Hooray for Hollywood: Paramount Studios Sets the Stage for Paris Photo / LA Edition 2014
After a successful run in 2013, logistics are the priority for the directors and creative teams at the Paramount Picture Studios, as last minute production and talent discussions are underway for the second annual Paris Photo Los Angeles. And what better city than Los Angeles ¬–a mecca for creatives, is there to champion the 2014 Edition. “We are thrilled to bring Paris Photo back to Los Angeles at the historic Paramount Pictures Studios for a second year. The response to the first edition in the United States was tremendous,” says Julien Frydman, Paris Photo Director. “The week during Paris Photo Los Angeles will be an extraordinary one.”
Drawing talent worldwide, the Paramount lot will host 3 days of celebrations dedicated to the photographic medium and the moving image. From 25-27 of April, the US edition of the internationally coveted Paris Photo, held annually in November in the French capital, will not only include events scheduled at Paramount, but is designed to enrich the Los Angeles landscape with stimulating artistic and thought provoking photographic–driven exhibitions adding more power to the celebratory buzz. Determined to beat last year’s expectations, the draw will include amateur and emerging photographers as well as established pros, along with a cast of thousands of dedicated photo and film enthusiasts. As always, it welcome’s industry insiders, and introduces existing and new talent to the general public.
As the 2014 Official Partner, in both LA and Paris, and Exclusive Partner of the LA VIP program, BMW is proud to showcase its BMW 850CSi Art Car by David Hockney. Almost 20 years after its creation in 1995, the Art Car returns to its roots in LA, the city that has been Hockney’s hometown for more than 40 years.
Associate Partner Leica, (Official partner of the Paris Photo Agenda) is on board with Leica Camera’s Celebration of 100 Years of Photography. Leica’s booth will feature rare, black and white photographic prints from the Classic Leica Collection, which will include images created by Magnum photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Constantine Manos, Rene Burri, among others in a staging entitled “Then.” These prints will transition into digital format, large-scale color prints by EJ Camp from her body of work entitled “SEA” which represent the “Now.” And, of note, Magnum’s Lise Sarfati will be available for a book signing of her recent publication, SHE, on Friday, 25 April at 2pm.
An exciting presentation entitled UNEDITED: The LAPD Photo Archives is supported by Tokyo based Partner amanasalto, known for state-of-the-art photographic printing. This carefully curated exhibition, made in collaboration with Fototeka, will unveil unedited or rarely seen images of the most famous police agency on earth dating back as early as 1925.
And, non-profit arts organization Fotofocus, Partner of The Screenings program is on board to support outstanding historical and contemporary photography as well as lens-based art to international audiences. Their mission is to produce programs that are artistically, intellectually and academically rigorous yet accessibly and enriching to a large diverse public audience.
The public programs are important component of the fair is built around cultural events involving artists, art world professionals, collectors, and cultural institutions. A critical part of Paris Photo Los Angeles is the Sound and Vision Public Programming Series composed of 2 unique programs ¬–The Conversations and The Screenings. Organized for the second year by independent curator Douglas Fogle, Sound and Vision is designed to feature a series of dialogues with artists and thinkers who have explored the boundaries between the still and moving image in contemporary and modern art.
The Conversations, to be held in the Sherry Lansing Theatre, offer visitors a number of intellectual perspectives on the use of images by bringing together notable curators and contemporary artists for a discussion of the practice of image-making. Participants currently include Walead Beshty, Simon Castets, Clément Chéroux, Doryun Chong, Florian Maier-Aichen, Jean-Luc Moulène, Leigh Ledare, Stephen Shore, Taryn Simon, Frances Stark, KerryTribe, Philippe Vergne and Jeff Wall.
Curated by Kevin Moore in partnership with Fotofocus, The Screenings offers visitors exposure to exceptional film and video work since the 1960s. Presented in Soundstage 28, the selection, offering a breadth of international perspectives, includes both contemporary artists and historical precedents with works by Slater Bradley, Bruce Conner, Moyra Davey, Rainer Ganahl, Rosalind Nashashibi, Nicolas Provost, Peter Roehr, Julian Rosefeldt, Jack and Leigh Ruby, and Wilhelm Sasnal.
Young Galleries & Publishers – New York Street Backlot.
The New York Street Backlot, the one-of-a-kind replica of New York City’s streets, will be dedicated to the presentation of cutting-edge solo shows, Young Gallery exhibitions, and bookseller projects – each exhibiting within an exclusive movie set.
All in all, Paramount Studios will provide the venues for 81 international exhibitors, which include leading international galleries – solo and group shows, along with specialized booksellers from 18 countries worldwide featuring both historical and contemporary photography by renowned and emerging artists in the legendary Paramount Pictures’ sound stages.
Paris Photo Los Angeles and The Hopper Art Trust have announced a special tribute to the renowned actor/director and artist Dennis Hopper. A presentation of Hopper’s photographic works and a rare screening of the 1971 cult film, “The Last Movie,” winner of the Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival will be presented at the Fair. More info and tickets at parisphoto.com.
In addition to Paramount, a number of events will be taking place in and around Los Angeles. Participating institutions include the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Getty, the Hammer Museum, LACMA, MOCA to name a few. The fair is another great opportunity to meet with prominent collectors, museum directors, curators, artists and celebrity attendees from Los Angeles and around the world. Adds, Fryman, ”Attendees will experience the creative environment of Los Angeles, where Hollywood and film intersect with contemporary art and culture. In addition to being at the crossroads of art and the entertainment industry, the Los Angeles location benefits from its close relation to San Francisco, Latin America and Asian art markets, offering a dynamic context to discover artists from the region.”
The box office is now open. Order your tickets online and head west, as this production is certain to be a smash hit! www.parisphoto.com/losangeles/page/shop-la
For more information, please visit www.parisphoto.com/losangeles
Location: Paramount Pictures Studios / 5555 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90038 USA
Opening Hours: 25/26 April: noon – 7pm.
27 April: noon – 6pm.
Twitter: @ParisPhotoFair /#parisphoto