By PAUL LASTER, April 2020
Photography was my entry point into the art world. I bought my first camera when I was living in Germany in 1972 and taught myself how to use it. While studying photography at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology in the late-‘70s, I landed a job in publications at the Museum of Modern Art, which eventually led to expanded artistic interests. I moved from taking pictures to making postmodernist art that was about painting and photography, but my interest in the medium never waned.
In 1985 Renée Riccardo and I started organizing exhibitions of postmodernist photography that dealt with a wide range of conceptual ideas. We began by curating shows in New York and then traveled the exhibitions across America before becoming Adjunct Curators of Photography at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1. We left that position when I started exhibiting my own work worldwide and Renée began planning to open ARENA, the contemporary art gallery showing emerging and mid-career artists that she ran for 14 years.
When I became Editor of the online art publication Artkrush in 2005, I annually dedicated an issue to Paris Photo, which had become the world’s most important fair for photography in all of its many forms. Continuing that tradition today, please scroll through this curated selection of images to see our favorite photo-based artworks from this year’s special online catalogue version of Paris Photo New York, which continues through April 30. WM
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.
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