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- Photography Festivals
Upcoming Photography Festivals:
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 23, 2016 to September 25, 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
New to this edition of Unseen Photo Fair is Unseen Festival, an extended festival programme in the city. From the 23rd to the 25th of September, Unseen will collaborate with a vast array of institutions, academies, project spaces and artists working in the medium of photography to highlight both local and international talent.
July 4, 2016 to September 25, 2016
The Rencontres d'Arles (formerly known as the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d'Arles) is a summer photography festival founded in 1970 by Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, author Michel Tournier and historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette. The Rencontres d'Arles’ policy of programming almost exclusively new work has earned it a world-wide reputation. In 2013, there were 96000 visitors to the festival.
The exhibitions, often co-produced with both French and foreign museums and institutions, are given on various heritage sites, suitably stage-designed for the purpose. Some sites (for example, 12th century chapels or 19th century industrial buildings) are open to the public only for the duration of the festival.
Many photographers have been discovered as a result of the Rencontres; a sure sign of the festival’s importance as a springboard for photographic and contemporary creative talent.
For its depth and reach the programme draws on the points of view of numerous specialists – around twenty each year – from different fields. Sometimes part of the programming is entrusted to an artist, examples including Martin Parr in 2004, Raymond Depardon in 2006, Arles-born couturier Christian Lacroix in 2008 and Nan Goldin in 2009.
June 9, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Athens Photo Festival is the leading international festival of photography in Southeastern Europe. Exploring critical issues relevant to our times, our programme works within an international, national and local context, encompassing a variety of exhibitions and activities designed to reflect the diversity of contemporary photography, and to create opportunities for exchange of ideas, artistic expression and international engagement.
The 2016 main exhibitions will take place from 9 June until 31 July 2016, at the Benaki Museum, presenting a wide spectrum of works of both emerging and established artists from all over the world. At the core of the festival is a range of events, including international portfolio reviews, screenings, talks and discussions, workshops, and participatory projects. In addition to the main venue-based programme, the festival encourages local community involvement through satellite exhibitions in various locations in the city.
October 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016
Atlanta - GA 30324
In October, ACP marks its 18th annual festival with free events and exhibitions at more than 100 participating venues. The Festival runs for the entire month of October, with many events in September as well.
June 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017
2 - 4 University Road, Belfast
Belfast, Ireland - 0
The Belfast Photo Festival is a not for profit organisation that presents one of the leading International Festivals of photography in the United Kingdom and the Visual Arts Festival of Northern Ireland.
Since 2011 this major photographic event has attracted thousands to Belfast, celebrating some of the finest National and International contemporary photography across 30 museums, galleries and public venues.
The Festival consists of exhibitions, talks, symposiums, workshops, screenings, masterclasses, portfolio reviews and tours.
October 6, 2016 to October 30, 2016
Throughout October 2016 Berlin welcomes once again the largest German festival for photography, the 7th European Month of Photography. As Associated Partner of the EMOP Berlin the first edition of the Berlin Foto Biennale - and 4th edition of the Biennial for Fine Art and Documentary Photography - will take place at the elegant Palazzo Italia, situated in the historic heart of Berlin. After Madrid, Buenos Aires and Malaga, Berlin was chosen as a new base to promote emerging talents and established artists from all over the world.
Emotions and Commotions Across Cultures will present 1230 photos by 446 contemporary artists from 41 countries of all continents - among them 65% women, who have received the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers.
September 20, 2016 to November 5, 2016
In the cycle of mutability and visuality, the International Photography Festival ENCONTROS DA IMAGEM returns to contaminate the city of Braga and to whip the affective dimension up, at a time of tremendous changes and significances.
At this admirably thought-provoking moment for the human existence, populated by a turmoil of images and where the feeling for constant change and transformation proliferates, the Festival returns to its city for the 26 th Edition, celebrating the sentimental side of this edition’s theme: the Search for Happiness. After its effervescent 2015 Edition, ENCONTROS DA IMAGEM returns with an intense and kaleidoscopic programme, proposing a reflection over Happiness, in nowadays societies. Memory, Changing and Revelations are among the themes for this year's edition, which allow us to understand the several paths towards Happiness.
September 15, 2016 to October 30, 2016
Over 50 outspoken photographers, Dutch and from abroad, exhibit their work outdoors and in art centers in the city. This year the theme of the festival is YOU!
BredaPhoto is a biannual international photo festival that is organized since 2003 in the city center of Breda, the Netherlands.
Offering a mixture of fresh talent and national and international headliners, the festival hosted photographers such as Martin Parr, Carl De Keyzer, Pieter Hugo, Bloomberg and Chanarin, Todd Hido and Yamamoto Masao.
October 1, 2016 to October 30, 2016
For its seventh edition, Brighton Photo Biennial sets out to explore understandings of identity and representation - our personal and projected image - as influenced by the pervasive genre of fashion and style photography.
September 21, 2016 to September 25, 2016
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Uplands of Pier 5
Brooklyn - NY 11201
June 13, 2016 to June 16, 2016
0 Downtown Charlottesville
Charlottesville - VA 22902
LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph is a celebration of photography, created by photographers, for those who share a passion for the still image. The Festival features exhibits and on-stage appearances of three “INsight” photographers, as well as exhibitions, outdoor projections, workshops and interviews over three days and nights.
September 21, 2017 to September 24, 2017
163 E. Walton Pl.
Chicago - IL 60611
Filter Photo Festival is a multiday celebration of the photographic medium that takes place every autumn in Chicago. Festival programming includes workshops, lectures, artist talks, exhibition receptions, and much more. The majority of events will take place at the Festival’s hotel headquarters, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, and evening activities will primarily take place at galleries and partner institutions around the city.
June 11, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Copenhagen Photo Festival was founded in 2010, to raise awareness about, and focus on, photography. The festival showcases Danish as well as international contemporary photography in urban spaces, art and cultural institutions, galleries and photo schools. Danish photography nowadays is receiving substantial recognition worldwide. CPF promotes Danish and Nordic photography internationally, as well as bringing the international photo scene to Denmark.
Copenhagen Photo Festival’s main aim is to create an international platform for contemporary photography in Denmark. A platform, which explores the different aspects of photography, raising theoretical discussions and presenting new works. It’s an opportunity for both emerging and established photographers as well as amateurs, to network and explore contemporary photography.
July 14, 2016 to October 2, 2016
Cortona On The Move International Photography Festival is celebrating its first five years of activity. In this short space of time Cortona OTM has rapidly grown to become a significant event in the calendar of professional photographers, journalists, keen amateurs and enthusiasts around the world. This achievement is due to the high quality of research and content that goes into the festival, hand in hand with the architectural beauty and magic of the location where it takes place.
October 20, 2016 to November 27, 2016
March 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017
2350 Arapahoe Street
Denver - CO 80205
MoP - Month of Photography Denver is a biennial celebration of fine art photography with hundreds of collaborative public events throughout Denver and the region March and April 2017. We are joining multiple museums galleries and schools surrounding fine art photography creating an exciting artistic and educational event for the city of Denver and the region.
March 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016
FORMAT International Photography Festival was established in 2004.
Today it is one of the UK's leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media. FORMAT organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally. The 2013 festival welcomed over 100,000 visitors from all over the world.
The biennale and off year programmes celebrate the wealth of contemporary photographic practice. We love photography and all its expanded fields. Our programmes feature everything from major conceptual works, participative projects, documentary and all that falls between categorisations, from the mobile phone to the archive. We are concerned with what is happening right here, right now in the scene and beyond, whilst sharing and contributing to it.
FORMAT is the place to engage with an incredible range of new work together alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review.
February 12, 2016 to February 14, 2016
For the fifth time, the city of Duesseldorf will host a vibrant programme of photography for the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2016. More than 40 galleries, museums and institutions will open their doors showing exhibitions and holding events dedicated to photography. The weekend itself is from Friday February 12 to Sunday February 14 2016, however many of the exhibitions will continue into March and April 2016.
March 12, 2016 to April 24, 2016
0 Downtown Houston
Houston - TX 0
The FotoFest 2016 Biennial,
the Sixteenth International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Arts, takes place
March 12 – April 24, 2016, in Houston, Texas.
The FotoFest Biennials draw over 250,000 visitors during the course of
their six-week run. They attract visitors and participants from over 35 countries. They are
one of the world’s longest-
running, largest, and most respected international photographic art events.
August 20, 2016 to September 25, 2016
Our launch Festival features photography and mixed media presentations. The theme of the Festival, Making a Scene: Storytelling and the Real, addresses the increasing slippage in narrative art between documentary and fiction. Along with an exhibition and installation, our Festival presents related screenings, discussions, and photography workshops for young people from Hudson's underserved neighborhoods. The Festival's location in Hudson, NY, celebrates art in an American city rich in history and diversity. LightField Festival embraces Hudson's storied past and vibrant present while showcasing the work of artists who are crossing boundaries in practice, medium, and audience.
August 12, 2016 to August 13, 2017
Lewiston - NY 14092
Lewiston's signature event, now in its 51st year, features work by more than 175 exceptional artists in a wide range of fine art and artistic craft media in this juried art show. Located just five miles north of Niagara Falls, the charming streets of picturesque Lewiston have long attracted visitors to our unique shops, galleries and restaurants.
Meet the artists one-on-one and enjoy more than 20,000 original works of art including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood, mixed media and photography. From functional to surreal, one-of-a-kind and limited edition art works form an unparalleled collection that can only be seen once a year.
Center Street becomes pedestrian only for the 2-day festival. Don't miss "College Alley" featuring student artwork. Make your own art at the ArtZone, and visit the Chalk Walk competition. Bring the whole family for a weekend of art, music, food, street performers, workshops and demonstrations. Rain or Shine. No admission charge. Free parking. Booth sitters and a complimentary artist awards breakfast Sunday morning.
May 19, 2016 to May 21, 2016
Borough High St
London, UK - SE1
If you are an up-and-coming photographer looking for your first break or an enthusiastic hobbyist wanting to show your works to the world, the London Photo Festival is for you. Founded in 2011, the London Photo Festival was set up by Emma Mapp and Kit Shah to give fellow new and emerging photographers an affordable way to display their art. We believe in giving new and emerging photographers a chance they would rarely get elsewhere: the opportunity to exhibit their work in a relaxed, professional environment. Unlike other galleries, exhibitions and festivals, we do not judge your work – as long as it is not offensive, we will display it. All you have to do is pay a small fee.
November 10, 2017 to November 12, 2017
1 Vine Court
The London image Festival (LIF) is an exploration of the power of images, both still and moving. LIF brings together international entries to showcase outstanding visuals in photography and film. The festival is a reflective space for exploring. imagery in all its forms.
Los Angeles, CA
April 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016
This year’s theme, Communities and Cultures, will showcase exhibitions and projections exploring traditional and non-traditional ideas of families, environments, collectives, groups, traditions, and lifestyles. Communities and Cultures will pay a special homage to Asia in addition to highlighting the photographic community of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, CA
April 18, 2017 to April 23, 2017
1933 South Broadway
Los Angeles - CA 90007
In tandem with Photo Independent, The Los Angeles Festival of Photography will take place April 18-23, 2017, at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Festival of Photography is an international photographic festival bringing together photographers, curators, students, collectors, emerging and professional artists in the industry with the aim of encouraging and celebrating the art of photography. The Los Angeles Festival of Photography will include workshops with experts in the field, special exhibitions & lectures, VIP receptions, walk-throughs, artist talks, and book signings.
February 24, 2016 to May 8, 2016
In 2004 with the rise of global tensions, Vanessa Branson and Abel Damoussi envisioned a cultural festival that would address social issues through the arts, using them as a vehicle for debate and discussion and to build bridges between diverse ideologies. The Arts in Marrakech festival held its first edition in 2005.
In 2009 in order to realize its full potential in the eyes of the International art world Branson raised the festivals ambition and embraced the term biennale. It has become a celebration of creativity in a city that has for centuries been the focus of artistic exploration but historicaly had only limited emphasis on contemporary art. Beginning as a gathering of arts enthusiasts who organised literary events and exhibitions, the Biennale has grown to become an internationally recognised event with a thriving visual art and literature programme. The Biennale enjoys widespread coverage by the national and international press and is now ranked among the top 20 biennales in the world.
December 1, 2016 to December 4, 2016
101 West Flagger Street
Miami - FL 33130
The MSPF is an international photography festival showcasing the best of contemporary Street Photography viewed through the eyes of emerging photographers in this genre.
May 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Since 2001 The Boutographies - Rencontres Photographiques de Montpellier have been oriented towards young, emerging European talent. After seven years in the Boutonnet district (hence the name) the event moved in 2008 to the centre of Montpellier, where it now offers photographers, public and partners one of the finest exhibition spaces in the south of France.
March 9, 2017 to March 23, 2017
FOCUS Photography Festival, Mumbai, 2017 (FOCUS), supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, will return to Mumbai for its third edition from 9 – 23 March 2017. Launched in 2013 as the city's first ever photography festival, over the last 2 editions FOCUS has worked with 60 partners, hosted 58 exhibitions and attracted over 80,000 visitors.
FOCUS 2017 will present an ambitious 14 day programme with over 25 exhibitions and 50 events across the city. The festival will include major travelling photography exhibitions, shown in India for the first time, and collaborations with international photography festivals. Alongside exhibitions in Mumbai's leading galleries and museums the festival will bring photography outside traditional spaces, to reach bigger and more diverse audiences, and into an eclectic range of venues from stores and cafes to the streets of Mumbai.
An extensive series of free outreach events will complement existing programming, including talks, workshops, mentor sessions, screenings and walk-throughs. Opportunities for thoughtful dialogue and exchange, professional development for young photographers and an education platform for children.
New Orleans, LA
December 8, 2016 to December 11, 2016
Downtown New Orleans
New Orleans - LA 0
PhotoNOLA is an annual festival of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with galleries, museums and photographers citywide.
The eleventh annual PhotoNOLA festival will take place from December 8–11, 2016 with broad ranging photography exhibitions on display throughout the month. The lineup includes portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures, book signings and the PhotoGALA. Many events are free and open to the public.
January 21, 2017 to March 5, 2017
5 rue Curial
Paris, France - 75019
The Circulation(s) festival is the most original and ambitious project in contemporary photography. It is dedicated to the European photographic diversity and it aims to discover new talents. Since its creation in 2011, more than 225 artists have been exposed and the festival welcomed about 175 000 visitors. Both a springboard for young photographers and a laboratory of contemporary creativity, the festival occupies a specific place in the French and international photographic field, attracting a constantly growing audience. It is the only photographic festival in Paris!
August 19, 2016 to August 26, 2016
OBSCURA Festival is Malaysia's premier photography festival that celebrates photography from Asia and around the globe. Each year, the festival hosts a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops, professional portfolio reviews and slide shows. The festival also organises fringe events, including youth photography programmes with its festival partners.
Exhibiting photographers, curators, jury members and students fly in to George Town each year in the celebration of a quintessential and unique photography festival. The aim of the festival is rooted in education, understanding and togetherness through premier events that take place throughout the festival. OBSCURA Festival is embedded within The George Town Festival, a major international festival of the arts and culture in South East Asia.
August 27, 2016 to September 11, 2016
Visa pour l'Image international photojournalism festival established in 1989, which takes place every year in the entire city of Perpignan, from late August to mid-September for a period of 15 days. This is the main and most important festival of photojournalism in France. This festival not only offers exhibitions spread across the city, but also conferences, international meetings and discounts prestigious global photographers rewarding the best stories. The most famous photographers around the world will visit the festival.
April 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016
Each April, the city of Portland is abuzz with photography events and exhibitions. Photolucida spearheads the festivities and collaborates with local galleries and organizations to highlight all of the photographic happenings on our website.
San Diego, CA
October 20, 2015 to October 23, 2016
2223 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego - CA 92104
We're pleased to announce our 2016 Festival and registration dates for the acclaimed Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews. The Medium Festival returns to San Diego Oct. 20-23, 2016 with registration opening in spring 2016. Registration for the 2016 Eye to Eye Portfolio reviews will be open for 48 hours beginning at 9:00am on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Last year our reviews filled in under 48 hours and will sell out quickly again in 2016. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for one of the most talked about portfolio review events in the United States!
San Diego, CA
March 19, 2016 to March 20, 2016
2730 Historic Decatur Rd.
The Latin American Art Festival will take place on March 19th and 20th, the main goal of the festival is to offer latino artists from all over the continent a first contact space to promote their art with collectors, galleries, art entusiasts and the community. The festival will be held at an open air location at the NTC Promenade, San Diego, CA.
San Francisco, CA
January 27, 2017 to January 29, 2017
San Francisco - CA 94123
Photo San Francisco will collaborate with leading international galleries to offer a highly curated exhibition of vintage and contemporary work by the most exciting emerging and established artists from East and West. Join us for inaugural edition of Photo San Francisco at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 27 - 29 January 2017
Sanary sur Mer, France
May 26, 2016 to June 19, 2016
Sanary sur Mer, France
Photomed aims to give voice to photographers who are showing the Mediterranean spirit. There is more subtlety than one can imagine across the Mediterranean world: from cultures to mindsets and landscapes, it is one of the most moving places of the world.
March 11, 2016 to March 13, 2016
7380 E. Second St.
Scottsdale - AZ 85251
Named one of the top arts festivals in the nation by the readers of AmericanStyle Magazine and “Best Arts Festival” by Phoenix New Times, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has been recognized for its high-quality fine arts since 1971. The Festival showcases nearly 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and Canada who work in painting, sculpture, glass and ceramics, jewelry, photography and more. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and through the Festival’s online art auction.
September 9, 2016 to September 11, 2016
As the 2015 edition of Photo Shanghai comes to a close, we are pleased to report that international and local Chinese galleries witnessed outstanding sales. The fair continued successfully in its mission to bridge East and West in a mature and energetic marketplace.
October 29, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Siena Art Photo Travel Festival represents an unmissable occasion for all the photography lovers who will arrive in Siena from all over the world. An entire month of Festival, during which many photography events will be organized: the "Beyond the Lens" exhibition with the most beautiful images presented at the contest Siena International Photo Awards, unique tours around Siena, post-production courses, workshops, conferences given by famous photographers and more exhibitions held by important international authors. An unforgettable experience realized and tailor-made for photography lovers, which will let you discover one of the most interesting places in the world, with wonderful events linked to photography. The Festival's goal is to lace a cultural and international initiative to the name of Siena, a city of extraordinary inspiration for photographical research, beginning with the unique Festival which gives us the most intimate representation of the city: the Palio.
August 19, 2016 to November 13, 2016
St Andrews, UK
August 1, 2016 to September 11, 2016
St Andrews, UK
The first six-week-long festival-from August 1 to September 11 - will see events and exhibitions focus on the earliest days of photography in St Andrews as well as the pioneers' legacy in Scottish documentary photography since.
The festival will put some of the photographic archive highlights of the University of St Andrews Library Special Collections on show, as well as creating a showcase for contemporary Scottish photography.
Thirteen local businesses, including cafés and restaurants, are hosting exhibitions alongside six more conventional venues. There will also be workshops to demonstrate a variety of early photographic processes including calotype and collodion, talks and events for photographers of all ages and levels.
September 25, 2016 to October 1, 2016
The Tbilisi Photo Festival was first launched in 2010, in partnership with Les Rencontres d’Arles. Six editions later it has become not only the most important photo festival in the region but one of the major annual cultural events in the Caucasus.
The Festival aims:
to be a central meeting point for photography from different regions – Asia, Iran, Turkey, Europe, Russia and the Arab world;
to showcase the best of world photography and to promote emerging regional photography.
Each year, the festival attracts internationally renowned photographers, curators, photo editors and leaders of other major photo festivals to the Georgian capital, along with thousands of photography fans. It is a crossroads for new ideas in photography.
For its 6th edition, the Tbilisi Photo Festival is launching a series of Masterclasses, capitalising on the city’s place as a crossroads of cultures and the scope it offers for photographic interpretation.
These Masterclasses are led by world famous photographers, acclaimed both for their work and their ability to communicate and share their ways of seeing.
September 10, 2016 to October 2, 2016
For the fifth time under its current guise, Festival Images will transform Vevey into a real "city of images" from 10 September to 2 October. Confirming its status as Switzerland's first Biennale of visual arts the Festival will present 75 original installations by international artists and upandcoming talents in unexpected places, indoors and outdoors, around the common theme of 'immersion', providing a genuine largescale, free of charge photographic experience for all visitors.
November 12, 2016 to November 20, 2016
Washington - DC 20036
FotoWeekDC: A truly citywide celebration featuring 150+ exhibitions, programs, and events highlighting world-class photography, and providing exposure for photographers working locally and worldwide.
West Palm Beach, FL
January 24, 2017 to January 28, 2017
415 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach - FL 33401
The 21st Annual International Festival of Photography and Digital Imaging
Where Creativity and Technology Fuse produced by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre
April 9, 2016 to July 10, 2016
1 Downtown Wilson, NC
Wilson - NC 0
On April 9, 2016 Nash Street, the main street of Wilson, North Carolina will be transformed again into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs. One hundred prominent and emerging photographers from more than 30 countries will join forces to help revitalize Historic Downtown Wilson. The exhibition, curated by Jerome De Perlinghi and co-curated by Catherine Lloyd and Régina Monfort, will focus on the theme of "Main Street, a Crossroad of Cultures" as interpreted by the individual photographers. "Photographers do not need words as they write with light,” states De Perlinghi who also serves as the artistic director of the Festival.
September 8, 2017 to September 24, 2017
Organ Vida Festival is a two-week annual international photography festival that takes place every September in Zagreb, Croatia. The festival gathers international young contemporary photographers with the common pursuit to advance the art and practice of contemporary photography, and ignite conversations about critical and global socio-political issues. Organ Vida annually holds open calls on different topics with the aim to stimulate critical thought and social dialogue through examining societal, political and personal issues. An international expert jury reviews and selects applicants whose photographs will be displayed at the main festival exhibition. Alongside the main festival exhibition, Organ Vida program also includes workshops, artist talks, portfolio reviews, lectures, music/theatre performances and much more. The events take place at some of the most unique and striking venues across the city of Zagreb. Many international prominent experts and critics of contemporary photography, photographic and art theory actively participate in the festival program.