MATERIAL PRACTICES IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY
A testimony to the continuous rooting and resurgent evolutions of 21st C. photographic arts in analogue and historical media, FotoFilmic’s underlying vision aims to spur new contemporary understandings of film-based photography and its rich lineage of physical craft and recording methods in the context of global digital culture, and doing so to also invite further critical questioning of the increasingly instantaneous image consumption, discard and image making purposes behind the technology and its transformative social power.
Engaging reality’s finite time & space experience with an equally finite medium not only seems to procure photographers a more vested, shared and lived practice with regards to camerawork on the photographic production end, but also just as importantly to negotiate for them a different epistemology altogether of the act of photography itself. The idea that now more than ever how we photograph has a huge impact on meaning construction, trickling all the way down to a photographer’s artistic identity is central to FotoFilmic’s focus on material practices. Indeed even though film-based and analogue photographic technology largely sat at a standstill since the 1990s, photographers on the other hand have drastically changed in the meantime their understanding and use of it. Ultimately FotoFilmic hopes to contribute to the emergence of this new world practice and vision of material photographic media in the digital age as a valid contemporary discourse.
FotoFilmic organizes each year a global juried film photography CALL FOR ENTRIES culminating in an INTERNATIONAL TRAVELING EXHIBITION open to all ages and nationalities. Unique in its scope and genre and presently in its 5th edition, the FotoFilmic annual traveling exhibition aims at bringing the entire world community of photographers attached to film and preceding historical processes closer together in an effort to both promote emerging talent and help redefine the artistic significance of the medium’s contemporary practices.
THE NEW FACE OF FILM: RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION
In 2016, FotoFilmic launched off its first retrospective exhibition “The New Face of Film” in collaboration with Boise State University’s Visual Arts Center in Boise, ID. Curated by FotoFilmic , this new program assembled 20 photographers from the past FotoFilmic’13, FotoFilmic’14 and FotoFilmic’15 touring exhibitions to present a unique worldview of contemporary photography’s material practices. A testimony to the continuous rooting and resurgent evolutions of 21st C. photographic arts in analogue and historical media, “The New Face of Film” underlying vision frames a defining moment and transitionary occupation of film-based photography and its rich lineage of physical craft and recording methods in the context of today’s global digital culture and its transformative social force driving instantaneous image consumption and image making purposes.
FotoFilmic also offers exclusive print editions and collections of ShortListed and Exhibited photographers from each annual exhibition as an additional commercial means to jumpstart the selling of their selected works on the global art market and help build extra revenues to support their practice.
FotoFilmic Village is a high quality, small-group workshop retreat series designed to boost the creative practice of growing photographers in an intimate, personable format bringing together some of today’s most acclaimed artists & figures of the contemporary photography industry on Bowen Island’s idyllic natural settings just 3 miles off the Vancouver downtown coast! FotoFilmic//Village registration now open.
Opened in late September 2016 and situated on Bowen Island, BC (Vancouver’s favorite getaway), a 2-minute walk from the ferry dock on Bowen’s main commercial street, the FotoFilmic//PULP gallery showcases a select inventory of limited editions archival C-prints from the SHORTLIST & FOTOFILMIC Online Collections alongside the monthly PULP print shows, as well as display curated film-based fotobooks all the while providing a home to island-exclusive rotating exhibitions and professional workshops (8×10 Impossible Project Instant Film Workshops, FotoFilmic //Village, etc..).
FOTOFILMIC 8×10 TOURING WORKSHOPS
In 2015 FotoFilmic initiated 2 unique series of 8×10 large format instant film traveling workshops in collaboration with The Impossible Project. Focusing on artistic portraiture, view camera work and studio lighting applied to the handling, exposure, processing and archiving of Impossible’s highly aesthetic 8×10 Black-and-White integral instant film, the FotoFilmic Team traveled both the West and East US coasts by truck carrying all their equipment and visiting 8 prominent photography institutions (SF Camerawork, DNJ, Newspace Center for Photography, SilverEye Center for Photography, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Griffin Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock and Light Work) to reconnect dozens of active photographers to the joys of big, analog, instant film!