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There is talk of exile, since Payram left Iran in 1983, driven out by the Iranian Revolution. It is mainly a question of meaning – the sight of course, but also the touch, the sense of smell – constrained by the absence, the lacks related to his condition of exile. Payram – by his name Khosrow Peyghamy – thus develops a photographic work around the fragility of his condition of exile which he puts in parallel with the fragility of the silver medium. The exhibition presents an incredible set of polaroids 55 in black and white, between 1988 and 2008, where Payram experiments, like an alchemist, the transformation of matter, the luminous trace.

The installation “Le Cri” is a set of 9 polaroids, a kind of chronophotographic performance where the movement of a screaming face makes the character disappear in a white veil by a long pause. The exhibition finally presents an unprecedented set of SX70 polaroids in color – very rare for Payram, the world specialist in black and white large format printing! -, reworked mechanically and by highlights by the artist. Iranian refugees, collected between 1992 and 1994 by Payram in his apartment and photographed asleep in their sheet, hand up, fist closed. The motifs drawn on the works remind us in turn Vuillard, Renoir, Klimt … A time when, already, Russian refugees were fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution and bringing to the West Ballets Russes with particular Shéhérazade, and this attraction for the exoticism.

A round trip between East and West

A fair return of things so. The work of Payram is recognized from year to year after a long sleep in his studio. Last year Galerie Maubert offered him a solo show at Paris Photo. His work is present today in many public collections (Musée Elysée Lausanne, National Library of France, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art …) and private (Collection Neuflize OBC, Collection JPMorgan).

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Payram, Fragile, argentic baryta print, 1993- Galerie Mauber

 Jürgen Klauke – is a major figure in contemporary art. His influence has been felt across German borders since the early 1970s, when he is interested in the existential troubles and gender issues that will fascinate many artists after him (from Cindy Sherman to David Bowie).

Over the course of his forty year career, Klauke has tirelessly pushed back the limits of the photographic medium. He is one of the first to claim it as a means of artistic expression and to present large format works (in black and white then in color) when others use traditional formats or persevere in black and white.

It also opens new methods of representation such as the sequence or the photographic table, meticulously staged, in the sketch and theatricality.

Using his body as his main subject of expression, his work also joins the conceptual research of the artists of his time, such as Robert Morris or Bruce Nauman, which makes him one of the principal representatives of “Body Art” and influences his performances.



In short


On the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Paris Photo, women photographers will be honored in 2018. This proposal by Fannie Escoulen (independent curator) will take the form of a course entitled Elles x Paris Photo starting at within the fair and extending into Paris.

196 exhibitors (all sectors)
44 new compared to 2017 with 25 first participations 30 countries represented

166 Galleries (Main Sector / Prisms / Curiosa / Movies)
40 news compared to 2017, including 21 first participations
28 Countries represented