Paris Photo 2013, the Classic and the Masters (NSFW)

triptych "The Tamed Man and His Horse", by Gonzalo Bénard

triptych “The Tamed Man and His Horse”, by Gonzalo Bénard

As I wrote in the post before about Paris Photo 2013, there was some of the masters that I missed, like Joel-Peter Witkins (what happen to Gallerie Beaudoin Lebon?) or Jan Saudek, to not mention some of the classics. Robert Maplethorpe had only couple small prints there, however there was an amazing amount of Diana Arbus and Richard Avedon photographs. Paolo Roversi was also widely represented in some galleries. Erwin Olaf, I’m sure there was couple more, but I only saw a small print (proof?) of his Berlin series.

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

Agnes, by Paolo Roversi

Paolo Roversi

Berlin series by Erwin Olaf

Berlin series by Erwin Olaf

It was great to see the latest works by Duane Michals at the Gallery Esther Woerdehoff that I already wrote about at The New recycled. Or even the Garden of Earthly Delights (after H. Bosch) by Vic Muniz at Ben Brown Gallery. Well, again, once I had seen this work before here. Just as curious side note, you might like to see a portrait of Vic Muniz by photographer Ross Bennett Lewis.

Duane Michals 2013

Duane Michals 2013

Garden Of Earthly Delights (after H. Bosch) 2008 by Vik Muniz

Garden Of Earthly Delights (after H. Bosch) 2008 by Vik Muniz

Sarah Moon was there too at Gallerie Camara Obscura, with some of her more feminine works, to balance with her exhibition at Musée d’Histoire Naturelle as I wrote at Alchemy.

Le Bain, 1997, by Sarah Moon

Le Bain, 1997, by Sarah Moon

Bernard Faucon is always a presence at Paris Photo as well, this time with some photographs from his series “Les Temps d’Avant” from 1966. Manuel Alvarez Bravo had a photograph there too, after a great exhibition that Jeu de Paume did of his works in 2012.

Les Temps d'Avant, 1966, by Bernard Faucon

Les Temps d’Avant, 1966, by Bernard Faucon

Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Pieter Hugo had a big wall for him, next to Vivian Sassen. Such great works at Stevenson Gallery (Cape Town).

by Pieter Hugo

by Pieter Hugo

by Viviane Sassen

by Viviane Sassen

Fifty One Fine Art brought Malick Sidibé from Mali, whom I wrote about on Crossing Borders.

"Regardez-Moi comme Je Suis Beau", 1975 by Malick Sidibé

“Regardez-Moi comme Je Suis Beau”, 1975 by Malick Sidibé

Meanwhile I’m trying by all means to not talk about Jürgen Teller and his gigantic nudes of Vivienne Westwood… I’m sure before being made a Dame. Ouch. And Charlotte Rampling! Come on…

Vivien Westwood by Jurgen Teller

Vivien Westwood by Jurgen Teller

Anyway, to compensate the aesthetic, you have some beautiful works by Eikoh Hosoe, from 1969, at Taka Ishi Gallery that brought some good old classics from Japan.

Eikoh Hosoe, 1969

Eikoh Hosoe, 1969

Weegee was represented, and it’s always a pleasure to see his work. Unfortunately there were so many reflections on the glasses by the ceiling lights and lack of care by the gallerists that were almost impossible to see them properly. I tried, but my face was more visible in the reflections than the photographs of Weegee… and he’s surreal enough.

Who else was there?

Sebastiao Salgado, who has a great exhibition now at Maison Européene de Photography (I’ll write about him later).

Sebastiao Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado

In a more colourful note to cheer up: Ruud van Empel. And still on colour, you can’t miss “Garage Sale” and the “Chaise” among other great photographs by Julie Blackmon.

Ruud van Empel

Ruud van Empel

Garage Sale by Julie Blackmon

Garage Sale by Julie Blackmon

Next post will be “Paris Photo 2013: A Selection“.

What do you think? Too safe? How many of the classic and the masters were missing at Paris Photo 2013?

More essays that you want to read:
Paris Photo 2013, a Safe Place (NSFW);
B Shot by a Stranger – New 2013 (NSFW);
Alchemy, by Sarah Moon;
The Hard Softness (NSFW);
How to Cook Humans;

A look into Art Paris 2013;
Moi, le Beau et la Bete;
Pain should never be an excuse, but a tool for you to create with;
A World’s Voodoo Trance;
Straight Thoughts on Nudes and Ostriches (NSFW).

text and photos by ©Gonzalo Bénard for 2HeadS
November, 2013
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