about Hereford Photography Festival november 2011

The link for the photography festival is …
http://www.photofest.org/

The Open College of the Arts are visiting and the first exhibition we are due to visit is the main one. Here is the blurb about it …

Time & Motion Studies presents the works of five photographers, each the result of deliberate and sustained observation. But more than that, each employs a carefully thought-out strategy for their study, a methodology by which to transcribe and communicate ideas about the world, tackling subjects that aren’t always obviously photogenic. For the photographers in the exhibition, the ideas they are trying to communicate take prescience over aesthetic concerns, although these remain important, both in terms of engaging viewers and in contributing to the development of a wider photographic language. Photographers include Vanessa Winship, George Georgiou, Donald Weber, Robbie Cooper and Manuel Vasquez

Simon Bainbridge said: “I was thrilled to be approached by Hereford Photography Festival who have such a great history of exhibiting international photographic work. I’m excited to be working with them in this their twenty-first year, on an exhibition that will respond to the idea of movement; this year’s festival theme. Work will focus on the strategies contemporary photographers employ to capture everyday life as it passes across their frame and photographers will be selected from the UK and throughout the world.”

The statement that “Work will focus on the strategies contemporary photographers employ to capture everyday life as it passes across their frame” gives an interesting insight into the exhibition.

We are also due to see another exhibition called A Social Landscape; here is the blurb about that …

The last twenty years have seen huge shifts in the definition of documentary practice. The photograph can no longer be seen as an objective record. The work included in this exhibition has been developed within a demanding critical framework that requires students to continually question their process.

All of the photographers are in one way or another documenting the social landscape, be it Kentucky, Saint David’s, California or Paris. The work is at a half-way point for some students and two-thirds of the way through for others. The exhibition should be seen as a preview of the final work, which will be presented at the City University Campus University of Wales, Newport in June 2012.

There is a URL connected with this exhibition … www.wearedoc.com

We then have a choice of two other exhibitions … one of which is called Solsbury Hill which was published to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the 1994 Solsbury Hill road protest, one of the first major anti-roads protests of the 1990s. This exhibition of beautifully reproduced photographs by Adrian Arbib documents all aspects of that protest.

HPF stages this exhibition at a time that young people have staged protests for the first time in twenty years.

there is a more at this address … www.solsburyhill.org.uk

The other exhibition that we can visit as part of the OCA is “Walking in my shoes” …

Featuring work by seven talented photographers trained through PhotoVoice’s groundbreaking projects in the UK, this exhibition presents a truly diverse selection of perspectives and experiences of life in Great Britain. Visitors are invited to discover new ways of looking at their homeland, and to consider viewpoints and facets of life in Great Britain that they may have never considered.

Photographers showcased in Walking in My Shoes include one blind and one partially sighted photographer, both of whom use sensory photography techniques to capture and share their thoughts and experiences. Also showcased are photographs by two young people living in supported housing in Hackney, a wheelchair-using photographer, a young person with experience of homelessness on the streets of Glasgow, and a young Afghan photographer who is working to establish a new life in Britain having arrived as an unaccompanied refugee a few years ago.

An audio trail featuring audio captions, soundscape and quotes from the photographers will be available for download from the PhotoVoice and HPF websites during the exhibition.

It does not look particularly inspiring! The festival as a whole is impressive but I wonder how much of what I see I shall actually like and how much I will look at because it is on a gallery wall and hence expects to revered. As a student, I may find it interesting!

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