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FotoFest 2006 - The Earth and
Artists Responing to Violence

August 1, 2005


The Eleventh International Biennial of

Photography and Photo-related Art


The Earth – Artists Responding to Violence

March 10 - April 23, 2006

Houston, Texas

HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 8, 2005) – FotoFest International announces the Eleventh International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art, FotoFest 2006, Friday, March 10 – Sunday, April 23, 2006 in Houston, Texas. The city-wide event will feature over 120 exhibitions of photographic art works in museums
and non-traditional gallery spaces throughout Houston. FotoFest’s acclaimed Portfolio Review program, The International Meeting Place, and the Fine Print Auction are scheduled for the opening weeks of the 2006 Biennial.


FotoFest is curating and commissioning 20 exhibitions and installations around dual themes: The Earth and Artists Responding to Violence.

More than 100 other spaces, from full-time galleries and museums to commercial and retail places, are participating with independently curated exhibitions. The Biennial highlights Houston’s expanding visual arts scene.

The Earth continues and expands the FotoFest 2004 exploration of Water, combining conceptual and figurative interpretations of Earth through artistic expression, science, and public policy. The Earth is explored both metaphorically and environmentally. It encompasses human and non-human life as well as issues of land use, energy, and geophysical history.

Artists Responding to Violence is a separate but connected theme to The Earth. The capacity of human society to inflict violence upon itself and the Earth is expanding with the ever increasing spread of technology, population, and global confrontations. In exploring and confronting this theme, FotoFest is not focusing on depiction of violent acts but rather on how creative artists interpret acts of violence and the human capacity for violence in all aspects of life.

FotoFest is using a wide variety of media to explore these themes including traditional silver-based photography, digital processes, mixed-media installations,
film and video as well as work designed for the Internet. FotoFest’s own exhibitions are located in the FotoFest headquarters at Vine Street Studios warehouse as well as galleries, corporate, and alternative spaces throughout Houston.

Among the 100+ independent spaces hosting exhibitions are the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Menil Collection, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, DiverseWorks Artspace, Houston Center for Photography and over 45 professional art galleries. Alternative artist-run spaces, corporations, retail locations, and restaurants become visual art spaces for the FotoFest Biennial. The Participating Spaces are integral to the FotoFest’s effort to transform the city into a “museum without walls” connecting art to all parts of urban life.

FotoFest publishes a Biennial Catalogue and free citywide Exhibits and Events Map and Biennial Calendar.

THE 2006 INTERNATIONAL MEETING PLACE March 10 – March 23, 2006

The largest event of its kind in the world, the Meeting Place, is known to photographers and professionals alike, as a place where opportunities are created and careers can be made. FotoFest’s Portfolio Review for Artists, the Meeting Place brings artists together with influential photography professionals, museum curators, gallery owners, magazine editors, photo agencies, collectors and publishers for two-weeks of portfolio presentations and meetings.

Over 320 international photographers and 110 photo professionals are participating in the 2006 Meeting Place at The Doubletree Hotel, Houston Downtown, the headquarters hotel for FotoFest 2006.

The Meeting Place opens the Biennial, Friday, March 10 and continues through Thursday, March 23, 2006. Along with the Meeting Place, FotoFest is sponsoring two one-day Workshops, March 14 and March 19, on topics including the use of digital processes for marketing, self-promotion, archiving, and image reproduction as well as book publishing and creation of CD-ROMs. The workshop involves collaborations with well-known photography consultant and educator, Mary Virginia Swanson, the American Society of Media Photographer (ASMP), and working photographers.

Registration forms, prices and deadlines for the 2006 Meeting Place are available at


The Fine Print Auction provides a rare opportunity for collectors to access high quality contemporary fine art photography from Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the United States. FotoFest’s Seventh Fine Print Auction takes place at The Doubletree Hotel, Houston Downtown.

FotoFest sponsors the auction with support from Sotheby’s New York and auctioneer Denise Bethel, Sotheby’s Senior Vice President and Director of Photographs. Revenues from print sales at the Fine Print Auction benefit artist programs and the Meeting Place portfolio reviews allowing hundreds of photographic artists to exhibit work and show their portfolios to important museum curators, publishers, gallery owners, and representatives of photo agencies from the United States, Mexico, South America, Australia, Canada, and Europe.

Proceeds from Auction ticket and table sales benefit FotoFest’s year-round educational program, Literacy Through Photography (LTP). LTP provides more than a thousand students in Houston-area public schools and beyond with cameras and a curriculum using photography to improve writing and cognitive skills.

For more information on the FotoFest 2006 Biennial and its associated programs, please contact the FotoFest Press Coordinator at 713/ 223-5522 ext 26 or For updates on all FotoFest 2006 Biennial programs see the FotoFest web site:

SPONSORS (as of July 2005) :

The William Stamps Farish Fund; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Annenberg Foundation. Axiom Design Group, Houston; Doubletree Hotel Houston Downtown; City of Houston through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County; HexaGroup; The Clayton Fund; Margaret Regan and Fletcher Thorne-Thomsen Jr.; The Samuels Family Foundation