May 28, 2008 - Paris Photo - Guest of Honour: Japan
May 28, 2008

Guest of Honour: Japan

Copyright: Rinko Kawauchi
Untitled, from the series of “UTATANE”, 2001
Courtesy of the artist and FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo

Japan Guest of Honour
November 13 – 16, 2008

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A promising wind blows in from contemporary Asia
Guest of honour: Japan

From November 13 to 16, 2008, Paris Photo, the world’s leading fair for 19th century, modern and contemporary photography will bring together 106 exhibitors (85 galleries + 21 publishers) from 18 countries at the Carrousel du Louvre.

A deeply renewed selection
The 2008 selection will bring a profound change with a record number of first-time exhibitors (38 percent, or 32 new arrivals) and one of the highest rates of foreign participation (78 percent of exhibitors are

The largest contingent of exhibitors comes from the USA with 19 galleries, followed by France (17), Japan (14), Germany, Spain and the UK (7 each), Holland (3), Italy (2) and one representative for each of the following countries: Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, South-Africa, South-Korea. Australia and India will be making their first appearance at the fair (1 gallery each).

Spotlight on Japan: an exceptional overview of Japanese photography
For the first time, Paris Photo is looking towards the Far East and inviting Japan as its guest of honour. This coincides with growing international interest in Japanese photography.

With work by more than 80 artists, Paris Photo will offer an exceptional overview of a unique vision, from the Meiji era to 1930’s avant-garde movements and the post-war years through to the most contemporary production. To date, no exhibition in Europe has brought together such a large number of
Japanese photographers.

About thirty galleries in the General Sector will feature Japan’s great classic masters (Shoji Ueda, Ihei Kimura, Masahisa Fukase, Eikoh Hosoe, Shomei Tomastu) and contemporary artists (Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama, Naoya Hatakeyama).

The Statement Section, comprising eight invited Japanese galleries, and the Project Room dedicated to video art will present the exciting work of a young generation of artists mainly born in the mid-sixties and the seventies. A publishers’ space will highlight the central role of photo-books on the Japanese
photography scene.

Paris Photo invited the independent curator and photography critic Mariko Takeuchi to curate “Spotlight
on Japan”.

5th edition of the BMW- Paris Photo Prize
Launched in 2003 to support contemporary photography, the BMW–Paris Photo Prize has become in less than five years an important landmark in the world of international photography.

A panel of prestigious international experts will select the winner of this 12,000 euro prize from among the living artists represented by Paris Photo 2008 participating galleries.

The theme for 2008 is “Never Stand Still”. The short-listed works will be on view during Paris Photo and the award ceremony itself will take place on Thursday, November 13.

Thursday, 13 November– Sunday, 16 November, 2008
Opening by invitation only: Wednesday, 12 November, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Opening hours: Thursday, 13 November from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday, 14 November from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday, 15 November from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, Sunday, 16 November from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
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List of exhibitors 2008

GALLERIES : Agathe Gaillard (Paris), Oliva Arauna (Madrid), Art Agents Gallery* (Hamburg), Atlas Gallery* (London), Baudoin Lebon (Paris), Bernard Quatrich* (London), Daniel Blau (Munich), Bonni Benrubi (New York), Janet Borden* (New York), Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea (Florence), Camera Obscura (Paris), Philippe Chaume*(Paris), Michèle Chomette* (Paris), Cokkie Snoei* (Rotterdam), Stephen Daiter* (Chicago), Deborah Bell* (New York),Claudia Delank *(Cologne), Johannes Faber (Vienna), Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris), Flatland (Utrecht), Eric Franck (London), Fucares (Madrid) Galerie 1900-2000 (Paris), Howard Greenberg (New York), Guido Costa Projects (Turin), Hamiltons (London), Robert Hershkowitz (Sussex, UK), Edwynn Houk (New York), Ingleby* (Edinburg), Jackson Fine Art* (Atlanta), Galerie du Jour agnès b. (Paris), Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid), Keumsan Gallery *(Seoul), Kicken (Berlin), Robert Klein (Boston), Hans P. Kraus Jr. (New York), Kudlek Van der Grinten (Cologne), La Fabrica* (Madrid), Luisotti (Santa Monica), Lumière des Roses (Montreuil), Magnum Photos (Paris), Robert Mann* (New York), Martin Asbaek Projects (Copenhagen), Max Estrella (Madrid), m Bochum (Bochum), MEM (Osaka), Michael Hoppen (London), Michael Stevenson (Cape Town), Laurence Miller (New York), Robert Miller (New York), Moises Perez de Albeniz* (Pamplona), Taro Nasu (Tokyo), Nature Morte* (New Delhi), Picture Photo Space (Osaka), Serge Plantureux (Paris), Polaris (Paris), Priska Pasquer (Cologne), Rat Hole Gallery* (Tokyo), Le Réverbère (Lyon), Yancey Richardson (New York), Rose Gallery (Santa Monica), Senda (Barcelona), Sepia International* (New York), 798 Photo Gallery *(Beijing), Silverstein Photography (New York), Stills Gallery* (Sydney), Taik gallery (Helsinki), Taka Ishii* (Tokyo), Toluca (Paris), Vintage (Budapest), Vu’ la Galerie (Paris), Van Zoetendaal (Amsterdam),Weinstein Gallery*(Minneapolis),Esther Woerdehoff (Paris), Xippas (Paris /Athens), Yoshii Gallery* (New York), Zeit-Foto Salon* (Tokyo).

STATEMENT JAPAN: Base Gallery* (Tokyo) : Keisuke Shirota / Foil Gallery* (Tokyo) : Rinko Kawauchi/ G/P* (Tokyo) : Masayuki Shioda, Taisuke Koyama, Yumiko Utsu/ Hiromi Yoshii* (Tokyo) : Nao Tsuda/ Gallery White Room* (Tokyo) : Naruki Oshima/ Shugoarts* (Tokyo): Tomoko Yoneda/ The Third Gallery Aya*(Osaka): Nobuo Asada, Midori Komatsubara, Takashi Suzuki/ Tomio Koyama Gallery* (Tokyo) : Mamoru Tsukuda, Noboru Fukui, Mika Ninagawa.

PUBLISHERS: Antiquariaat L. van Paddenburgh (Leiden), Aperture (New York), Librairie La Chambre Claire (Paris), Filigranes Editions (Paris), Simon Finch Rare Books (London), Harper’s Books (East Hampton), Hatje Cantz (Stuttgart), Journal (Stockhölm), Librairie 213 (Paris), Lodima Press (Revere/USA), Florence Loewy (Paris), Tissato Nakahara (Paris), Denis Ozanne (Paris), Phaidon (Paris/London), (Cologne), Steidl (Gottingen/ London).

JAPANESE PHOTO-BOOKS: Akaaka Art publishing* (Tokyo), Book shop m* (Tokyo), Little More* (Tokyo), Seigensha* (Tokyo), Tosei-Sha* (Tokyo)

* Newcomers
List on May 16, 2008

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