In the green prefecture-level city of Lishui, south-west China, since the 2004 a special festival has taken place: the Lishui Photography Festival is now at its 8th edition, but since its first appearance it immediately became one of the most important date in the agenda of photography practitioners and beginners from all-over the world.
From the 15th to the 19th November, the festival will take place in varied venues allover the city, including a petrol pump factory, a car repair workshop, a gym, in addition to traditional locations.
This year the already unique event decided to challenge even more its program, including a greater variety of events, from exhibitions to debates, from conferences to portfolio evaluations.
Certainly a chance to dig deeper in today photography world. Nevertheless without forgetting the past of “picture-taking” with an exhibition and auction of vintage cameras (from the 19th and 20th centuries), photographic artworks and a photo books fair.
Among the professionals invited this edition there are James Ramer artist, professor, exhibition curator and currently director of the Faculty of Photography at Parsons (the New School for Design, New York), Shiqiang Gao professor at the Fine Arts Academy of China Hangzhou and Yan Deng artist and currently professor at the School of Art at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
James Ramer curated the exhibition Where does the Future Get Made, presenting the creations of twenty artist-photographers, all from different cultural background and different countries.
While If Art Can Start A New Again is organised by Yan Deng: the exhibition examines new artistic forms generated by new technology and its development, influencing the way people consume images.
In addition, this year guest-of-honor will be the Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne, Switzerland), presenting the exhibition reGeneration: launched in 2015, the project explores and discovers the emerging international photography scene.