Nov 2, 2017

This year, Paris Photo proposes to visit the fair through the eyes of an exceptional personality, Karl Lagerfeld. A visionary and a cultural icon, Karl Lagerfeld has always been fascinated by the power of images and their evocative effects. “Today photography is part of my life. It completes the circle between my artistic and professional restlessness.” - Karl Lagerfeld

Through a selection of favourites, Karl Lagerfeld takes us on a unique journey throughout the fair and the thousands of artworks on view; an original way to contemplate the artworks exhibited by the galleries, while discovering the aesthetic universe of Karl Lagerfeld. Follow Karl Lagerfeld’s personal itinerary as indicated on the Paris Photo fair map and take home his complete selection in a limited edition book published by Steidl available for pre-order online at and released at the fair while supplies last.

People say true love is love at first sight. That was my guide when I was asked by Paris Photo to make a choice of around 200 photos from the over 1,000 photos I was shown. Not an easy selection because there were more than 200 great photos…
I love abstract photography and there were beautiful images I was happy to select. I think abstraction is the next step in photography as it was in painting early in the 20th century. Now 100 years later it’s the turn of photography to follow that exciting and inspiring road. But the great names of the past will never disappear. I was happy to select some of the very rare and iconic images of the artists I admire most. But photography as a spontaneous creation of the mind can be even stronger than reality. My choices reflect my taste in photography and that is what I had been asked to demonstrate.

- Karl Lagerfeld, from the preface of the book, Paris Photo by Karl Lagerfeld, Steidl, 2017