Events photography

Guide to the best international photography festivals in July

The Rencontres d’Arles, Cortona On The Move, PhotoIreleand and Athens Photo are among the highlights of the rich program of international events you can enjoy this summer.

Les Rencontres d’Arles / Arles, France / July 4 to September 25

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Founded in 1970 by the Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, the writer Michel Tournier and the historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette, Les Rencontres d’Arles returns under the theme “Visible or invisible. A summer revealed” claiming that artists are there to remind us of what we don’t want to see or hear.

This year’s program consists of a total of forty exhibitions in Arles, and fifteen outside the city as part of the Grand Arles Express. The edition is also marked by the combination of photography and live performancecounting with the participation of artists such as Noemie Goudal, whose practice is rooted in creating immersive spaces through image-based practices. The show A feminist vanguard featuring photographs and performances from the 1970s from the verbund collection, vienna. Body maps by Susan Meiselas and Marta Gentilucci which draws a map of the skin and gestures of aging women who speak of engaged lives, still full of energy, full of beauty. Lee Miller who is not only a war photographer but also a studio professional. Norwegian-Nigerian artist Frida Orupabo who uses collages to dismember and then reassemble bodies, especially those of black women, to denounce the brutality of their representation in painting throughout history.

Among the emerging artists presented by galleries around the world participating in the Louis Roederer Discovery Award, Brazilian artists Gal Cipresto Marinelli & Rodrigo Masina Pinheiro and Ateliê Oriente presents GH. Gal and Hiroshima, a work that won the main PhMuseum 2021 Photography Grant.

The festival will award several prizes, including the Discovery Award, the Public Award, the Author’s Book Award and the Photo-Text Book Prize. Learn more and get tickets on their website.

Cortona in motion / Cortona, Italy / July 14 to October 2

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Founded in 2011, Cortona on the Move has become one of the industry’s premier photography events. It is made up of a dynamic program made up of portfolio reviews and a large exhibition program featuring international photographers. Me, myself and the eyes is the theme of this 2022 edition, the first under the direction of Veronica Nicolardi and Paolo Woods. As Woods explained, the festival will explore the outer limits of the medium and unearth its buried stories. Their aim is to explore how photography engages in introspection, never escaping controversy but always bordering on poetry.

Among the highlights of the exhibitions, May the sun be decapitated where the American photographer Gregory Halpern focuses on the Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe; Already Seea unique visual dialogue between the work of the British photographer Martin Parr and the Anonymous Projectan arts initiative founded in 2017 by Lee Shulman to collect and preserve color slides from the late 1930s to mid-1980s taken by amateur photographers around the world. I DOa selection of wedding photographers from 4 continents to remind how the wedding photographer is treated as the lowest caste in the world of photography, considered too commercial and not artistic enough, even if wedding photographers are the creators of a personal and collective memory at the closest of the society in which they live.

The opening weekend of the festival is enriched with a large group of experts, you can book your portfolio reviews with and the summer school in partnership with Canon. Learn more and book here.

PhotoIreland / Dublin, Ireland / July 7 to August 28

© Daragh Soden

Under the title Open doorsthe 13th edition of PhotoIreland presents the most comprehensive overview of the history and practice of photography in Ireland to date, running from July 7 to August 28 2022 at various locations, having as main Printworks location at Dublin Castle.

The main exhibition Pictures are all we have traces the thematic development of the discipline and contextualizes the historical context, bringing together the diverse and socially engaged set of contemporary artistic practices that define Irish photography today. This exhibition-investigation on the discipline involves artists from several generations, practices and backgrounds, and will include video installations by Alan Butler and Eamonn Doyle, next to a projection room presenting a program of video works. The detailed presentation is accompanied by an exhibition On the Irish Photobooka reading room offering the widest display of Irish photo books, drawn from the PhotoIreland collection as well as others both public and private. PhotoIreland frames this ambitious exhibition as part of the second installment of the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland – a public research project led by PhotoIreland since 2019 which aims to investigate the ideal prototype space for actively engaging in visual culture and critical thinking today

Five other exhibitions complete the official offer. Two collective exhibitions, New Irish Works and RADARmore three personal exhibitions creation of a new work of Daragh Soden, Letizia Lopreiato and Brian Magee. In addition, The Critical Academy offers a series of Think Tanks examining historical developments from the history of photography to the practice of the arts, researching a museum of 21st century photography, studying empathy in photography, and empowering the sector with conversations about artists’ rights . All of this accompanied by engaging lectures, visits by curators and artists and many other events. The festival will also release new online resources that will expand access to certain festival features. Learn more about their website.

ATHENS PHOTO FESTIVAL 2022 / Athens, Greece / June 8 – July 24

© Marisol Mendez

Athens Photo Festival is a leading international festival dedicated to photography and visual culture. This year, he celebrates his 35 year anniversary. The main program will occupy all the exhibition spaces of the Benaki Museum, covering more than 3,000 square metersand other locations across the city

At the heart of the Festival is a multi-layered program of events and initiatives, including learning events, networking and talent development opportunities, community outreach and public programs. Highlights of the events program include one-on-one portfolio reviews, outdoor screening evenings, summer program for children and teens, weekend workshopsand a training program for emerging visual artists.

The festival exhibitions are organized into three categories: Main, Young Photographers and Satellite. The main exhibitions take place at the Benaki Museum, showcasing artists selected through an open call from earlier this year, some of the main names include Marisol Mendez, Elena Helfrecht and Janis Rafa. In the spirit of supporting emerging Greek talents, the Young Photographers section will exhibit a selection of young talents also at the Benaki Museum, among them, Eva Stamatiou, Thanos Thiriou and Aggelos Barai. There are six satellite exhibits in total. Among them stands out the exhibition at the EOS gallery curated by Eleni Mouzakiti on behalf of The Provinces Platform, featuring the series Paggaio of Soti Tyrologou.

To learn more about the program and locations, visit their website


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Chania International Photo Festival / Chania, Greece / 6 – 12 July

Chania International Photo Festival was created by Blank Wall Gallery, with the aim of bringing together more than 400 photographers from all over the world. The festival showcases photography in 16 different categories, from fine art to documentary and micro photography. The Festival offers different activities such as photography nights with workshops, presentations of first projects by photographers, conferences and much more. For program details, visit their website.

EXP.22 Experimental Photofestival / Barcelona, ​​Spain / July 20 – 24

Experimental Photofestival is a non-profit cultural association which aims to create, promote and disseminate experimental photography in all its forms and for photographers of all levels. The festival kicks off on July 19, featuring a series of workshops and talks with photographers from around the world. Each ticket includes participation in the various activities of the festival. Learn more about their website.

PhotoESPAÑA / Madrid, Spain / until August 28

PHotoESPAÑA returns to approach documentary photography in different forms. This through an extensive program consisting of 120 exhibitions and 442 photographers and visual artists, as well as professional programs and public activities. Vicent Todolí and Sandra Guimarães are this year’s guest curators, under the title sculpt reality, based on research in the collections of the Collection Per Amor a l’Art. In addition, the exhibition program will include, ‘Híbridos’ (Hybrids), an exhibition featuring the works of photographers selected by PHotoESPAÑA, and an exhibition that will include the works of Kati Horna and Margaret Michaelis. To learn more about the extensive program, visit their website.

Women Exposing Themselves / Houlgate, France / until September 4

The French festival Les Femmes S’Exposen is entirely dedicated to professional women photographers (all categories combined). Its vocation is to show their growing contribution to the world of photography and the media, to make their work visible. This year, the festival puts a particular emphasis on Lebanon by looking at the strength of its culture and its artistic effervescence. The festival also honors Normandy and in particular the city of Houlgate, to find out more about their program go to their website.

La Gacilly Photo Festival / La Gacilly, France / until September 30

This year’s festival program will run from June 1 to September 30. According to the traditional format of the festival, each edition revolves around two main themes, on the one hand, it focuses on contemporary creation from a specific country or continent, this year on Afghanistan and the Iran through Visions of the Orient. On the other hand, it explores environmental and social issues, in this edition shown on two programs entitled The world of tomorrow 2022 and Creation 2022. Find out more about their website.


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