This year is “the second annual Flash Forward Festival Boston, an extension of The Magenta Foundation’s successful Flash Forward Annual Competition for Emerging Photographers. Acknowledged as a critically important vanguard for introducing emerging talent from Canada, the UK and the US to a global audience, the annual competition continues to seek new ways to engage those interested in photography. The addition of this festival component is designed to provide opportunities for anybody interested in emerging photography, the evolving image industry surrounding it, and the self-publishing phenomenon.”
“This new installment of the Festival had our Programming Committee [Erin Elder, Clare Jordan, Robyn McCallum, Andy Adams and MaryAnn Camilleri] exploring the topics that interest and influence our industry. The committee, made up of professionals working in the commercial, fine art and social media aspects of the photography world, found loads of common ground and know that they’ve come up with timely and informative topics for lectures, panel discussions and seminars. After all, who doesn’t want to learn how to:
- Make more money as a freelancer
- Build a social media campaign [or even start one, for that matter]
- Raise essential funds for projects or
- Learn how Art Directors find work?
Along with bringing you some top-notch exhibitions, the Flash Forward Festival is all about ‘How to Succeed in Business’, and we are thrilled to share this noteworthy line up of guests and talks with you. Special guests this year include:
- Chris Dixon from Vanity Fair, and Natalie Cusson from enRoute, will talk about their roles as Design and Art Directors of leading magazines.
- John Knight, co-founder and editor of iPad-exclusive Once Magazine, will talk about his experience creating an app that uses this dynamic platform that challenges traditional economic models of publishing and re-imagines what a photo story can be.
- Tina Ahrens from Emphas.is will inform photojournalists and photographers about the ins and outs of HOW TO FUND THEIR PROJECTS!
- Canadian photographer Tony Fouhse will talk about the twists and turns of working on a project, what happens to influence that process, and how to adapt to change along the way.”
Set within the Boston cityscape, the five-day festival is based out of the Fairmont Battery Wharf, offering an in-depth experience through organized networking events and educational programming that brings internationally respected industry professionals together to share their knowledge with the next generation of photographers. Programming includes curated indoor and outdoor exhibitions, a Harborwalk exhibition series featuring work from local galleries, along with lectures, panel discussions, and nightly events. This official program guide contains all the information that you will need to plan your itinerary.”
–Information from Flash Forward March newsletter.
To learn more about the festival, visit their website: www.flashforwardfestival.com.
Filter Photo Festival
October 12-16, 2011
The Filter Photo Festival in Chicago started today. They have many great workshops, lectures, portfolio reviews and exhibitions planned for the weekend. If you are in the area, you must make it out to some of the festivities if not all. Many lectures are free and open to the public; see the calendar of events for details. Also, there are a few single portfolio reviews still available, click here.
MVS will also be participating in the Festival by leading a panel discussion, participating in the portfolio reviews on Saturday & Sunday, and giving a lecture on Sunday.
Panel Discussion: Standing Out From the Rest: Presenting Your Work to Industry Professionals
Thursday, October 14th
The panel discussion will begin after Anthony Bannon’s lecture on Siskind and Callahan which starts at 4:00.
Panelists include: Catherine Edelman, Karen Irvine, Nathan Mason, , and Nicole Radja. Details »
Lecture: To Be Published or Self-Publish? Options for Artists
Sunday, October 16th at 6:00 pm
MVS will discuss both traditional publishing and self-publishing options available today towards helping you determine which path is right for you and your project. Details »
“The 4th Photobook Festival will once again focus on current developments in the genre of the photographic book. Internationally renowned guests have been invited to present their work and to engage with the visitors to the festival. Workshops, screenings, reviews, exhibitions, trade stalls and the presentation of our awards will offer excitement and inspiration.” Visit the festival’s website (in English or German) to see the schedule and to learn more about the festival.
CONTACT 2011: Figure & Ground
May 1-31, 2011
There are so many events happening for this festival from exhibitions, public installations and film screenings to artist talks, openings and workshops. Check CONTACT’s website to see what’s happening, when and where.
About This Year’s Theme
“Focusing on our relationship to the environment, CONTACT 2011: Figure & Ground looks at how photographic images alter perception, inform knowledge, and uncover meaning. From classical portraits of the figure in the landscape to critical views of a ground transformed by human intervention, the works in this year’s festival explore the shifting tensions between humanity and nature.”
FotoFest 2012 Biennial
March 16 to April 29, 2012
The FotoFest 2012 Biennial is the 14th International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art. This biennials curators are: Wendy Watriss, Fred Baldwin, Evgeny Berezner, Irina Tchmyreva, and Natalia Tarasova. This year’s theme is:
Contemporary Russian Photography:
Post-war Avant-garde to Today
The time is right to refocus attention on Russian photography, which spiked during the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union but ebbed during the past decade as global interest in contemporary Asian art ascended.
It is not choosing Russia just for the sake of choosing Russia, It is choosing Russia because there is very good work there and there are gaps in our knowledge of the continuum between well know Russian constructivist artists of the 1920s and contemporary Russian artists using photography.
–Wendy Watriss, Senior Curator, from the Houston Chronicle, “Planning for FotoFest 2012 Under Way,” 01/16/2011
“The FotoFest Biennial is the United States’ largest and longest-running international photography festival. It is one of the oldest international showcases for photography in the world today.
The FotoFest 2012 Biennial features photography and mixed-media exhibitions, an international portfolio review for artists, evenings for art collectors; opportunities to meet artists, symposia on photography, artist and curator talks, workshops for artists, gallery treks, film screenings, book signings and the international Biennial Fine Print Auction.
2012 Biennial Participating Spaces
FotoFest invites Houston-area museums, commercial galleries, non-profit spaces, artist-run spaces, corporate spaces, and retail establishments to participate in the FotoFest Biennial as Participating Spaces. Participating Spaces are venues that choose to exhibit photographic art as part of the FotoFest Biennial.
2012 International Meeting Place Portfolio Review
FotoFest’s International Meeting Place portfolio review takes place March 16th to April 3rd, 2012. As the world’s largest and most internaional portfolio review, FotoFest’s Meeting Place is an innovative leader in the field for over 24 years. It brings together over 500 artists and over 170 international curators, editors, publishers, collectors and agency representatives for 16 days of one-on-one meetings.”
For more information about Participating Spaces, portfolio reviews, and upcoming deadlines, visit the FotoFest website.