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Contents/Introduction Festival at a Glance 04 Exhibitions 05 Talks & Seminars 15 Screenings 20 Masterclasses & Workshops 22 Portfolio Reviews 25 Tours 26

Welcome to the Belfast Photo Festival 2015 programme of photographic exhibitions and events, brought to you under the theme of ‘Convergence.’ Based on this theme, the festival has been curated with a focus on photography’s convergence with other art forms. The Festival includes work by major international photographers alongside Northern Ireland’s finest photographic talent. In addition you will find a variety of workshops, screenings, tours, master classes, portfolio reviews, and this years signature event – the Iris Colour Photo Park. This celebrates the four year partnership between sponsor Iris Colour and the Festival. Belfast Photo Festival is Northern Ireland’s premier visual arts Festival and the photographic biennial for the island of Ireland, celebrating some of the most exceptional national and international contemporary photography. This event, which has been two years in planning, caters from the enthusiast to the professional. The Festival aims to be inclusive, increase access and widen participation in photography, provoke thought, discussion, interest, enjoyment of the

medium, and celebrate Northern Ireland’s rich photographic heritage. We hope to inspire the country’s future photographers, artists, and entrepreneurs, offering new, exciting, welcoming, and sometimes challenging experiences to audiences through the Festival’s programme of events. Through this innovative 2015 programme we believe we have created a unique photographic festival for the UK and Ireland. Having established new channels for cultural exchange within the international photographic community, the city of Belfast has been transformed into a hub for the photographic arts. I would like to thank our volunteers, who without their tenacity the Festival would not have taken place, in particular Orry Robinson and Laura Hagan who have both become integral to the Festival team. Personally I would also like to thank the Festival board for their invaluable help and support. Being a new year and a new Festival, we have been fortunate to welcome new sponsors and maintain the loyalty of our original

sponsors, whose support has helped us make this Festival even bigger and better than before. We invite you to view, participate, and expand your enjoyment of photography through the Festival. Michael Weir Festival Director


Festival at a Glance Wednesday 03 June

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Masterclass with Lorenzo Vitturi

Ulster Museum

9am-6pm

Thursday 04 June

Location

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Masterclass with Lorenzo Vitturi

Ulster Museum

9am-5pm

Talk & Tour: To Camera

Golden Thread Gallery

5pm

Opening: UNSEEN Book Dummy

Naughton Gallery

5pm

Opening: Metamorphosis

QSS (Bedford Street)

6pm

Opening: Delicate Demons by Satu

Red Barn Gallery

7pm

Havisto & Aino Kannisto Opening: New Work by Victor Sloan Opening: To Camera - Group Exhibition

Belfast Print Workshop Golden Thread Gallery

7pm 8pm

Body of Work

Golden Thread Gallery

8pm

Festival Photo Opportunity with Manuel Vason

Golden Thread Gallery

8.30pm

Official Opening of Belfast Photo Festival 20

Black Box

9.15pm

Opening Concert & Party - Special Guests

Black Box

9.45pm

Friday 05 June

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Portfolio Reviews

Crescent Arts Centre

10am - 5pm

Artist Talk: Mentalgassi

7pm

(Writers Square) Opening: Conceal & Reveal

Opening: Stage of Mind by Lee Jee Young

Iris Colour Photo Park

Iris Colour Photo Park

7pm

(Writers Square) Sunday 07 June

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Workshop: Signature Development with

See festival website

10am

Erik Vroons (GUP)

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On My Mind: Sean O'Hagan

Black Box

12pm

On My Mind: Stacey Baker

Black Box

12.40pm

On My Mind: Celia Davies

Black Box

1.50pm

On My Mind: Darren Harvey Regan

Black Box

2.30pm

Opening: Royal Photography Society 157th

Titanic Belfast

5pm

Talk & Tour: Royal Photographic Society

Titanic Belfast

5.30pm

Han Gong-Ju

QFT

6.30pm

Tenx9

Sunflower Bar

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Monday 10 June

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Stage 1: Using Your Digital Camera

Belfast Exposed

6-9pm

Friday 12 June

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Artbook Symposium

Belfast Exposed

11am-4pm

Saturday 13 June

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Artbook Symposium

Belfast Exposed

10am-4pm

Wednesday 17 June

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Stage 1: Using Your Digital Camera

Belfast Exposed

6-9pm

International Print Exhibition

Crescent Arts Centre

2pm

Artist Talk: Lorenzo Vitturi

Crescent Arts Centre

12pm

Artist Talk: Lee Jee Young

Crescent Arts Centre

1pm

Artist Talk: Manuel Vason

Crescent Arts Centre

4pm

Artist Talk: Reviewee

Crescent Arts Centre

3pm

Artist Talk: Thorsten Brinkman

Crescent Arts Centre

11am

New Talent: Annual Exhibition

University of Ulster

6pm

Thursday 18 June

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Masterclass with Alec Soth

U.S. Consulate

9am-6pm

(Street Art Trio - Berlin)

(See Festival website)

(See Festival website)

Pieta

QFT

6.30pm

Party: The Hudson Party

The Hudson Bar

8pm-Late

Friday 19 June

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Saturday 06 June

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Masterclass with Alec Soth

U.S. Consulate

9am - 6pm

Discussion: Convergence in

Belfast Exposed

11am

Talk: FRAMED: Riches from the Ulster

Ulster Museum

12.30pm

Museum Collection

contemoporary photography Opening: Early Memories

CultĂşrlann

1pm

Screening: SomeWhere To Disappear

Queens Film Theatre

6.30pm

Opening: House & Home

Ulster Museum

2.30pm

Q & A with Alec Soth

Queens Film Theatre

7.30pm

LensCulture Exposure Awards

City Hall Screen

5pm

Opening; DeLorean Sculpture Unveiling

City Hall Lawn

6pm

Sunday 21 June

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The Housemaid

QFT

6.30pm

Screening: Brief Encounters

Queens Film Theatre

3pm

Opening: Ideal City

Iris Colour Photo Park

7pm

Wednesday 24 June

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Stage 1: Using Your Digital Camera

Belfast Exposed

6-9pm

Thursday 25 June

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Tour/Workshop: Urban Photo Walk

PLACE - Lower

6pm

(Writers Square) Opening: The Thousand Year Old Boy

Iris Colour Photo Park

7pm

(Writers Square) Opening: Photo Story

Iris Colour Photo Park

7pm

Garfield Street

(Writers Square) Opening: Offshore - Contemoporary Swiss

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Saturday 27 June

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Tour/Workshop: Urban Photo Walk

PLACE - Lower

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Exhibitions Convergence

To Camera Group Exhibition Golden Thread Gallery 4 June–25 July 2015 Opening: Thursday 4 June, 6pm ‘To Camera’, is an exhibition of works that evidence the artist’s action, intervention or performance. Featuring works by artists such as Amanda Coogan, Lorraine Burrell, Tom Lovelace, Ai Wei Wei and Tony Hill, the exhibition offers an insight into a variety of practices that have employed the camera as a witness, as a means of constructing a visual representation or as a means of production, that here fluctuate between the absurd and the mundane. The exhibition, a curatorial collaboration between Belfast Photo Festival and Golden Thread Gallery, will be accompanied by discussions and talks, check the website for further details: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

The Thousand Year Old Boy by Yvette Monaghan Iris Colour Photo Park (Writer's square) 6–23 June 2015 Opening: Saturday 6 June, 7pm In 2011, some cavers made exciting archaeological discoveries in a cave in the Burren, Co. Clare. A poignant revelation was also made: the skeleton of a child. They were able to extract DNA from the remains. The Archaeologists tested this DNA against 150 children from a local school. One boy was an exact match. It turns out that he lives in a house less than one mile from the cave. The thousand year old boy explores how this ancient place embodies the stories and mythology of one boy and those who have gone before him. Hours: Tue–Sun, 11am–7pm (Free entry)

Hours: Tue–Fri, 10.30am–5.30pm, Sat 10.30am–4pm

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Exhibitions Convergence

Photo Story Group Exhibition Iris Colour Photo Park (Writer's square) 6–30 June 2015 Opening: Saturday 6 June, 7pm Where photography meets writing. A unique selection of photobooks and stories from ten countries around the world. Hours: Tue–Sun, 11am–7pm (Free entry) Offshore Swiss Group Exhibition Iris Colour Photo Park (Writer's square) 6–23 June 2015 Opening: Saturday 6 June, 7pm Offshore presents eight Swiss photographers who work around the notion of territory, focusing on constellations where photography crosses the borders of it’s own medium and extends into other artistic forms and disciplines (e.g. collage, painting, sculpture, architecture, graphics design, mass media, pop, forensics, performance and anthropology). The exhibition focuses on these artistic strategies to connect and/or fuse the medium of photography with other artistic media in contemporary Swiss Photography. This exhibition is funded by Swiss Cultural Fund / Prohelvetia Hours: Tue–Sun, 11am–7pm (Free entry)

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Exhibitions Convergence

Delicate Demons by Satu Haavisto & Aino Kannisto Red Barn Gallery 4–28 June 2015 Opening: Thursday 4 June, 6pm

Body of Work by Jordan Hutchings Golden Thread Gallery 5–25 June 2015 Opening: Thursday 4 June, 6pm Photographer Jordan Hutchings’ new exhibition, Body of Work, maps a history of recording the performance artist as subject, and documenting materials as conceptual indicators. His ongoing presence at performance meetings within Belfast and beyond, has cultivated a powerful link between subject and photographer, enabling him to record fleeting moments of live art, capturing striking images of a community. Curated by Mary Morgan. Hours: Mon–Fri 11am–7pm, Sat 10.30am4pm (Free entry)

Delicate Demons is a collaborative effort by Finnish photographers Satu Haavisto and Aino Kannisto. They are making constructed photographs by creating cinematically staged scenes where a woman plays a fictional role specifically designed for her. The models are ordinary women of different ages. At the heart of the series are the countless different experiences of womanhood with their often contradictory dimensions. The artists are particularly interested in emotions and embodiment, and the photograph as a tool to portray the connections between the two. The aim for the artist has been to create the kind of public imagery of womanhood that media and entertainment industry does not represent actively, often perceived as too private in an embarrassing or banal way. The Artists were awarded with this exhibition due to the nomination of The Best portfolio 2014 in Backlight Photo Festival on September 2014 in Tampere Finland.

New work by Victor Sloan Belfast Print Workshop 4–27 June 2015 Opening: Thursday 4 June, 7pm Victor Sloan is internationally recognised for his work relating to the Northern Irish Troubles. His arresting images of the Orange Order Marches and other traditions particular to this place have been exhibited all over the world. His other work with subject matters including the Craigavon and Vietnamese work and his powerful series of images inspired by the abandoned Soviet Military base in Poland are equally powerful images. Sloan’s work extends beyond the Northern Ireland boarders and tackles diverse subjects with universal relevance with this new work focusing on the conflict of Syria. BPW will be running two screen print workshops during the festival. Please contact Declan on 90231323 or studio@bpw.org.uk to book your space. Hours: Mon–Fri, 10am–5pm Sat, 11am–5pm, Sun, 11am–4pm

Supported by: Backlight Photo Festival/ Photography Centre Nykyaika, Arts Promotion Centre Finland

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Hours: Mon–Sat, 1.30am–5pm (Free entry)

Cathedral Quarter


Exhibitions

Conceal & Reveal Iris Colour Photo Park (Writer's Square) 6–23 June 2015 Opening: Saturday 6 June, 7pm An exhibition by three photographic artists, which seek’s to reveal that which has been hidden from view. Artists include: Debi Cornwall, Laurence Rasti and Daniel Mayrit. Hours: Tue–Sun, 11am–7pm (Free entry)

Interferences by Alberto Maserin Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery 4–27 June 2015 Opening: Thursday 4 June, 6pm

New Talent Annual Exhibition University of Ulster 5–12 June 2015 Opening: Friday 5 June, 6pm

Interferences is the first exhibition to launch in the Belfast Exposed Futures gallery, a new space dedicated to new talent from Northern Ireland. Over the past two years Alberto Maserin has documented the legacy of a U.S. military base that was established in 1955 during the Cold War in Aviano. The base is still active and for sixty years the values and ideological norms of American culture have interacted with Italian society. The artist examines how the base has infiltrated the culture and physical structure of the town as well as the imaginations of those living in the surrounding area.

This annual exhibition will present the new photographic talent coming out of Belfast School of Art’s department of photography. After-Show Party with live music at The Hudson Bar from 8pm – 2am (10-14 Gresham Street, Belfast, BT1 1JN). Hours: Mon–Sat, 10am–5pm (Free entry)

Hours: Tue–Sat, 11am–5pm (Free entry)

The Hudson Party 5 June 2015, 8pm - Late (Free entry)

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The biggest party night of the Belfast Photo Festival comes to The Hudson. Celebrating with the new graduates of Belfast School of Art and all Festival goers, we will be partying till the early hours with free flowing beer and some real 21st century beats. See you there!

Cathedral Quarter


Exhibitions

Squares PS2 14–30 June 2015 An exhibition of images by local participants, experimenting with and celebrating the square format of photography. In association with Square Magazine.

Youth Photo Park Iris Colour Photo Park (Writer's Square) 7–23 June 2015

Hours: Tue–Fri, 10am–5pm (Free entry, last admission 4.30pm)

Unfathomable by Geert Goiris Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery 4–27 June 2015 Geert Goiris’ work encompasses a great diversity of subjects and photographic genres including landscape, architecture, portraiture and the photography of objects. He travels to, and photographs remote and inhospitable places, places which lie at the edges of civilisation – polar regions, deserts, volcanic zones, glaciers, caves, forests and mountains.

Celebrating Belfast’s future photographers, the Youth Photo Park brings together the young ethnic communities of the city to produce and show off their own unique photographic works as part of an international event. Brought to you by the Belfast Photo Festival Youth Edition (Taking place April 16). Funded by Belfast City Council. Hours: Tue–Sat, 11am–7pm (Free entry)

Goiris can be seen as a contemporary explorer in search of new landscapes and new ways of seeing. His work argues for unhurried perception, to look closely and slowly, a totally different experience to that offered to us by the dominant culture and by media entertainment. The exhibition at Belfast Exposed will centre on the idea of the 'abyss' and the perception or sense of a limitless, unfathomable space. Hours: Tue–Sat, 11am–5pm

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Cathedral Quarter


Exhibitions Convergence

DeLorean Print Project by Cyril Hatt City Hall Lawn 6–30 June 2015 Opening: Saturday 6 June, 6pm Combining sculpture and photography, this commemorative celebratory sculpture is a to scale replica of the Back To The Future DeLorean car. Designed by artist Cyril Hatt and produced in collaboration with 150 former employees of The DeLorean Motor Company, this sculpture is completely made of individual A5 sized photographs printed directly on to brushed sheet metal. Each piece carrying a signature and message from a former employee of the factory. Members of the public are encouraged to claim one of the photographic panels of the sculpture as an individual work of art. These can be claimed through the Festival website: belfastphotofestival.com Commissioned by Belfast Photo Festival in partnership with Belfast Exposed and Delorean Hire.net. The sculpture coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the cars unveiling and the year visited in Back To The Future 2.

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Metamorphosis Group Exhibition QSS Bedford Street 4 June–4 July 2015 Opening: Thursday 4 June, 6pm Metamorphosis is a survey of work by nine image-makers both emerging and established, who are pushing the boundaries of photography. These artists represent a diverse group of curious experimentalists who in their individual ways are propelling the mediums evolution. All of these artists share an interest in the sculptural potential of the photographic print as an object and they illustrate a growing trend within the photographic medium. Curated by Michael Weir Hours: Tue–Thu, 10am–5pm

Stage of Mind by Lee JeeYoung Naughton Gallery at Queens University 4 June–26 July 2015 Opening: Thursday 4June, 5pm The Naughton Gallery is delighted to present Korean artist JeeYoung Lee’s first solo exhibition in the UK and Ireland, Stage of Mind. The exhibition will showcase a selection of her photographic works along with a reproduction of one of her installations, which will be re-built by the artist during a short residency in Belfast. JeeYoung Lee’s work represents the intangible world of feelings and her personal, psychological experiences in everyday life. Taking inspiration not only from life, but also from visual and literary stimuli, Lee creates her inner worlds with infinite patience and preciseness in her studio in Seoul, Korea. Recipient of multiple artistic awards including the Sovereign Art Prize (2012), JeeYoung Lee is one the most promising artist of the younger Korean artistic world. Following the huge success of her first solo show outside of Korea with Opiom Gallery in 2014, her work was seen 500 000 times on Reddit in just 2 days and has been featured in the worldwide media from the USA to China. The exhibition is curated by Elisa Nocente, organised in collaboration with Opiom Gallery (France) and kindly supported by the Korea Foundation. It will be accompanied by an artist’s talk and a series of Korean films at the QFT. Please visit the Gallery website for further details: www.naughtongallery.org Hours: Tue–Sun, 11am–4pm

City Centre & South Belfast


Exhibitions

House & Home Jill Quigley, Vincenzo Pagliuca & Diego Saldiva Ulster Museum 6–30 June 2015 Opening: Saturday 6 June, 2.30pm

FRAMED! – People and Place in Irish Photography Ulster Museum 19 June 2015–March 2016

Besides being a shelter, the house is as well a home, an emotional and intimate place, a private space and limited territory that offers stability. They are however only temporary and inevitably become redundant in nature. This exhibition focuses on three photographic artists who explore and question this physical space.

This exhibition draws on National Museums Northern Ireland’s rich collections of historic photographs to celebrate 175 years of photography in Ireland. It offers a rare opportunity to see original photographic works and equipment, as well as high-quality digital prints from original negatives. All have been chosen to illustrate the range and depth of the collections and the photographers they represent, and to trace the history and development of the medium in Ireland. By emphasizing the themes of people and place, the emergence over time of a distinctly ‘Irish’ genre of public photography is also highlighted.

Hours: Tue–Sun, 10am–5pm (Free entry, last admission 4.30pm)

Hours: Tue–Sun, 10am–5pm (Free entry, last admission 4.30pm)

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Talks/Seminars Convergence

Artist Talk: Lorenzo Vitturi Crescent Arts Centre Friday 5 June, 12pm

Artist Talk: Manuel Vason Crescent Arts Centre Friday 5 June, 4pm

Artist Talk: Mentalgassi Crescent Arts Centre Friday 5 June, 2pm

Lorenzo Vitturi is an Italian photographer and sculptor who lives and works between London and Milan. Formerly a cinema set painter, Vitturi has brought his experience into his photographic practice, which revolves around playful site- specific interventions at the intersection of photography, sculpture and performance.

Manuel Vason’s artistic practice explores the relationship between photography and performance, presence and representation. He considers the capturing of a moment as an act of creation, as a ritual towards the illusion of immortality and as an exchange between who is in front and who is behind the camera. The collaborative nature of his practice shapes a unique hybrid art form and generates new vocabularies. His collaborations to date have become some of the most iconic images of performance and his work has been published and presented internationally.

Enter Mentalgassi, a trio of friends who decided to combine their passion for graffiti with their love of photographic portraiture. Through an interest in new media, photography, printing and image manipulation, they have applied these techniques to three-dimensional objects to see international success and create some very fun and unique street art.

In 2013 Vitturi released his first photo-book Dalston Anatomy. The book went on to be shortlisted for both Aperture and Mack's First Book Awards, and was named among the best books of the year by Martin Parr, Erik Kessels, Alec Soth, The New York Times, The Guardian and more. Vitturi has had a solo show at FOAM (Amsterdam) and two live performances at Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. In 2014 Vitturi was a finalist at Hyeres International Festival, and had a solo show at The Photographer's Gallery (London). Suggested donation (Free for review participants).

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Keep your eye out for Mentalgassi street art projects in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. Suggested donation (Free for review participants).


Talks/Seminars Convergence On My Mind: Photography & Converging Art Sean O’Hagan, Celia Davies, Stacey Baker, Darren Harvey Regan Black Box Sunday 7 June, 12–2.30pm Belfast Photography Festival asked a group of Photographic Curators, Editors, Authors and Artists to share thoughts, ideas and images by artists who they feel explore the boundaries of photography through convergence with other art forms, both currently and in the past.

Artist Talk: Thorsten Brinkmann Crescent Arts Centre Friday 5 June, 11am Thorsten Brinkmann is best known for his portraits and installations. “When classic portraits meet modern art,” is how his work has been described. He photographs people in a classical manner while substituting parts of their body with objects of common use, ranging from boxes, materials, lamps or even furniture. His works are represented in renowned collections, such as the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, the Fotomuseum Winterthur and the Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg. Suggested donation (Free for review participants).

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This series of morning presentations gives these Professionals the opportunity to talk in conversation about exactly what’s on their mind in regards to photography’s identity in a shifting landscape. Coffee and tea and lunch provided. 1.50pm Celia Davies – Director, Photoworks Is Director at Photoworks UK and also works as a freelance curator, editor and producer. Previously Celia was Head of Exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion from 2002 – 2009. She has devised numerous contemporary solo and group exhibitions and major commissions of new work. Celia has been editor and contributing writer for numerous visual art publications including the influential Photoworks Monographs series, co-published by Steidl. She is coeditor of Photoworks Journal, visual art advisor for HOUSE festival and a trustee of Blast Theory. 12pm Sean O’Hagan – Photo Editor, the Guardian / the Observer Sean O'Hagan writes about photography for the Guardian and the Observer and is also a general feature writer. He was named interviewer of the year in the British press awards in 2003 for his profiles of footballer Roy Keane and musician Brian Wilson, among others. He is the winner of the 2011 J Dudley Johnston award from the Royal Photographic Society "for major achievement in the field of photographic criticism" for his writing in the Observer and the Guardian. 12.40pm Stacey Baker – Photo Editor, The New York Times Magazine The New York Times Magazine is renowned for its long standing, cutting edge use of photography, both in print and multimedia. Stacey produces weekly shoots for the magazine and has worked with photographers such as; Massimo Vitali, Alec Soth, Paolo Pellergin and Lars Tunbjork. The New York Times magazine has been recognized with many prestigious awards including; World Press Photo, American Photography and the Society of Publication Designers, among others. 2.30pm Darren Harvey Regan – Photographic Artist (uses photography, sculpture, installation) Darren Harvey-Regan is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. His practice circles around photography's interaction with sculpture - the encounter of the two-dimensional with the third - and with processes and works that conflate, confuse or contrast the meeting of these.  His work has appeared in exhibitions and publications internationally and is part of the permanent photography collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Talks/Seminars Convergence Panel Discussion – Boundaries of Contemporary Photography Belfast Exposed Saturday 6 June, 11am Photography has never existed in a vacuum and since its inception has often found itself at loggerheads with these mediums - and it continues to wrestle its peers, perhaps now more than ever, given the myriad opportunities available to artists; nothing it seems is off limits. At a time when the boundaries between mediums continue to blur and breakdown, where does photography sit within this shifting landscape? How do we define photography's constantly evolving identity? How are photographers working with photography and its fellow art forms? In short, what's next for photography? Art Book Symposium Belfast Exposed 12–13June 2015, times TBC Visual Artists Ireland and Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery, in partnership with Belfast Photo Festival and Unseen Photo Fair present a two-day symposium on the Art Book today with a self-publishing workshop from London-based group - The Photocopy Club. 

We're delighted to welcome:

Francis Hodgson Photography critic for the Financial Times, consultant and professor

Friday 12th June, 11am - 4pm "The Art Book today" A panel discussion with 2015 Unseen Dummy Awards jurors Hans Gremmen and Willem van Zoetendaal, Unseen Art market curator Zhenia Sveshinsky and Agata Stoinska of BLOW photo magazine. This will be followed by a peer review and discussion of books by Northern Irish photographers. Saturday 13th June, 10am - 4pm The Photocopy Club Zine Workshop The Photocopy Club zine workshops started in 2013. With the premise of helping students and up and coming photographers learn a simple but effective way of bring there images of the computer and becoming printed matter. The zine workshop will guide you through the history of zines, photography zines and show you how to layout, curate, print and distribute. Booking at: visualartists.org.uk/services/ professionaldevelopment/current/ 

Karen McQuaid Curator, The Photographers' Gallery

Matt Packer Director, The Centre For Contemporary Art (Derry/Londonderry)

Prices: Friday only- Free (VAI members) /£5 (non-members) Friday & Saturday- £10 (VAI members) /£20 (non-members)

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Greg Hobson Curator of Photographs - National Media Museum


Talks/Seminars Convergence

Tenx9 The Sunflower Bar 7 June 2015, 7pm

To Camera - Talk & Tour Golden Thread Gallery 4 June 2015, 5pm

Tenx9 is a storytelling event in Belfast where 9 people have up to 10 minutes each to tell a real story from their lives. Tenx9 began in 2012 and now has monthly audiences of up to 200 and has spread to 8 other cities.

This talk and tour of the exhibition ‘To Camera’ will be lead by exhibition co-curator Peter Richards and be accompanied by the exhibiting artists. This is a great opportunity to speak one on one with the range of exhibition international artists and gain in depth knowledge of their practice.

For the Belfast Photo Festival we are delighted to partner with Tenx9. Our theme for the evening will be “Snap” - we’d love to hear stories from 9 people who tell a story about a photograph they took. It’s not the story about the composition or aperture size, but the story of the day when you took it - a true story from the life of the photographer. More details can be found at tenx9.com/belfastphoto2015 and editorial guidelines can be found at tenx9.com/editorialguidelines

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For further details visit: www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk


Talks/Seminars

Framed: Riches from the Ulster Museum's Collectuions of Historic Photographs. Ulster Museum Lecture Theatre 19 June 2015, 12.30pm Marking 175 years of photography in Ireland, Vivienne Pollock (History Curator, National Museums NI) will be taking you on a journey through some of the photographic riches within the collection of the Ulster Museum.

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Screenings Convergence

Brief Encounters Dir. Ben Shapiro, 2012, USA, 78 minutes Queen's Film Theatre Sunday 21 June, 3pm In this documentary, filmmaker Ben Shapiro captures Gregory Crewdson while working on his Beneath The Roses series of photographs from 2002 to 2008. The cinematic photographer uses actors, large-scale sets and locations to present and preserve single still images in much the same way as a film crew shooting a scene. “My pictures are about a search for a moment—a perfect moment. To me the most powerful moment in the whole process is when everything comes together and there is that perfect, beautiful, still moment. And for that instant, my life makes sense.” Gregory Crewdson Tickets: £6.50 (£5 Concessions) book online at queensfilmtheatre.com or call 028 9097 1097

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Trembling Hands Willis Turner Henry Dir. Ben Shapiro, 2012, USA, 78 minutes City Centre Big Screen 4–30 June 2015, see website for screening times, belfastphotofestival.com Hands are the most expressive part of the human body. They are the first to tangibly communicate sentiments. Trembling Hands is about temporality and persistence, and is informed by research on the notion of belonging. The images move at a pace of 240 frames per second, with the performance choreographed to demonstrate what happens when reality and desire collide. Each scene is closely tied to the concept of grasping. Trembling hands seeks to create the wonder of “looking at a still through slight movements”.


Screenings

Circulations Group Screenings City Centre Big Screen 4–30 June 2015, see website for screening times, belfastphotofestival.com For the fifth year the Circulation (s) festival focuses on Young European Photography by exhibiting a photographic dialogue about Europe. This screening presents work by 48 young photographers from around the globe. Circulations is an official partner of Belfast Photo Festival

All Winners & Finalists of the LensCulture Exposure Awards City Centre Big Screen Saturday 6 June 2015, 5pm Here are 31 unique points of view from 31 great photographers across the world! This remarkable group was selected by an international jury who reviewed work from 118 countries. Six continents and 18 countries are represented, making this a snapshot of some of the best contemporary photography on the planet. Each of the photo series demonstrates photography's continuing ability to show us the important, strange, sad and wondrous out in the world (and in our imaginations), while the single images underscore the power that can be captured in just one frame. Enjoy!

Somewhere To Disappear, Screening and Q&A with Alec Soth Dirs. Laure Flammarion & Arnaud Uyttenhove, 2010, France, 57 minutes Queen's Film Theatre, QFT2 Friday 19 June, 6.30pm The Festival is delighted to welcome Alec Soth to the 2015 edition, and is hosting a special screening of Somewhere To Disappear, a documentary that follows Soth on a journey of photographic discovery around the United States during his project, Broken Manual. In order to write a guide on how to disappear in America, Soth embarked on a research trip. We follow him on this search for people who live on the margins of society and find peace as modern day hermits outside the familiar cultural norms. Directed by Laure Flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove, the film captures Soth during the preliminary stages of his project and offers a unique perspective on the individuals within his photographs and shines a new light on the clichés and contradictions of the USA. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Alec Soth.

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Tickets: £6.50 (£5 Concessions) book online at queensfilmtheatre.com or call 028 9097 1097


Masterclasses & Workshops

Storybooks & Slideshows: Exploring the Narrative Possibilities of Photography Alec Soth US Consulate 18–19 June 2015, SOLD OUT While photographs rarely tell linear stories, nearly all photographers are engaged in some form of narrative practice. Whether one is sequensing photographs in a book or presenting slide in front of an audience, important narrative decisions are being made. In this two-day workshop, Alec Soth will work with students to develop and expand their narrative voices as photographers. After a lecture by Soth on his work as a photographer, publisher and producer of slideshows, students will spend the first day sharing their work and developing a 'story pitch.' From these pitches students will spend the rest of the day and the next morning generating stories. On the second evening, students will present their finished assignments as either storybooks or slideshows. Alec Soth is a member of the photographic co-operative Magnum Photos.

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The Creation of Fictional Images with Lorenzo Vitturi Ulster Museum 3–4 June, 9am-6pm The two-day master-class will be offering an insight into Lorenzo Vitturi's personal way of seeing photography; A medium conceived as a space of transformation where different disciplines merge together with the aim of originating images full of energy and vitality. The exploration of Lorenzo's practice will be made firstly through the discussion of his own personal experience and eventually with the realisation of a series of sets in which participants will be able to experiment personally the whole process. The attenders will be invited to take photos of external scenes as well as still life in studio where real facts will be mixed with organic elements for the creation of fictional images. For more information and to book visit belfastphotofestival.com Cost: £320 per person (discount available for students)


Masterclasses & Workshops Art Book Workshop Belfast Exposed 12–13June 2015, times TBC Visual Artists Ireland and Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery, in partnership with Belfast Photo Festival, present a two-day symposium on the Art Book today with a self-publishing workshop from Londonbased group - The Photocopy Club. Friday 12th June, 11am - 4pm "The Art Book today" A panel discussion with 2015 Unseen Dummy Awards jurors Hans Gremmen and Willem van Zoetendaal, Unseen Art market curator Zhenia Sveshinsky and Agata Stoinska of BLOW photo magazine. This will be followed by a peer review and discussion of books by Northern Irish photographers. Saturday 13th June, 10am - 4pm The Photocopy Club Zine Workshop The Photocopy Club zine workshops started in 2013. With the premise of helping students and up and coming photographers learn a simple but effective way of bring there images of the computer and becoming printed matter. The zine workshop will guide you through the history of zines, photography zines and show you how to layout, curate, print and distribute. Booking at: visualartists.org.uk/services/ professionaldevelopment/current/  Prices: Friday only- Free (VAI members) /£5 (nonmembers) Friday & Saturday- £10 (VAI members) /£20 (non-members)

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Signature Development Sunday 7 June, 10am–5pm WHO AM I AS AN ARTIST AND WHAT IS MY WORK ABOUT, EXACTLY? Screenprint Workshop (Weekend course) Belfast Print Workshop Sat & Sun 6-7 June 2015 Sat & Sun 20-21 June 2015 Screenprinting uses a woven mesh with an ink-blocking stencil. Ink is forced through the stencil using a squeegee. Notable artists who use this process include pop-artist Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. The image can be either autographic (hand-drawn) or photographic. Please contact Declan on 90231323 or studio@bpw.org.uk to book your space. Cost: £95 (Price includes all materials)

These are fundamental questions in order to arrive at a successful career in photography – regardless of the genre or field of work. The aim of this workshop is to develop and shape your 'signature' as a photographer by awareness of conceptual thinking; how to reflect on and to communicate a work in progress both visually and in written word; building and layering a story by editing. For more information and to book visit: belfastphotofestival.com Tutor: Erik Vroons (Editor, Gup Magazine) Cost: £58 per person


BX Spring Workshops Stage One: Using Your Digital Camera (3 sessions) Belfast Exposed Wednesday 10, 17 & 24 June 2015 from 6pm–9pm Tutor: Chris Barr This practical, hands on BX Introductory Level course is designed for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge. You will get an introduction to your camera’s manual controls. Getting to know the potential of your camera as well as taking the hit and miss out of picture taking. Cost: £125/ £110 Focus On: Pinhole Photography (1 session) Belfast Exposed Saturday 30 May 2015 from 11am – 4pm Tutor: Mervyn Smyth To celebrate World Pinhole day we are running a one-day pinhole photography workshop.  This unique workshop will bring you right back to the roots of photography. Each participant will get to keep the Ilford Obscura pinhole camera kit they have been using on the day to put their knew skills in practice at home. Cost: £110/ £100 (includes free Ilford pinhole camera kit) Stage Two: Develop and Review Your Photography Practice (4 Sessions) Belfast Exposed Wednesday 13, 20, 27 May & 3 Jun 2015 from 6pm–9pm Tutor: Chris Barr/Jim Maginn This practical course is aimed at people wishing to further develop their knowledge and practice of photography. It introduces participants to practical knowledge of studio and street photography. Participants also gain an insight into contemporary photography practice and the history of Belfast Exposed. A 20% discount is available for participants who have completed a BX Stage One course. Cost: £150/ £130 Stage Two: Review Your Photography Practice (1 Session) Belfast Exposed Wednesday 3 June 2015 from 6pm–9pm Tutor: Chris Barr/Jim Maginn This Review Session is designed for students of photography, amateur photographers, and those thinking of becoming a professional and wishing to take your photography skills to the next level through our Intermediate Courses. This session will enable participants to submit up to 6 photographs to be reviewed by our BX tutors during a 30-minute one-on-one review session. Cost: £25

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Stage Three: Documentary Photography (3 Sessions) Belfast Exposed Saturday 13, 20 & 27 June 2014 from 11am – 2pm Tutor: Chris Barr This three session practical course is aimed at people wishing to develop knowledge and practice in Documentary Photography. Each course involves weekly creative assignments designed to develop a portfolio of professional standard work with the guidance of our BX tutor. Cost: £150/ £130 For more info on any of the above courses or to book contact training@belfastexposed.org or call 028 9023 0965 or visitibelfastexposed.org/photography_courses to find out more


Portfolio Reviews Stacey Baker The New York Times Magazine (New York)

Agata Stoinska BLOW Photo (Dublin)

Jim Casper LensCulture (Paris)

Monika Chmielarz BLOW Photo (Dublin)

Erik Vroons GUP Magazine (Amsterdam)

Trish Lambe Gallery of Photography (Dublin)

Greg Hobson Curator of Photographs, National Media Museum

Tanya Kiang Gallery of Photography (Dubln)

Gemma Paddley Freelance Journalist (London)

Michael Weir Belfast Photo Festival (Belfast)

Portfolio Reviews Crescent Arts Centre Friday 5 June, 10am–4.30pm Belfast Photo Festival presents a day of one on one portfolio reviews with Irish, British and International experts. The purpose of these reviews are to provide both photographers and artists working with photography the opportunity to meet one on one with professional from the UK, Europe and America. Through these reviews participants can expect to gain vital feedback on their artistic development, expand their professional networks and exchange ideas. Each review session will last 25 minutes, PLEASE arrive on time for sessions.

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The Festival has carefully selected international experts in the field of photography and art from around the world to review for one day. (Reviewer Bios can be viewed through the Festival website) The invited reviewers are looking for new, emerging talent and works by established artists utilizing photography. Whilst the purpose of the review is not guaranteed to deliver exhibitions, publications or representation, these are potential outcomes. You can choose from either 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 reviews, to book visit belfastphotofestival.com.


Tours

Urban Photo Walk Departs PLACE, 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, BT1 1FP. Thursday 25 June 2015, 6pm Saturday 27 June 2015, 11am All ages and experiences are invited to join PLACE on a walk through central Belfast. With some of Belfast’s best known heritage buildings as the backdrop, participants will be guided and encouraged to create stunning architectural images. Participants are invited to bring digital cameras, camera phones or disposable cameras. Photos from the walk will be shared online. £5 per person. Visit www.placeni.org to book online. This is a popular tour so we suggest you book early! Royal Photographic Society Talk & Tour Titanic Belfast Paul Seawright & Anne Cassidy 7 June 2015, 5.30pm Paul Seawright and Ann Cassidy will conduct a tour of the exhibition discussing how photographs are selected and the challenges of curating the annual Royal Photographic Society Exhibition.

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Tours

Urban Photo Walk Iris Colour Photo Park 20 June 2015, 3pm Take a stroll around the Iris Colour Photo Park on this tour with Festival Director Michael Weir and find out more about the four exhibitions and artists on show at one of Northern Ireland’s largest ever outdoor displays of visual art. Free admission.

To Camera - Talk & Tour Golden Thread Gallery 4 June 2015, 5pm This talk and tour of the exhibition ‘To Camera’ will be lead by exhibition co-curator Peter Richards and be accompanied by the exhibiting artists. This is a great opportunity to speak one on one with the range of exhibition international artists and gain in depth knowledge of their practice. For further details visit: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk Suggested donation (Free for review participants).

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Programme: 2015 Belfast Photo Festival  

The full programme of exhibitions and events for the 2015 Belfast Photo Festival. Curated under the theme of 'Convergence' with other art fo...

Programme: 2015 Belfast Photo Festival  

The full programme of exhibitions and events for the 2015 Belfast Photo Festival. Curated under the theme of 'Convergence' with other art fo...

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