Paris, Carrousel du Louvre

Paris Photo is France's leading photography fair and possibly the leading photography fair in the world. This year, the spotlight is on Japan as the country of honor, timing in with the 150th anniversary of French-Japanese relations. This means that there are around 30 galleries in the general section showing works by Japan's classical masters, including Shoji Ueda, Ihei Kimura, Masahisa Fukase, Eikoh Hosoe and Shomei Tomatsu, along with contemporary artists such as Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama and Naoya Hatakeyama. Besides this, the "Statement" section – curated by Mariko Takeuchi – is presenting works by eight young Japanese galleries.

Another highlight of this year's edition is that several exhibitors are presenting solo shows from some of today's strongest contemporary artists. It's worth seeing Martin Parr at Janet Borden, Dayanita Singh at Nature Morte, Alec Soth at Weinstein and Boris Mikhailov at Guido Costa. The range of photography on view is mind-blowing, ranging from vintage sepia prints, black-and-white photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Diane Arbus, images by established stars such as Andreas Gursky and Jeff Wall to the latest fresh, innovative works by the upcoming generation.

November 13 through 16, 2008
99 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris