Notes from the Field

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First European Month of Photography.

On its 13th anniversary the Paris Month of Photography, a biennial celebration of photography that began in 1980, extends to two new European capitals: Berlin and Vienna. More will be added in two years. November is traditionally the month of the festival but most of the exhibitions will last until January 2005. Information and contact: www.2004.photographie.com (the web site has 3 versions: French, German, English).

Paris:

There will be over 86 exhibitions there in various spaces including the Beaubourg Center (Bernd and Hilla Becher), Orsay Museum (Marey, Stieglitz), the European House of Photography (the organizer of the month--www.mep-fr.org--with the 60th anniversary of the France-Presse agency, the French Society for Photography), the National Library (Robert Capa), the National Center for Photography/Jeu de Paume (Rineke Dikstra and the Stedelijk Museum), and the Pavillon des Arts (1841-1941: a Century of Italian Photography). Some of the photographers exhibiting: Alvarez-Bravo, Boubat, Cartier-Bresson, Jan Dibbets, Robert Doisneau, Walker Evans, Benedict Fernandez, Gisele Freund, Flor Garduno, Jean-Claude Gautrand, Giacomelli, Rip Hopkins, Frank Horvat, Andre Kertesz, Man Ray, Joachim Mogarra, Isabel Munoz, Gilles Peress, Eric Poitevin, etc.... Two prizes will be awarded: The Paris-Match Award (created in 1980, 10,000 euros) and the new Lucien Herve and Rodolf Herve Award given to Guillaume Herbaut (L'Oeil Public) for his work on Chernobyl, Auschwitz, and Shkodra (Albania). This 6,000 euros award goes to a 25-43-year-old photographer who worked on a specific theme chosen each year. This year's theme was "Man and the Environment." The other nominees were Nicolas Comment, Rip Hopkins, and Klavdij Sluban.

Berlin:

There will be over 100 exhibitions in Berlin for this first Month of Photography. Helmut Newton's work, from the archive he donated just before his accidental death earlier this year, will be on exhibit at the new Stiftung Museum of Photography: Canadian Photography, John Baldessari at the German Guggenheim, Sophie Calle and Paris-William Klein at Martin Gropius Bau, Gilles Peress at the Cultural Forum for Photography. Martine Franck (Fables) at the Maison de France. Pierre Verger and Mario Cravo Neto at the Museum of Ethnology. Claudio Hils (Archive_Belfast) at the Heckenhauer Gallery. Contemporary Cuban Photography at the Refugium Gallery, Willy Ronis at the Willy Brandt House, etc.... The winner of the 2004 Hannah Hoch award will also be announced in November.

Vienna:

There will be over 70 exhibitions in Vienna including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Stephen Shore, Antonin Kratochvil, self-portraits by Jean Baudrillard, etc....

Paris Photo 2004: Nov. 11-14, 2004.

Paris Photo 2004 will be held in the Carrousel du Louvre from November 11 through 14, 2004. The eighth annual Paris Photo will host 105 prestigious galleries and publishers from 16 countries, exhibiting all forms of photography: from rare vintage prints and modern masterpieces to cutting edge art, fashion, and documentary photography. Paris Photo expects to welcome over 40,000 visitors, including international collectors, museum professionals, artists and the media. Over 70% of the exhibiting galleries are based outside France. There is an especially strong increase in participation by American galleries (17 galleries), as well as 15 galleries from Germany and 10 galleries from the United Kingdom. Paris Photo will welcome 31 newcomers to the fair, including the first-ever participant from Iran: Silk Road Gallery of Tehran. To celebrate and foster contemporary photography, Paris Photo and BMW will inaugurate a new photography prize at this year's fair: The Prix BMW-Paris Photo. Granted to a talented contemporary photographer exhibiting at Paris Photo, the award will be given to one artist selected from 50 short-listed artists by a jury of experts and collectors. …