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Celebrating photographers with the AntwerpPhoto Festival

13 Sep 2021 —
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Held for a second edition, the AntwerpPhoto Festival continues to celebrate the work of Belgian and foreign photographers in a series of exhibitions and events. Olin Design is very happy to sponsor the festival. We asked Kaat Celis, the Director of the festival, to present AntwerpPhoto Festival to us.

Held for a second edition, the AntwerpPhoto Festival continues to celebrate the work of Belgian and foreign photographers in a series of exhibitions and events. Olin Design is very happy to sponsor the festival. We asked Kaat Celis, the Director of the festival, to present AntwerpPhoto Festival to us.

1/ Could you tell us a bit more about how the festival was created?

The international photo festival of Antwerp is organised by AntwerpPhoto. We view photography as the language of the future, the visual language that connects us all. During the summer months, AntwerpPhoto brings the work of Belgian and foreign photographers to the general public, from established photographers to underdogs and budding talent. This unique AntwerpPhoto festival proposes a wide selection of evocative exhibitions and thrilling events in a special architectural setting. Thanks to the collaboration with other cultural players and galleries, AntwerpPhoto Festival can be experienced all over the city. The DNA of Antwerp, Flanders’ leading photography city, is the lifeblood of the festival.

 

2/ 19th August is The International day of Photography, how have you been celebrating it this year? 

On 19th August, AntwerpPhoto Festival celebrates the International Day of Photography. It is the day in 1839 when French inventor Daguerre revealed his first photography technique to the world and photography was born. So what does this celebration of photography in and around the Pilotage Building have to offer?

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AntwerpPhoto Festival catalogue, created by Undercast Studio, printed by Stockmans art books on the 3 finishes of Olin Design High White, photography by Jimmy Kets

Discover new exhibitions and register for special events free of charge: a lecture by Jimmy Kets, the headliner of AntwerpPhoto Festival 2021, a roundtable discussion with Professor emeritus in visual culture Johan Swinnen on the importance of photography in our society, a workshop by Giedo Claes from Antalis on different types of paper, interviews, guided tours…

 

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© Jimmy Kets, Covid, AntwerpPhoto Festival

 

3/ Olin Design is a sponsor of the event this year, what kind of creative value does paper bring to the work of a photographer?

Paper is part of a photographer's artistic work. It is one of the crucial components of the artist's final end product. The choice of a particular type of paper is very decisive in how a photograph is ultimately experienced by the viewer. We are very happy with the professional cooperation with Olin Design. They take our printing to a higher level. And we are very pleased with the workshop paper advice on the Day of Photography by Giedo Claes, one of the experts at Antalis.

 

Here are some of the exciting exhibitions you will find there

Jimmy Kets is a Belgian photojournalist and an expert in the art of photojournalism with more than two decades of experience, the exhibitions showcases some of his most distinctive work, selected by himself. http://www.jimmykets.be/

 

Iconobelge III: For its third edition, the exhibition chose the theme of portrait, and includes contributions by more than 20 Belgian photographers of several generations, such as Alexia Leysen, Nick Hannes, Mashid Mohadjerin, Sanne De Wilde, Diego Franssens… Kaat Celis (director of AntwerpPhoto) is the curator of this exhibition.

 

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© Diego Franssens, Herman, AntwerpPhoto Festival

 

Erwin Olaf – “April Fool 2020”
This exhibition offers the intake of one of the Netherland’s greatest photographers on his experience with the Covid-19 lockdown.

“For weeks I felt afraid and powerless, like a meaningless extra in a scary movie without end. Looted by hoarders, the empty supermarket shelves made me realise that I thought there would always be an abundance of everything.” - Erwin Olaf.

 

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© Erwin Olaf, April Fool 2020, 9.45am, AntwerpPhoto Festival

 

Prix Carmignac

Founded in 2000 by Édouard Carmignac, the Fondation Carmignac is structured around two main pillars: a contemporary art collection of more than 300 works, and the Prix Carmignac, the most important French prize for photojournalism centering around human rights.

This year, British-Canadian photographer Finbarr O’Reilly, a two-time recipient of the World Press Photo Awards won the prize with the series ‘Congo in Conversation’, a collaborative online chronicle through close cooperation with Congolese journalists and photographers.
The exhibition invites us to discover how Congo deals with post-colonial and ecological challenges, as well as the Covid-19 crisis but - above all - marvel at the boundless energy of the young Congolese population.

 

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Congo In Conversation, ã Fondation Carmignac, photo by Raissa Karama Rwizibuka

 

The World of Steve McCurry
You may know him mainly for his picture of the Afghan girl with the piercing green eyes, but Steve McCurry’s talent has landed him four World Press Photo Awards as well as the cover of leading magazines such as Time, Life and National Geographic.
The exhibition features 200 of his photos, some well-known, others never-before-exhibited.

 

The AntwerpPhoto Festival will take place in Antwerp, in the Pilotage Building until 26th September 2021.
To find more info about the festival you can visit their website: https://antwerpphoto.be/en