PARIS PHOTO 2009: Spotlight on Arab and Iranian photography

Van Leo - Paris Photo 2009With an average of 40,000 visitors a year viewing work by more than 500 international photographers, Paris Photo has to be one of the biggest events in the world that celebrates the beauty and diversity of photography.

Each year Paris Photo highlights a specific region of the world and this year it turns the spotlight on photographic work from the Arab countries and Iran. The project was curated into three sections:

The Central Exhibition will unveil a selection of rare studio photographs from the archives of the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut.

The Statement section will present a number of emerging talents from the region – from Tehran to Damascus, Beirut to Cairo, Tangiers to Dubai…

The Project Room will offer a series of video works, testimony to the growing interest for the dynamics of this medium among the artists of the region.

Paris Photo
2009 will run from November 19th to the 22nd.

PHOTO: Van Leo – Sherihan actrice égyptienne – Le Caire, Egypte, 1976
Collection Fondation Arabe pour l’Image
© Fondation Arabe pour l’Image

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