Topics addressed in the Conference:
1) Beyond Street Photography. Linking directly to the heritage of photography, one of the most contentious issues we have today to contend with is terrorism acts and censorship, blogging and controls online. Right Here Right Now sheds light on a world reigned by absurdity and incongruence, guided by serendipity or perfect collisions of time and space caught by photographers who chart the world as flaneur or image hunters defining the moment. FORMAT will go some way to engage with contemporary issues facing photographic production today engaging in current debate around the freedom to make images in the public realm. What are today's relevant strategies to build on the tradition of street photography but going beyond?
2) From the Decisive to the Indecisive. By looking around and away from the street to include a concept and a reality of public realm beyond the urban scene, what is the essential relation between the camera, the photographer and the world and the moment, or series of moments? The process of making images in the public realm charts the moment that the photographers' physical action records the instants, the collisions that provoke them to react to want to record. Or not? What other instances can we have in which the indecisive moment is far more reaching in meaning and effect to tell a situation or a story? How do we deal with web-based projects and activities, either located or mobile, in which the continuity, rather than the moment, form the basis for engaging with the public realm?
Speakers included: Sophie Howarth and Sara T'Rula, respectively Co-Editor and Project Manager of the project and book Street Photography Now: Street Photography 2.0" exploring how social media is radically reforming the photographic landscape. Nick Turpin, on the inspiration behind street photography Micheal Wolf, on his series Google Street View. Mark Sealy, on Canvases of Representation: the photographs of Nontsikelelo Veleko. Nate Larson. Marni Shindelman, on their series Geolocation: Tributes to Datastream. Bruce Gilden, on his 40 years of street photography. Amy Stein, on her series Stranded. Yumi Goto, on The Secrets Behind the Images: Visual Answers from Asian Photographers. John Maloof, on the incredible work and story of Vivian Maier. Chaired by Huw Davies, artist/filmmaker and Dean of the Art, Technology and Design faculty at the University of Derby.
Organized and curated by Alfredo Cramerotti in the framework of FORMAT11 International Photography Festival