Paris Photo this year will honor one single institution for its pioneering force for the promotion of the language of photography: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA). An exhibition of nearly 100 works by leading practioners of American photography including artists Walker Evans, Edward Weston, László Moholy-Nagy, William Klein, Geraldo de Barros, Susan Meiselas, Regina Silveira, Liliana Porter, Sarah Charlesworth, Lyle Ashton Harris, Mark Morrisroe, Oscar Munoz, Collier Schorr, and Lisa Oppenheim will be presented in the Salon d'Honneur, curated by Quentin Bajac and Sarah Meister. MoMA began collecting photography in 1930 and founded the first Department of Photography in 1940. Today it is one of most impressive and historic photographic collections in the world.
The Alkazi Collection of Photography, New Dehli, will present a selection of meticulously staged portraits, studio studies, painted portraits and other iconic samples from South Asia representing a meld of realistic documentation and artistic manipulation characteristic of popular Indian culture in visual practice at the turn of the 19th century. Over the past 30 years, Ebrahim Alkazi, one of India's most influential theatre directors and a prominent figure in the arts, has amassed a private collection of 19th- and 20th-century photographic prints amounting to over 90,000 images, housed today at the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts.
Continuing the narrative of the photobook, this year's Open Book exhibition is dedicated to artists books published between the 1960s and today with singular works by many of photography's most innovative protagonists, including Andy Warhol, Christian Boltanski, John Baldessari, Gilbert & George, and Hans-Peter Feldmann. This tradition is carried through the 1980s by contemporary artists and photographers such as Richard Prince, Sophie Calle, and Wolfgang Tillmans.
Paris Photo 2014 / 13–16 November 2014 / Private preview: November 12 / Grand Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris