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FotoFest 1996, The Sixth International Festival of Photography
March 1996

Eighty exhibits in museums, commercial galleries, alternative arts spaces, buildings, universities, and schools throughout Houston. Downtown installations highlighted urban revitalization work in Houston.

Exhibitions - FotoFest Exhibitions


Kurdistan, In the Shadow of History
Curators: Susan Meiselas, Project Director
Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest
Charles Merewether, Getty Museum

Anáhuac - Gerardo Suter, Mexico
Curator: Carla Stellweg, Director, Carla Stellweg Gallery, New York
Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest

Mexican Landscapes, 1858-1910 - from private collections
Curator: Jose Antonio Rodriguez

Wu Jialin: Moutain Folks in Yunnan, China
Curator: Frederick Baldwin, President, FotoFest

Pat Ward Williams, Universal Family Album: Words to Live By
Curators: Pat Ward Williams, Wendy Watriss
Rick Lowe, Curator and Founder, Project Row Houses

Albert Chong: Ancestral Dialogues
Curator: Carla Stellweg, Director, Carla Stellweg Gallery, New York
Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest

The Writing on the Wall, Projections in Berlin's Jewish Quarter, Shimon Attie
Curator: Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest
Robert Koch, Director Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco

Frank Horvat, Fashion
Curators: Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest
Frederick Baldwin, President, FotoFest

Seydou Keita, Portraits from Mali
Curator: Andre Magnin

Magnum and the Cinema, Fifty Years of Film-making

Kathy Vargas, Miracle Lives
Curator: Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest

Biographies/Biografías, Contemporary Self-Potraits from Colombia - Oscar Muñoz and Patricia Bravo
Curator: Carolyn Richard, Independent Curator, Houston

Discoveries of The Meeting Place
Curators: Mark Sealy, Director, Autograph, London
Finn Thrane, Director, Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
Marianne Fulton, Acting Director, International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
Anne Tucker, Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Deborah Ely, Director, Australian Center for Photography, Paddington, Australia
Chris Titterington, Assistant Curator of Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Ricardo Viera, Director, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Pennsylvania
Georges Vercheval, Director, Musèe de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium
Clint Willour, Director, Galveston Arts Center, Texas
Joe Smoke, Los Angeles Center for Photography
Michael Sand, Editor, Aperture Magazine, New York
Jean Caslin, Director, Houston Center for Photography, Texas
Andres Muller-Pohle, Publisher, European Photography, Germany
Christopher Rauschenberg, Director, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Artists: Pilar Albajar (Spain), Fran Antmann (USA), Mark Asnin (USA), Debbie Caffery (USA), John Darwell (England), Caroline Feyt (France), Rogelio López Marín "Gory" (USA/Cuba), Steve Hart (USA), Deborah Luster (USA), Warren Padula (USA), Keri Picket (USA), Bastienne Schmidt (USA), Erasmus Schröter (Germany), Paul Seawright (Ireland)

Discover Houston - site-specific installations by Houston-based artists
Curator: Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest
Artists: Dan Havel, Kate Petley, Dean Rick, Debbie McNulty, Philippe Paravicini, Jack Stenner, Margaret Gorman

Kids With Cameras
The FotoFence, Literacy Through Photography

The International Meeting Place
250 artists came to the Meeting Place with their portfolios to show their to 110 reviewers. The Meeting Place lasted nine days and was held at Rice University campus.

Lectures and Symposia
Kurdistan - Susan Meiselas
Mexican Landscapes - José Antonio Rodríguez
Ancestral Dialogues - Albert Chong
Universal Family Album - Pat Ward Williams

Curatorial Tours
Art and Architecture Walking Tours of Historic District, Warehouse Districts, Museum District, Third Ward and Project Row Houses

FotoFest 1996 Catalogue
Four-color festival catalogue with introductory essay by urban historian Stephen Fox, Professor, Rice University: Susan Bielstein, Editor: Elena Wortham and Antonio Manega, Designers

FotoFest 1996 International Fine Print Auction
126 artists donated photographs to the FotoFest 1996 Fine Print Audtion. Denise Bethel, Director of Sotheby's Photographs Department was the auctioneer. The auction took place at the FotoFest offices in the Innova Design Center on March 6, 1996.

Opening event on Market Square with music and exhibits.

Student tours of exhibits for 1,000 Houston-area public school children.


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