A Paris notebook

A number of excellent in-depth reviews have been published on this year’s Paris Photo, including those by Sean O’Hagan and Francis Hodgson. So instead, a personal note here about what I especially enjoyed during my short weekend in the city.

Paris Photo

Paris Photo 2012

Among displays by 135 exhibitors from 23 countries, I was drawn to the work of many photographers. However particularly of note due to my long-term research interests; Czech born avant-garde photographer Jaromir Funke. A contemporary of the better known Josef Sudek, Funke founded the Czech Photographic Society with Sudek, Adolf Schneeberger, and Ludvik Dvořák in 1924. Taking inspiration from Alfred Stieglitz and his circle, Funke’s modern subjects included an extended series of still lifes of darkroom materials, made between 1924-30. In 1931 he became a professor of photography at the School of Applied Arts in Bratislava, and then in 1935 at the State Graphic Arts School in Prague. He also edited the journal Fotografický obzor (Photographic Horizons). Examples of Funke’s work can be seen online in the first instance at The Met, and his work has been previously exhibited by Howard Greenberg, New York.

Archive of Modern Conflict exhibition 'Collected Shadows'

Archive of Modern Conflict exhibition ‘Collected Shadows’

This year, Paris Photo’s private collection exhibition was curated by Timothy Prus, founder of the Archive of Modern Conflict. A personal and critically agreed highlight of the fair, the works on display spanned from the early 1850s to the present day, by photographers known and unknown. The themes represented included earth, fire, air, water as well as divinity, astronomy, meteorology, flight and dance, reflecting the remarkable diversity of this archive of some 4 million images. A behind the scenes look at the Archive can be enjoyed in a film and feature published by Source Photographic Review. Read More