All posts tagged: Festivals

Hilla Becher on making art and a life with Bernd

One of the dominant influences in contemporary European photography is wheeled into the restaurant at the NRW Forum, a grand art gallery a stone’s throw from the Rhine. It’s the height of the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend, and people of all ages are passing through the galleries on either side of us. Many of them won’t realise it, but most of the photography here is deeply indebted to this slight and unassuming woman, born in East Germany before the war, and now happily talking over pasta and wine in the café. She has now been without Bernd, her husband, for more than seven years, after he died from complications during heart surgery. That straight bob of blonde hair is greying. She is now 81, and sits slightly stooped in her wheelchair. You have to strain to hear what she says, yet she recounts her life with a remarkable wit and poise. Some people start to switch off at this age; Hilla Becher, it seems, could not be more connected to her surroundings. She met her husband in …


BJP Instagram Takeover: Lisa Barnard gets the inside track at Lianzhou Foto Festival

Documentary photographer Lisa Barnard will be taking over the BJP Instagram (@bjp1854) over the next few days to report from the Chinese festival. The photographic artist and Senior Lecturer in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales is exhibiting her project, Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden and will be sharing her experience at the festival. She’ll be posting images from in and around Guangzhou, her journey to Lianzhou and from the set up and events at the festival. As Barnard explains, her project is “a study into the ‘unholy alliance’ between the military, the entertainment industry and technology, and their coalescence around modern-day warfare.”     In recent years China has become an increasingly vital source of excellent contemporary photography, with photographers like Chen Xiaoyi, Jiehao Su and Chen Wei documenting how their country copes with global power shifting eastwards. As Wei told us in April, “I respond to what I see in China around me on a daily basis, both the good and the bad.” Lianzhou Foto Festival is a …


The squatters, ravers and travellers who exported British festival culture to Europe

In 1992, thousands of New Age travellers, ravers and gypsies converged on Castlemorton Common in Worcestershire for a week-long free festival. Widely reported in the press, the event attracted an estimated 20,000 to 40,000 people and became impossible for the police to close down. Tom Hunter, then a student at the London College of Printing, was involved in the free party scene but somehow missed the event; he soon realised he’d let a seminal moment pass him by and vowed not to do so again.     Castlemorton led directly to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, however, which outlawed outdoor parties that included “sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats” in the UK. So, three years later, Hunter and a squad of fellow squatters were on their way to Europe in a decommissioned double-decker bus, complete with sound system and provisions. Over the ensuing months, the group travelled to folk festivals in France, hippie gatherings in Austria and beach parties in Spain, with the bus – Le Crowbar – doubling …


Delhi’s Just Another Photo Festival wants to prove that it’s different from the rest

While Martin Parr describes photography as “the most accessible, democratic medium available in the world”, the industry that has built up around it has not always followed suit. Often confining itself to intimidating, inaccessible museums, galleries and organisations, photography as an art form doesn’t always interact with the public at large. A new Indian festival, Just Another Photo Festival wants to remedy this, aiming to “democratise photography across the country.” The initiative of photographer Poulomi Basu, Emaho Magazine founder Manik Katyal and British independent filmmaker CJ Clarke, the New Delhi festival will be showcasing 150 photographers from over 35 countries. Work from the likes of Roger Ballen, Philip Toledano and Sim Chi Yin will be displayed in 11 different locations. This guiding idea of expanding the base of photography lovers is being put into action by bringing photography to open, public spaces including malls, universities and even slums. “We’re showing it at a school in a slum,” Katyal says. “They’ve told me they would never imagined that they would get to enjoy photography in this space. We’re …


Photography by the sea

A trip to the seaside is fun at the best of times, but it’s even more enjoyable when there is a photography festival taking place at the same time. Currently on show in venues across Brighton and Hove is the region’s sixth Brighton Photo Biennial (BPB14), a month-long celebration of photography. Produced by arts organisation Photoworks, the Biennial features a core programme of more than twenty photography exhibitions on the theme of ‘communities, collectives and collaboration’, plus an extensive supporting programme of events (talks, screenings and workshops). Among the standout exhibitions is the excellent Amore e Piombo, curated by Federica Chiocchetti and Roger Hargreaves of Archive of Modern Conflict. Featuring archival press photographs from the Rome-based agency Team Editorial Services, television news footage, and Italian photobooks of the period from the Martin Parr collection, the exhibition delves deep into the political turbulence, terrorism, conspiracy, kidnap and murder that took place in 1970s Italy. Artfully and intelligently curated to compliment the grand interior of the historic Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, (television screens and photographs are nestled into bookshelves, and presented on raised platforms in the space), Amore e Piombo looks afresh at a tangled and murky chapter …


A small festival with big ambitions

It may be a small island in the Channel, but Guernsey has once again shown its enduring dedication to photography. Now in its fourth year, Guernsey Photography Festival, which is run by a small team of photography professionals, has proved that geographical location is no bar to attracting some of the world’s top photography talent. The festival, which runs until 18 October, is headed up by Jean-Christophe Godet, who has been at the helm since its inception in 2010. The 2014 edition of the festival, which takes ‘Faith, Family, and Community’ as its theme, features work by more than 20 international photographers, who include Abbas, Elinor Carucci, David Moore, Iñaki Domingo, Jason Larkin, and Liz Hingley. [bjp_ad_slot] Work from many of the featured photographers is displayed on specially-designed panels that are positioned in various locations across the island’s centre (in the Market Square and Terrace, and at Liberation Monument, among other places), a deliberate move to bring photography directly into the public realm, say the organisers. Other work is installed in more conventional gallery spaces, such as The Greenhouse Gallery (Domingo), and …


Channel Four

The fourth edition of Guernsey Photography Festival kicks off this weekend with a packed programme of talks, tours, workshops, portfolio reviews, film screenings and exhibitions that continue across the next month. Taking ‘Faith, Family, and Community’ as its theme, the festival features a range of talks scheduled for today and tomorrow (Friday 19 and Saturday 20 September). [bjp_ad_slot] On the Friday, photography archivist Gareth Syvret will be discussing the role of the archive in contemporary photography, while Michelle Sank, David Moore, Greg Hobson and Jason Wilde will discuss recent personal projects. Other speakers taking part in talks across the opening weekend include: Arno Brignon, Michele Palazzi, Dana de Luca, among others. BJP’s senior reporter Gemma Padley will be in Guernsey for the opening weekend, and will be taking part in a talk with photographers Massimiliano Gatti, Alfonso Amendros, Inaki Domingo, and Andrei Nacu on Saturday 20 September. Now a bi-annual festival, the 2014 edition features exhibitions by photographers including: Broomberg and Chanarin, Abbas, Jason Larkin, Michelle Sank, Elinor Carucci, Nick Ballon, Mateusz Sarello, and David Moore among many others. For a full programme visit the Guernsey …


Black Country Echoes Festival open for business

Photographs by Richard Billingham, Brian Griffin, John Bulmer and Peter Donnelly showing the industrial and cultural heritage of England’s Black Country are on show in Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Light House as part of the Black Country Echoes Festival. Showing art and writing as well as photography, the festival aims to explore how the Black Country’s industrial past shaped JRR Tolkien’s writing in the Wolverhampton Art Gallery exhibition, and to display the region’s rich photographic history from the 1960s-90s in the Light House show. [bjp_ad_slot] Encompassing 25 venues spread across Wolverhampton, Walsall, West Bromwich, Bilston, Sandwell and Dudley, the festival will also include cinema screenings, a classic car show and The Forked Forest Path by Olafur Eliasson – an installation representing the forest cut down to make Mordor. Black Country Echoes Festival is open from 20 September to 17 January 2015. Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.


Photography Oxford: a new festival

Photography Oxford Festival 14 throws open its doors this weekend (Sunday 14 September). The new photo festival was founded by photojournalist Robin Laurance and has a team that includes Colin Jacobson, ex-picture editor of The Observer Magazine and The Independent Magazine, and Francis Hodgson, the photography writer for the Financial Times and co-founder of the Prix Pictet. Using venues such as the Pitt Rivers Museum, Wadham College and the O3 Gallery at Oxford Castle, the festival features 23 exhibitions, including World Press Photo 2014. The solo shows include Robin Hammond’s take on Robert Mugabe’s repressive regime in Zimbabwe; Anglo-Egyptian photographer Laura El-Tantawy’s project In the Shadow of the Pyramids; French photographer Bernard Plossu’s first UK show; and Mimi Mollica’s Bus Stories, a series showing CCTV images. [bjp_ad_slot] The group exhibitions include a show devoted to Finnish photographers Pentti Sammallahti, Veli Granö and Arno Rafael Minkkinen; the Document Scotland Collective’s take on Scottish identity on the brink of its vote on independence; and Designed to Deceive, an exhibition on the photograph as construct. The festival also boasts …


EyeEm announces Awards shortlist

After sifting through more than 100,000 entries, the judges of the EyeEm Global Photography Festival & Awards have made their shortlist. The judging panel, which includes Time LightBox’s Olivier Laurent, and recently appointed executive director at the Tim Hetherington Trust, Stephen Mayes, has chosen ten entries from each of the competition’s ten categories. The winner of each category will be announced during an awards ceremony in Berlin on 12 September, during the inaugural edition of the EyeEm festival, which runs until 13 September. One shortlisted photographer will go on to be crowned EyeEm Photographer of the Year at the ceremony. [bjp_ad_slot] The winning images will be exhibited at the Alte Teppichfabrik in Berlin and in London, New York City, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, and Tokyo. A book of the images will also be available. Founded in 2011 in Berlin by photo-enthusiasts Florian Meissner, Lorenz Aschoff, Ramzi Rizk and Gen Sadakane, EyeEm seeks to celebrate “the quality and community of mobile photography,” say the founders. As well as an online marketplace and community, EyeEm is a free application for iOS and …


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