Well I went to Paris on Saturday 16th for the day, picked up my VIP ticket, courtesy of Flowers Gallery in London. I last went in 2011 and was fortunate enough to be there first thing on the first day. There were relatively few people that early and there were a huge number of historic and contemporary photographs to see - it was indeed a feast for the eyes. In fact we bought several including a large print by Christian Tagliavini and a more modest Simon Roberts print of Cliveden Pier.
This year we clearly went on the wrong day (Saturday). There was a large and tacky Christmas fair outside and the show was absolutely packed with non-spending sightseeers complete with two children in their large 4x4 push chairs. It was horrendous and really very difficult to see many of the exhibits. The better stuff by Burtynsky et al was all printed at huge sizes (and prices to match) and was clearly aimed at the corporate or museum market. Not many of us have the space to hang photographs which are 2m square or bigger.
We bought a nice print by Danish photographer Trine Sondergard from Martin Asbaek's gallery stand.
Good lunch in the Minipalais restaurant in the Grand Palais itself. Supper in Terminus Nord before heading backing to London that evening.
Next year I will go the the preview on Wednesday.