Roman Road (here): This booth was a solo presentation of the recent work of Thomas Mailaender, and while huge new cyanotpyes dominated the side walls, the images from his Illustrated People series were more memorably innovative (even though we had seen them before in his photobook released last year). The pictures have a very personal kind of intimacy, their WWII imagery sunburned onto various reddened body parts (like temporary tattoos) testing the usual distance between photograph and viewer. Priced at £7500.
Feldbusch Wiesner Rudolph (here): One portion of this booth was devoted to an all-over installation by Augustin Rebetez, combining framed photographs with other constructions and wall illustrations. Their spooky performative primitivism feels related to Kentridge and Ballen. The photographs are priced at €1800, €2800,and €4000 based on size.
Sorry We’re Closed (here): This booth was a solo show of Thierry Struvay’s collection of vernacular photographs, accompanied by a photobook. Framed in glass and arranged on shelves, the overlapped images connect to each other in unexpected ways, creating opportunities for shifting juxtapositions and patterns.
Beyond Gallery (here): A large array of these black and white images by Chen Po-I highlights their simplicity. White bird droppings fall on black rocks, creating painterly drips and blotches on the smooth curved surfaces. While there is likely a joke to be made about their subject matter, the pictures have a quiet subtlety that recalls the mystical spirituality of Minor White. Priced at €650 each.
Galerie Odile Ouizeman (here): Joe Kesrouani’s large scale views of Beirut transform its sea of endless apartment blocks and buildings into flattened textures and spotlit undulations. Here the city seems on the verge of being overcome by the water, like a bleached coral formation temporarily exposed to the sun. Priced at €14800.
Flowers Gallery (here): Nadav Kander’s newest works from his Thames Estuary project extend vertically like Chinese screens. The reoriented compositions change the usual relationship between water, land, and sky, dwarfing the cranes and chemical tanks and letting the whiteness of the air reach upward. Priced at €9000.
Galerie Lelong (here): David Hockney’s recent “photographic drawings” intermingle photographic reality with expressively structured/painted space in creative ways. Here true-to-life characters inhabit an imaginary room, surrounded by echoes of themselves and previous Hockney works. This contrasting interplay of competing surfaces and textures undeniably opens up new avenues for artistic exploration, where painterliness seamlessly mixes with specificity. Priced at €28000 each.
Tasveer (here): Jyoti Bhatt’s study of a tribal house in South Gujarat from 1982 mixes ethnographic details with refined artistic clarity. Ghosted silhouettes of an axe, a sickle, and an outstretched hand loom like expressive cave paintings on the mud wall. Priced at €3000.
Danziger Gallery (here): In the jangling aftermath of the American Presidential elections, the reverential patriotism of Paul Fusco’s images of the 1968 RFK funeral train are a soothingly optimistic balm. The commonality of respect, seen from people of all walks of life along the passing tracks, resonates with powerfully uniting force, reminding us of the hope and promise to be found in all of us. Priced at $8000-14000 each.
Hans P. Kraus Jr. (here): This booth was a well-edited group show of 19th century views of Egypt, full of pyramids and ruins, palm trees and Nile landscapes. Ernest Benecke’s 1852 image turns the silhouette of a village into a dark cutout shimmering in the heat. Priced at $30000.
Bryce Wolkowitz (here): This recent image by Edward Burtynsky turns the aerial view of a dry snow-dusted riverbed/canyon into a feathery tree-like form, its branches extending out into the expanse of brown dirt like a gestural painting. The image is akin to a natural petroglyph, the water carving out the recognizable form of a gracefully winter hardened trunk. Priced at €27000.
Robert Hershkowitz (no website): This 1855 Burma view by Linneaus Tripe combines the majesty of a towering tamarind tree with the lovely compositional touch of a temple in the distance. The print is thickly rich and velvety, almost purple in color, highlighting the detailed texture in the leaves. Priced at €90000.
Galería Juana De Aizpuru (here): This 1995 self portrait by Yasumasa Morimura smartly upends gender and ethnic roles/stereotypes, while leaving us with a sense of lingering melancholy. Like many of Morimura’s personal investigations, it mixes beauty and sadness in nuanced ways. Priced at €7000.
Galerie Johannes Faber (here): Even though we’ve seen them many times before, Brassaï’s isolated images of wall-scrawled graffiti remain durably impressive. The wavy haired Le Roi Soleil is certainly a continued standout, with its energetic visage and round eyes, set against a thicket of scratch marks. Priced at €12500.
Kalfayan Galleries (here): This large scale work from Panos Tsagaris updates an artistic idea made famous by Sarah Charlesworth. Starting with the front page of the New York Times, Tsagaris blanks out the text stories with shining gold, leaving behind only the imagery, in this case, a photograph documenting the refugee crisis. The result is something like an icon or altarpiece, but rooted in a modern kind of suffering. Priced at €9000.
Galeria Filomena Soares (here): This new series from Kiluanji Kia Henda finds the artist obscuring himself with discarded debris. Referencing the colonial history of Angola, an abandoned chair, an old air conditioner, and a left over paving tile cover his face and body, turning him into yet another object to be used and forgotten. Priced at €6000 each.
James Hyman Gallery (here): For collectors of Bill Brandt’s abstracted nudes, this 1934 (very early!) interior offers a starting point for what would come later. Taken in a Soho bedroom, it turns the nude into a shadowy form of curves and gradations. Priced at $45000.
Photo & Contemporary (here): This all over abstraction by Beatrice Pediconi was made using pigments in water. Captured in the fleeting moments before the separate parts swirled together, the separations feel like microscopic vision, where the colors coalesce into chains of linked dots. Priced at €3600.
Galerie Paris-Beijing (here): This booth was dedicated to the vernacular photography collection of Thomas Sauvin, particularly the Beijing Silvermine archive. These small accordion photobooks provide edited samplers of some of the imagery, collecting commonalities of TVs, transsexuals, beach scenes, and visits to McDonald’s. Priced at €600 for the set of 5.
Galerie Julian Sander (here): Carrying the legacy of August Sander in its name, this gallery has uncovered yet another worthy photographer following in the footsteps of the master. Sean Hemmerle’s images from various war ravaged lands in the Middle East use Sander-esque straightforward frontal posing to generate a natural view of the affected people. From policemen to children, the portraits single out the nuances of individual human stories. Priced at €2100 each.
Robert Klein Gallery (here): While other frames from Walker Evans’s 1936 visit to Hale County, Alabama have become more famous, this angled view of a girl in her nightdress is worth noting. Between the slight look down, the competing lines of the floorboards and wall slats, and the placement of the bucket and chair, the composition is precisely controlled, creating tonal harmony and visual interest. Priced at $65000.
Emon Photo Gallery (here): This diptych by Hiroshi Yamazaki turns the shimmery reflection of the sun on the sea into a set of long-exposure lines that stretch across the surface. The work seems to elongate time, bringing movement and evolution into an otherwise static scene. Priced at €16200.
Bernheimer (here): These extra large format Polaroids from Lucien Clergue are an unexpected outlier to his more recognizable body of work. Using a rented camera (there were only a few of these cameras ever made) and what looks like a fishnet, he made this sinuous color triptych, covering a female nude with mottled tints of red and blue. Priced at €60000 for the set of 3 unique prints.
School Olivier Castaing (here): This paired staging of a man and woman by Sacha Goldberger has the stylized hyper attentive feel of Erwin Olaf, with a touch of Mad Men style sultriness. The diptych creates a replacement inversion, with not only the main characters, but their TV shows and lunches. Priced at €16000 for the pair.
Galerie Le Réverbère (here): This cleverly simple 1979 underneath portrait by Denis Roche bisects the frame with the body of the sitter, creating a curved horizon line of arm, skin and face. It’s quiet, contemplative, and elegant. Priced at €3500.
Baudoin Lebon (here): This booth was a solo show of the work of Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand. In this diptych of mirror reversals, he plays with subtleties of tone and reflection, the negation diffusing across the silky tactile surfaces. Priced at €9000 for the pair.