Organized every year by the Paris Val-de-Bièvre Photoclub and the town of Bièvres, the International Photo Fair mobilizes dozens of volunteers who welcome thousands of visitors to its fairgrounds.
After 55 years, this not to be missed event for photography buffs is not showing its age. In tune with its times, it not only proposes quality antique and vintage equipment but since 2018 also hosts a market for new equipment and processes. Exhibitions, lectures, guided tours and other events held during the course of the fair will appeal to a wide audience of photographers, both amateur and professional.
For 48 hours, the town of Bièvres becomes a Mecca for photography lovers, drawing exhibitors and visitors from throughout the world.
The Second hand and antique photography market is still the largest market of its kind, the second hand and antique market covers an area of 2 ½ acres, with some 200 exhibitors, 30% of whom are from outside France. Thousands of objects, photos and documents will be on sale, a veritable treasure trove for bargain hunters. Known for its wide range of rare and unusual articles, it includes rare books and advertising material related to photography and cinematography, not to mention accessories and antiques.
First introduced last year, the new equipment market has given new life to the Fair. It offers the latest developments in equipment and accessories, and is co-sponsored by Phox. Most major brands are represented. Expert technicians will be on hand to answer your questions or allow you to try out their products. This is the ideal place to buy new equipment at special Photo Fair prices.
The services market offers services such as printers, specialized travel agencies, and products for film photography and alternative processes.
The 12th Bièvres Encounters are talks, debates and demonstrations of different aspects of photography will be held by eminent invited guests discussing travel photography, the history of photography, equipment, digital photography, alternative practices, self-publishing, nude photography, and the list goes on. This year the Encounters will welcome a special guest: Anny Duperey, actress, novelist and talented photographer, who will be discussing her most recent publication: Les photos d’Anny. A book signing will be held following her talk.
Special guest in 2019: Photographer Denis Bourges
Under the auspices of the town of Bièvres, the Fair organizes a major exhibition each year of the work of a leading photographer. After Olivier Culmann, Isabel Muñoz, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Claude and John Batho, the work of Denis Bourges will be highlighted this year. Co-founder and member of « Tendance floue », a photographers’ collective, he likes to observe what goes on behind the scenes. He will be presenting two series: Between two worlds and Country Doctor.
Sunday is the day of the artists
The artists’ market was at the origin of the Fair. It brings together some hundred photographers who show their work either individually or in groups. All styles of photography are represented; the works may be sensitive, emotional, even humorous. Dimitri Beck will be President of a jury of hand-picked members from among well-known personalities in the field of photography: Nathalie Atlan Landaburu, Thierry Bigaignon, Florence Joubert et Emeric Lhuisset.
The jury will award to one of the auteurs participating in the artists’ market the grand prix Jean et André Fage as well as up to 5 other prizes including a young photographer’s award and an award for film (black and white) or antique processes photography. All of the awards are generously endowed by our sponsors.
A multitude of events
Have your portrait taken in a pop-up studio, place your head in a hole in a cut-out booth, pose with unusual objects … all are possible with the help of our amateur photographers and the stars of the day. There will also be portfolio reviews (free of charge, by reservation only) and demonstrations of the Becquerel daguerrotype technique. The town of Bièvres will be organizing « Bièvres has got talent » a photography contest open to inhabitants and members of photo clubs from Bièvres. The photos selected will be enlarged and displayed in the Streets of Bièvres until mid-July. The Paris Val-de-Bièvre Photoclub will also propose a competition around the theme of the Fair.
Saturday June 1 from 1 to 7 p.m. ; Sunday June 2 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (artists’ market from 9 a.m)
Admission free – Place de la Mairie de Bièvres (Essonne – France)
How to get there: by car, 19 km from the Porte d’Orléans by the N118 – by public transit, RER C : gare de Bièvres, Denis Bourges Exhibition – from June 1 to 3 : Grange aux Fraises and Maison des Photographes et de l’Image
Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a break from 1 to 2 p.m. ; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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56th Bièvres International Photo Fair
Place de la Mairie 91570 Bièvres France
June 01, 2019 to June 02, 2019