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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 …

2014-09-14T10:20:46+00:00

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 …

2014-09-02T10:52:43+00:00

Brighton Photo Biennial unveils its 2014 programme

Photoworks, the organisation behind the Brighton Photo Biennial, has announced the lineup of exhibitions and events for the sixth edition, which takes place from 04 October to 02 November. The announcement was made last night at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, where a packed audience of industry professionals eagerly awaited  the news. The last edition, BPB12, focused on the ‘politics of space’, and this time the focus is on collaboration and community. There is no single curator, but rather an emphasis on partnerships. “We felt there was a current vibe around people working together – partly through necessity, and also through the generosity of shared expertise,” Photoworks director Celia Davies told BJP last night. “Choosing a single curator didn’t feel like quite the right thing for this Biennial.” More than 45 photographers, artists, and collectives will showcase work, both commissioned and received through open call, across a range of venues in Brighton and nearby Hove and Eastbourne. [bjp_ad_slot] At the centre of the packed programme is Simon Faithfull’s Reef, a commissioned project that will see a boat towed out to sea and sunk off the coast of Portland in Dorset. Cameras …

2014-07-25T17:22:08+00:00

Dispatches from Arles 2014: the highs and lows

The opening week of the 45th Les Rencontres d’Arles festival has come to a close, but the 50-plus exhibitions continue until 21 September, so there is plenty of time to check out what outgoing director François Hebel has programmed for his final edition. As some commentators have argued, this year’s programme feels slighter than in previous years, and there is little doubt that feelings towards its success are mixed. At the FT, photography critic Francis Hodgson detects a hesitancy as Arles ponders its future. Hebel is departing for pastures new after overseeing 15 editions, as Sam Stourdzé, former director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland waits in the wings to take his place. Sean O’Hagan of The Guardian also notes that this is a pivotal year, and comments that the festival, the theme of which is ‘Parade’, is “less surprising” than in previous years. L’Oeil de la Photographie writes the festival off completely. [bjp_ad_slot] For me, it was a mixed bag with both disappointments and a few gems. Exhibitions such as David Bailey’s Stardust, on tour after a stint at the National Portrait Gallery in London earlier this year, seemed misplaced, …

2014-07-25T17:44:49+00:00

Les Rencontres d’Arles: The search for a new director

The city of Arles is entering a new photographic era – Maja Hoffmann’s Luma Foundation has started work on the promised Contemporary Art Centre, which will transform the city into one of France’s largest art centres. Yet, the project, worth €100m, will also force Les Rencontres d’Arles to scale back the size and number of exhibitions it hosts each year, a situation that led to François Hebel’s resignation as director [read our interview with Hebel here]. We speak with Daniel Barroy of the French Ministry of Culture, a major investor in Les Rencontres d’Arles. Olivier Laurent: How important are Les Rencontres d’Arles for the Ministry of Culture? Daniel Barroy: For us, it’s France’s main photographic event. It’s essential. Les Rencontres is the largest festival in France, not only in budgetary terms, but also in the number of visitors. In 2013, there were 100,000 paying visitors, which is very good. It’s also an important festival because of its length – it lasts the entire summer. Finally, it’s also important for the local economy. It’s at the …

2014-03-15T21:41:24+00:00

Les Rencontres d’Arles: Director François Hebel questions the festival’s future

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François Hebel first directed Les Rencontres d’Arles festival in 1986 and 1987. When he returned in 2001, it was to an event on the verge of bankruptcy, with €450,000 in debts and just 9000 visitors per season. He spent the following 13 years redefining Les Rencontres, taking possession of the celebrated Ateliers, where most of the exhibitions take place each year, and bringing back private sponsors to develop a stable and healthy economic model. Yet, when the city took the decision to sell the Ateliers to Maja Hoffmann’s Luma Foundation, a conflict arose which led to Hebel’s resignation. As he prepares to present his last Rencontres, he speaks to Molly Benn of Our Age is Thirteen. Molly Benn: The festival was bankrupt when you became director in 2001… François Hebel: Yes, the Rencontres had debts of €450,000. At that time, the overall budget was around €1m; it had no sponsors and there were around 9000 visitors each year. We had to draw up an economic plan. I first turned my attention to the sponsors. Then, once …

2014-03-14T16:02:35+00:00

Photoreporter festival reconsiders goals after financial struggles

Photoreporter is a festival like no other. Launched in Saint-Brieuc, France, in 2012, its concept was to call on local businesses to finance photojournalists’ projects around the world. Alexandre Solacolu, the festival’s creator, had the simple idea of transposing the idea of sponsorship, which has been widely adopted within the sport industry, to photography. From the start, the industry has been ecstatic, with photographers and magazines embracing the festival’s potential and optimism. “Photoreporter’s main goal is to become a laboratory, which can be used to find new economic models for the industry,” Solacolu told BJP in 2012. “I’d love to see other organisations, especially in the media industry, use our model to finance and develop new work.” For Didier Rapaud, the festival’s first curator, Photoreporter brought hope to an industry in dire need of it. “I’m not talking about a revolution, but there’s a ray of sunshine that didn’t necessarily exist before.” In its first two years, the festival had planned to raise €300,000 from local businesses to finance projects by photographers such as Guy Martin, …

2014-03-12T14:50:10+00:00

Review: Düsseldorf Photo Weekend

Düsseldorf, capital city of Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state, is known for its lively arts scene and strong links to photography. Most famously in 1976, Bernd and Hilla Becher began teaching photography at the Kunstakademie in the city; before this, the arts academy focused mainly on painting. The Bechers’ influence was profound and long lasting; their teachings contributed to the German photographic movement known as the Düsseldorf School of Photography. Former students include Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky and Candida Höfer, all of whom went on to become some of the world’s most successful photographers. [bjp_ad_slot] This photographic legacy is played out at the city’s annual Photo Weekend (which took place this year from 31 January to 02 February), most prominently through the work of Höfer, whose mini retrospective at the Museum Kunstpalast featured prints from across the photographer’s lengthy career. Höfer opened up her archive especially for the exhibition to reveal there is far more to her photographic oeuvre than the familiar photographs of empty public spaces. Alongside the large-scale colour prints of the interiors of opera houses, museums, libraries and …

2014-02-11T16:13:03+00:00

Winners of Düsseldorf Photo Weekend Portfolio Reviews announced

Now in its second year, the winning photographers of Portfolio Review 2014 have been named as Maurice van Es, Oliver Hartung, Christian Kryl and Jan van der Til. The photographers were awarded prizes to the value of €9000 at an awards ceremony in Düsseldorf last week. Van Es, Hartung and Kryl were each given €2500 to produce a photo essay commissioned by arts organisation Arte Creative. Van der Til was awarded a voucher worth €1500 for high-end photo printing at Düsseldorf-based photo lab Grieger. In addition, every participant was given a premium account at online platform Salon.io, and will have the opportunity to participate in workshops to create their new websites at the company’s offices in Berlin. The portfolio reviews took place at art museum NRW-Forum in the city centre during the third Düsseldorf Photo Weekend from 31 January to 02 February. Participants were invited to submit two portfolios to the professional photo-led jury. The 27 successful photographers (including one duo) were then invited to present their work to a panel of reviewers in front …

2014-02-10T09:20:39+00:00

New photography festival takes over Northeast England

“We are interested in how photography can be received and accessed socially,” says Carol McKay, co-founder of The Social: Encountering Photography, a new festival in Sunderland and the Northeast of England that presents a month-long series of exhibitions and events in and around the region. “The idea was to present Sunderland as ‘a hub’ for photography, to bring the focus to the city. Part of the thinking behind it is the notion of encountering photography in gallery and non-gallery contexts so we have shown work in a wide range of venues across the region such as metro stations, advertising spaces, old historic buildings as well as galleries.” Two years in the planning, The Social, programmed by McKay and Amanda Ritson of the North East Photography Network (NEPN) with Alistair Robinson, curator at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA), grew out of the activities of the NEPN, which was founded in 2009 to provide a platform of opportunities and support for photographers and artists living and working in the region. Featuring both commissioned work and …

2013-12-11T12:30:57+00:00

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