A few days ago I found myself once again at the fabulous photography fair Fotofever in Paris, which takes place every year. The fair was organized for the 5th time this year, showed about 70 galleries and 200 artists from all over the world.
I was able to see all kinds of different topics and wildly different styles, which made it even the more enjoyable. I very much liked the idea of the "start to collect" part, which held about 60 works by upcoming artists at reasonable prices (until 5000€).
Here are my favourite overall impressions:
The jury chose 4 winners who were, for instance, selected to be on the cover of the guide for the fair etc.
One of the winners is Muriel Bordier, whose fantastic imagery, which is created and composed at the computer in its entirety, amuses and intrigues because it's so well done and extremely surreal.
Another great thing at a fair like this is that you are actually able to meet (and talk to!) the artists. They are usually all present!!
Antoine Road was another one of the winners. His works intrigue especially as they are taken from a helicopter and because of the amount of detail you will still be able to make out when coming closer. For the little Peeping Tom in all of us.
The next winner of the jury was Torsten Solin who photoshops his own face into countless old photographs, which he usually finds at flee markets. However, some of the images are actually taken from his family's photo albums and originally depicted his grandmother, mother or other family members. Highly amusing and certainly appropriate in our time of endless selfies.
Catherine Balet had the brilliant idea of recreating iconic photographs, all with the help of one single gentleman who was happy (and capable) enough to take on this huge task. They have been going strong for 3 years, or 120 works now. Quite impressive, to say the least.
Here by the way photos based on works by Robert Doisneau (upper two), August Sander (lower left) and Willy Ronis (lower right).
Sandro Giordano noticed a few years ago, while being in an accident himself, how stupidly humankind seems to be determined to protect its possessions rather than protecting itself. He put one photo on Instagram and it was an immediate hit. By now he has created 132 works and is far from running out of ideas.
Johann Fournier is fascinated by clouds and fog because they are light and heavy at the same time, take up a huge amount of space while being diffuse and without a real body. Marvellous!
Peter Lippmann is imitating old master pieces. Here a self-portrait by Albrecht Dürer (originally).
Marie-Guillemine Benoist is the original artist of this photograph and you can see her work at the Louvre (which was actually next door).
Jack Perno in fact photographed this picture with a huge polaroid camera. Well done, I must say.
Greg Verhaeghe (I wonder if he has seen the series of Jan Fabre's self portraits with all kinds of horns that was displayed at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels).