Paris Photo, the world's largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, is pleased to announce the programming schedule for the inaugural edition of Paris Photo New York. Presented with the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), the fair will take place April 2-5, 2020 at Pier 94, featuring a diverse program of daily artist talks, book signings, and conversations with experts in the field.
The program consists of a CONVERSATIONS series, showcasing unique perspectives on photography and organized by [RE]Emergence sector curator, writer, and art critic Antwaun Sargent, Aperture Foundation (Lesley Martin, Creative Director), and AIPAD (Julie Castellano, Association Board Member and Director of Edwynn Houk Gallery). Highlights from the Conversations program include a talk between photographer Tyler Mitchell and curator Antwaun Sargent; a lively discussion with artists Barbara Probst, Kate Steciw, David Benjamin Sherry, and Tabitha Soren hosted by Kevin Moore of CUNY TV broadcast Twilight Talks; a talk with photographers Emmet Gowin, David Maisel, and curator Sarah Kennel about their respective work focusing on landscapes that have undergone severe environmental transformation; and a panel on the topic of Richard Avedon's early career moderated by Philip Gefter, author of the forthcoming biography of Richard Avedon, with New Yorker photo critic Vince Aletti and Abrams Books editor Eric Himmel. Additional Conversations participants include Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Clément Chéroux, Christie's International Head of Photographs;Darius Himes, Photography Curator at the Museum of Modern Art Sarah Meister, photographer Collier Schorr, and more.
The ARTIST TALKS is a short series of discussions organized by The Eyes Magazine and presented by Sidley Austin LLP., during which experts in the field, invited artists, and publishers share their views and book projects in a set format of 15 minutes. The Artist Talks include discussions led by ICP managing director of programs David Campany and New York Times Magazine Director of Photography Kathy Ryan, who will be joined by contemporary artists, such as Elinor Carucci, Jeff Mermelstein, and John Divola.
The fair's robust BOOK SIGNING program gives attendees the unique opportunity to engage with 160 contemporary artists and their published works throughout the course of the fair, including contemporary photographers Teju Cole, Nat Ward, Stephen Shore, Martin Schoeller, Sofia Valiente, John Divola, Sage Sohier, and Erik Madigan Heck and Paolo Ventura, among others.
"Paris Photo is unique in that we have a two-decade history of offering fairgoers a robust program with artists and experts" said Paris Photo Director Florence Bourgeois and Artistic Director Christoph Wiesner. "Every day of the fair we will offer dynamic talks and events that all reflect New York City's thriving photography community and gives our audience the rare opportunity to meet and engage with the leaders in the field."
Paris Photo New York is also excited to introduce the Paris Photo New York Project Space, a dedicated space for emerging photographers to share work and ideas. Paris Photo realizes that many young artists do not have access to platforms or communities that allow their work to be seen at the beginning of their careers, and the project space seeks to eliminate this barrier by hosting a space for young artists to engage in dialogue with each other, curators, and guests who might attend the fair. Programming includes a rotating exhibition of works, participatory projects and artist interventions by local emerging artists from various New York-based organizations including We Buy Gold, a unique participatory project with young photographers; Red hook Labs, a public-benefit corporation dedicated to supporting and furthering the careers of emerging artists; Baxter St at the Camera Club, one of New York's oldest artist-run nonprofit spaces fostering the development of emerging lens-based artists; and the Photo Slam, an event that allows artists to share their unique perspectives through short presentations on their work.