New Directors Tapped to Helm Paris Photo and Paris Photo Los Angeles

Paris Photo Los Angeles at the Paramount Lot. (Courtesy Paris Photo)

Paris Photo Los Angeles at the Paramount Lot. (Courtesy Paris Photo)

A few months Julien Frydman abruptly announced he would leave his post as director of Paris Photo at the end of January, the transcontinental pair of picture fairs now has new leaders to steer the ship. Florence Bourgeois, formerly managing director of Pavilion of Art and Design in Paris and London, will take over as the director of Paris Photo and Paris Photo Los Angeles, while Christoph Wiesner, formerly the senior director of Yvon Lambert, will be artistic director.

Florence Bourgeois. (Courtesy Paris Photo)

Florence Bourgeois. (Courtesy Paris Photo)

“For Paris Photo and Paris Photo Los Angeles, this new dual direction, both international and talented, is a fantastic  opportunity to strengthen the two fairs and explore new territory together, writing a new chapter for Paris Photo,” Jean-Daniel Compain, a senior vice president at Reed Exhibitions said in a press release.

(Reed Exhibitions, the giant international event organization that owns and operates Paris Photo, also owns and operates FIAC, which had to “postpone” its first Los Angeles spinoff last year due to logistical issues. It appears no such fate awaits this other L.A.-based outpost of a Paris fair.)

It was also announced that the departed Mr. Frydman will curate the UNEDITED!, a portion of the fair in Los Angeles. 

Christoph Wiesner. (Courtesy Paris Photo)

Christoph Wiesner. (Courtesy Paris Photo)

The fair will take place on the Paramount lot from May 1 to May 3, which means it occurs immediately after the opening of the new Whitney Building, not a week before the opening of the Venice Biennale, and ten days before the opening of Frieze New York. Megacollectors, gas up the Gulfstream.

New Directors Tapped to Helm Paris Photo and Paris Photo Los Angeles