Rolf Scheider was once again at the world's largest photography trade fair this year for GoSee, where he met up with artists, curators, gallery proprietors – and presents his highlights and magical moments exclusively here on GoSee.
"Paris Photo for me is the ultimate international photography trade fair, the place to be in the world of photography." says Rolf Scheider. Some 68,876 visitors, artists, influential institutions, private collectors, sophisticated amateurs and a very international audience visited the salon in Paris over the course of five days this November. The 168 galleries and 31 publishing houses chalked up significant sales.
"I visited the fair several days for hours on end and couldn't get enough of it: There were so many new photos and videos to discover and people who fascinated me. And it was just great to stroll around and catch up with old friends like photographer Iris Brosch or artist Paolo Calia after so many years. I also mingled with the French Minister of Culture by the way."
Rolf continues: "It all took place in a wonderfully inspiring atmosphere. As Casting Director, I like to capture the big picture of exhibitors and photography aficionados with my camera. What interests me most are the personalities of people, or just the brief moment, when they stand in front of a photo and ask themselves if they are going to buy it or not. For me, these are magical moments.
I would have loved to take home the 2x3 meter photo 'Polly Maggoo' by William Klein at the POLKA gallery, but 35.000 euros was not within my budget. At gallery AGNES B, photos by young Russian photographer DMITY MARKOW #Draft #Russia sold like hotcakes at a starting price of 800 euros. The photos edited by AMY FRIEND at the in camera gallery were the buzz and also among my favorites."
More than 300 artists were represented at the popular book signings of Paris Photo, including illustrious names such as William Klein, Joel Meyerowitz, JR, Daido Moriyama, Harry Gruyaert, Antoine d'Agatha, Sophie Calle, Raymond Depardon, Franck Horvat, Sarah Moon, Sabine Weiss and many more.
"I just couldn't get enough of the PERNOD RICARD exhibition with photos and videos by KOURTNEY ROY entitled "Go The EXTRA MILE," Rolf tells us. "Taking place this year was the second edition of Photo Meets Film. This edition presents a film cycle which contemplates the relationship between still life and animated images in artistic creations, in an attempt to transcend the boundaries of disciplines and resist traditional artistic concepts. These long or short films, movies or digital films, made by videographers or photographers, deal with reality, history, intimacy and identity. Priska Pasquer, gallery proprietor from Cologne, tells us: "The film sector is an excellent part of the fair showing that there is no separation between image and motion image."
The finalists and four winners of the CARTE BLANCHE ETUDITANTES / Students 2018 competition displayed their portfolios at a special booth at Paris Photo in 2018. And the CURIOS exhibition presented a selection of erotic photos, montages, self-portraits and productions – exploring the fantasized and fetishized body, dealing with domination and power.
What is there to discover besides the galleries? The JPMorgan Chase Collection was the official partner of Paris Photo for the 8th time with collections from around the world. BMW, official partner since 2003, presented Baptiste Rabichon, the winner of the BMW 2017 Residence. "We are proud to partner with Paris Photo for the 16th year and particularly for this successful edition. Baptiste Rabichon, winner of the BMW Residence, was a great success and met many collectors. We accompany young creation and share with the Paris Photo team common ambitions: Create a platform where art, technology, innovation and human adventures interact,“ says Vincent Salimon, Chairman of der BMW Group.
Leica presented the Oskar-Barnack Prize to Max Pinckers. The Belgian photographer was on a mission in North Korea for "The New Yorker", where he accompanied journalist Evan Osnos on a trip at the height of the propaganda controversy with the US in August of 2017. The Leica Newcomer Prize went to Mary Gelman, and Huawei presented the Next-Image Award. We have Rolf's impressions in 250 photos for you on GoSee – selected from 1500 photos, which he photographed at the event. Go & See!