Paris Photo, the world’s leading event dedicated to still image, will hold its first-ever U.S fair in Los Angeles in 2013. Paris Photo L.A. will take place next April 24-28 on the lot of Paramount Studios in Hollywood.
The organizers decided to choose for Los Angeles as the new location for different reasons. L.A. not only has a rich tradition of conceptual artists experimenting with photography, there’s also a number of serious photography collectors in town and institutional interest in the medium (the Getty, LACMA and MOCA). It's also a convenient way to not compete with big New York art fairs such as AIPAD.
Julien Frydman, the fair’s director:
“Paramount is a good balance for us between history and a chance to invent our own format. We could use a soundstage, outside space, maybe some specific sets that they have available. But it’s important to understand this is not a tribute to cinema but a way of looking at how other artists are using images.”
Founded in 1997, Paris Photo takes place in France every November. From the earliest 19th century images to contemporary photography, as well as photo books, Paris Photo is the world’s leading event dedicated to still image in all its forms. Last year the fair attracted some 50,000 visitors to booths by 135 exhibitors. Frydman expects the L.A. edition to have about 70 galleries and another 10 publishers or rare book dealers.
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