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Paris Photo 2023: 5 Artists to Know

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Since its establishment in 1997, Paris Photo has grown into the world’s largest international photography fair. Each year it brings together up to 200 exhibitors from across the world in a display of historical and contemporary artworks. The 26th edition takes place from 9-12 November. This year’s catalogue engages with pressing topics such as environmental degradation, historical representation and political activism from artists like Paul Graham, Tiina Itkonen
and Omar Victor Diop. Here we look at five works from five artists.
 
 
 
Rania Matar | Tanit
Rania Matar focuses on the hope and inspiration in the younger generation of women in Lebanon. She has dedicated her work to exploring issues of personal and collective identity through photographs of female adolescence, nationhood as well as womanhood. Her colourful and vibrant series are dedicated to the women of the country through images that capture, creativity, dignity, presence, resilience and strength. Through this trailblazing document-ary practice, she frames the hopes, dreams and fears of a whole movement.
 
 
 
 
Omar Victor Diop & The Anonymous Project | Magin-A
Being There (Éditions Textuel) is the collaboration of Lee Shulman, creator of The Anonymous Project, and Senegalese self-portraitist Omar Victor Diop. Shulman asked Diop to slip into his collection of anonymous American photo-graphs from the 1950s and 1960s. These are images of ordinary celebrations in which privileged middle-class families pose at tables celebrating birthdays  and on top of sandy dunes. In the context of post-war America, Diop enters worlds to which he was not invited, evoking questions about representation.
 
 
 
 
Paul Graham | Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière
Paul Graham is a British photographer known for his colour photographs of the A1. Here, Yorkshire windsocks, flooded fields and Little Chefs appear along-side verdant fields and hedgerows. In one image, a vertical sign titled “Hotel” stands in front of a burning field – a striking meditation on the climate crisis. The artist explains, “These photographs, now four decades old are stained with a sentiment for the country, or at least the country-of-my-mind. The lands we ‘live in’, their meaning and narratives are a web we spin.”
 
 
 
 
Gueorgui Pinkhassov | Magnum
Gueorgui Pinkhassov is known for his vivid photography which elevates the everyday to the extraordinary. His richly-coloured images border on the surreal as they embrace the complexity of contemporary life. The pictured series Sightwalk gathers colourful instances in Tokyo's streets. Stolen scenes from the everyday are frozen into beauty like in the above image of a hotel corridor in Akasaka. Here, light is treated differently; it filters in through wooden blinds, casting streaks of warm light onto the suits of businessmen.
 
 
 
 
Tiina Itkonen | Persons Projects
In 2015, Tina Itknonen began an on-going series that looked at the impact of climate change on local Inuit communities. As the sea ice gets thinner, fishing and hunting have become more difficult. As a result, many hunters and fishermen have been forced to leave their homes and move to cities to look for other work. Embarking on an 1,500 kilometre expedition to the remote regions of Greenland, the artist captures Hypnotic shots of icebergs and portraits of Qeqertat families. She captures a panoramic and intimate perspective on life. 
 
   
 
Image Credits: 1. Rania Matar, Lujain, Long Beach, Beirut, Lebanon, Archival Pigment Print on Baryta Paper, 64 cm x 76.2 cm, Edition 1 of 8. Courtesy of Tani Gallery 2. Omar Victor Diop & The Anonymous Project, Being There 11 Pigment inkjet print on Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta Satin paper Image : 30 x 42,5 cm – Framed : 50 x 50 cm. Courtesy of Magin-A. 3. Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Hotel in Akasaka area. Tokyo, Japan Cibachrome print 48 x 60 cm. Courtesy of Magnum. 4. Tiina Itkonen, Avigiaq, Qaanaaq, North West Greenland, 2019, 
 
 
 

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Introducing Rania Matar, Omar Victor Diop & Tiina Itkonen I - Since its establishment in 1997, Paris Photo has grown into the world’s largest international photography fair. Each year it brings together up to 200 exhibitors from across the world in a display of historical and contemporary artworks. The 26th edition takes place from 9-12 November. This year’s catalogue engages with pressing topics such as environmental degradation, historical representation and political activism from artists like Paul Graham, Tiina Itkonen and Omar Victor Diop. Here we look at five works from five artists. Rania Matar | Tanit Rania Matar focuses on the hope and inspiration in the younger generation of women in Lebanon. She has dedicated her work to exploring issues of personal and collective identity through photographs of female adolescence, nationhood as well as womanhood. Her colourful and vibrant series are dedicated to the women of the country through images that capture, creativity, dignity, presence, resilience and strength. Through this trailblazing document-ary practice, she frames the hopes, dreams and fears of a whole movement. Omar Victor Diop & The Anonymous Project | Magin-A Being There (Éditions Textuel) is the collaboration of Lee Shulman, creator of The Anonymous Project, and Senegalese self-portraitist Omar Victor Diop. Shulman asked Diop to slip into his collection of anonymous American photo-graphs from the 1950s and 1960s. These are images of ordinary celebrations in which privileged middle-class families pose at tables celebrating birthdays  and on top of sandy dunes. In the context of post-war America, Diop enters worlds to which he was not invited, evoking questions about representation. Paul Graham | Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière Paul Graham is a British photographer known for his colour photographs of the A1. Here, Yorkshire windsocks, flooded fields and Little Chefs appear along-side verdant fields and hedgerows. In one image, a vertical sign titled “Hotel” stands in front of a burning field – a striking meditation on the climate crisis. The artist explains, “These photographs, now four decades old are stained with a sentiment for the country, or at least the country-of-my-mind. The lands we ‘live in’, their meaning and narratives are a web we spin.” Gueorgui Pinkhassov | Magnum Gueorgui Pinkhassov is known for his vivid photography which elevates the everyday to the extraordinary. His richly-coloured images border on the surreal as they embrace the complexity of contemporary life. The pictured series Sightwalk gathers colourful instances in Tokyo's streets. Stolen scenes from the everyday are frozen into beauty like in the above image of a hotel corridor in Akasaka. Here, light is treated differently; it filters in through wooden blinds, casting streaks of warm light onto the suits of businessmen. Tiina Itkonen | Persons Projects In 2015, Tina Itknonen began an on-going series that looked at the impact of climate change on local Inuit communities. As the sea ice gets thinner, fishing and hunting have become more difficult. As a result, many hunters and fishermen have been forced to leave their homes and move to cities to look for other work. Embarking on an 1,500 kilometre expedition to the remote regions of Greenland, the artist captures Hypnotic shots of icebergs and portraits of Qeqertat families. She captures a panoramic and intimate perspective on life.  Discover more of Paris Photo 2023 on our website » Image Credits: 1. Rania Matar, Lujain, Long Beach, Beirut, Lebanon, Archival Pigment Print on Baryta Paper, 64 cm x 76.2 cm, Edition 1 of 8. Courtesy of Tani Gallery 2. Omar Victor Diop & The Anonymous Project, Being There 11 Pigment inkjet print on Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta Satin paper Image : 30 x 42,5 cm – Framed : 50 x 50 cm. Courtesy of Magin-A. 3. Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Hotel in Akasaka area. Tokyo, Japan Cibachrome print 48 x 60 cm. Courtesy of Magnum. 4. Tiina Itkonen, Avigiaq, Qaanaaq, North West Greenland, 2019,  - Change email address / Leave mailing list
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