Paris Photo et Barbara dans Art Forum : « C’est important de travailler avec un commissaire ! »
IN PARIS, every other November is le mois de la photo, and although this year was not the official “month of the photograph,” those who make them, buy them, and pose for them could be found filling up the city’s art spaces for the seventeenth edition of Paris Photo
Left: Analix Forever’s Barbara Polla. Right: Dealer Yossi Milo.
With the risk of photography seeming too “commercial,” many dealers opt to make strong statements over a strict mercantile rationale. “It’s important to work with a curator here,” Swiss dealer Barbara Polla informed me. “I may know images, but I don’t know photography.” One of the more refreshing and transportive aspects of the booths was the harmonious integration of the historic with the contemporary, or in some cases, the iconic with the agnostic. Klaus Kleinschmidt, for example, paired Karl Hugo Schmölz’s seemingly postapocalyptic scenes of a decimated postwar Germany with elaborately designed and immaculately executed photo-booth strips by Jan Wenzel.
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