The 17th edition of the Paris Photo at the Grand Palais was held this weekend, with 136 galleries and 28 publishers all competing for the attention from publishers, gallerists, collectors and fellow photographers. Everyone was, as always, there. On Saturday we ran into Martin Parr, Christopher Anderson, Antoine D’Agata, Ryan McGinley, Bernard Plossu, Anders Petersen and probably a hundred other anonymous heavy weights that we don’t recognise in person. The vast number of works at the Palais can get the best of anyone, but we did manage to take note of a few photographers that are worth paying attention to in the time to come.
Going old school, Richard Learoyd uses a room-sized camera obscura to capture his subjects, which he exposes directly onto photographic paper. Stepping over the middleman of film, Learoyd manages to create huge grainless portraits and landscapes reminiscent of classical painting.
The 25 year old New Yorker captures his native surroundings in a poetic polychrome that hints towards the muted works of William Eggleston. The mixture of classical imagery with pictures of advertisements and grainy club images seems fresh.
Born in Minsk in the former USSR, Alexandra Catiere graduated from ICP in New York before working in the legendary Irving Penns studio. Her works are in the same nature as Penn's – classical black and white images, which begs the audience to study the world in which they are taken without a preconcepted notion of its context.
In 2004, Mike Brodie started photographing his travels with a polaroid camera. For the next four years, he hopped trains, living on the fringes of society. Since then, Brodie has given up on photography to work as a mechanic. His work keeps making an impact however, with the book A Period of Juvenile Prosperity being released this year by Twin Palms.
Born in Houston, Texas, Bryan Schutmat travels around the American West to photograph the working class of small mountain towns. Using a large format camera, Schutmaat mediates on the american spirits resilience. His body of work Grays the Mountain Sends won the 2013 Aperture Portfolio Prize and the accompanying book was nominated for The Paris Photo Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards.