World Photography Festival, San Francisco November 18-21, 2010.Left Space Studios

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World Photography Organisation Launches Annual Global Photo Festival Series - San Francisco is a Chosen Venue

We are thrilled to be launching this first US based World Photography Festival in San Francisco. This city offers such great variety in the arts and photography is truly respected here. We are delighted with the choice and look forward to growing this festival into an annual event the city can enjoy and look forward to each year

The annual World Photography Festival opens at Left Space Studios, in downtown San Francisco for the first time this year.

The festival and exhibitions will commence on Thursday evening, November 18, with an opening event and a showcase of the winning images from the 2010 Sony World Photography Awards, work from the World Photography Student Focus program, images from 'A Photo Pledge for Children's Rights' Award (benefitting UNICEF), the Lifetime Achievement exhibition awarded to acclaimed Magnum photographer Eve Arnold this year, and a special selection of past U.S. winning and commended Sony World Photography Awards images.

Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation, Astrid Merget, comments, "We are thrilled to be launching this first US based World Photography Festival in San Francisco. This city offers such great variety in the arts and photography is truly respected here. We are delighted with the choice and look forward to growing this festival into an annual event the city can enjoy and look forward to each year".

The World Photography Festival, San Francisco will run from the November 18-21, featuring talks and presentations for both emerging photographers and those with advancing photographic skills. With an emphasis on 'learn, master and market', the program will include special portfolio and book workshops, educational seminars, student programs, book signings, screenings, networking opportunities, live photo-shooting stations, and much more.

Giving photographers the opportunity to learn from the experts and master their photography as a business, a series of talks and presentations will be led by U.S. and international industry experts including: Elliott Erwitt (Magnum photographer), Ken Light, David McLain (Sony Artisan of Imagery, National Geographic contributor); Andy Katz (Sony Artisan of Imagery); Brian Smith (Sony Artisan of Imagery), Zelda Cheatle (Curator, UK); Chuck Mobley (Curator, SF Camerawork), Jessica Ingram (Photographer and professor at CCA); Kathleen Hennessy (Awards Activist for PhotoPhilanthropy); RJ Muna (Photographer); Meg Shiffler (SF Arts Commission - Program Director, Arts Commission Gallery); Stuart Smith (Book and magazine designer, Smith Designs, UK); Deborah Willis (Photographer and Chair, Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU); Chad Jennings (VP Blurb books); Scott Thode (Editor of VII The Magazine and Co-Curator of the 2011 LOOK3 Photo Festival), plus others to be announced.

A special partnership with SF Camerawork, a local non-profit organization that encourages emerging and mid-career artists to explore new directions in photography and related media, will see $2.50 from each Festival ticket sold, donated back to the 501 C3.
Visit SF Camerawork to find out more about their many programs:

For more information on the World Photography Festival, San Francisco program and exhibitions on display, please visit:

For further details see:

Left Space details
2055 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel: (415) 285-5338
Opening Hours: 10:15 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Daily for directions

Festival costs
Festival Pass Cost: $30.00
Portfolio Workshop Extra: $40:00
Portfolio Review: $50.00 x 3 Reviews/ $75.00 x 5 Reviews
Book Workshop Extra: $100.00
Students Receive 50% off

For further media information or to arrange an interview with a representative from the World Photography Organisation or with the photography professionals and workshop leads mentioned in this release, please contact: Fran Lowe at Lime Street Studios pr - fran(at)limestreetstudios(dot)com, tel: (510) 735-9871, or Ruth Cairns at Colman Getty ruth(at)colmangetty(dot)co(dot)uk tel: +44 207 631 2666

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  •     The Shanghai Festival is taking place September 28 - October 19, followed by the Festival in San Francisco. The São Paulo Festival is scheduled to take place 4 - 6 March, 2011 and in London 26 - 30 April 2011 to coincide with the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony when the winners of the 2011 awards programme will be announced. Previously the festival has been held annually in Cannes, France.
  •     For further information about the World Photography Organisation visit
  •     Festival tickets and program are available through the World Photography Organization website. Tickets will also be available through Left Space Studios during the event.
  •     Photo images from various WPO collections, exhibitions and the World Photography Awards are available for use with attribution.
  •     Best known for the Sony World Photography Awards, the World Photography Organisation delivers various initiatives and programs across the global photographic community under the "World Photography" brand. These programs involve the amateur and professional photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the photographic industry. Currently included within the World Photography portfolio are the World Photography Awards sponsored by Sony; the World Photography Student Focus Program; the World Photography Festival, the World Photography Collection and the World Photography Focus Program. The Sony Artisan of Imagery program includes some of the most respected professional photographers worldwide. Each Artisan has a unique style and vision with their photography but they all rely on one product, the Sony Alpha.
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  •     SF Camerawork is a non-profit artists organization whose purpose is to stimulate dialogue, encourage inquiry, and communicate ideas about contemporary photography and related technologies through a variety of educational programs. Established in 1974 to exhibit the work of emerging photographers, San Francisco Camerawork has consistently expanded the range of its services for the photographic community. For more information visit


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