March 16th, 2010 by Matt

FotoFreo Launching on Fri 19th March and running until April 18  is this years’ FotoFreo: The City of Fremantle Festival of Photography.

Each year this unique festival brings together photographers from a wide range of photographic disciplines- War which is the subject of the the South exhibition to Another Story: Chinese Contemporary Photography which spans decades, styles and subjects.

Simon Obarzanek has created an exhibition called Untitled Movement in which he explores ideas of weight, gravity and shape of figures in space. The eerie atmosphere created by these prints resonates through Stranded, Amy Stein’s exploration of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the breakdown of support structures in U.S. society.

In total there are twenty-five exhibitions taking place in locations as diverse as the Rottnest Island Salt Store gallery and Turner Gallery in Northbridge.  Works are drawn from local and international artists and each visiting artist will be presenting a ‘floor talk’ about their works during the festival.

The Festival includes a program of fora called Incite. These events are set to open debate and dialogue between photography professionals about key issues in the industry today, topics include The Tall Poppy Syndrome in Australian culture and Crossing Over that examines the boundary between photojournalism and art photography.

Magnum Photos are presenting their first ever workshop in Australia. Trent Parke, Bruno Barbey and Chien-Chi Chang are leading workshops with photographers from Australia’s eastern states, New Zealand, Japan & Europe who are exploring stories of local interest the results of which are to be projected at the Festival Opening Night on Friday March 19 at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

With so many exhibitions in so many locations Foto Freo has something for every photojunkie.

Visit the Foto Freo website for full details and to book for events

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