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Meeting with Benoît Baume, founder of Fisheye

Interview

Meeting with Benoît Baume, founder of Fisheye - illustration 1

Artsper met Benoît Baume, the founder of Fisheye Magazine and the Fisheye Gallery. Fisheye is a magazine devoted to photography and the role of the art in our society from an economic, cultural and sociological point of view. The Fisheye gallery is dedicated to contemporary photography and, for the first time this year, it is taking part in Paris Photo. Benoît Baume shares his tips for choosing a photograph and discovering new artists.

Artsper: Do you have any tips for discovering emerging photographers?

Benoit Baume: Today much of the curation around new photographers is done first and foremost on the internet and Instagram, but we also spend a lot of time at festivals in order to discover new talent. The live presentation of a photographic work, with prints, remains indispensable. Finally, we are lucky to have many photographers from around the world contacting us directly to share their work 

Meeting with Benoît Baume, founder of Fisheye - illustration 1
Meeting with Benoît Baume, founder of Fisheye - illustration 1

Artsper: How do you choose a photo?

Benoit Baume: The first criteria should always be about following your heart. You'll be living with the photo everyday so you need to be able to love it enough not to get bored of it. Next, you obviously need to be interested in the photographer, the gallery, the role of the photograph in a series, the number of prints, the quality, the time it is from and the price. Choosing a photo might depend on a logical reasoning when considering its market value, but the irrational is important in order to really feel pleasure when you acquire it. 


Meeting with Benoît Baume, founder of Fisheye - illustration 1
Meeting with Benoît Baume, founder of Fisheye - illustration 1

Artsper: What are some key trends in photography today?

Benoit Baume: We can already notice that market prices have become more reasonable in contemporary photography. Even the most famous photographers pay careful attention to prices. Esthetically, we can see that photographers are moving away from the representation of reality. Photography is becoming a medium that is above all serving artists and their interests.

Artsper: The best places (museums, fairs etc.) for seeing photography?

Benoit Baume: At the moment, Paris Photo of course. But also: the Rencontres d'Arles, Images festival, Singulières de Sète, the Circulation festival in Paris, Visa for the image, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP). And let's not forget the specialised galleries and of course, the Fisheye Gallery in Paris and Arles.


Their favourite artworks

Vik Muniz, Bulfinch and Weeping Cherry, Print

Vik Muniz

Bulfinch and Weeping Cherry, 2012
27.2 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 6,140

Our recommendations Catherine Balet, Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #39 (Tribute to Andreas Feininger), Photography

Catherine Balet

Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #39 (Tribute to Andreas Feininger), 2016
11.8 x 9.8 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,105

Our recommendations Alain Cornu, Sur Paris #1, Photography

Alain Cornu

Sur Paris #1, 2010
47.2 x 37.8 inch
Photography

$ 3,561

Bernard Plossu, Sans titre 4, Photography

Bernard Plossu

Sans titre 4, 1988
5.1 x 7.1 inch
Photography

$ 1,228

Our recommendations JR, 28 Millimètres, Women Are Heroes - Swimming Pool, Intercontinental Hotel, Verticale, Monrovia, Liberia, Print

JR

28 Millimètres, Women Are Heroes - Swimming Pool, Intercontinental Hotel, Verticale, Monrovia, Liberia, 2008
38.6 x 28.3 inch
Print

$ 1,658

Our recommendations Philippe Ramette, Exploration rationnelle des fonds sous-marins: la carte, Photography

Philippe Ramette

Exploration rationnelle des fonds sous-marins: la carte, 2006
39.4 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$ 13,017

Ivan Argote, Horse (Paris, Hôtel de Ville), Photography

Ivan Argote

Horse (Paris, Hôtel de Ville), 2011
24.4 x 16.5 inch
Photography

$ 6,508

Wang XiaoZhou, Landscape II, Photography

Wang XiaoZhou

Landscape II, 2015
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 491

Jean-Baptiste Sénégas, Octopus#3, Photography

Jean-Baptiste Sénégas

Octopus#3, 2011
6.9 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$ 221

Pierre Faure, Arbre #6, Photography

Pierre Faure

Arbre #6, 2013
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$ 1,044