Guernsey Photography Festival
Guernsey Photography Festival

Building on our tradition of bringing together some of the world’s most talented photographers, the Guernsey Photography Festival is returning in 2016. In the build-up to our 5th festival, we are running a number of talks, exhibitons and competitions.

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To get a taste of what to expect, view our previous festival websites. 2014 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010

GPF Student Photography Prizes

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Submission Deadline 27 November 2015

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Upcoming events

A Talk with Mark Neville

6.00pm
Frossard Theatre, Candie Gardens, St Peter Port

“Mark Neville has re-imagined what documentary photography could be, should be. Instead of the bland ‘deconstructions’ that pass so lazily as ‘critical’ in contemporary art, he makes extraordinary pictures and finds extraordinary ways to get them back to those he has photographed.” - David Campany

Mark Neville works at the intersection of art and documentary, investigating the social function of film and photography. He makes lens-based works which have been realised and disseminated in a large array of contexts, as both still and moving image pieces, slideshows, films, and giveaway books. His work has consistently looked to subvert the traditional role of social documentary practice, seeking to find new ways to empower the position of its subject over that of the author. Often working with closely knit working communities, in a collaborative process intended to be of direct, practical benefit to the subject, his photographic projects to date have frequently made the towns he portrays the primary audience for the work. Points of reference for his work might include the ideas of Henri Lefebvre, or the art works of Martha Rosler, John Berger, or Hans Haacke.

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A Talk with Mark Power

6.00pm
Frossard Theatre, Candie Gardens, St Peter Port

For many years Mark Power’s work has been shown in numerous galleries and museums across the world, and is in several important collections, both public and private.

To date Power has published seven books: The Shipping Forecast (1996), a poetic response to the esoteric language of daily maritime weather reports; Superstructure (2000), a documentation of the construction of London’s Millennium Dome; The Treasury Project (2002), about the restoration of a nineteenth-century historical monument: 26 Different Endings (2007), which depicts those landscapes unlucky enough to fall just off the edge of the London A-Z, a map which could be said to define the boundaries of the British capital; The Sound of Two Songs (2010), the culmination of his five year project set in contemporary Poland following her accession to the European Union; Mass (2013), an investigation into the power and wealth of the Polish Catholic church; and Die Mauer ist Weg! (2014), Power’s first self-published book, about chance and choice set against a backdrop of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In 2007 he tried his hand at curating. Theatres of War featured the work of five artists whose work is concerned with contemporary conflict and surveillance. It opened, appropriately, at Oskar Schindler's former enamel factory as the keynote exhibition of Krakow Photomonth, Poland.

Mark Power joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002, and became a full Member in 2007. Meanwhile, in his other life, he is the Professor of photography at the University of Brighton, a city on England's south coast where he lives with his partner Jo, their children Chilli (b.1998) and Milligan (b.2002) and their dog Kodak.

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A Talk with Jason Wilde

6.00pm
Frossard Theatre, Candie Gardens, St Peter Port

Growing up in central London has been an important impetus for Jason Wilde's interest in the small dramas of city life. As a photographer Jason's primary topic is Britain's rapidly shifting social landscape reflected in the people that inhabit its diverse communities. Working from within the documentary tradition, his practice incorporates various aspects of the making and use of photographs. Using elements from portraiture, journalism, still life, art, sociology and history, Jason aims to make images that reflect the social flux and cultural integration that characterises British communities in the 21st century.

Along with Silly Arse Broke It Jason is also working on a number of other ongoing projects.

Jason Wilde’s Free Portrait Studio: Since 2010 Jason Wilde's Free Portrait Studio has visited a variety of venues in the London Borough of Camden and set up a mini mobile portrait studio. In that time 1680 large format portraits have been made of the visitors to those venues, creating an ongoing and unprecedented visual archive of Camden. The last JWFPS mobile event, in February 2014, was held in the National Portrait Gallery. The project is supported by 2 interactive websites, the online image archive and the information blog.

England Under 13’s: Each year since 2009 Jason has visited 4 London Borough of Camden playcentres and made a series of 200+ portraits of children aged 13 and under. The aim of this project is to make a series of images that enable the viewer room to reflect on a child's role within modern society and on our own relationships with children. The images can be seen here.

I’ll Kill all your Fish: Since 2003 Jason has been photographing the bathrooms of family, friends and strangers living on the housing estates of London and its satellite towns. This series of still lives explores the idea of the modern bathroom as a private place used by all members of the household for a variety of activities. The images can be seen here.

Estuary English: This is Jason’s youngest project and is an exploration of the area known as the Thames Estuary with a large format field camera. This project is as yet undefined but some interesting landscapes and portraits have already been made which can be seen at http://jasonwilde.com/projects/estuary-english

Guernsey Residency: In 2015 Jason Wilde was invited by the Guernsey Photography Festival to become an artist in residence. The idea of this residency is to invite a professional artist to live in Guernsey for 9 months to create new work about the islands (Guernsey, Sark, Alderney and Herm) and to deliver a bespoke community education programme to a broad spectrum of learners.

Jason Wilde will be developing a project based in the island’s States Housing communities that will use portrait photography to document the estates’ residents. On completion, the project will become part of Guernsey Museum’s photographic archive. This is an important body of work that will fill a gap in the island’s visual record of 21st Century life in Guernsey. The project does not seek to offer opinion or impose a particular viewpoint on its subjects or audience. Its prime aim is to give visibility to a segment of the island’s community that is often invisible.

This project is financially supported by Guernsey Museums.

The images can be seen here.

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A Talk with Rob Honstra and Arnold van Bruggen

6.00pm
Frossard Theatre, Candie Gardens, St Peter Port

Rob Hornstra (born in Borne, the Netherlands, 1975) is a photographer and self-publisher of slow-form documentary work. He studied social and legal services at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and photographic design at the Utrecht School of the Arts. Since his graduation in 2004, Hornstra extensively works on self-publishing his own work. His publications include The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova (2013), Sochi Singers (2011), 101 Billionaires (2008), Communism & Cowgirls (2004) and many others. In 2012, he won a first prize in the World Press Photo Award competition.

Together with the writer and filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen, in 2009 Hornstra started the Sochi Project. The project culminated in the retrospective book An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus published by Aperture in 2013 and an exhibition that toured Europe, America and Canada.

In addition to his work as photographer, he is founder and former artistic director of the documentary photography organization FOTODOK in Utrecht and head of the Photography department at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.

Rob Hornstra is represented by Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam/Paris.

More details at borotov.com and thesochiproject.org

Arnold van Bruggen is a writer, filmmaker, and founder of the journalistic production agency Prospektor, and a cofounder, with photographer Rob Hornstra, of the Sochi Project. In The Sochi Project, Hornstra & Van Bruggen have been working together since 2007 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They have returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of “slow journalism,” establishing a solid foundation of research on and engagement with this small yet incredibly complicated region before it finds itself in the glare of international media attention. The Sochi Project was one of the first big journalistic projects to be mostly crowdfunded. Since 2013 the project's exhibition is traveling worldwide and winner of many photography & journalistic awards.

Van Bruggen tries to explore new ways of storytelling by letting the story decide which medium to choose and with which other makers to collaborate on it, whether a traditional documentary like The Russian War or an interactive music documentary on PTSD like Hidden Wounds, or an innovative newspaper/exhibition like On The Other Side of The Mountains

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