Paris Photo 2012 Brings the Big Shots, and David Lynch, to the Grand Palais

Paris Photo, Europe’s magnet fair for classic and contemporary photography, returns to the Grand Palais November 15 through 18. With a Los Angeles edition on the horizon in April 2013, director Julien Frydman has extended an olive branch to Hollywood by inviting David Lynch — who knows a thing or two about indelible images — to pick his favorites from the 128 exhibitors for an iPhone app.

Following Gagosian’s lead last year, contemporary dealers like Cherry and Martin and Jérôme de Noirmont are among the 36 newcomers seeking a platform for their artists. The most innovative images, however, may come courtesy of Marco Breuer at New York’s Von Lintel Gallery, which is featuring his interventions on photographic paper with shotgun, power sander, and razor blades.

At Berlin’s Feldbuschwiesner, Thorsten Brinkmann bridges photography and performance by donning charmingly absurd costumes of cushions and buckets to create playful sculptures in surreal settings. On the classic side, László Moholy-Nagy and André Kertesz seem to be having a moment, with works brought by Edwynn Houk, from New York, and Vintage, from Budapest. New this year is a pair of awards, co-sponsored by the Aperture Foundation, for the year’s top photo books — a nod to the physical in an increasingly digitized world.

— Nicolai Hartvig, Art+Auction

Paris Photo 2012 runs November 15-18 at the Grand Palais.

This article appears in the November issue of Art+Auction.

(Photos via Paris Photo/Facebook.)