A Huge List of International Photography Festivals

As a photo nerd – I love to plan travel around photography festivals to see friends, show work and share what I see with students. For the past eight or so years I have gone each summer to Arles, France for the famous Recontres D’Arles photography festival and find so much joy in the culture, landscape and festival that I keep returning each year. Interested in joining me and getting an introduction to a European festival? Check out my Photography In France workshop or venture out on your own to one listed here – it’s quite a comprehensive list which begs to answer “no” to the question as to whether or not photography is actually over. Enjoy and abientot! -Erika

“From the USA to China, from France to Singapore, from Brazil to South Korea, there’s a great photography festival coming near you: we bring you the huge list of international photography festivals which will have a new edition in 2014″. Click below or here for a list of festivals around the world.

Artist Residencies – Time Away to Work


March 2014′s crop of Artists in residence at CAMAC in Marnay sur Seine, France with Alan Shockley, Lola Martinez, Birgit Larson, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, Nina Rizzo, Erika Gentry and Liz Khalifa.

Hi Everyone, if you haven’t heard through my many shout outs I am on sabbatical Spring 2014 and currently residing in Marnay sur Seine, France, one hour outside of Paris. I am here at CAMAC with an amazing group of artists (left) from Spain, Germany, France, the US and the Czech Republic. We’re being very productive in week two of our stay. Some of us are here for one month and some are here for two. Thank you all who have shown your generosity through kind words and micro donations toward supplies, equipment and fees.

Time away is indeed a valuable thing – this period of “focused remove” is most appreciated and I am very grateful for it. If you’re interested in finding a great place of your own to pursue your work in a residency – there are many out there near and far. Below is a re-run of an excellent article. See you in the Fall 2014! -Erika

PDN online has a good introduction to Artist in Residence programs. The article’s introduction states “Whether photographers want access to a particular part of the world in order to create a new body of work, or need some time to scan, edit and print an existing body of work, artist-in-residence (AIR) programs offer photographers a unique and valuable period of focused remove. Each has their strengths and benefits for an artist—be it beautiful facilities, a helpful staff, an idyllic setting or post-residence exhibition opportunities. Many offer all of the above. PDN recently spoke with artists who participated in five residencies to find out why they chose them, what they accomplished and what they might do differently the next time they have an opportunity to leave everything but photography behind for a while.”

“Limbo”, 10min video produced at Arte Studio Ginestrelle AIR.

Summer 2012, I spent time at an Arist in Residence Program in Assisi Italy called Arte Studio Ginestrelle and can attest to the productive value of these get-ways! Not to mention the possibility for collaboration with other artists from all over the world. Here are a few resources to research your AIR:

Well known national residencies for emerging artists (competition: high – should have body of work to work on)
McDowell Colony, New Hampshire
Woodstock AIR, NY (for artists of color)
Lightwork AIR, Syracuse, NY

US National Park Residencies (competition: moderate-easier but varies)
Participating National Parks

Local Bay Area (competition: high)
Rayko Photo Center, SF, CA
KALA, Berkeley, CA
Marin Headlands for the Arts, Marin County, CA

International Residency Guides (competition: moderate-high but varies)
Trans Artists
Res Arts Network

NYTs: Seeing Themselves: Photographers’ Self-Portraits

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There’s been a lot of talk about selfies recently. The Oxford Dictionaries named “selfie” the word of the year for 2013, and “Museum Selfie Day,” last month, encouraged museumgoers to take creative selfies in front of art. But what distinguishes a selfie from an artist’s self-portrait? A smartphone and a Tinder account is the easy answer, but, in general, we ask more from a self-portrait than we do from a selfie: more consideration, more composition, more psychological insight and aesthetic care. From family photographs to annual staged series and quirky snaps captured in a street windows, here is a selection of my favorite self-portraits.  See Them

Jun Ahn, “Self-Portrait” (2008)/Courtesy Christophe Guye Galerie, Zürich AUN: This image was taken at the apartment where I lived for about six years, while I was in graduate school for photography, in New York. I consider the elimination of context the most fascinating aspect of a photographic image. For me, photography is the reality and the fantasy, the truth and the fiction, all at the same time. What I wish to discover through photography is the invisible moment, the invisible structure, and hidden beauty of a world that only can be seen with the camera.

CSU Arts: Photographic Storytelling with Light & Color

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Course Dates: July 14 to July 27, 2014
Application Deadline: May 16, 2014
Full Scholarships available!

  • Master creative control of digital cameras, exposure, software workflow, and image preparation and presentation.
  • Create a photography portfolio that is self-expressive, visually sophisticated, and professionally prepared with images based on personal experience and storytelling.
  • Learn advanced manipulation of digital cameras based on time of day, light quality, and light direction.
  • Experiment with the narrative potential of photography through creative problem-solving photography exercises and critiques.
  • Learn advanced Photoshop® skills to optimize images for light and color and inkjet printing.
  • Explore ways to market work in both fine art and documentary markets and present work for gallery exhibitions, websites, and publications.
  • This course will culminate in a public exhibition of student work.

Undergraduate: ART 425, 3 units
Graduate: ART 625, 3 units


Students must have a working knowledge of how to use manual mode on their own digital SLR camera, how to download and edit their images using image-editing software, and how to use Photoshop CS6® software for image optimization.

1)      Submit a one-page essay describing your interest in this course and a portfolio of 10 fine art or photojournalism JPEG photos on a CD or DVD, or include a link to your portfolio on a website with the application.
2)      Send the materials listed in step one with your completed Registration Form to the Summer Arts office by May 16, 2014.

Professor Nicole Jean Hill


Aline Smithson – www.alinesmithson.com
After a career as a New York fashion editor and working alongside the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson now creates award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera. She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. In addition, her work is held in a number of museum collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including Photo District News (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, Lenswork Extended, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines. She was awarded Honorable Mention for Excellence in Teaching through CENTER for 2012, and was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.” Aline founded and writes the blogzine, Lenscratch, that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition.

Holly Andres www.hollyandres.com
Holly Andres is a commercial and fine art photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Runner’s World, W, Art in America, Artforum, Exit Magazine, Art News, Modern Painters, Oprah Magazine, Elle Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Glamour, Blink, and Art Ltd. – which profiled her as one of 15 emerging West Coast artists under the age of 35. She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Istanbul, Turkey, and Portland, Oregon. She has commercial representation through Hello Artists, and gallery representation through Robert Mann Gallery (New York City), Charles A. Hartman Fine Art (Portland), Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta), and the Robert Koch Gallery (San Francisco).

David H. Wellswww.davidhwells.com
David H. Wells is a freelance photographer affiliated with Aurora Photos and is a photo educator based in Providence, Rhode Island. He specializes in intercultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives. His work has been featured in one-person exhibits at Brown University, UC Berkeley, and Harvard University. His work has been part of group exhibitions at the Houston FotoFest and the Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan, France. He has taught classes at the University of Pennsylvania and workshops at the International Center for Photography in NYC and Maine Media Workshops. Recently he was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.” His photo-essays have been funded by fellowships from Nikon/NPPA, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the MacArthur Foundation’s Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation. His project on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Erika Gentry www.erikagentry.com
Erika Gentry specializes in digital imaging, photography, education, multi media arts, and fine art printing in the San Francisco Bay Area. An early advocate of the creative digital domain, she has been teaching and presenting electronic arts and photography nationwide since 1996 and has been a consultant to many of the industry’s leading professional photographers as they converted from film to a digital work-flow. She has worked in freelance photography, magazine and book picture editing, art direction, advanced digital post-production, web design, and as a curator and educator. She has taught one-on-one and group courses at corporations and colleges such as The Rochester Institute of Technology, The San Francisco Art Institute, Foothill College, City College of San Francisco, and Rayko Photo Center. She is currently a full time faculty member at the City College of San Francisco.

Erika on Sabbatical Spring and Summer 2014

CLICK PIG TO DONATE – OINK OINK. I am very excited to announce the embarking of my first sabbatical project during Spring and Summer Semesters 2014. During this 5 month period I will live, work on projects, study and speak French in France! Working in Paris and its outskirts, my proposal “Carte des Visite Contemporain” a contemporary photographic portrait and video project,  was accepted by the Camac Centre d’art artist-in-residency with a subsidy grant funded in part by the Tenot Foundation. All kinds of folk have kindly expressed congratulations and a desire to help – I am hoping to raise most funds by the end of February when I depart but can continue to accept contributions through June. If you’d like you may support the sabbatical project with a micro-donation in an exchange for a hand printed post card from the journey as well as my lifelong thanks. Click on the piggy bank to donate. Funds raised will be used primarily for supplies and sound/video equipment needed while working on location. My deepest gratitude and here’s to a productive 2014. See you in the Fall! -Erika

As a thank you – you’ll receive a beautifully printed postcard featuring images from the journey. Please spread the word on your social networks!


75 Years: Selections from the CCSF Photography Department

75 Years: Selections from the City College of San Francisco Photography Department

The CCSF Photography Department in collaboration with SF Camerawork and Rayko Photo Center is proud to present 75 Years: Selections from the City College of San Francisco Photography Department, an exhibition of work at three venues by current and former students, faculty and staff 1939-2014. See below for venues and opening receptions and please plan on joining us for the kick off party at SF Camerawork on Friday January 17, 6-8pm as well as the other receptions listed below.

The City College of San Francisco offered its first photography class in 1939 and its Director, Beverly J Pasqualetti took a brief break to command a Navy photo squadron during WW2 and returned to be the department chair for over forty years. Since then the program has grown into one of the oldest and largest programs in the country, currently with over two dozen courses and more than twenty Instructors who are accomplished photographers in their own right. Come see work from students, faculty and staff produced during this time span and help celebrate 75 years of visual excellence. Receptions and galleries are free and open to the public during the following dates. Call or visit the websites for hours. Download a high resolution poster for each show featuring the artists works. See more coverage of this event in the SF CHRON.

CCSF 75 Years on Flickr

Over 200 people entered over 700 photographs. See them by clicking here.

Over 200 people submitted over 700 photographs for these exhibits. There was so much excellent work and simply not enough physical space to show it. Thus – please enjoy perusing through all of the entries and the entrants bios and stories above. Vote for your own favorites and feel free to leave feedback for the artists.


SF Camerawork
1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Juried by Sandra S. Phillips, Norman Maslov, Richard Koci Hernandez
January 8- February 2, 2014
Kick off party: January 17, 6-8pm

Rayko Photo Center
428 3rd St, SF, CA
New Visions, Contemporary Photography from the 81 Bees Collective
January 17-February 23, 2014
Reception: January 23, 6-8pm

CCSF Gallery Obscura
50 Phelan Ave, Visual Arts 160, San Francisco, CA
Vol 1: January 18, 2014 – February 11, 2014
Reception February 6, 6-8pm
Vol 2: February 19, 2014 – March 14, 2014

Reception February 19, 6-8pm

The SFCW show was organized by Prof. Erika Gentry with invaluable help from student extraordinaire Karla Rossi. Rayko Photo Center shows put on by the 81bees collective and the CCSF Gallery Obscura gallery is managed and curated by Renee Tung.

“A Photographic Journey” July 7-14 2014 with Erika Gentry

Sunflowers outside of Arles, France.

Erika Gentry invites seven photography lovers to join her July 7-14 2014 for a workshop and tour entitled Photography in France: A Photographic Journey in Arles, France. This special tour is designed for intermediate photographers and photography lovers.

Photographic opportunities abound in this roman city and its surrounds as well as the opportunity to experience one of the worlds premiere photography festivals, the Recontres d’Arles, to inspire your own work. Experience guided visits of the most contemporary photography festival in the world and make your own photographs via excursions to surrounding Provencal towns seeing subjects explored by the likes of artists and photographers Van Gogh, Gaugin and Koudelka. Get one-on-one help in the photographic field and feedback from expert Instructor Erika Gentry. Experience food, art, culture and camaraderie on this very special guided tour designed for serious photography enthusiasts.

The Recontres d’Arles festival kicks off the evening of July 7th for an opening week of exhibits, lectures and night-time projections. The festival, with over 50 exhibitions of photography showcased at hertitage sites (12th century churches and abbeys, 18th century townhouses, 19th century industrial buildings) throughout the ancient city of Arles, France includes debates, nightly projections in the antique theatre, awards for photographers and books of the year, a voices “off” festival and book pavillion, guided tours by your Instructor and portfolio reviews by renowned reviewers should you choose to participate.

Hop on the air conditioned min-bus with six other photographers and explore the Arles  and its surrounds with your camera and the group including the famous salt flats, flamingos and sunflowers of the Camargue, the streets and ruins of hilltop town of St. Remy de Provence, the lavendar fields in bloom in Gordes and more!

The tour is designed for intermediate photographers who understand camera and software basics. We will review and critique photographs, discuss capture techniques and put together a slideshow to show peers during the final night of the workshop. While no specific post production processes will be covered – the Instructor is an expert in Photoshop and Lightroom and  will be available to answer questions about these topics. Students should plan to be comfortable digitally editing work on their own with guidance.

The tour includes: (see price)

  • Expert help with your photography in the field as well as critique groups and Instructor led tours of the festival.
  • 7 nights hotel in Arles city center.
  • Entrance to the Recontres d’Arles Photography Festival (nighttime events excluded) with meet ups for tours from Erika and special guest artists and editors.
  • Entries fees to Montmajour Abbey, Atelier de l’Image.
  • Welcome and end of workshop dinners  in Arles, France
  • All breakfasts.
  • The joys of French culture, food and wine!
  • A life changing photographic experience.
  • Three custom tours with guide by minibus (Mercedes van)  in Provence, France.
    • Full day tour of the Alpilles -Abbaye de Montmajour, Les Baux, St. Remy de Provence and Atelier de l’Image
    • Half day tour of the Camargue — Flamingos, sunflower fields, les Salins de Giraud
    • Full day visit Gordes and Perched villages and Abbaye de Senanque surrounded by lavender fields if in bloom.


  • Air travel to Arles, France
  • Extra meals and beverages
  • Personal expenses such as photographic costs, gifts, extra meals & tips
  • Nightime Recontres d’Arles Photography Festival Lectures

For more details and questions visit www.photographyinfrance.com or contact: erika@erikagentry.com


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