Welcome to UrbanPhotoFest
UrbanPhotoFest has evolved through a number of conversations, research initiatives and exhibitions involving a wide range of partners and contributors from the areas of visual arts, film and photography, education, urban research and the social sciences. Originally, the festival started out as a series of annual Urban Encounters symposia held at Tate Britain. Eventually, these symposia developed into a series of well-attended workshops, walks, exhibitions and portfolio reviews. Over the years, the festival has developed into a series of conversations and encounters, both visual and academic, concerned with the nature of urban experience.
This year, the festival theme will focus on the nature of contemporary street photographies, collaborating with Tate Britain, Goldsmiths and Kingston Universities, Westminster Kingsway College, the Urban Photographers’ Association (UPA), London Independent Photography (LIP), Openvizor, International Urban Photography Summer School (iUPSS), the Old Deptford Police Station, The Old Truman Brewery and The Greenwich Galleries. We have also programmed a free masterclass focusing on approaches and methods within street-based photography. UrbanPhotoFest is also pleased to welcome back Anne Zeitz as festival artist, in addition to participating in the Tate conference, Anne will be offering a workshop and exhibition as part of this year’s programme.
In addition to the main conference at Tate Britain, we are offering a series of walks on the conference weekend Sunday, where participants will be encouraged to consider how London’s streets might be experienced and visualized. There are also street themed exhibitions with Drift at The Old Truman Brewery, Framing Urban Narratives at The Greenwich Gallery (both exhibitions feature work by graduates from the International MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London).Streetopolis (Urban Photographers’ Association) at 71a London, and Retention at The Old Police Station.
Which brings us to this year’s festival theme of (re:)Thinking the Street. The main aim of this year’s festival is to open up debate about what constitutes the ever-widening range of urban photographic practices concerned with the street, and as such, we anticipate a lively and involved series of debates about individual and collective approaches, methods, philosophies, and practices.
Creative Director, UrbanPhotoFest