Friday, 11 March 2011

Snapping the streets

For those of you interested in photography, I thought I would write a post about Derby’s Format International Photography Festival, which I’ve been volunteering at. The Festival has been running since 2004 and this year’s central theme is street photography - an area which I find particularly interesting. I was lucky enough to meet and greet all the VIPs on the Festival’s launch night and was also involved in the Portfolio Reviews given by photographers as famous as Joel Meyerowitz (who is also the Festival’s patron), and important publishers, editors and curators. 

Photograph by Joel Meyerowitz  

Photograph by Brian Griffin (also a patron of the Format Festival)

The Format Festival runs until the 3rd of April and includes a variety of exhibitions situated across venues in Derby as well as talks, conferences and workshops – with some even held by the photography agency, Magnum. I’m hoping to get involved in a lot of these and discover more about street photography but what I’ve learned so far in just two days has really fascinated me.

Finding out about John Maloof’s discovery of Vivian Maier’s work has been particularly intriguing. You can watch a video all about him and his investigation into Maier’s work here on his blog about her captivating, and until recently un-heard of, street photography from the 60’s and 70’s.

Photographs by Vivian Maier

A list of all the exhibiting artists and venues across Derby can be found here so if you’re in the area go and check it out!


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