The Past, Present, and Future of Photographic Art: Paris Photo 2023

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The Past, Present, and Future of Photographic Art: Paris Photo 2023
Photography has always challenged the traditional concept of time. A shutter click for a fraction of a second can create an image that tells a story or deepens a connection — well beyond that single moment in time. This week’s Paris Photo — the world’s pre-eminent fine art photo fair — provides thousands of such time traveling moments. Masters of Art. © Howard Schatz. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery. The 26th edition of this photographic celebration takes place from Thursday November 9 through Sunday, November 12 at the Grand Palais Éphémère, bringing together a prestigious group of international galleries and publishers to pay tribute to the past, present, and future of the art of photography. Sometimes the gallery itself is a work of art. The 193 Gallery (F11). Photo by Meredith Mullins. Visitors are treated to vintage images from 19th and 20th century photographers, such as Cartier-Bresson, Kertesz, Dorothea Lange, Mary Ellen Mark, Atget, Anna Atkins, Fox Talbott, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Lartigue, Doisneau, Brassaï, Julia Margaret Cameron, Sudek, Koudelka, Bill Brandt, Steiglitz, Steichen, and so many more. Playground in Madrid, Spain. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos. Courtesy of the Howard Greenberg Gallery. Added to these treasures is work from contemporary photographers exploring personal and socially relevant questions while continuing to expand the boundaries of the medium. And this year’s addition of a “Digital” section gives us a glimpse into the future of an ever-changing medium. Aunt Tourane and Iran. © Malekeh Nayiny. Courtesy of the Silk Road Gallery.

Lead photo credit : Women are Heroes, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. © JR. Courtesy of the Pace Gallery.

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Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer and instructor based in Paris. Her work is held in private and museum collections in Europe and the U.S. and can be seen at or in her award-winning book "In A Paris Moment." (If you’re in Paris, a few rare, signed copies are available at Shakespeare and Company and Red Wheelbarrow.) She is a writer for OIC Moments and other travel and education publications.


  • Pamela Spurdon
    2023-11-09 07:56:50
    Pamela Spurdon
    Excellent review in record time! It's very interesting to see what another person has selected in this mammoth show.