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Paris Photo celebrates its tenth anniversary with a sparkling selection of Nordic talent Guests of honour: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden

From November 16-19, 2006, Paris Photo celebrates its first decade with an outstanding panorama of 19th century, modern and contemporary photography, bringing together 106 exhibitors (88 galleries and 18 publishers) at the Carrousel du Louvre.

With a rising number of high-quality candidates (almost 300 applications), the 2006 selection will be one of the most rigorous ever. 88 international galleries will present solo, group and thematic shows of rare and previously unseen work, representing a total of 500 artists.

Year on year, Paris Photo has seen an increase in international participation, with 21 countries represented in 2006, up from 14 the year before. Seventy-three percent of the participants come from outside France.

In addition to the 20 French galleries, the largest contingent of exhibitors comes from the USA (20), followed by Germany and Spain (8 each), the UK and Holland (5 each), Italy and Finland (3 each), Japan, Denmark and Sweden (2 each) and one representative each from Austria, Belgium, China, Iceland, Hungry, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, South Korea and Switzerland.

Paris Photo 2006 will also host the best international publishers of photographic books. The big four -Phaidon, Hatje Cantz, Steidl and Taschen- will come alongside rare booksellers and distributors.The record number of 18 publishers participating in Paris Photo this year attests to the soaring popularity of photographic books, a central theme of this year’s Mois de la Photo. More than 90 book signings will take place during the fair, involving celebrities such as David Bailey, Elliott Erwitt, Karl Lagerfeld, Martin Parr, Anders Pettersen, Massimo Vitali.

Spotlight on Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are the guests of honour for 2006. Three events to highlight the best of Nordic photography:

Statement : A selection of eight galleries from the guest countries will present solo exhibitions by emerging contemporary artists: Axel Antas, Heino-Helsinki Maria Hedlund, FlachGeiger - Stockholm Per Bak Jensen, Bo Bjerggaard - Copenhague Eline Mugaas, Riis -Oslo Annèe Olofsson, Mia Sundberg -Stockholm Heli Rekula, Anhava -Helsinki Hrafnkell Sigurdsson, i8 -Reykjavik Trine Søndergaard & Nicolai Howalt, Martin Asbaek Projects - Copenhague

Central Exhibition: A presentation of five prominent female artists, defended by a museum from their country Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Sweden Ulla Jokisalo, Finland Astrid Kruse Jensen, Denmark Ruri, Iceland Mette Tronvoll, Norway

Project Room: “The Singing, Swinging North” A broad survey of current Nordic video art from emerging artists. Entitled “The Singing, Swinging North,” the selection emphasizes music as an essential common element among young Nordic artists.

The art critic and freelance curator Andrea Holzherr curated The Nordic Countries – Guests of Honour. The project has been supported by the five Nordic embassies in Paris and the Nordic Council. The Project Room has benefited from the support of Nordea Investment Fund SA.

The BMW - Paris Photo Prize For the third consecutive year the BMW-Paris Photo Prize will be awarded to an artist represented by a gallery participating in Paris Photo. The theme for 2006 is “Pleasure. Distilled.” A panel of international experts will choose the winner of this 12,000 euro prize on Thursday 16 November. The works by the 13 finalists will be on display during Paris Photo. Shortlisted artists : Axel Antas , Mathieu Bernard-Reymond , Stéphane Couturier , Denis Darzacq , Touhami Ennadre , Mitch Epstein , Pierre Faure , Beate Gütschow ,Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt, Mona Kuhn, Mario A , Tomio Seike , Alex Ten Napel

Close-up: privileged access for collectors to what’s happening in photography in Paris The Close Up/Private Viewing programme offers invited collectors and art professionals VIP access to the latest on the photography scene. In November, Paris will be the world capital of photography with the Mois de la Photo which includes exceptional exhibitions such as Candida Höfer at the Louvre, La donation photographique de la Caisse des Dépôts at the Pompidou Centre, Lee Friedlander at the Jeu de Paume, La photographie de Maurice Denis at the Musée d’Orsay and Regarder Vu: un magazine photographique 1928-1940 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.


GALLERIES: 798 Photo Gallery (Beijing), Luis Adelantado (Valencia), Agathe Gaillard (Paris), Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid), Oliva Arauna (Madrid), Art 75 Galerie Yves Di Maria (Paris), Ausstellungsraum25 (Zurich), B&D (Milan), Baudoin Lebon (Paris), Bonni Benrubi (New York), Daniel Blau (Munich), Janet Borden (New York), Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea (Florence), Camera Obscura (Paris), Camera Work (Berlin), Michèle Chomette (Paris), Clairefontaine (Luxembourg), Charles Cowles (New York), Anne de Villepoix (Paris), Deborah Bell Photographs (New York), Johannes Faber (Vienna), Fifty One Fine Art Photography (Antwerp), Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris), Flatland (Utrecht), Foley (New York), Eric Franck Fine Art (London), Fucares (Madrid), Galerie 1900-2000 (Paris), Galerie f 5,6 (Munich), Hyundai (Seoul), GB Agency (Paris), Gitterman Gallery (New York), Howard Greenberg (New York), Hamiltons (London), Robert Hershkowitz (Sussex, UK), Michael Hoppen (London), Edwynn Houk (New York), Charles Isaacs Photographs (New York), Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta), Galerie du Jour agnès b. (Paris), Robert Klein (Boston), Van Kranendonk (The Hague), Hans P. Kraus, Jr. (New York), Alain Le Gaillard (Paris), Lumière des Roses (Montreuil), Galerie m Bochum (Bochum), M+B (Los Angeles), Magnum Photos (Paris), Marvelli Gallery (New York), Max Estrella (Madrid), Mem (Osaka), Laurence Miller (New York), Robert Miller (New York), Yossi Milo (New York), Priska Pasquer (Cologne), Ton Peek Photography (Utrecht), Moises Perez de Albeniz (Pamplona), Photo & Contemporary (Turin), The Photographers’ Gallery (London), Picture Photo Space (Osaka), Serge Plantureux (Paris), Polaris (Paris), Le Réverbère (Lyon), Yancey Richardson (New York), Rose Gallery (Santa Monica), Sfeir-Semler (Hamburg), Bruce Silverstein Photography (New York), Galeria Filomena Soares (Lisbon), Staley-Wise (New York), T20 (Murcia), Taik gallery (Helsinki), Toluca (Paris), Torch (Amsterdam), Galerie Lydie Trigano (Paris), Van der Grinten (Cologne), Vintage (Budapest), Vu’ la Galerie (Paris), Esther Woerdehoff (Paris), Thomas Zander (Cologne), Van Zoetendaal (Amsterdam)

PUBLISHERS: Antiquariaat L. van Paddenburgh (Leiden), Franck Bordas (Paris), Librairie La Chambre Claire (Paris), Filigranes Editions (Trézélan), Harper’s Books (East Hampton), Hatje Cantz Verlag (Stuttgart), J.J Heckenhauer (Berlin), Journal (Stockholm), Librairie 213 (Paris), Lodima Press (Revere/USA), Florence Loewy (Paris), Tissato Nakahara (Paris), Denis Ozanne (Paris), Phaidon (Paris/London), The Photographers Bookshop (London), (Cologne), Steidl (Gottingen), Taschen (Paris)

STATEMENT NORDIC COUNTRIES: Anhava (Helsinki), Bo Bjerggaard (Copenhagen), Galleri FlachGeiger (Stockholm), Heino (Helsinki), i8 (Reykjavik), Martin Asbaek Projects (Copenhagen), Riis (Oslo), Mia Sundberg (Stockholm).

10. Paris Photo 2006
Ort: Carrousel du Louvre

"Spotlight on Nordic countries"
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden
Kurator: Andrea Holzherr

"Statement section"
A selection of eight galleries
KünstlerInnen: Axel Antas, Maria Hedlund, Per Bak Jensen, Eline Mugaas, Annee Olofsson, Heli Rekula, Hrafnkell Sigurdsson, Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt

"Central Exhibition"
A presentation of five prominent female artists
Künstlerinnen: Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Ulla Jokisalo, Astrid Kruse Jensen, Ruri , Mette Tronvoll

"The BMW - Paris Photo Prize"
Pleasure. Distilled.
Shortlisted: Axel Antas, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, Stephane Couturier, Denis Darzacq, Touhami Ennadre, Mitch Epstein, Pierre Faure, Beate Gütschow,Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt, Mona Kuhn, Mario A, Tomio Seike, Alex Ten Napel
Winner: Mathieu Bernard-Reymond