By Elizabeth Wiggins, ArtsQuest’s Visual Arts & Education Coordinator.
When you hear “photo festival,” I bet you think of a bunch of shutterbugs sitting around talking about their favorite F-Stops, right? The problem is if you’re thinking about the Olympus InVision Photo Festival that way, you’re only getting part of the picture.
So, I’m here to offer you a list of reasons why you might want to check out the Olympus InVision Photo Festival November 7-9. Whether you classify yourself as an established professional photographer or just a kid with an iPhone, an Instagram account, and a dream, we’ve got something for you.
In no particular order, here’s a list of reasons why you might want to spend part – or all – of the weekend with us:
- Pictures and stories. Saturday, November 8, we’ve got four leading professionals in photography speaking throughout the day at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema. Kick back in the comfy seats and enjoy stories about life and work from Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright scholar Andrea Modica, Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer photojournalist David Maialetti, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and Olympus Visionary Larry C. Price, and Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine Kathy Ryan. Don’t count on all technical talk. This is your chance to get the story behind the picture.
- Pictures and stories, part 2. Hear all about their lives on Instagram, an “Office Romance,” and their commitments to art and to telling the important stories through the lenses of their cameras.
- Rub elbows with the pros. This festival is about community, which means that presenters and attendees have the chance to exchange ideas, ask each other questions, and talk about their work in real ways. In addition to the presenters, the weekend’s going to be full of visiting Olympus Visionaries, leaders in the world of photography, and local photographers, and hopefully you, in conversation about art.
- Art Everywhere. During our kick-off event at First Friday, on November 7, we have seven (7!) gallery shows opening at the Banana Factory and the ArtsQuest Center. The walls are going to be full of Olympus Visionaries, Pennsylvania photographers, college student work, a decade of Philadelphia photographers, the Director of Photography for The New York Times Magazine, middle school students shooting the Faces of the South Side of Bethlehem, and Pulitzer Price winners.
- Party time! This year’s Slideluck Lehigh Valley IV Party on Saturday night is going to be another amazing night of inventive slideshows, tasty snacks, Brooklyn Beer, and music from Olympus’ own corporate band, Peripheral Vision.
- Tips you can use. This year, we’ve got a couple of seminars designed to help you take things to the next level. For those who are looking to raise their portrait game, we’ve got “Oh No, Mom and Dad are Gonna Snap! How to Instantly Take Better Photos!,” a two-part workshop taught by Olympus Trailblazers that’s going to improve the quality of your personal photo albums (Part 1 and Part 2). And for those who are looking for a bit of real talk about how to make their dreams become a reality, we’ve got “Making Your Way in Photography: Work, Struggle, Succeed” a free (free!) panel discussion that’s perfect for students and students of life.
- Hands-on skills and adventures. Sunday, November 9 is our “hands-on” day. For the part of you that just wants to get out and shoot some photos, we’ve got “Out of this World – Photograph the Works of Steve Tobin,” a workshop that gets you and your camera onto the private sculpture grounds and into the art warehouse of internationally-acclaimed artist Steve Tobin. And for the part of you that loves fine art, we’ve got “The Art of the Platinum Print,” a discussion and demonstration by Thomas Shillea that will focus on the ins and outs of this 19th century photo process.
To get tickets for the Olympus InVision Photo Festival, please visit: http://www.bananafactory.org/events/olympus-invision-photo-festival/