The traditional yearly Paris Photo fair, dedicated to the art of photography, took place in Paris from November 9th to 12th, 2023. With a rich history dating back to 1997, this event has found its esteemed venue at the Grand Palais in the heart of Paris since 2011, marking each passing year with a celebration of photographic brilliance..
Since then, an integral facet of the fair has been the initiation of a public program. In 2012, the prestigious Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards were established, dedicated to acknowledging the profound impact of photobooks on the evolution of photography as an art form. This accolade has evolved into a significant benchmark for photographers and publishers worldwide. In 2023, the coveted awards in three categories were bestowed upon Carla Williams for the project "Tender," Vince Aletti for the project "The Drawer," and the collaborative effort "The Public Life of Women: A Feminist Memory Project" by Diwas Raja Kc, NayanTara, and Gurung Kakshapati.
In 2023, the Paris Photo fair unfolded at the Grand Palais Éphémère, a temporary pavilion situated at the base of the Eiffel Tower, given that the primary Grand Palais structure is undergoing restoration.
Paris Photo encompasses various segments, comprising a central section housing both group and individual exhibitions, thematic projects, a Curiosa section spotlighting the works of emerging photographers, and a dedicated space for publishers showcasing photo books and albums. In 2023, an innovative addition surfaced—a section exclusively devoted to photography in the digital era. Spearheaded by digital art connoisseur and co-founder of the Roehrs & Boetsch digital art gallery, Nina Roehrs, this sector showcased the collaborative efforts of nine contemporary art galleries and art platforms. These exhibitions featured the endeavors of artists seamlessly incorporating diverse digital realities into their creative projects.