Returning to the Carrousel du Louvre for its 7th edition, Fotofever Paris is an international contemporary photography art fair founded in 2011 by Cécile Schall. It aims to encourage individuals to collect photography and support artists throughout their lives by enabling the discovery of new talents and granting them access to the art market.
Amongst the 93 exhibitors, ArtHome, an association Founded by Hala and Emmanuel Bavière in France will be representing Lebanese photographers Alain Sauma and Ghaleb Cabbabé who will be sharing the same exhibition space.
Known for his films on health care and human rights, corporate ads and national campaigns Alain Sauma took up photography at the early age of fourteen. His journey was cut short when the Israeli army invaded his home in Beirut and destroyed the camera he was using to photograph them.
Towards the end of the civil war in Beirut, Sauma assisted photographer Roger Moukarzel who at that time was covering the Lebanese conflict. Alain eventually gave up photography and ventured off on an educational journey to study filmmaking.
Many years later, with the birth of his children and the availability of the iPhone, Sauma returned to using the medium and began to capture photographs of family, his city, and many other subjects that he stumbled upon while working or roaming around.
Sauma’s City by the Sea uses subtle, discrete, and distant approaches that depict the vast yet limiting spaces he visits with his children regularly.
While Sauma’s exhibited work portrays life around the Mediterranean Sea, Ghaleb Cabbabé’s uses the genre of documentary photography to break the barriers of what one perceives. He works on topics related to society, their behaviors and interactions.
A trained architect, his passion for photography was induced by his aunt who taught him about the medium. Carrying various missions for the ICRC, he had the opportunity to live in many places such as Afghanistan, South Sudan, Congo and Sri Lanka, and Bangkok where he is currently living.
In 2012, Cabbabé took up photography at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In 2013 he won the Byblos Bank Award for Photography in 2013. In 2016 and 2018 he was shortlisted at Athens Photo Festival, and his photographs were amongst the top-rated entries in the Magnum Photography Awards and Lens Culture submissions.
A Story Like Any Other the body of work which will exhibit in Fotofever chronicles the day-to-day life of a man sharing his small wooden home with his cat. Shot between 2017 and 2018 in a small street in Bangkok, the series documents the bonds, restrictions, and the loneliness that one encounters in their life.
Both Sauma and Cabbabé’s are amongst 257 artists that will be participating in Fotofever Paris. The art fair runs between November 8 and November 11.