Acclaimed international art fair Paris Photo was forced to shut its doors over the weekend following the terrorist attacks on the French capital
Paris Photo published a statement on its website
‘Following the decision of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, all Ile de France cultural institutions open to the public, including the Grand Palais, will be closed Sunday November 15…’ organisers said in a statement published on the Paris Photo website following a similar notice on Saturday.
Yesterday’s closure brought an early end to this year’s event, which opened to the public on 12 November.
‘Reed expositions, the Paris Photo team and all the exhibitors extend their sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims of the attacks and share in the national mourning decreed by the President of the Republic,’ the statement added.
Last year’s Paris Photo pulled in almost 60,000 visitors, a 58% rise on the 38,000 who attended in 2010.
This year’s show featured 173 exhibitors and included the work of 1,258 artists – among them famed photographers Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus and Berenice Abbott.
Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris claimed the lives of 129 people and injured hundreds more, many seriously.