The 2019 Format International Photography Festival, Forever//Now, looked at the current interest in fictionalising photography, either by constructing and manipulating images in some way or by using inference and visual association to tell impossible-to-photograph, or un-witnessed, stories.

Watch a video review exploring what this might mean for truth and story-telling for both photojournalists and artists. Featuring interviews with Karin Andreasson, Camilla Brown, Zelda Cheatle, Tim Clark, Louise Fedotov-Clements, W. M. Hunt, Gemma Marmalade & Marc Prüst:

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FORMAT17 was on the theme of Habitat in the age of the Anthropocene, the modern era in which human activity is considered the dominant influence on climate and the environment. The keynote exhibition Ahead Still Lies Our Future was co-curated by Hester Keijser and Louise Clements.

Watch a video review featuring interviews with Lisa Barnard, Louise Clements, Hester Keijser, John McLean, Claudius Schulze, Jon Tonks & Rodrigo Orrantia:

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The theme of FORMAT15 took its cue from the legendary body of work Evidence by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel from 1977. The keynote exhibition Beyond Evidence: An Incomplete Narratology of Photographic Truths was curated by Lars Willumeit and looked at the creation of photographic narratives and the question of truth in photography.

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Appropriately for Derby as the birthplace of mass production, the theme for the sixth edition of our biennial was “Factory“.

“The theme offers festival visitors a dynamic and poignant view on the phenomenon of the factory and its impact on our lives internationally or at home. Mechanised production en masse, although an inevitable part of progress, was one of the factors responsible for the emergence of a working class, consumerism and for our timed working lives. It also sparked the movement towards socialism, unions and workers rights.

Artists throughout time have reacted to the fast pace of change; if you look at futurism and constructivism, as the pace of change began to accelerate, artists at that time had something polar to work in reaction to. Today changes are running on at an imperceptible rate and automation is no longer confined to manufacturing industries but has seeped into every aspect of our daily living. A factory is still a space for production, of exploitation or even exhibition. Art and society don’t merely examine this change, they are an essential part of it. Photography is produced and consumed en masse, it is also product of the market…”

Louise Clements: Artisitc Director & Curator

Watch Critic, writer and broadcaster Sue Steward introduce the highlights of the FORMAT International Photography Festival 2013:

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Right Here, Right Now – Exposures from the public realm, the fifth edition of FORMAT, explored street photography. Presenting the work of photographers noted for their candid and out of the ordinary depictions of everyday life from all around the world.

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