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Palm Springs Photo Festival 2008

News and Events - Documentaries
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The Palm Springs Photo Festival took place in California from March 30th to April 4th. This event, organized by photographer Jeff Dunas, was created to spotlight, educate, and inspire. Fine Art Tv was there to cover this grand event for you.

Now in the third year of it's existence, the Palm Springs Photo Festival saw the number of participants increase significantly from previous years. The original recipe, in place since the first edition, charms enthusiasts and professionals in the world of photography. An intimate setting, this festival allows a forum for encounters and exchanges between participants. On the agenda: workshops, conferences and portfolio presentations.

Each year, on the various sites, the festival organizes original workshops. Having almost doubled with regard to the previous edition, this year these workshops numbered 11. The guest of honor was Bruce Davidson, the veteran photographer of Magnum, who proposed discussions stemming from a retrospective glance concerning his work. Documentary great Sylvia Plachy also presented a workshop called "Photographing and Sequencing the Photo Essay". It concentrated on telling a story with pictures, her specialty. Other subjects proposed by diverse photographers such as Keith Carter, Bruce Barnbaum or Juergan Nogai, centered on various problems such as "Finding Your Voice", "The desert landscape" or "Architectural photography".

Visitors to the Palm Springs Photo Festival could also attend the numerous conferences presented in the Annenberg Theater of The Palm Springs Art Museum. The first entitled "The business of Fine Art" was moderated by Holly Hughes, editor of Photo District News. Panelists included gallerists Tim B. Wride who is the former director of photography at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Anthony Bannon who is the director of the George Eastman House, and Daile Kaplan, the director of Swann Galleries in New York, among others. Also presented were central themes in contemporary photography like "The power of photography to affect social change" and "Successful Women in Art and Commerce".

Other major festival moments were the presentations of the portfolios which created an occasion for the participants to exchange information about their work as well as the work of their colleagues. A contest called "The Slide Show Contest" had attracted the works of 17 photographers. This years winner was Julie Blackmon.

Building on this success, the festival organizers are already thinking to the next edition. Fine Art Tv will be there for you once again.


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