Some of the world’s top photographers will come to the North from 9-11 November, to present their works through an exciting range of interactive events in the first international festival of its kind, Photo North.
Brought together in a single venue in the spa town of Harrogate, UK, a back drop of street food vendors, live music and licensed bars will play host to exhibitions, book zine stalls, photo walks, portrait salons, workshops, portfolio reviews, screenings and live chats, all championing photography and open to the public for the three-day festival.
The curators of Photo North, Peter Dench and Sharon Price have secured participation from iconic names including Jane Hilton, Tom Oldham, Tom Stoddart, Paula Bronstein, Jenny Matthews, Anastasia Taylor Lind and Dean Belcher.
To commemorate 100 years since the end of WWI, the festival will show Tom Stoddart’s Shadows of War, a stunning reportage of the battlefields and war memorials in Belgium and France.
As one of the exhibition keynotes, Tom remarked, “This is great news for international photography, to not only bring the public in to see some incredible images but to also offer hands-on talks and seminars.”
The headline exhibition for the 100 year commemoration will be ‘Women and War’, curated with the Imperial War Museum and Anne McNeill of Impressions Gallery, an exhibition by female photographers examining the impact of war on women. From women fighting a war to mothers displaced by war and the often courageous stories behind them.
Another highlight of the festival is Jane Hilton’s, ‘All Lit Up’, an ongoing project of people, places and objects that have been lit up in America. A stunning nod to American culture where living the American Dream is a constant part of people’s lives.
Festival Founder & Curator, Sharon Price, said:
People are so passionate about photography and this festival shares insights from some of the true heavyweights for a really immersive, deep dive into their works. We have one perfect venue, with headline events and renowned photographers confirmed with the list growing weekly.
The creativity in planning the festival format, workshops and seminars is something totally unique to offer day trippers or those wanting to get the most out of a long-weekend away with a really high-quality cultural experience.
Sharon and Peter have secured the sensational line up to deliver a thought-provoking, lively and inclusive festival that will appeal to the professional photographer, photo-enthusiast, keen amateur and anyone who wishes to engage with the timeless appeal of the medium.
Photo North Festival promises to be the most exciting and engaging new photo exhibition in the UK.