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FotoFest Abroad
FotoFest founders Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, and other members of the staff, travel troughout the year to attend various events and meet interesting people.

Over the past several years FotoFest has traveled to Russia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, France, Germany and elsewhere visiting artists, curators and others at studio visits and photography festivals.

Below is a list of reports from their travels between 2004-2006.


2006
International Aleppo Photo Gathering
Aleppo, Syria
September 15, 2006


Despite continuing harassment from a variety of Syrian officials and bureaucrats, Issa Touma’s ninth International Aleppo Photo Gathering has had an unexpectedly long run. It opened September 15, 2006 and is still continuing. Pre-Festival detention of art works in Customs, unexpectedly high fees at the Aleppo Post Office and a last-moment withdrawal of permission to use the large empty electricity building that was to be loaned to the Festival for its main exhibition space failed to stop Issa Touma.

Issa Touma in his gallery, Aleppo, Syria


China: Meeting Place FotoFest Beijing
Beijing, China
October 23-27, 2006


We begin this report with one of FotoFest’s most unexpected and successful programs.

The Meeting Place FotoFest Beijing 2006 grew out of the trip we made in November 2005 to the LianZhou PhotoFestival in south China and the subsequent trip to FOTOFEST2006 by ten Chinese curators, photographers, journalists, and businessmen. Two of them, GAO Lei and Jimmy Chu, proposed that FotoFest collaborate in creating a Meeting Place portfolio review in Beijing. We agreed and set the conditions under which the collaboration could function.

Meeting Place FotoFest Beijing Logo


Odense Foto Triennale 2006
The Funen Festival of Photography
Odense, Denmark
October 2006


After a long ride from Houston to Copenhagen via Newark, it was a pleasure to arrive at Copenhagenís modern airport/train station to have a smooth and effortless train trip to Odense. I found myself on another voyage of ongoing surprises on many levels that are still swirling around in my brain after a week at the Triennale.

Church in Odense




2005

Lianzhou International Photoweek
Lianzhou, China
November, 2005


"Wendy and I had a remarkable introduction to Chinese photography during the week we spent at Lianzhou International Photoweek last November. The purpose of the trip was to investigate the possibilities of increasing FotoFest’s connections with Chinese photographers and photographic institutions but what we found took us way beyond the usual scope of photography."

 
  The Grand Opening of the festival is photographed from the Cultural Center



Foto Arte Brazil
Brasilia
October, 2005

On October 13, 2005, Wendy and I arrived in Brasilia for the fourth edition of Foto Arte, an annual citywide photo event that makes Brazil the site of at least two international photography events at this time. The other is FotoRio in Rio de Janeiro.

The Congress Towers


Art Trip with FotoFest Board and Friends
Prague
September, 2005

On September 3, 2005 FotoFest organized a follow-up trip to a memorable November 2004 visit to Paris, where we put together a tour for FotoFest Board members to Le Mois de la Photo and the Paris Photo fair. It was a great success. Prague, unlike Paris, was un-chartered territory for most of the group -- 18 Board members and FotoFest supporters.

The Charles Bridge


Berlin Photography Festival - Germany
September, 2005

The Berlin Photography Festival 2005 that we have all been waiting for opened on September 23, 2005. This Berlin-born festival was organized by a passionate group of curators, photographers, a photo magazine publisher, volunteers, and non-profit organizations. Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin were invited from FotoFest.

Bernd Fechner showing work to Wendy Watriss



Rhubarb Rhubarb - Birmingham, UK
July 20-August 13, 2005

Portfolio Review, photo exhibitions and auction in Birmingham, UK, Rhubarb Rhubarb presented its annual international festival of the image from July 20 to August 13, 2005. The portfolio review included 152 photographers, 43 international curators, magazine and book publishers, as well as representatives from picture agencies. FotoFest co-founders Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss were invited from FotoFest.

Rhubarb in the streets of Birmingham



Review Santa Fe
July 8-10, 2005

More than 90 photographers were selected to participate in the portfolio reviews sponsored by the Santa Fe Center for Photography. FotoFest co-founders Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss Center were among 50 reviewers for Photography who participated in the two-day portfolio review July 8 - 9. The reviews were followed by a day-long series of panels touting WHO'S COLLECTING WHOM - Everything you need to know to place your work in the best collections, Sunday July 10.

Dr. Steve Harrison showing his portfolio to Wendy.



[artphoto]image.festival - Bucharest, Romania
May 27-30, 2005

FotoFest visits a new photography and multi-media event in Romania. The portfolio review makes it to Bucharest with an international group of collectors, editors, museum curators, and photography festival directors. Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss were invited from FotoFest.

[artphoto]image.festival founder Razvan Ion (center)



2004

Paris Photo and Mois de la Photo
November 9-15, 2004

FotoFest began the first of its Board of Directors trips abroad with a five-day visit to Paris for the biennial Mois de la Photo and the annual photographic fair Paris Photo. The trip included special gallery and artist tours at one of the world's most important photography fairs, Paris Photo, as well as curatorial tours at leading Paris museums and art spaces. Report by Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin.

FotoFest Board Members at Paris Photo



Mesiac Fotografie - Bratislava
November 3-7, 2004

FotoFest Founders Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, along with Meeting Place Coordinator Jenny Antill, attended the oldest and most prestigious of the Middle European photography festivals, Mesiac Fotografie (Month of Photography), one of the founding members of the Festival of Light network, in Bratislava, Slovakia. Report by Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin.

FotoFest at Mesiac Fotografie



Prague House of Photography
November 7-9, 2004

The Prague House of Photography (PHP) Founded in 1989 by photographers and curators, moves into new and spacious headquarters in 2005. The 1920s building in Downtown Prague replaces the earlier PHP headquarters damaged by August 2002 floods. FotoFest visits the new space, still under construction. Report by Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin.

The future home of the Prague House of Photography



Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History - Paris
July 6, 2004

In November 1996, FotoFest created an exhibit with Susan Meiselas from her book Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History. Opening at Houston's Menil Collection, the exhibit continued an eight year tour to exhibitions worldwide before its current and final exhibition at the Hotel de Ville in Paris. Report by Fred Baldwin.

Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History



FotoArte - Brasilia, Brazil
June 26 - 30, 2004

Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss Traveled to Brasilia, Brazil in late June to review portfolios and see the two FotoFest exhibitions being presented by FotoArte, a photography festival there.

The Congress, Brasilia