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The FotoFest 2012 Biennial, the Fourteenth International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art, took place March 16-April 29, 2012.  Biennial exhibits and events started as early as October 2011 and continued through May 2012. In addition to its well-known photographic Biennials, FotoFest does year-round art and educational programming.

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March 16 - April 29, 2012


FotoFest 2012 Biennial
Contemporary Russian Photography, mid 1950s - 2012

For its Fourteenth International Biennial, FotoFest programming included three main exhibitions on modern and contemporary Russian photography over the last five decades, from the post-Stalinist period of the 1950s to the present day, as well as events, workshops, forums on contemporary curating, the world’s largest portfolio review for artists, an International Fine Print Auction, book signings, film screenings, and satellite exhibitions at participating spaces throughout Houston.

Early estimates for  overall attendance at all venues over the six weeks of the Biennial is estimated at over 265,000 visitors.

July 30 - October 6, 2012



Contemporary Photography:
Russia, China, Czech & Slovak Republics

Pavel Banka, I Was Too Shy to Speak, 1989

A dynamic and diverse collection of photographs from 20 international contemporary art photographers from Russia, China, the Czech and Slovak Republics. Presented by FotoFest and Arts Brookfield

One, Two and Three Allen Center Downtown Houston


September 14 - 16, 2012


Romualdo García (Mexico),
Untitled [Sin título], Guanajuato,
Mexico, c. 1905-1914


Houston Fine Arts Fair

FotoFest participates as a cultural partner at the second annual Houston Fine Arts Fair (HFAF). FotoFest Co-Founder and Senior Curator Wendy Watriss leads a panel discussion on collecting photographs as part of the Collectors Forum and FotoFest presents a special exhibition of Latin American photography at HFAF as part of the Fairs focus on Latin America. The Houston Fine Art Fair takes place at Reliant Center, September 14-16, 2012.

Location: Reliant Center [map]

October 19 - December 15, 2012


Ion Zupcu, October 30, 2004, 2004


The Collectors Eye: Frazier King

As part of an ongoing series highlighting the personal collections of Houston art patrons, FotoFest presents The Collectors Eye: Frazier King, showing works from the collection of the well-known lawyer and artist.

Location: FotoFest Headquarters at Vine Street Studios| 1113 Vine Street [map]

February 1 - March 9, 2013


Marcla Rico
Untitled from Landscapes of Sinaloa, 2011



Seven Contemporary Mexican Artists confront the protracted and violent drug war plaguing their home country.

Crónicas is a new multi-media exhibition focusing on a group of young Mexican artists’ creative and critical responses to their nation’s violent and protracted drug war. The seven artists in the exhibition present unusual and provocative interpretations of the complex, multi-party conflict and the mass media’s response.

The artists in the exhibition came of age amid a period of transition when relative peace was replaced by widespread violence as seven major cartels were vying for control over border crossings and supply lines, while fighting Mexican Federal police and military.

Location: FotoFest Headquarters at Vine Street Studios| 1113 Vine Street [map]

March 21 - May 4, 2013


Kim Tae Dong, Day Break-018, 2011


International Discoveries IV

Outstanding work from Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada and the United States "discovered" by FotoFest Curators at events around the world.

Location: FotoFest Headquarters at Vine Street Studios| 1113 Vine Street [map]

July 15 - September 27, 2013


Susanne Wellm, Face with a Heart, 2011. 
From the series Inner Landscapes


FotoFest and Arts Brookfield present
FotoFest Discoveries

A dynamic selection of fifteen international
contemporary artists

One Allen Center | 500 Dallas Street

Two Allen Center | 1200 Smith Street [map]
Three Allen Center | 333 Clay Street [map]
1600 Smith Center | 1600 Smith Street [map]

September 20 - December 7, 2013


Hector Hernandez, Hyperbeast: Yellow, 2012


FotoFest and the Houston
Center for Photography present


Armando Alvarez
(Edinburg, TX)
Miguel Amat
(Houston, TX)
Keliy Anderson-Staley
(Houston, TX
Megan Badger
(Houston, TX)
Jesse Morgan Barnett
(Dallas, TX)
Susi Brister
(Austin, TX)
Elizabeth Chiles
(Austin, TX)
Hector Hernandez
(Austin, TX)
Paho Mann
(Dallas, TX)
Linarejos Moreno
(Houston, TX)
Barry Stone
(Austin, TX)
Jeremy Underwood
(Houston TX)

Curated by:
Kerry Inman, Inman Gallery, Houston

A showcase for artistic and curatorial talent in the Lone Star State

Part of the Talent in Texas Exhibition Series

FotoFest Headquarters at Vine Street Studios | 1113 Vine Street

Houston Center for Photography | 1441 West Alabama St [map]


For more information on older exhibitions and events please see the FotoFest Archive.