Welcome to UrbanPhotoFest

We are pleased to announce #UPF17 will take place
10 - 15 November 2017 and the theme is Cartographies. 
The new programme will be online soon, in the 
meantime check out the UPF blog and opportunities 
on Twitter and Facebook @UrbanPhotoFest 
and read about the 2016 festival below. 


UPF 2016 took place 03 - 08 November 2016 and the theme was Photography, Memory and Archive, an exciting schedule of events ran over six days. We aimed for five days, but there were just too many good ideas coming in, so we decided to extend to six. UrbanPhotoFest will appeal to photographers, artists, film-makers, and those interested in urban theory and research. The 2016 festival included the two-day annual Urban Encounters conference at Goldsmiths, University of London, a masterclass with award-winning photojournalist Dario Mitidieri in association with The Mango Lab, a seminar with London Independent Photography (LIP), workshopswalks, a UPA (Urban Photographers’ Association) portfolio review and a new Urban Photo Village exploring this year’s theme of Photography, Memory and Archive.

The Festival started with an artist’s keynote from the internationally renowned urban photographer Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen at Tate Modern on Thursday 3 November, followed by a wine reception and festival launch event. The finalists and winners of last year’s UrbanPhotoFest Open competition were announced at the Tate reception. The response to last year’s competition theme of (re:)Thinking the Street, was very good, and the variety of creative responses was outstanding with 20 finalists selected from over 500 entries. Gill Golding, our competition organizer has already started work on this year’s UPF Open, so look out for details on our news, blog, Twitter and Facbook pages.

The Urban Encounters conference was at Goldsmiths' (4 & 5 November), and started with a keynote conversation between international photographer James Barnor and sociologist Rachel Pepper. Other confirmed speakers included: Rachel Lichtenstein, Daniel Cid, Hrair Sarkissian, Ingrid Pollard, Stephen Mayes, Alice Maude-Roxby & Stefanie Seibold, Judy Price, Esther Windsor, Tiong Ang and Vic Seidler. Urban Encounters is run in partnership with Openvizor, Kingston and Falmouth Universities.

The Urban Photo Village was curated by photographer and architect Stefano Carnelli and had ten exhibitions all within walking distance of each other, so once you’re in the area, it’s going to be well worth making some time to visit the shows. Tanya Houghton, the festival artist showed her work A Migrant’s Tale from 3 to 8 November at MMX gallery, the UPA had its annual members’ exhibition, Urban Memories, at the Lewisham Art House from 3 to 12 November, Artist Rut Blees Luxemburg, exhibited her work at the Bear Space, Deptford High Street from 3 to 8 November, and graduates from Goldsmiths’ MA Photography and Urban Cultures exhibited at St James Hatcham (Goldsmiths) from 3 to 8 November. For a full exhibitions listing and venue details, please visit the 2016 exhibitions archive of our website.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at this year’s UrbanPhotoFest, and, as in the past, we expect events to be very well attended and booked-out, so please plan your festival schedule to make sure that you don’t miss out on some great workshops, seminars, walks, master-class, conference, social events and our fabulous Urban Photo Village.

Paul Halliday

Creative Director

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