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A Kaleidoscope of Treats on the Paramount Studios Lot

This weekend, the annual fall Grand Palais event Paris Photo has expanded for the first time to Los Angeles. A total of 60 art galleries and a dozen specialized book publishers are camped out on the Paramount Studios lot through Sunday, offering all sorts of sights for sore SoCal eyes.

LA gallery Ambach & Rice for example is showcasing new works by German artist Martina Sauter, who likes to work with old film stills, and a separate series of photographs of swimming pools at large LA homes. The event is also hosting what it bills as the first local screening of Johan Grimonprez’s 2005 short Looking for Alfred:

The film explores the idea of doubles and false identities by way of Ron Burrage, the renowned professional Hitchcock lookalike. It is a surrealist combination of Hitchcock’s trademark cameos as well as Grimonprez’s first reference to Hitchock’s The Birds and the actress Tippi Hedren, all critical narrative devices in the artist’s subsequent full-length feature Double Take.

Also included in the installation is behind-the scenes video footage of screen tests and auditions in New York, London and Los Angeles, which documents Grimonprez’s hunt for the perfect Hitchcock doppelgänger.

This being a Parisian event, show hours are extremely civilized: Saturday from noon to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $28.00 for adults, $20.00 for students and free for children under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult. Vive la photographie!

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