World Photography Festival Opens in San Francisco, Inspiration and Instruction for Photographers – Looks at Future of Photography and Video

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Renowned Experts include photographers Elliott Erwitt, Brian Smith, Andy Katz, Cay Lang, RJ Muna, Mark Brecke, Jessica Ingram, and David McLain

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Taking place in San Francisco at Left Space Studios, November 18-21, 2010

“The World Photography Organisation is extremely pleased with the way the San Francisco arts community has embraced the festival. Galleries, art schools, photographers and curators, have joined in creating and presenting the festival."

The first, annual World Photography festival, opens in downtown San Francisco on Thursday, November 18 with an evening event from 6:30-9:00 pm. The four-day festival and Exhibition will run from November 18-21, 2010, at Left Space Studios and at SF Camerawork in San Francisco.

The World Photography festival is being launched by the World Photography Organisation (WPO), based in London, UK.

Local as well as internationally renowned photographers are participating in the festival as expert instructors and presenters. In addition, leading curators, gallerists and arts educators are conducting portfolio workshops and reviews, book design workshops, and live photo shoots, and leading roundtable and panel discussions with an emphasis on ‘learn, master and market’.

Participating SF Bay Area experts include Ken Light (photographer); Chuck Mobley (Chief 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); Mark Brecke (film maker and documentary photographer), Rhiannon MacFadyen (Catharine Clark Gallery); Radek Skrivanek (photographer), Alice Shaw (photographer); Monique Deschaines (Haines Gallery), Melanie Light (Documentary Photographer, founder Fotovision); Cay Lang (photographer); Deanne Fitzmaurice (Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist); and Steven Jenkins (SF Film Society).

“The World Photography Organisation is extremely pleased with the way the San Francisco arts community has embraced the new world photography festival. Local galleries, art schools, leading local photographers and curators, have all joined with us in creating and presenting the festival. We are looking forward to making the festival an annual event on the SF arts calendar,” said Astrid Merget, Creative Director for WPO.

Highlights of the scheduled events at Left Space Studios include the following:

Friday, November 19:
Talk, Book Signing and Wine Tasting, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Sony Artisans Series: Andy Katz presents his newest book “Sonoma” and shares his journey through photography. Guests will also enjoy a wine tasting hosted by Rodney Strong Wineries.

Saturday, November 20:
The Power of New Media, A Seminar - The future of photography and video 10.30 am – 12.00 noon
Pulitzer prize winning photographer, Deanne Fitzmaurice leads this discussion on how multimedia is changing the landscape of traditional photography. Joined by Antonin
Kratochvil, Scott Thode and David McLain, Deanne explores the impact of new delivery technology on photography and considers the new opportunities created by the internet, iPads, smart phones and new video-capable DSLR cameras, which are breaking the traditional boundaries of photography.

Festival events are also taking place at SF Camerawork:

Saturday 20th November
Book Signing at SF Camerawork, 5:00 – 5:45 pm
Elliott Erwitt & Ken Light
Celebrated Magnum photographer, Elliott Erwitt will sign his new book ‘PARIS’, and social documentary photographer Ken Light will present his newest books, ‘Witness in our Time’ and ‘Coal Hollow!’. ‘Witness in Our Time’ gives readers a rare glimpse into the minds of some of the most talented contemporary documentary photographers and provides personal accounts by photographers such as Sebastião Salgado, Mary Ellen Mark and Eugene Richards.

18 November – 18 December
Eve Arnold: A Lifetime Achievement Exhibition, 12:00 – 5:00pm (Monday - Saturday)
At SF Camerawork.

The World Photography Organisation is awarding a lifetime achievement award to American photographer Eve Arnold. The retrospective exhibition celebrates the long career of Eve Arnold. And takes a journey through iconic images such as Marilyn Monroe on the set of the Hollywood film ‘The Misfits’, and showcases some lesser known photos by the legendary Magnum photographer.

For further details and the full festival programme visit:

Left Space details                        SF Camerawork Gallery
2055 Bryant Street                        657 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110                San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 285-5338                        Tel: (415) 512-2020
Opening Hours: 11/18 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
10:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Daily 11/19-21 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 –, tel: (510) 502-6772, or Ruth Cairns at Colman Getty tel: +44 207 631 2666

Festival partners:

SONY, istockphoto, blurb, SF Camerawork, Photo District News (pdn), SONY Artisans of Imagery.

Notes to editors

  •     Following the San Francisco Festival, the São Paulo Festival is scheduled to take place 11 – 13 March, 2011 and in London 26 April – 1 May 2011 to coincide with the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony when the winners of the 2011 awards program 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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