Paris photo: an ecosystem based on inspiration and open to the market
Art Market | The field of photography embraces diverse worlds and markets : from historical and technical photography to documentaries and photo-reportage; also interacting with the fields of fashion, cinema, publishing and art. Twenty years after the pioneering fair The Photography Show (1978) was launched in New York (it focused on American photography), Paris Photo was founded in order to open up the European market (1997). Since then, the Parisian fair has persisted in unveiling photography’s different worlds, adapting itself to the evolution of the image and thus influencing the market.
Under Florence Bourgeois and Christophe Wiesner’s direction since 2015, the number of exhibitors at Paris Photo has significantly increased : from 169 (including 26 publishers/art book dealers) in 2014 to 189 (including 30 publishers) in 2017.
Without taking account of the Book Sector, the galleries’ distribution is comparable from one year to another, it follows the same pattern : a majority of European (69% in 2017 and 68% in 2015) and North American galleries (20% in 2017 and 21% in 2015). Among the Western galleries (which represent 90% of the fair) almost 70% is comprised by French, American and German participants; France represents over a third of the galleries, the United States 22% and Germany is […]
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