Photographers bring moving stories to life behind images
Sharjah24: The sixth edition of the Xposure International Photography Festival, organized by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), will connect the public to the world of art, culture, adventure, beauty and humanity , while famous photographers and emerging visionary practitioners will share their stories. , experiences and lessons from February 9 to 15 at Expo Center Sharjah.
Award-winning storytellers, photojournalists and talented photographers from around the world will open dialogues about their impactful imagery across a range of genres and offer a rewarding glimpse into the world around us, through a vast array of in-person interactions, discussions inspiring discussions, hands-on workshops and more.
Discussions and lectures are an integral part of the annual celebration of photography in Sharjah and aim to create conversations about trends, techniques and styles and highlight the multiple perspectives and narratives of the moving stories behind powerful and iconic images. .
Human experiences in the spotlight on February 9
Aaron Gekoski Highlights Humanity’s Intricate Relationship With The $ 250 Billion Per Year Wildlife Tourism Industry In “Wildlife Tourism Uncovered”; Macedonian and Australian photographer Biljana Jurukovski talks about her journey of curiosity and passion for world cultures in “The Journey of self-discovery through Photography”; and British photographer Levon Biss explains the challenges of high magnification photography in ‘Extreme Macro’.
Award-winning architectural photographer Steven Brooke will examine “The Representation of Architecture: Historical Precedents and Contemporary Applications”; while in “How the Media Created Endurance,” Omar Havana discusses the media fatigue surrounding the earthquake in Nepal that led to his groundbreaking documentary work.
Czech photographer and filmmaker Jana Andert, who focuses on conflict zones and humanitarian issues, tells a story of courage, determination and overwhelming conviction to testify in “Inside the War on ISIS”, during a conversation with Ray Wells.
The allure of captivating visual arts on February 11
Vineet Vohra solves the puzzle of composing captivating images in a fraction of a second in “Serendipity on the Streets”; Alan Schaller, a London-based photographer will discuss “monochrome photography today” and examine the reasons why black and white photography is still relevant; Dutch photographer Iwan Baan explores how light and dark shape traditional building technology and the lives of people in Burkina Faso in “Momentum of Light”; while “The Other” by Frank Fournier is an introspection on the impact of violence and its effects on the shaping of history.
In “Building the Photo Ark,” National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore takes audiences behind the scenes on their mission to photograph all the species humans need around the world; while Chris Rainier describes why culture is important in ‘Cultures on the Edge: Documenting Indigenous tribes around the world’.
Artistic and ethical concerns raised on February 13
Media expert Aidan J Sullivan pays tribute to prolific and revered photojournalist in “Remembering Tom Stoddart”; Sergey Ponomarev discusses “New Opportunities: During Pandemic Lockdown” and how his latest project featuring the empty streets of his hometown, Moscow, came about; while in “The Freelance Writer’s Challenge: Long-Term Projects” Diego Ibarra Sánchez will explain the role of a photographer by raising questions instead of giving stereotypical answers to draw attention to the focal point of a tragedy.
The power of photography highlighted on February 14
A panel of distinguished photographers including Daniel Kordan, Iurie Belegurschi and
Jordan Hammond will discuss the potential of photography to influence others in “The Power of Photography”; Tariq Zaidi will present two sets of award-winning works that are unique in his presentation – “Sapeurs du Congo” and “El Salvador: une nation taken en hostage”; while Dutch photographer Jasper Doest discusses his project “Meet Bob”, the story of the rehabilitation process of a flamingo who has become an ambassador for conservation.
Alain Schroeder will present the making of two award-winning stories filmed in Indonesia – “Saving Orangutans” and “Kid Jockeys” in a session titled “Stories in the making” where he will also discuss the challenges and obstacles encountered along the way. In “The Other Side of Things”, García de Marina offers a walk through the artistic creation of an alternate universe with inanimate objects captured in a conceptual narrative.
‘A Solitary Endeavor: Steve McCurry’s Illustrious Journey’ presents an overview of the famous photographer’s main adventures and influences – from his earliest journalistic images to his ground-breaking trip to Afghanistan, his many travels through India and Pakistan, his coverage of the destruction of the 1991 Gulf War and its most recent work.
Award-winning documentations on February 15
Former civil rights lawyer and concept documentary artist Debi Cornwall shares her practice and process, from researching and negotiating access, to documenting invisible systems and creating a context that invites viewers to watch again in “Illuminating Necessary Fictions”; while Gonçalo Fonseca’s award-winning documentation on the deep housing crisis in the Portuguese capital will be the subject of a discussion titled “Documenting a Housing Crisis”.
In ‘Eye Contact’, Mogens Trolle will take listeners on his travels in Africa and Asia and discuss his fascination with looking our closest relatives, other primates, in the eyes; British photographer George Georgiou will share elements of his creative process and the evolution of his projects that will discuss the complexities of the individual in relation to community and urban public space in “The Individual & Community”; while American photographer James Nachtwey, who has dedicated his career to documenting wars and critical social issues, will offer “a perspective on visual journalism in the age of social media and ‘alternative facts.’
All Xposure 2022 seminars are free and open to the public. To find out more about the schedule, dates and other details for each session, please visit www.xposure.ae