Wednesday: After a somewhat miserable overnight American Airlines flight I arrived safe and sound to Paris and settled into my tiny studio. My China trip's Cathay Pacific flight spoiled me as they do a much better job at moving people through the air.
Paris Photo is really intersting. With just a few quick walks around I now know why people come here. The only other festival I have attended is the AIPAD in New York. Paris Photo makes AIPAD look like a sleep study center.
I expected to have more time to write but the days have been long and exhausting. Two hours after I arrived into Paris, my first order of business was to find the Catherine Putman gallery and pick up the copies of Sophie Ristelhueber's books that were sent for the signing. Using my backpack I walked the 50+ lbs of them over to Paris Photo and settled in with the Schaden crew.
Markus and Sebastian keep excitedly introducing me to people with descriptions of 5B4 as the "best photobook blog" to which 90% respond that they hadn't ever heard of it. I have, however, been enjoying meeting many readers and watching the Errata books get the attention. At one point I was introduced to a gentleman who gave me a birthday present of Cuny Janssen's Macedonia book. Then, in a nice coincidence about an hour later, I was introduced to Cuny herself. Thank you to all for the kind 40th birthday wishes.
Thursday: This was the big day for me...Sophie's booksigning at 5pm. Sophie and I had never met in person before so after almost a year of correspondence it was a pleasure to discover that we got along swimmingly. Around 4:45 people were starting to linger around the booth as Wolfgang Zurborn's signing was winding up. Sophie stepped up and everything went pretty much without a hitch. I was happy to see all of the books sell and we ran out just as the line was dwindling down.
Afterwards I was in bad need of a drink so went out with old friends Matt Stuart, Christoph Agou, Charlie Ryhne and new friend Sebastien Girard who is an avid Sergio Larrain fan. Long night. I'll spare the details because I still can't quite focus on anything except not getting sick. I never want to drink again.
More later and I will actually write about books at some point...