scenes populated by little people, like an illustration for a story, in the work of Loan Nguyen; Normandy landscapes devastated by war documented in the style of the German New Objectivity movement by Matthias Koch, a student in Bernd Becher’s last class; and the nocturnal mountain views of Michael Schnabel, who exalts the power of nature, in a renewal of the romantic pictorial tradition inherited from Caspar David Friedrich.
Xippas gallery, Paris/Athens
Artists presented: Petros Chrisostomou, Dionisio Gonzales,Vera Lutter,Vik Muniz.
Make-believe is the theme here with Vik Muniz’s photographs of “canvases” reconstituted from raw pigments; the digitally-generated anarchic cityscape panoramas by Dionisio Gonzales and Petros Chrisostomou’s surrealist interiors.This Greek artist (b. 1981) makes miniature environments using ordinary objects and rubbish from daily life. When they are rephotographed and blown up and thus change scale, they become strange sculptures that question the relationship between social class and taste. The gallery is also showing the camera obscura work of German artist Vera Lutter: large-format negative and reversed images of buildings, industrial neighbourhoods and parks in the big cities of Europe and North America. What we see in these pieces is as unique as the pictures themselves, filled with a strange serenity.