July Festivals Guide

July is one of the most exciting months for photography festivals. Cortona On The Move, Les Rencontres d’Arles, and PhotoIreland are among them. Read our monthly festivals round-up to learn more about their programs and international guests.

Cortona On The Move (Cortona, Italy) July 14 - October 2

Anna-Filipova-Cortona.jpg#asset:640:url© Anna Filipova, from the series Research at the End of the World

Founded back in 2011, Cortona On The Move international photography festival has developed into one of the leading events of its kind, annually attracting prominent photographers, journalists, amateurs, and enthusiasts from around the world. “The object of the festival is to celebrate a Journey: be it real or imaginary, shocking or revolutionary, a voyage of self-discovery or an exposé of the human condition” say the organizers. The main exhibition highlights this year include It’s What I Do, Lynsey Addario; Frontcountry, Lucas Foglia; Futuristic Archaeology, Daesung Lee; Research at the End of the World, Anna Filipova; Working Holiday Visa: Australia, Gabriele Duchi; and The Longings of the Others, Sandra Hoyn. A series of portfolio reviews and workshops – hosted by such renowned photographers as Larry Towell, Darcy Padilla, and Simona Ghizzoni – complete the program of events.


Les Rencontres d’Arles (Arles, France) July 4 - September 25

Dominic-Nahr-Les-Rencontres.jpg#asset:70© Dominic Nahr, from the series Fractured State, South and North Sudan

Les Rencontres d’Arles is one of the most important festivals on the photography calendar. Its policy of programming exhibitions that display almost exclusively new work, often co-produced by both French and international museums and institutions, has earned the festival a reputation for being at the forefront of cutting edge developments in the field of the photographic image. The primary exhibitions in 2016 feature the work of such artists as Laia Abril, Piero Martinello, João Pina, Garry Winogrand, Don McCullin, Yann Gross, Alinka Echeverría, Michael Ackerman, and Dominic Nahr. An extensive supporting program of events includes Arles Books, a 1,000m² space dedicated to the photobook in all its various forms; portfolio reviews conducted by prominent names in the industry; and a whole series of educational workshops designed to encourage the exchange of ideas.


PhotoIreland Festival (Dublin, Ireland) July 1 -31

Natalie-2.jpg#asset:721:url© Natalie Bryne, from the exhibition Perspectives at PhotoIreland 2016

PhotoIreland is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of artists from, and working in, Ireland. The main exhibition this year, entitled IDEALS, brings together 15 visual stories by both local and international photographers that “explore the world and seek to improve it by highlighting socio-political issues we tend to ignore in our everyday lives.” The show’s curator, Ángel Luis González further says that “the installation underlines the inseparable relation between artists and society, and presents it as an extension of their everyday concerns and investigations.” António Castilho, Elisa Gonzalez Miralles, Emer Gillespie, Florian van Roekel, Jörg Brüggemann, Marie-Pierre Cravedi, Robert McCormack, Wawrzyniec Kolbusz, and Yaakov Israel are among the exhibitors. Other featured shows include The Fotobook Kassel Dummy Awards 2016, The Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, and How to Flatten a Mountain – a group investigation into the traces of mankind on the environment and the remnants of life which describe social interactions.

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