Just back from the Paris Paper Show at the Halle Freyssinet and it was a quick and successful trip. This show takes place twice a year (in October at Porte Champerret) and has been in existence for 30 years or more. For over 25 years I have been attending these wonderful shows which include books, periodicals, photographs, postcards, posters and all types of paper ephemera: labels, stock certificates, poster stamps and much more. My stand (above) was situated in the new "photo ancienne" area, created for the first time for this installment of the show.
Part of the challenge for a successful fair that has to be done out of a suitcase, a portfolio and back pack is to choose enough of the right material and to get by with a minimal amount of clothing. Above a view across my stand to Matthieu Cuchet's and behind his Philippe Jacquier's.
Detail view of my tables: photographs, Christo piece from "the Gates" project in New York City, 2005; magazines, original artwork, paperbacks and postcards.
The back wall of my stand. Didier Grandsart from Galerie Obsis getting a closer look at a selection of tinted nude postcards from my Beautes Teintees book.
Looking out over my stand: Matthieu Cuchet's stand in foreground; Philippe Legendre's stand on the right and to the left the Galerie Obsis stand.
Gilles Berquet, photographer extraordinaire on left and Alexandre Dupouy, collector, dealer, publisher and editor. The three of us old friends and colleagues. Word from them is that we may see issue ten of Maniac this year!
Gilles Berquet and Mirka Lugosi. Mirka is also a extremely talented artist, illustrator and videographer. They have been a couple for many years and muse/inspiration/working partner to the other.
Gilles loved the American magazines on hand and had to have these two Tip Tops, filled with Elmer Batters photographs; published by Parliament, circa early 1960s.
From my stand looking out at a major portion of the "espace photo ancienne".
The curved, structured concrete and sky-lit roof of the Halle Freyssinet letting in the blue light of early evening. The structure, saved from the wrecking ball, is considered of historic architectural importance because of its huge, sky-lit and "beton armee" (reinforced concrete), self-supporting roof design. Built in 1927 the huge open space, once used as a film studio, is presently rented for large parties, celebrations, antique and paper shows as well as "runway" fashion shows.