Strong Canadian Showing Anticipated at Paris Photo 2012

Strong Canadian Showing Anticipated at Paris Photo 2012
(Sanaz Mazinani, Room for Disruption, 2011 )

In addition to the big-name photographers at this year’s Paris Photo (opening November 15), the sixteenth edition of the annual event also features a few rising stars taking print photography to new levels by experimenting in cross-disciplines and alternative techniques. Tucked away in the corners of the Grand Palais, classic prints will converge with experimental and mixed-media works, such as explorer-photographer Adam Jeppesen’s Xerograph-processed and montaged landscapes, Alex Prager’s slick, voyeristic views of accident scenes, and Matthew Brandt’s "Lakes and Reservoirs" C-prints of landscapes, which are broken down in color tone through immersion in lake-water baths. 

Among the Canadians making ARTINFO France's top ten anticipated photographers at Paris Photo is Iranian-Canadian artist, Sanaz Mazinani (born 1978), who creates kaleidoscopic images peopled by pop references and political citations placed in provocative juxtaposition. "The artist makes photography a discovery of details, operating with such rigor on so many levels that the result is nearly dizzying," writes ARTINFO France editor Nicolai Hartvig. (See his Top Ten slideshow here).

We would also list Jessica Eaton, whose big year includes a Photography Jury Grand Prize at the 27th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyeres, France; multiple solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, and Toronto; and appearing on the front cover of the British Journal of Photography in March 2011. Eaton’s latest works maintain her rigorous production style, crisp angles, and high chroma.

Other notable Canadians exhibiting in Paris next week include musician-cum-photographer Bryan Adams, Roy Arden, Edward Burtynsky, Robin Collyer, Lynne Cohen, Vid Ingelevics, Diana Thorneycroftthe Canadian Press Archives, and Canada's eminent photography gallerist, Stephen Bulger.

Paris Photo's strong Canadian showing dovetails with an Important piece of news recently broken to Canadian photographers: the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) made public, last week, that Canadian photographers now "officially own the copyright to all of their work whether the photograph is commissioned or not," thanks to its new Copyright law.