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Beyond the Arab scene, New York’s Yancey Richardson Gallery brings three photographers — Sharon Core, Hellen van Meene, and Andrew Moore — who blur the boundaries between painting and photography; Madrid’s La Fabrica Galeria features work from Rineke Dijkstra’s Park Portraits series, which focuses on teenagers hanging out in urban nature; and Johannesburg’s Goodman Gallery presents Jodi Bieber’s examination of ordinary South African women’s bodies, flaws and all.
Meanwhile, 20 artists, including Elinor Carucci, Teun Hocks, and Barbara Probst, were short-listed for the BMW-Paris Photo Prize, which went to Dutch photographer Karijn Kakebeeke for her image of a young Afghan woman expressing her joy of being a member of the first women’s soccer team in her country. At the award ceremony, jury member Matthias Harder, curator at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, commented: “This image by Karijn Kakebeeke offers a glimmer of hope for a future in which it has become possible, in a country like Afghanistan, to establish a female football league, and where women are starting to gain a few more basic rights. The prize-winning image shows a glimpse of happiness.”
Photography has the ability to show all sides of humanity, which makes events like Paris Photo all the more meaningful.
Paris Photo is open to the public November 19 through November 22.