The organisers of the Guernsey Photography Festival have announced this year's event will take place from 1 – 30 June 2011 in the town of St Peter Port, and will show work from Martin Parr, Richard Billingham, Samuel Fosso, and the late Tony Ray Jones.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL RETURNS
GUERNSEY PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 1–30 JUNE 2011
Following the inaugural event in Summer 2010, that saw thousands of festival-goers drawn through the streets and squares of St Peter Port by an imaginatively themed and presented series of exhibitions, organisers are proud to announce that the second Guernsey Photography Festival will take place from 1 – 30 June 2011.
In 2011, Guernsey Photography Festival will present some of the most high profile and respected names in international photography. Included are Martin Parr (UK), Richard Billingham (UK), Samuel Fosso (Cameroon) and a retrospective exhibition by influential ‘60s British documentary photographer Tony Ray Jones.
Featuring more than 20 exhibitions and over 30 recreational and educational events, Guernsey Photography Festival has been made possible thanks to the second year of support from its principle sponsors Generali Worldwide and PPF Partners. Additional funding has been secured from associate sponsors Cenkos, Mourant Ozannes, and associate partner the Guernsey Arts Commission.
Festival founder and director Jean-Christophe Godet says: “Thanks to continued support and commitment from our sponsors, Guernsey Photography Festival is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most promising and high calibre festivals in Europe, capturing the imagination of islanders and international visitors alike. This year we expect in excess of 20,000 visitors, attracted by the opportunity to see exhibitions from world famous photographers, attend major talks and events, and experience all this throughout the month of June in the beautiful surroundings of Guernsey.”
This year’s festival explores the theme of IDENTITY and will reveal a multitude of interpretations from personal to social and political.
Martin Parr will show work from his ongoing series Small World, which offers a biting satire on the homogenisation of worldwide tourism over the last three decades, through his larger than life observations of holiday-makers around the globe.
Tony Ray Jones
This [Parr's exhibits] will be shown alongside the work of one of his photographic inspirations, Tony Ray Jones, whose black and white documentary photography surveyed the distinctive eccentricities of the British leisure classes of the 1960s with surreal humour, before his untimely death aged only 30.
Richard Billingham’s acclaimed and controversial portraits, Ray’s a Laugh, which depict an honest and searing account of his parents’ troubled home-life, will be presented together for the first time with new work portraying his own young family. Also shown will be a series of videos produced by the artist in the late 90s.
Samuel Fosso, one of Africa’s most eminent photographers, will exhibit his African Spirits and Tati series of self-portraits. African Spirits presents the artist inhabiting various icons of black identity, from cultural leaders to the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, while the Tati series shows Fosso dressed up as fictionalised characters. Both reflect his ongoing experimentation with the techniques of portraiture and the self-empowerment and sense of beauty which their theatricality projects.
Many local photographers and organisations will also contribute in giving a true insight of what constitutes the IDENTITY of a small island.
As part of the education and community programme, the festival will also host major talks by international photographers, satellite exhibitions, films and a range of activities put on in association with local organisations, photographers, and schools. Highlights will include the results of an ongoing series of photography workshops with inmates at the island’s mixed sex prison and photographic collaborations with mental health patients, the Blind Association and Alzheimer’s Society.
Many exhibitions will be staged outdoors, in locations including the main square of St Peter Port, the bus terminal and airport, together offering a high impact visual feast, which visitors will be able to follow throughout the town.
Exhibitions are free of charge and open to everyone.
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