The archives of the Musée du Quai Branly. Other photos include Daguerreotypes, archiving methods (coloured dots and lines drawn on the mounting paper), and the wooden and metal boxes one used for storing the works. All photos © Miranda Gavin
Photoquai is a biennial event that aspires to “give non-western photography a chance and to compare points of view in order to renew, or even challenge conventional perspectives of the world, while energising the relation between photography and ethnological museums”, as well as to make “new images freely accessible for viewing”. In 2009, there were 419,256 visitors, to be precise.
More photographs from each photographer are on display this year and the exhibition space has been extended to include the museum gardens where the work of five photographers is also on display. Photographer and filmmaker Francoise Huguier, whose work shot in community apartments in St Petersburg was shown at the annual photo festival in Arles in 2008, is this year’s artistic director. She worked with 15 curators to select 46 emerging photographic talents from nearly thirty different countries. The works are displayed on the banks of the River Seine in an exhibition designed, for the second year, by Patrick Jouin. New additions include images from Cuba, Singapore, Taiwan, Bahrain, Tanzania, Iraq, Colombia and Laos. Now in its third year, Photoquai 2011 runs until 11 November so you have plenty of time to take a stroll. And if you’re heading for Paris Photo between 10-13 November, you have the first two days to take a look.
Look out for the wonderful work of Mongolian photographer Ayin, see the pix taken on my iPhone for a flavour. However, they don’t do justice to work and the quality of the actual prints. More than one of the press trip crew, including me, made a note of his name and his work, so look out for more from him. I think he’s published a book or two, but I need to check.
As per yesterday, for those who prefer to consume their images static, see over for just the photos without the slide show…