November 7, 2011

Mois de la Photo

WICE Photographers at Work

November in Paris is full of promise … especially for photography lovers.  Officially, Paris’ month-long tribute to photography (Mois de la Photo) occurs in even-numbered years. But, France seems to embrace photography all the time. Perhaps because the Frenchmen Niépce and Daguerre were leaders in the invention of modern photography or perhaps because so many great photographers left creative footprints in the streets of Paris. Whatever the reason, even the odd-numbered-year Novembers offer a variety of exhibits and events.

First Permanent Photo: Joseph Niépce (circa 1826)
Every year (even and odd), more than 100 international galleries convene in Paris for Paris Photo (this year from November 10-13 at the Grand Palais). Thousands of photographs (vintage and contemporary) are displayed … more than most eyes (and brains) can handle in a single visit. This year, African photography will be celebrated in several special exhibits (including one at the Gare du Nord). For more information click here.

And that’s just the beginning of the photographic feast. There’s much more!  

Fotofever (35 galleries) at the Espace Pierre Cardin (11-13 November) (click here)

NoFound Photo Fair (11-14 November) (click here)

Photo Festival of Saint Germain des Prés (4-30 November) (click here)

Les Rencontres photographiques sponsored by the 10th arrondissement (click here).

Photographic auctions at Sotheby’s, Drouot, and Christie’s.

Exhibits at the Jeu de Paume (Diane Arbus), Petit Palais (Women in India), Fondation Cartier-Bresson (Lewis Hine), and Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Martine Franck and William Klein).