Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
World-class photography takes over London’s most celebrated venues, large and small, for the festival’s inaugural year. The London Street Photography Festival launches this summer to celebrate the time-honoured genre. An exciting new addition to London’s cultural calendar, the festival, 1st-31st July 2011, features curated exhibitions alongside a diverse events programme bringing together leading international artists past and present. Highlights include the first UK exhibition of the incredible archives of mysterious Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier at the German Gymnasium, as well as a newly discovered body of work by previously unknown British photographer Walter Joseph - a gritty portrait of post-war London at the British Library.
Photo Fusion will present rare perspectives by leading female street photographers from around the world, whilst the voyeuristic Seen/Unseen showcases new work by award-winning photographers George Georgiou and Mimi Mollica, using the London bus as a vehicle to explore an unknowing public. Leading street photography collective In-Public will see two of its celebrated members, Nick Turpin and Nils Jorgensen, unite in a joint show presenting work from England and France at St. Pancras International.
The festival will also present the first ever International Street Photography Award, alongside a student category, celebrating the best work undertaken today from thousands of submissions received from around the world.Through a varied programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops and interactive events, the festival will provide a unique insight into the field of street photography from the industry’s leading practitioners and experts. In an exploratory talk at the V&A by Curator of Photographs Susanna Brown, visitors will be able to examine up close some of the collection’s most fascinating acquisitions, including original prints by Henri Cartier Bresson, Gary Winogrand and Diane Arbus.
A range of practical and creative workshops and interactive events will be led by eminent practitioners in the field, including the Olympic Photo-Cycle with Toby Smith, and David Gibson’s photo-walks. Courses vary in duration from two to five days, and include the extraordinary London to Paris Street Photography Workshop with InPublic founder Nick Turpin. The festival will launch with 4 exhibition openings on 30th June, starting at 4pm at the British Library, and from 6:30pm at the German Gymnasium.
The full programme can be found here.
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