The biennial festival was launched in 2004 but this year looks set to be its biggest yet, with nearly 90 exhibitions featuring work by photographers such as Magnum's Trent Parke, Raymond Depardon, Bruce Gilden and Raghu Rai, as well as Brian Griffin, George Georgiou, In-Public, Michael Wolf and Hin Chua. Preston is my Paris will be distributing zines and magazine commissioned by Format, and Edward Swinden will showing the work which won BJP's Shoot the Streets contest last year.
The festival launches this weekend, and to celebrate the organisers have put together a busy weekend of events. On Friday 04 March there's an all-day conference featuring World Press Photo award winner Michael Wolf and photogarpher Bruce Gilden. On Saturday a series of artists' talks takes place and a bookable portfolio review, featuring Erik Kessels, co-founder of the KesselsKramer ad agency, Aaron Schuman, writer, teacher and critic, and Johanna Empson from the Photographers' Gallery, among many more.
On Sunday 06 March, Joel Meyerowitz takes the stage, followed by group discussions on photographic collectives and photography and the internet. An after party takes place tonight at the Revolution bar, featuring dj sets by Brian Griffin, Paul Lowe, photography critic Sue Steward, and photographers Preston Is My Paris.
The exhibitions and talks continue until 03 April, but BJP's Diane Smyth and Olivier Laurent will be there for the opening weekend. Find our all of our reports on BJP's dedicated page.
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