PhotoQuai is a biennial photography exhibition held in Paris. It began in 2007 and I was lucky enough to see the fourth exhibition in October 2013. The exhibition is held on the banks of the Seine between September and November and showcases works from non-European photographers that have never been exhibited in Europe before.
In 2013 the exhibition ran between 17 September and 17 November, with an outstanding array of images from all around the globe. 40 photographers exhibited works that revolved around the human figure. There were landscapes, objects, fashion and architecture – all with a human element.
Images were printed on large displays that were open for anyone to view at any time as the exhibit didn’t close.
Wandering along the banks of the Seine after a visit to the Eiffel Tower, the PhotoQuai exhibit was a pleasant way to spend an hour or so looking at the differing images.
From people on the beach, to transient workers being transported in the rear of small trucks there were all manner of human interactions. People would stop and stare, maybe in amazement or maybe in disbelief; it was a common occurrence in any event. People would just stop and look for many minutes before moving on to another image. The photographs were engaging on many levels.