G.B. England. Derby. Head On, 2010. Image © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos.
A member of Magnum Photos since 1998, Bruce Gilden is best known for his uncompromising, in-your-face approach to street photography, and in November, he brought that approach to Derby, UK, as part of a commission for the Format International Photography Festival 2011.
Now in its fifth edition, the festival, which will take place from 04 March to 03 April 2011, will, through a programme of exhibitions, events, interactions and mass participation, examine the various strategies of Street Photography under the title Right Here Right Now: Exposures From the Public Realm
Gilden's commission, called Bruce Gilden: Head On, will be on show at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Gilden spent seven days in the streets of Derby in early November. His exhibition will be shown alongside a special mini-documentary of the photographer on commission shot by BJP's news editor Olivier Laurent [watch the exclusive trailer below].
BJP will be publishing, in January and February 2011, snippets of the documentary ahead of its premiere at the Format festival.
The one-month event will also see Magnum Photos, in association with the Birmingham Photography Archive, put up a major suvery show of 140 large-scale street photos show by seven of its photographers - Constantine Manos, Richard Kalvar, Raymond Depardon, Christ Steele-Perkins, Bruno Barbey, Trent Park and Alex Webb.
"Recent developments in privacy laws and paranoia about terrorism, health and safety have raised serious questions about the right to take photographs without permission and the rights to publish without consent," say the organisers. "The controversy has led to international campaigns to protect photographer rights, with Magnum photographers such as Stuart Franklin and Chris Steele-Perkins prominent figures in the often heated debate." Both photographers signed up for BJP's Not A Crime campaign in late 2008.
At the Quad, another survey of street photography will be presented with photographers Amy Stein, Joel Meyerowitz, Michael Wolf, Zhao Liang, Polly Braden, Raghu Rai, Orville Robertson, and Wassink Lundgren.
in-Public, the organisation set up by Nick Turpin in 2000 "to provide a home for street photographers," will also be represented in Derby. All 20 In-Public photographers will be featured in an exhibition at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery.
Another festival highlight will be a series of self-portraits taken by Iranian artist Mehraneh Atashi, who was arrested and detained for three months by her government. Atashi is this year's Paul Hill Exposure Award winner.
Photo-Festivals, led by Yasmina Reggad, will present six photography collectives commissioned to shoot new work for the festival. The collectives include ASA, Vea-Collective, Human Endeavour, The Photography Collective, Wideyed and Ramiya. Reggad has set up a dedicated blog to showcase the progress of the collectives - check collectivesencounter.wordpress.com.
Five days before the festival's launch, Magnum will be offering a workshop with photographers Bruce Gilden, Richard Kalvar and Chris Steele-Perkins. For more details, read our Magnum Photos to organise street photography workshop in Derby article.
For more information visit www.formatfestival.com and check back on BJP Online for more details and exclusive footage.
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