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Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010 at Spéos, Paris.
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Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010 at Spéos, Paris.
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Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010 at Spéos, Paris.
Photo courtesy of Spéos Photographic Institute.

 

 

 

Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010 at Spéos, Paris.
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LENS CULTURE FOTOFEST PARIS 2010
November 15-17, 2010

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FotoFest International and Lens Culture, the Paris-based online international photography magazine, mounted the first large-scale internationally organized portfolio review in Paris for photographic artists, November 15-17, 2010.

Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010 at Spéos, Paris.
Photo courtesy of Spéos Photographic Institute.

With 163 photographers and 48 reviewers from 32 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Americas, The three-day program, Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010, was held in conjunction with Paris Photo, one of the world’s largest commercial photography fairs, and was hosted at Spéos Paris Photographic Institute, 8, rue Jules Vallès, 75011 Paris.

Sponsored by Lens Culture and FotoFest International, the Paris portfolio review was a reflection of the transcontinental character of the art world and photography today. The origin and organization of the FotoFest Paris 2010 portfolio review, and its cooperation with Paris Photo and Spéos, brought together multiple French and U.S. events and organizations.

Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010 at Spéos, Paris.
Photo courtesy of Spéos Photographic Institute.

The intent of Lens Culture FotoFest Paris was to enable serious, mid-career photographers to meet leading people in the field of creative photography – curators, publishers, gallery owners, festival directors, agency representatives, and art directors – who could aid the development and careers of photographers, and help to introduce their work throughout the world. Reviewers from many important organizations including Magnum Photo Agency; Bibliothèque Nationale de France; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.; The New York Times; George Eastman House; Kehrer Verlag Publishers, Germany; and The Photographers’ Gallery, London among others, were in attendance.

Participating photographers received expert feedback about their work and have the possibility of getting editorial assignments, book publication contracts, art gallery representation, and feature articles in magazines, online and in print. In turn, the expert reviewers discovered new talent as well as the latest work of photographers who are already established.

Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010 at Spéos, Paris.
Photo courtesy of Spéos Photographic Institute.

The two major photography events surrounding Lens Culture FotoFest Paris were Paris Photo, the world’s largest international fair and marketplace for contemporary photography, and Mois de la Photo, one of the world’s first major urban photography festivals, featuring photography-related exhibits and events at more than 50 locations throughout Paris. A companion Month of Photography OFF festival featured an additional 100+ photography events at the same time.

“This November, without doubt, Paris was the world capital of photography,” said Jim Casper, founder and editor of Lens Culture. “We are delighted to have worked with FotoFest to bring to Paris one of the world’s most respected portfolio programs at a time when Paris is showing some of the world’s best photography at Paris Photo and the Mois de la Photo.”

Since 1986, FotoFest’s pioneering international portfolio reviews in Houston Texas have helped the careers of thousands of artists with museum and gallery exhibitions, magazine and book publications, artist residencies and purchases of work. The program provides photographers opportunities for informal portfolio sharing outside the formal reviews, and has brought about worldwide connections between artists as well as curators.

“Inspired by the early Rencontres d’Arles more than 25 years ago, as well as the example of the Mois de la Photo in Paris,” says Fred Baldwin, chairman and co-founder of FotoFest, “FotoFest began a system of modern portfolio reviews in the United States that has been replicated by over 50 events around the world.”

Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010 at Spéos, Paris.
Photo courtesy of Spéos Photographic Institute.

Guillaume Piens, director of Paris Photo, was an enthusiastic supporter of this new event aimed at international photographers. “We are very glad to partner with Lens Culture and FotoFest to help launch the Lens Culture FotoFest Paris portfolio reviews,” he says. “Paris Photo is primarily an art fair and marketplace where galleries expect to meet and sell photography to collectors and art professionals — meeting with new photographers is not necessarily a priority during the show. Lens Culture FotoFest Paris portfolio reviews, just prior to Paris Photo fulfilled the desires for many artists to meet with other photography professionals who came to Paris from around the world.”
MEET THE ARTISTS NIGHT
During the portfolio reviews, Lens Culture FotoFest Paris sponsored an open event for the public, MEET THE ARTISTS NIGHT. Art collectors and photography collectors saw and bought photography from many of the participating portfolio review artists. The Meet the Artists open portfolio night took place Tuesday evening November 16. The free event was filled to capicity with art collectors, artists and members of the public. The location was Spéos Paris Institute of Photography.

Blurb.com offered their generous financial support for the Meet the Artists Night, as well as contributing 160-page color catalogs showing the work of participating photographers. Each reviewer and photographer that paticipated in the review were also given vouchers to to design and print their own personal photo books via Blurb's online "publishing on demand" service.

Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010 at Spéos, Paris.
Photo courtesy of Spéos Photographic Institute.

Full details about the portfolio reviews in Paris, with a list of the participating international photography experts can be found at the website: www.fotofest-paris.com

Media Contacts
For Further information, interviews and visuals, please contact:

Lens Culture - Jim Casper, Founder and Editor, Lens Culture, and Director, Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010, Paris, France, jim@lensculture.com. Telephone (in Paris): +33 676 17 18 13

FotoFest - Marta Sánchez Philippe, Meeting Place Coordinator, FotoFest, Houston, press2@fotofest.org.
Telephone: +1 713.223.5522 ext 16

FotoFest - Vinod Hopson, Press Coordinator, FotoFest, Houston, press3@fotofest.org. Telephone: +1 713.223.5522 ext 26

 

PRINCIPAL ORGANIZERS

LENS CULTURE
Lens Culture is an international online magazine celebrating contemporary photography, art, media, and world cultures. Lens Culture organizes events and programs worldwide bringing together photographers and photography experts from around the globe.

Lens Culture features the work of photographers from all continents and various points of view: documentary, fine art, photojournalism, experimental, poetic, personal, abstract, human, and street photography. Lens Culture includes essays, analysis and criticism about photography and contemporary cultures; photo book reviews; audio and video interviews with photographers; reviews of exhibitions and events; multimedia and slideshows; an active blog; and sales of exclusive, limited edition photographs. Lens Culture is updated daily, and it maintains archives of all previous articles. The magazine/website attracts 8,000 to 10,000+ unique readers daily (over 2.7 million visitors per year) from more than 50 countries worldwide. In 2009, Lens Culture launched the first annual Lens Culture International Exposure Awards global photography competition, attracting 6,000+ images from photographers in 48 countries. The winners of Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2010 will also be featured in a traveling exhibition at galleries in Paris, New York and San Francisco.

FOTOFEST INTERNATIONAL
Founded in 1983 by photographers Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, FotoFest is a year-round, international non-profit organization promoting the photographic arts and education. FotoFest started the first and longest-running international citywide festival of photography in the U.S. The Biennial festivals and FotoFest’s year-long programming are known for their presentation of important talent, contemporary and historical, from around the world. In selecting its exhibitions and related art programs, FotoFest has a strong commitment to aesthetic quality and important social ideas.

FotoFest has curated and commissioned exhibitions of photo-based art from Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Its Biennial portfolio review, the Meeting Place, is considered one of the best in the world. In addition to its year-round art programming, FotoFest’s school-based education program, Literacy Through Photography, uses photography to stimulate visual literacy, writing and analytical thinking.