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Photoworks announce theme for the Brighton Photo Biennial in October

The seventh installment of the Brighton Photo Biennial will take place throughout the month of October, hosting a series of talks, exhibitions and events, which hope to entertain and inspire both industry professionals as well as non-specialist audiences and lovers of photography. The festival will take over some of Brighton’s notable culture hubs, indoors and out; including the Fabrica building and the University of Brighton Grand Parade. This year’s theme, Beyond the Bias – Reshaping Image, seeks to debate the role that photography plays in the politics of identity, through the vehicle of fashion, style, gender and sexuality. Three core exhibitions will lie at the centre of the biennial. Ewen Spencer, who graduated from the University of Brighton in 1997, will take over Fabrica with a Photoworks commission, for which he plans to track London’s youth along the route of this summer’s notorious Notting Hill Carnival. In line with the festive spirit, the images mounted on large billboards will be shown alongside projection of Spencer’s archive and a contemporary music soundtrack. Olivia Arthur and Bharat …


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5 Photographers To Keep An Eye On At St. Andrews’ Photography Festival

While St. Andrews is known to be university of top-notch academics and a home to golf, it also holds an exquisite history of photography. In fact, Scotland has produced a large number of photographers, who’s work has transcended international borders. This autumn, the university is hosting their first annual, six-week long photography festival, which will celebrate the local heritage and its legacy in Scottish photography. Starting August 1st, 19 different exhibitions will display images across the history of photography; ranging from rare historic images, to contemporary snapshots. All work will be displayed in local and unusual venues. According to BJP, here are the five exhibitions you can’t miss: Alicia Bruce Paintings and sculptures, which can be found in Scottish collections, are reinterpreted through Alicia Bruce’s lens. The award-winning photographer’s ongoing and controversial project, Meine: TRUMPED, captures the destruction of the Menie-estate landscapes, following Trump International’s announcement of the Trump Resort. Bruce collaborated with locals living on the Aberdeenshire coast (where Menie is located), to create a series of landscape photography that documents the transitions of the area into …



Antiparos – the world’s smallest serious photography festival

Antiparos Photography Festival was the brainchild of three people: Mary Chatzaki, who runs the local ‘Anti’ art gallery; Yannis Bagourdas, an engineer and amateur photographer; and David Frazer Wray, a summer visitor. “We wanted to give something back to the island,” says Frazer Wray. “Given our mutual interests, a photography festival seemed the obvious choice.


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Whitstable Biennale 2016: Festival Director Sue Jones on arts festival that seeks to to discuss the refugee crisis

Sue Jones is brimming with enthusiasm about this year’s Biennale. ‘For me everything is a highlight!’ she offers, when asked the politically charged question of what artworks she is most excited about. “Our major new commissions are something that we’re really proud of – you can see them all the way through the festival […] We’re interested in the emerging artists making work that’s exciting, at the very cutting edge of what is happening at the moment.’’  Jones, who has led the bi-annual arts festival since 2006, heads up a curation team including Emma Leach – a writer and performance artist, and Gareth Evans, who is Adjunct Film Curator at Whitechapel Gallery. The theme for this year’s festival is the Faraway Nearby, a name taken from Rebecca Solnit’s book of the same name. Jones suggests this relates to ‘‘distance and closeness, and how we tell stories and find ways of creating places we belong’. The work that best represents this theme is perhaps Sarah Wood’s Boat People – a film essay that explores this question of …


Organ Vida announce open call with high-profile judges for ‘Revelations’ theme

Organ Vida is a two-week international photography festival that takes place every September in Zagreb. In its eighth year, the festival has become the largest annual photographic event in Southeast Europe, showcasing a new generation of photographers from Croatia and the Baltic region alongside more high-profile international photographers. The top ten projects will be presented at the festival’s main exhibition in Zagreb’s Francuski paviljon, while a further other ten commended projects will be shown on large projections in public areas. As well as the Francuski paviljon, Organ Vida exhibits at the city’s Academy of Fine Arts, ORIS house of architecture, Galleries Kranjčar and Greta, Dokukino KIC, Kinoklub Zagreb and in numerous open public spaces. The international panel of judges will host lectures and workshops and show their work at the festival. Lea Vene, Croatian art historian, cultural anthropologist, fashion theorist and a curator in the Miroslav Kraljević gallery, will act as one of the judges. She writes of the festival: “Organ Vida is interested in how authors through the medium of photography face the unknown, unrecorded and unspoken transformative and everyday experiences, personal …


Inside India’s newest photography festival

Indian photographer Poulomi Basu is a rising star of documentary photography. Part of VII’s mentor programme, she’s a Magnum Foundation Award winner and was nominated for the Paul Huf Award this year. Even so, she’s sometimes felt jaded with an industry she believes confines itself to a very limited audience. Determined to do something to bring it to a wider public, she joined forces with British filmmaker CJ Clarke and friends to found Just Another Photo Festival, which enjoyed its first edition last September in New Delhi. “We saw an opportunity to do something different: to change the paradigm and put the audience on a pedestal, not the photographer,” she explains.   Just Another Photo showcased work by 150 photographers from over 35 countries, including big names such as Roger Ballen, Philip Toledano and Sim Chi Yin but also grass-roots female photo collectives such as Rawiya and Foto Feminas. “We want JAPF to be global in perspective and have strived to include diverse work that shows new perspectives to an Indian audience,” says Basu. The photographers’ …


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World Famous Photographers meet near the Arctic Circle at Nordic Light International Festival of Photography

The Nordic Light International Festival of Photography, the photo festival in the small island-city of Kristiansund, on the northern reaches of the Norwegian coastland, returns for its eleventh edition with exhibitions from international photographers including Espen Rasmussen, Ralph Gibson, Martine Poppe and Jerry Uelsmann. Nordic Light is not an especially venerated photography festival, yet it consistently demonstrates an ability to attract some of the biggest names in the business. Last year, the American photojournalist James Nachtwey visited the small Norwegian town. In years before, Kristiansund has welcomed Bruce Gilden, Bruce Davidson, Martin Parr, Gered Mankowitz and Lucien Clergue. Set in the local cinema in the centre of town, Nordic Lights’ days are orientated around lectures from an eclectic range of photography, in a town with a population of just 24,000. The festival sees around half that amount of people visit the festival for its week-long duration every year. For a festival with only a handful of full-time staff, and made possible only by a close-knit community of local volunteers, who contribute food, manpower, time and energy to the festival, its testament to the passion of the …


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