Category: Reviews

REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: Narciso Contreras “Libya, A Human Marketplace”

Hôtel de l’Industrie in Saint-Germain-des-Près is a particularly civilised setting in which to tell a particularly grim story. This autumn the Hôtel hosted Narciso Contreras’ Libya, A Human Marketplace, winner of the 2016 Carmignac Photojournalism Award. It is a powerful and deeply disturbing set of images, about a horrific – and ongoing – situation. Having seen the exhibition ...

REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: Louis Faurer at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

For those of us not already acquainted with the work of Louis Faurer, the centenary of his birth is high time to get to know this “quiet” great of American photography. In the 1950s and 60s Faurer was a successful fashion photographer, working in New York for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Glamour, and as staff photographer for the visionary ...

REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: “Provoke” at Le Bal

Tucked away down a quiet alley, a few paces from the Pathé multiplex, Castorama DIY superstore, and permanently snarled traffic of Place de Clichy, Le Bal is one of those places you’re unlikely to stumble across by accident. To those in the know, however, Le Bal is an oasis of civilised calm – a bijou ...

REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: “Entre l’Art et la Mode”

Carla Sozzani began collecting photography in the early 70s, two decades before Paris Photo was a twinkle in anybody’s eye.  Sozzani didn’t think of photography as an investment, simply as a way of keeping “souvenirs” of her work and friends – which makes a lot of sense if your friends include Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber ...

REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: Day One, The Grand Palais

Interviewed this week about new developments at Paris Photo 2016, Howard Greenberg, one of New York’s most venerable photography dealers, said: “The only real problem with these works is their size. Some of my collectors have run out of wall space.”  First world problems, huh? Given that this year’s photo fair opened the day after Trump ...

REVIEW: Herb Ritts, “En Pleine Lumière”: PARIS 2016

The fashion world claims Herb Ritts as one of its superstars, but he is not truly a fashion photographer. He’s a portrait photographer who shot beautiful people and made them look even more beautiful than they were to begin with. Mostly they look more beautiful when they’re not wearing many clothes. While Ritts did shoot ...

REVIEW: Arthur Elgort at Colette: Paris 2016

While Herb Ritts is (deservedly) lionised over in Marais, another hero of photography is being celebrated in a rather more informal fashion on the rue Saint Honoré. Colette hosted the launch of Arthur Elgort’s book, Fashion, Jazz, Ballet, last week, and has an exhibition of his prints in the store until November 5th. In contrast to ...