November is the Month of Photography in Paris.
I’ve been to the Salon de la Photo (Photo Fair) last year, a photo exhibition delving on the latest photographic gadgets and softwares, and I enjoyed it immensely! So when I saw this Paris Photo 08 advertised on the paper, I thought I should not miss it and I’m glad I went! I spent more than half a day absorbing all the photos on display and I couldn’t get enough of it!
Different styles, different techniques! I got particularly excited when I realized I was in the same exhibition hall as the Who’s Who in Photography!
How did I know? Because long lines of people, I assumed they are photographers themselves, were queueing up just to have their books signed by such big names as William Klein, Elliott Erwitt, and many others who came all the way from the Americas, Japan and other parts of the world. I must admit I never knew them from Adam, but going to this Paris Photo fair made me realize how ignorant I am and I thought for instant that I didn’t have the right to be there! But being there was a not-to-be-missed educational tour for me!
Surprisingly, there were also some photos which, I honestly think, had no right to be posted there, but mind you, they were selling for thousands of euros!
Taken by Ingar Kraus, a Dutch. Both entitled “Davao” (from the Philippines, of course!). The photo of the girl fetches at 5,850euros!
What is it in this photo that merits a price of 640euros?
“Eleanor”, 1948, taken by Harry Callahan, 16,750Euros
Just goes to show that even your photos of your teenage years can be exhibited!
Elliott Erwitt, with the fried egg on hischest, doing a book-signing.
Natalia, Paris, 2003, photographed by Paolo Roversi, 12,000Euros
“Baker, Operation Crossroads, Bikini Atoll”, 1946, photographed by Edward Garan
“Nagasaki”, 1945, photographed by Fritz Goro, 7,000euros