19th Annual International
The central theme of the 19th International Photography
Meeting 2007, in Thessaloniki Greece, is “Time”.
But for those of us lucky enough to participate in the opening weeks,
I think an equally important theme was “Good Times”.
The Meeting organized by the Thessaloniki
Museum of Photography started the 17th of April and continues all
throughout May. In addition to more than 34 photography exhibitions on
display in remarkable old and new buildings throughout the city, the event
includes photography workshops and master classes; discussions and roundtables
featuring notable experts from many countries; music; video; multimedia;
I was delighted to be a part of the portfolio review sessions, where I
met many talented photographers (young and old), and many interesting
photography experts, from Greece and beyond.
All in all, there were 20 portfolio reviewers from 14 different countries,
and over 100 participating photographers from 26 countries.
Our host, Vangelis Ioakimidis, Director of the Thessaloniki Museum of
Photography, and his entire staff, were very gracious and generous. In
addition to the well-planned formal events, there were many lively opportunities
to meet informally, eat, drink, dance and enjoy. So, in many ways, it
was a multi-day round-the-clock celebration of photography with an international
party of people who feel passionate about photography. What a joy!
There is enough new talent discovered there to fill an entire new issue
of Lens Culture devoted to contemporary Greek photography alone. But,
before we start to introduce some of the great serious photography discovered
there, here are some snapshots of the fun we all had as participants.
Look for more in-depth reports soon.
Thanks to everyone who participated.
— Jim Casper