All posts tagged: Festivals

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, 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 …


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 …


Don McCullin to headline Visa pour l’Image’s 25th edition

“To have such a distinguished 25-year-old festival, which has a huge following, invite me to have an exhibition there, I feel honoured and proud,” says photographer Don McCullin, who spoke to BJP ahead of Visa pour l’Image’s press conference. “I’m going to enjoy it. You know, when you get to my age, the idea that someone is still interested in your work is quite extraordinary.” McCullin will receive the largest exhibition ever presented at Visa pour l’Image, where he will present a retrospective of his work in Cyprus, Vietnam, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Bangladesh and Lebanon. He will also show images shot in England and Somerset, as well as his most recent work from Syria. [bjp_ad_slot] “For the past 25 years, I’ve dreamt of bringing McCullin’s work in Perpignan,” says Jean-François Leroy, the festival’s director. “We’ve shown all of the big names in photojournalism, but I’ve always felt that McCullin was the missing one. This year, he’ll be there, he’ll be coming, and he will have an enormous exhibition. For the first time ever, he’ll get the Eglise …


2012 Guernsey Photography Festival channelling good photography

Held from 24 May – 22 June this year, the Guernsey Photography Festival is now in its third year and remains a promising presence on the European photography festival circuit. Founded by photographer Jean-Christophe Godet, the 2012 edition features around twenty exhibitons plus workshops, talks and exhibition tours. Last year’s theme was ‘Identity’ and boasted an impressive line up including work by Richard Billingham and Martin Parr; this year the theme is ‘Journey’, both in the sense of a physical movement and as metaphor for self-discovery. “I wanted to use the notion of journey as a starting point, not necessarily as in travelling somewhere physically but more in terms of a spiritual or emotional journey,” says Godet. “My aim is to show different styles of photography presented in interesting ways. I want to produce a festival that is as honest as possible and of the highest quality.” [bjp_ad_slot] With few dedicated exhibition spaces on the island the challenge for the organisers is to find and transform suitable spaces, with the festival exhibiting work both indoors …


BJP Staff