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First Look

First Look is a collectors group created by FotoFest in 2006 to explore the world of photography and photo collecting. First Look is a membership program that hosts five to six special, members-only events every year, including one regional trip outside Houston. Events include meetings with artists, visits to collectors’ homes, private print viewings at commercial art galleries, special visits to museum archives and collections, and members-only exhibition tours.

The educational aspects of the events are mixed with social networking and learning about collecting as a way to enjoy and engage in a wonderful art form. Membership in First Look helps support FotoFest’s art programs and artists from around the world.

First Look events increase public involvement and appreciation for photography as an art form and expand awareness of other arts organizations in Texas and the city of Houston.

First Look Membership

We hope you will join this active group of photography enthusiasts. Annual memberships are $150 for individuals and $250 for couples. Membership in
First Look supports FotoFest.

For more information about First Look, please contact Laura Wellen at or 713.223.5522 ext 13.

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2012 - 2013 First Look Schedule

Preview Exhibition Tour with the Curator and Artists
Friday, February 1, 2013, 5pm
Members are invited to a special preview tour of the new, original FotoFest exhibition Crónicas, with curator Jennifer Ward and featured artists.

Private Portfolio Viewing and Afternoon with Artists
Sunday, March 24, 2013 and Sunday, April 21, 2013 - (Time TBA)
Members are invited to a private collector's home, for a reception with other collectors and artists exhibiting in International Discoveries IV. Many of the works will be available for sale.

Private Tour of Leading U.S. Photography Fair
AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers)
April 5 - 7, 2013 (exact time and date of tour TBA)
Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
Private tour of the fair and meetings with exhibitors led by FotoFest Artist Director and Co-founder Wendy Watriss and a New York curator.

Private Tour of New Photography Fair (TO BE CONFIRMED)
April 25 - 28, 2013
Paramount Pictures Studio, Los Angeles, CA
The world's most respected photography art fair organizes its first U.S. fair. FotoFest is trying to arrange a private tour of the fair and meetings with exhibitors led by FotoFest Artist Director and Co-founder Wendy Watriss.