For three days, an extraordinary mingling of those who are passionate about the art form—including world-renowned and emerging photographers, photo enthusiasts, and the community—takes place in a variety of venues throughout Charlottesville. The idea? To share images, experiences, and insights in a noncompetitive environment where peace, love, and photography reign supreme.
James Nachtwey (b. Syracuse, NY, USA, 1948)
graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied Art History and Political Science (1966-70) following it with jobs in the Merchant Marine, truck driving and news film editing as he taught himself photography. He started as a photographer for the Albuquerque Journal
in New Mexico (1976) and moved to New York in 1980. In 1981 he covered Northern Ireland during the IRA hunger strike at a time when other notable photojournalists were there including Gilles Peress and Chris Steele-Perkins. Since then he has covered almost every major war and conflict around the world and been a member of Black Star (1980-1985) and Magnum
(1986-2001) leaving to be one of the founding members of VII. He has been a witness to tragedies such as when photojournalist Ken Oosterbroek was killed and Greg Marinovich was seriously injured (1994) in South Africa an event dramatised in the film The Bang Bang Club (2010). He was in New York when the World Trade Center was destroyed on September 11, 2001. He has been awarded numerous prizes and awards including World Press Photo (1994) and the Robert Capa Gold Medal five times. In 2006 he won the 12th Annual Heinz Award in Arts and Humanities and in 2007 when he was awarded a TED prize he decided to cover extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDRTB) around the world. Click here
to view his TED talk. With contemporary photojournalism it can be difficult to get assignments for stories and on occasion he has financed these projects himself to document what he considered needed to be documented including Romanian orphanages and famines in Sudan. Click here
to view images online at VII. Click here
to view more photographs by James Nachtwey (you will have to click on his name on the left). Click here
to read more about James Nachtwey at the online Digital Journalist
. Visit TIME
photos online, here
, for more of this artist work. To view video of James Nachtwey discussing his war photographs, click here
. Read more on James Nachtwey in Our Featured Article
Andrew Owen was appointed the position of Managing Director of LOOK3 in 2009. As Managing Director, Andrew’s role is to oversee the planning, directing, and completion of all LOOK3 operations in addition to serving as primary lead on fundraising, educational, and communications initiatives. Andrew joined the Festival of the Photograph team in the early planning stage and, as Operations Manager, became the Festival's first employee in 2007. In 2008, Andrew’s role expanded to include directing and managing the LOOK3 Workshops and Project Critique Sessions. Andrew further added to his responsibilities in 2009 by leading and managing the creation of a new www.look3.org
website. Also a photographer, Andrew completed a seven-month personal project in 2009 photographing small and strange festivals around the United States. The project, called The American Festivals Project, received funding from National Geographic’s Young Explorer’s program and was a featured project on National Geographic’s website in 2010. Andrew was born in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1981, and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in American Studies in 2004. Directly after graduating Andrew worked as research associate for the consulting firm Sustainability Partners, Inc., where was involved with client projects related to corporate business practices and sustainable business initiatives. Click the following video link
to watch Andrew Owen talk about the LOOK3 Festival.
Michael "Nick" Nichols (b. Alabama, USA, 1952)
grew up in a poor family and he was influenced by the photographs
in magazines such as National Geographic
and those of masters such as Edward Weston and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Drafted in the 1970's during the Vietnam War he joined the forces after it had ended and served his time in the US Army in Kentucky in the photographic department. During his military service he started taking photographs in caves using flash. In 1979 he put this ability to good use when he completed his first assignment for Geo photographing caves. He joined Magnum
from 1982 to 1995 and his interest in photographing the natural world grew resulting in a collaborative book with Jane Goodall Brutal Kinship (1999). After leaving Magnum
he joined National Geographic
(1996) and has since been involved in various expeditions including documenting Mike Fay’s 2000 mile walk from the Congo to the Gabon coast. This trip resulted in 13 National Parks being established in Gabon covering 11% of the country. In 2007 he founded and co-directed the annual LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2008 he became an editor-at-large of National Geographic
. To read more about Micheal "Nick" Nichols, click this link
. Watch this video
of Michael "Nick" Nichols talk about the LOOK3 Festival.
Paolo Pellegrin (b. Rome, Italy, 1964)
started his career with social documentary photography covering immigration and the homeless in his native Rome. In 1999 he went to cover the war in Kosovo and from that time on has made a career out of acting as a photographic witness by covering conflict photography and dangerous locations including Lebanon, Darfur, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali. In 2001 he joined a Magnum Photos
as a nominee and became a full member in 2005. Since 1995 he has won numerous prestigious awards including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography and at least eight World Press Photo awards. He continues to concentrate on conflict photography the resulting refugees and health issues. Click here
to view some of his work. Read more: Paolo Pellegrin: As I was dying, Photography Collection.
to read more about Paolo Pellegrin in The Independent
article, "Witness to history". To watch a video excerpt from Paolo Pellegrin's Moleskin Notebook project, click here
Thomas D. Mangelsen is recognized as one of the world’s premier nature photographers.Mangelsen began in 1974 as a cinematographer for National Geographic. Later, he worked on PBS Nature and BBC Natural World films about wildfowl specializing in photographing birds in flight.
His image Polar Dance was selected by the International League of Conservation Photographers in 2010 as one of the 40 Most Important Nature Photographs of All Time. Dr. Jane Goodall has called Mangelson a Heroes of the Animal Planet. He received an Honorary Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society in 2002 and was named “Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year” by the North American Nature Photographer Association in 2000. In 1994, Mangelsen received the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award.
Mangelsen’s photography has been shown at the Natural History Museum in London, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska and most recently, 2009-2010, in a major exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. He has published three fine art books and his work has been published in National Geographic, Life, Audubon, National Wildlife, Smithsonian, Natural History, Newsweek, Wildlife Art, American Photo.
In addition, Mangelsen is co-founder of the Cougar Fund, a founding Fellow of The international League of Conservation Photographers, on the international advisory council for the Jane Goodall Institute and a board ambassador for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance. Click here to view Cougar Fund website.
Click here to view more of Tom Mangelsen's photographs in video format. To read more about Tom Mangelsen click here.
Sally Mann (b. Lexington, VA, USA, 1951)
has remained close to her southern roots. Her investigations of her own family has been a continuing theme in her work from her study of her three children Immediate Family (1992) through to her more recent work Proud Flesh (2009) on her husband Larry naked body as he handles late-onset muscular dystrophy. Personal studies take us into difficult realms of youthful sexuality and illness but the challenge of Sally Mann is for the viewer to confront reality which is rarely neat. She has experimented with nineteenth and early twentieth century photographic process such as wet plate collodion, platinum printing and bromoil all of which are appropriate to the subjects of aging and the history rich landscapes of the region she lives. Click here
to view some of her work. She has been the subject of two documentaries: Blood Ties (1994), which was nominated for an Academy Award, and What Remains (2007). To learn more about Sally Mann, watch the following three online interview segments, titled, "What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann".Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
is an American journalist best known for his work on National Public Radio
, and as a former co-host of the radio newsmagazine Day to Day
. He was a part of the development of NPR's Morning Edition in the 1970's and was an on-air personality on All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Chadwick has also worked with ABC and CBS. In January, 2009 he left NPR. Chadwick continues to do a video blog for Slate V called "Interviews, 50 cents" Chadwick received the Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative journalism, two Lowell Thomas Awards from the Overseas Press Club for foreign reporting, and was part of the CBS News team that produced the Emmy- and Peabody-Award-winning documentary, In the Killing Fields of America. Chadwick is married to Radio Expeditions executive producer, Carolyn Jensen.
Scott Thode is currently the Deputy Picture Editor at Fortune Magazine
. In 2007, he was nominated for a Lucie Award as Photo Editor of the Year. As a photographer Scott was the recipient of numerous photography awards and his work has been exhibited at The Bienalle Internazionale di Fotografia in Turin, Italy; Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France and The Colonnade Galle Washington, D.C. Scott teaches at The International Center for Photography and participates in many photo symposia, workshops and judges numerous photography awards. He is also on the Advisory Board of LOOK3 Photo Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia. Click here
to read more about Scott Thode at The Photography Post
. Alongside his wife Kathy Ryan, Scott is co-curator of the 2011 LOOK3 festival. Click here
to read more from the LOOK3 INsight Conversation with Scott Thode and Antonin Kratochvil.
LaToya Ruby Frazier, born Pittsburgh, PA (1982) is known for her photographs and videos of her family, particularly those focusing on her relationship with her mother. Frazier is a decidedly non-objective observer, often turning the camera on herself, exposing her place in the life of her family. Her work examines the role that family dynamics play both on a personal level and in society at large. Click here to read more about LaToya Frazier at New York Close Up online.Frazier gained her MFA Art Photography from Syracuse University and has completed residencies at Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, NYU Visiting Artist Program Resident, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited in over 50 shows.
Frazier is the recipient of an Art Matters Grant (2010), S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Award, National Academy Museum, NY (2008), Master's Prize Award, School of Visual Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY (2008), an Aperture Portfolio Review Honorable Mention (2006), Geraldine Dodge Fellowship Award, Director's Citation Award, Black Maria Film Festival, and an African American Fellowship, African American Studies Dept, Syracuse University (2004)
Her work is in the collections of Joseph T Baio Collection, NY, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, NY. Her work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Fader Magazine, and Newsweek.
David Liittschwager (born Eugene, OR) is best-known for his larger-than-life images of rare flora and fauna. His series One Cubic Foot received much attention; each image in One Cubic Foot depicts every living organism in a single cubic foot of a unique ecosystem.Between 1983 and 1986, Liittschwager assisted photographer Richard Avedon in New York.
Now a contributing photographer to National Geographic, Liittschwager has produced the books Skulls and X-Ray Ichthyology: The Structure of Fishes for the California Academy of Sciences. Liittschwager’s books in collaboration with Susan Middleton include Archipelago, Remains of a Rainbow, Witness, and Here Today.
Recipient of an Endangered Species Coalition Champion Award for Education and Outreach and a Bay & Paul Foundation Biodiversity Leadership Award. His photographs have been exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., the Honolulu Academy of Art in Hawaii, and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
Liittschwager was honored with a 2008 World Press Photo Award for his article on marine microfauna. To view his National Geographic profile including some of images, click here.
Massimo Vitali (b. Como, Italy, 1944)
graduated from The London School of Printing with a degree in photography (1964) but it is his large-format photographs of Italian beaches from the 1990s that gained him access to the fine art photographic world. Using custom-made towers high above the beaches he selects a landscape and waits with a large format camera for the right moment. The viewer voyeuristically searches these photographs for the small moment of humanity rather as an anthropologist or sociologist seeks out evidence in the banal. Visit the LOOK3 website, here to learn more about his INsight Conversation. To read more online about Massimo Vitali, click here
is photojournalist working as a contract photographer with Time magazine and her work is represented by Aurora Photos. She first met Obama in 2004 and in 2006 decided to start following his progress before his presidential campaign was announced. This close-up and personal view of a President in the making is a significant historical study. Click here
to see some of Callie Shell's work, and learn more about her. Click here
to learn more about her relationship with the Presidential family and read more stories behind her photographs. To see TIME Magazine's
cover story and more photographs by Callie Shell, click here
The other four members of this list hold powerful offices connected directly with arts venues that house music, visual arts and theater nearly year-round. We say "nearly" because, for one week every year, Jessica Nagle’s Festival of the Photograph—now approaching its third year—controls almost every aspect of the arts scene in Charlottesville, taking over prominent gallery spaces, building sides, the Charlottesville Pavilion, and The Paramount Theater each summer.
For starters, Nagle, a co-founder of SNL Financial with Reid Nagle, assembled a dynamite Who’s Who list of local artists—Will Kerner, Will May, and her co-executive director Nick Nichols. From there, she used her local support to earn greater national funding and, subsequently, greater international attention.
George Steinmetz (b. Beverly Hills, CA, USA, 1957)
is a scientifically trained photographer specializing in aerial photography and photojournalism. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Geophysics and then hitchhiked through Africa for eighteen months. He has had numerous photo essays published in National Geographic
(Germany) and Condé Nast Traveler and won awards along the way including a 1994 World Press award for science photography for his work on Genetically Manipulated Mice. He is best known for his work using an experimental powered paraglider to explore inaccessible parts of the world including The Empty Quarter of Arabia. Click here
to view his work with National Geographic.
To read more about George Steinmetz, click here
Antonin Kratochvil (b. 1947)
is a Czech-born American photojournalist and commercial photographer with a varied portfolio that ranges from hard hitting social documentary on street children in Mongolia through to portraits of Bill Gates and Harvey Keitel. He has photographed for non-profit organizations and humanitarian agencies including Medicines sans Frontiers, the United Nations and Rockefeller Foundation and for the last of these he received the Gold ARC Award for Best Annual Report, NGO Category (2000). Besides this he has photographed the war in Iraq for Fortune Magazine
and at the same time continued a twenty year self-generated project Vanishing in which he brought together natural and human phenomena that are on the verge of extinction. This book won the 2005 Golden Light Award for Best Documentary Book. Read more read or listen to more of this two-part Radio Prague interview. Part 1
, Part 2
Gilles Peress (b. Neuilly, France, 1946)
continues a strong tradition with photojournalism of acting as a witness to conflict. In common with a number of the leading photojournalists such as Josef Koudelka, Paolo Pellegrin he started by photographing social issues including the harsh conditions of a French coal mining town. By 1972 he had joined Magnum Photos
and commenced a twenty year study of the struggles in Northern Ireland that resulted in his book Power in the Blood (1996). Click here
to view some of his Magnum photographs. Telex Iran: In the Name of the Revolution (1984) chronicles his travels during a five week trip to Iran during the hostage crisis of the Iranian Revolution. He has also photographed in Bosnia and Rwanda two genocidal conflicts where he documented the tragedies. He is professor of Human Rights and Photography at Bard College in New York, a Senor Research Fellow at UC Berkeley and the winner of most of the significant awards for Photojournalism. Read more about his story here
at the online American Suburb X, a forum for conversations and ideas relating to photography and culture.
David Alan Harvey (b. San Francisco, CAL, USA, 1944)
as a nominee in 1993 and became a full member in 1997. Prior to this he had taken up photography when he was eleven years old. At twenty he documented the lives of a black family in Norfolk, Virginia and this was published in the book Tell It Like It Is (1966). Like William Albert Allard he is frequent contributor to National Geographic
with over forty articles. He supports younger and emerging photographers through the online journal Burn Magazine
that he founded in 2008 and continues to curate. Watch a video of David Alan Harvey, here
Sylvia Plachy (b. Budapest, Hungary, 1943)
was born to a Czech Jewish mother in Hungary during the Second World War. Hungary was aligned with the Axis powers and had a German occupation from 1944. Surviving the war she was brought up as a Catholic in a Hungary that was now part of the Eastern Block. Her family moved to New York City due to the Hungarian Revolution and she met Andre Kertesz - a fellow Hungarian. Her photo essays have concentrated on New York City and been widely published in The New York Times Magazine
, The Village Voice, The New Yorker
and many other publications. Her work has included a book with James Ridgeway Red Light: Inside the Sex Industry (1996) and portraits of homeless cancer patients. Her work includes biographical studies including her book Self Portrait with Cows Going Home (2005) that documents a return trip to Central Europe. This book received a Golden Light Award for best book in 2004. In 2010 she was awarded the Dr. Erich Saloman award by the German Society for Photography (DGPh). Click here
to watch a video and hear her talk about her photography. Learn and see more of Sylvia Plachy here
at Aperture Foundation online.
Christopher Anderson (b. Kelowna , BC, Canada, 1970)
from an early career working in the photography lab at the Dallas Morning News he morning to work as a photographer for a newspaper in Colorado (1993) leaving two years later to become freelance. In 1996 he became a contract photographer for U.S. News and World Report and documented the Russian economic crisis and the plight of Afghan refugees to Pakistan. In 1999 he joined refugees from Haiti as they tried to sail to America. It was this black and white series that won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal (2000). He joined VII in 2002 and became a Magnum
Photos nominee in 2005. Click here
to learn more about Christopher Anderson, in The Emerging Artist Series. Click here
to read his Magnum Photo
Eugene Richards (b. Dorchester, MA, USA, 1944)
graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in English Journalism and with a lifelong dedication to civil rights. He continued his studies at MIT and studied photography under the guidance of Minor White. In the late 1960's an organization he founded, Many Voices, reported on the violence of the Klu Klux Klan. Throughout his career the documentation of poverty, drugs, AID's and labor abuses have been difficult to view at the same time as they confront the American ideal. His books like Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue (2005) or The Knife & Gun Club: Scenes From an Emergency Room (1995) are classics of brutal reportage that are not for the light hearted. He has won the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three National Endowment for the Arts grants amongst many other honors. Click here
to read more about this artist on the National Geographic
website. Click here
to watch an interview with Eugene Richards on capturing the aftermath of the Iraq war. Click here
to listen to more from Eugene Richards, talk about a sense of 'intimacy' with his photographic subjects.
Nan Goldin (b. Washington, D.C., USA, 1953) has turned her own life and that of her changing social circles into an ongoing documentary project in the same way that Richard Billingham did in the UK. Before, during and following her studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University she documented to gay community along with her friends who were involved with hard drugs between the late 1970's and the mid 1890's. This period was published in her best known book The Ballad of Sexual Dependency which can be viewed as a diary of self-destruction as AID's and/or drugs decimated her friends and community. There have been the associations made between her work and the fashion industries use of heroin chic but Nan has stated that connection is "reprehensible and evil". Her work was shown in a Retrospective at the Pompidou Center in Paris (2002) and she has increasingly concentrated on slide shows, projections and cinematography to exhibit her work. In 2007 she was presented with the prestigious Hasselblad Award. Click here
to learn more about Nan Goldin's career. To view a two-part online interview, click here
Martin Parr (b. Epsom, Surrey, UK, 1952)
is a documentary photographer, collector, photo-book historian and visual trickster. Interested in photography from his teens he went to Manchester Polytechnic (1970-1973) to study photography. Initially he worked in black and white in his early documentary projects and switched to color in around 1984 for what would become in the iconic book Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton (1986. The two volume The Photobook: A History, that he co-authored with Gerry Badger, is at times idiosyncratic but remains the best work in print on the subject. In 1994 he became a full member of Magnum
. A retrospective of his work at the Barbican Art Gallery in London (2002). In 2008 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University (formerly Manchester Polytechnic) in recognition for his ongoing contribution to photography. The two volume Parrworld: Objects and Postcards (Aperture, 2008) is a lavish catalog of his obsessive collecting through the years. His work contains at times slightly surreal vision or whimsical view of contemporary society with gentle stabs at its flabby underbelly. Given his taste in boring postcards, ice cream, English resorts, Saddam Hussein watches and the fashion "industry" it is not surprising that there is a Martin Parr Appreciation Page on Facebook. Martin Parr is one of the true originals in photography with the best of English quirkiness. Click here
to listen and watch this discussion and hear more about how his work is influenced by different modes of vernacular photography—fashion, studio, portraiture, and tourist snapshots. Martin Parr discusses his work further in this video
clip, one of a two part series.
Mary Ellen Mark (b. Philadelphia, USA, 1940)
received her BFA from University of Pennsylvania (1964) and the following year won a Fulbright Scholarship to photograph in Turkey. On returning to the USA she moved to New York City and refined her interests in photojournalism by giving voice to those on the edges of society who are frequently ignored. She covered political demonstrations and transvestite culture with empathy. Her books cover mental health in the maximum security section of the Oregon State Hospital in Ward 81 (1979), prostitution in Falkland Road (1981), the Indian Circus (1993), Extraordinary Child: Disabled Children in Iceland (2007) along with a host of other photo essays covering the "troubled fringes" of society. Since the late 1960's she has taken production stills for over 100 movies including classics such as Satyricon (1969), Catch-22 (1970) and Apocalypse Now (1979). Click here
to view some of those photographs. She has been awarded three National Endowment for the Arts grants (1977, 1979-1980, 1990), a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (1994) along with other recognitions including five Honorary Doctorates between 1992 and 2004. Click here
to read more on her extensive CV. Watch videos of Mary Ellen Mark discuss her photography. Video 1
, Video 2
. Read more here
at The New Yorker
online, where she has been featured as a "Photo Booth" feature photographer.
Steve McCurry (b. Philadelphia, USA, 1950)
graduated from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University and worked at a newspaper before going freelance. He established his credentials as a photojournalist by crossing the border into Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion and taking some of the first photographs taken there and smuggling them out. Besides extensive long term studies of South East Asia he has covered wars and social conflict in Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Tibet. He is known world wide for his portrait of the Afghan refugee Sharbat Gula and his expedition to find her again twenty years later. His work has been published in numerous magazines and many books winning many awards including the Robert Capa Gold Medal. Click here
to view his work at Magnum Photos
. Watch a video, here
. Click here
to read more about his interesting story, about shooting his last roll of Kodachrome film. Click the following video link
to listen to Steve talk about what inspires him, what he sees and how he works. To view another video, titled, "Magnum in Motion" showcasing Steve McCurry's most recognizable photographs from New York to Southeast Asia to Tibet and Afghanistan, click here
. To enter Steve McCurry's online gallery of images, click here
. Click to view Steve McCurry talking with Oprah, here
(prior to the Afghan Girl).
"It's really passion that makes us do what we want to do. There is a need to have community. That's why people enjoy these three days so much." — Michael "Nick" Nichols, Co-Executive Director of LOOK3
What is LOOK3?
First and foremost, the LOOK3 Festival is about community. "The Festival is designed to recharge you creatively and connect you to a family of people who share a love of the photographic medium," says Andrew Owen. Click the following link to watch a video where Andrew Owen talks about the Festival. Watch this video of Michael "Nick" Nichols also talking about the Festival.
(left) James Nachtwey and David Alan Harvey view presentations in the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2009, (right) Guest curators have included Kathy Ryan of New York Times Magazine and Scott Thode of VII Magazine. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011
Attendees spend three days (and nights) celebrating and honoring the work of some of the most influential photographers of the modern era—and get an opportunity to mingle with them at lively events.
Each year, LOOK3 highlights legendary photographers featured as—INsight Artists—who participate in on-stage interviews at the Paramount Theater, and equally gifted photographers featured as—Masters Artists—who are invited to talk candidly about their artistic process, influences, and experiences and share evocative slide show presentations of their photographs. More slide show presentations by emerging and internationally recognized photographers take place in the Pavilion in the evenings. Nearly twenty-one photographers showcase their work in front of the LOOK3 audience. This event is open to the entire community.Attendees spend three days (and nights) celebrating and honoring the work of some of the most influential photographers of the modern era—and get an opportunity to mingle with them at lively events.
The Festival also features a special print exhibition by each INsight Artist exhibited in galleries in and around the downtown Charlottesville area. Festival-goers can immerse themselves in a range of spectacular exhibitions, presentations, interviews, workshops, and outdoor projections at the LOOK3 Summer Festival.
Festival-goers mingle at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011
Who is involved?
LOOK3 pioneer, Michael “Nick” Nichols documents a fellow photographer on stage. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011
Truly a labor of love, scores of accomplished photographers—many who are so in demand that they simply can't attend many photo events—make time in their schedule for the LOOK3 Festival.
LOOK3's founding partners are Michael "Nick" Nichols, Jessica Nagle, Will Kerner, and Jon Golden.
"It's hard work for the artists," says Michael "Nick" Nichols, Editor-at-Large of National Geographic magazine and Co-Executive director of LOOK3. "They're scared to say yes to us, because they have to do work and they're all very busy." Jessica Nagle, Co-Founder of SNL Financial of Charlottesville, is also Co-Executive Director of the Festival.
Michael “Nick” Nichols celebrates with enthusiasm at the Festival’s success. Also pictured here are his partner, Jessica Nagle and National Geographic photographer, Eugene Richards. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
But they do say yes, because this Festival offers a competition-free environment, in which the central goal is to bring photographers together to share their work, inspire one another, help guide the up-and-coming artists in the field—and come away richer for the experience.
"It's a super team effort, and I am kind of the emotion." — Michael "Nick" Nichols, Co-Executive Director of LOOK3
LOOK3 MC, Vincent Musi, gives a shout out to festival presenters and attendees at the Festival. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011
Festival participating Artists have included, Steve McCurry, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, Eugene Richards, Christopher Anderson, Sylvia Plachy, David Alan Harvey, Gilles Peress, Antonin Kratochvil, George Steinmetz, Callie Shell, Massimo Vitali, among others.
(left) Martin Parr shares his INsight Conversation with Martin Gossage. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2009, (right) Eugene Richards shares his INsight Conversation with the audience, explaining what it takes to create a powerful portrait. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2009
(left) Massimo Vitali discusses his return to traditional photography after spending time in the art of Cinematography for television. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011, (right) Nan Goldin tells a story of influence, experience and insight as she guides audience members through her memories, and into her photographs. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011
MaryAnne Golon interviewed Gilles Peress at the LOOK3 Festival. Courtesy © Susan Katz, 2009
For more than 20 years, acclaimed National Geographic photographer "Nick" Nichols hosted lively slide show parties in his backyard. He and fellow photographers would gather in this informal setting to share their work. The event—which he called HOTSHOTS parties—ultimately became an important community gathering for photographers from around the globe.
"We're built on community and this notion of peace, love, and photography." — Michael "Nick" Nichols, Co-Executive Director of LOOK3
The evening slide shows are guest curated and include images by seasoned professional and emerging photographers. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
In 2005 the popular event outgrew Nichols' backyard so he and his partner, Jessica Nagle, assembled a Board of Advisors, showed them around Charlottesville, and began conceiving the citywide event that has become the LOOK3 Festival today.
Historic downtown Charlottesville becomes an exquisite canvas, with photographs hanging from the trees, displayed in galleries, and projected on screens. "Everything is calculated to give everybody a feeling of family and community," Nichols says. "That's why this came from my backyard. It isn't that I had a backyard fetish; it's that I always shared photography. Early in life, Charles Moore, the civil rights photographer, opened the door for me. So we're sharing back. That's what this is about—my generation giving back."
A Sense of Community
The LOOK3 Festival has no competitions, and no submissions, and thereby no rejections. There are plenty of photography events that are centered around competition, but the founders of LOOK3 wanted this to be something else entirely—an event that focused solely on sharing and community.
Legendary photographer Mary Ellen Mark talks to Magnum photographer, Christopher Anderson—both featured artists at the LOOK3 Festival. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011
Meeting and Mingling
Locals and Festival participants get a chance to mingle, pose for pictures, and experience LOOK3 Festival events taking place in and around downtown Charlottesville. Outdoor events offer people the opportunity to catch a sighting of their favorite photographer, grab a coffee, beer, eat a meal, or peruse a gallery to see the Festival's featured artists' work. Festival-goers also have the chance to share an audience with well-known photographers from around the world during the after dark projections.
(left) Photo enthusiasts share tips, and pose for pictures while experiencing the outdoor Festival offerings. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009. (right) Festival-goers talk about what they’ve seen, and discuss photography at this years Festival. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011
(left) Michael “Nick” Nichols, Eugene Richards, and Jessica Nagle celebrate after Callie Shell's talk. (center) Paul Fusco shares his thoughts with Festival guests during a fund-raising event at the VIP reception. (right) William Alan Albert sits and chats about his experience and love of photography. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
(left) Magnum photographers, Alex Webb and Chris Anderson, laugh with Rebecca Webb as they sign each others book. (right) Steve McCurry, Magnum photographer, signs his book, The Unguarded Moment, for fellow National Geographic photographer Tom Mangelsen. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011
Experience the Festival
Over the course of a long weekend, the LOOK3 Festival offers a range of photography exhibitions, talks, and outdoor events, including the following. There is a lot to see, and much more to experience.
INSIGHT ARTIST CONVERSATIONS AND MASTERS TALKS
Informative INsight Conversations by influential photographers take place at the Paramount Theater. Artists show their work on the big screen, and discuss their insights, stories and creative process with the audience. All INsight Conversations are offered in conjunction with the artists' exhibitions, shown in galleries in and around downtown Charlottesville. LOOK3 also invites Masters Artists to present 30-minute talks on their current projects, which also take place in the Paramount Theater.
The 2011 Festival featured Masters Artists included—Steve McCurry, Christopher Anderson, Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell, David Liittschwager, and LaToya Ruby Frazier. Past talks included Martin Parr, David Alan Harvey, Callie Shell, and George Steinmetz. And showcased INsight conversations with Antonin Kratochvil and Scott Thode, Massimo Vitali and Alex Chadwick, Sally Mann and Nan Goldin.
The 2012 Festival will feature the following artists, Alex Webb, Donna Ferrato, Stanley Greene, David Doubilet, Hank Willis Thomas, Lynsey Addario, Bruce Gilden, Robin Schwartz, and Camille Seaman.
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To read more about two controversial women photographers, Nan Goldin and Sally Mann watch the following videos and gain insight into what influences them as photographers, and what personal stories have guided their creative passions. Click here to learn more about Nan Goldin's career. To view a two-part online interview, click here and here.
2009 Festival Masters Artist and Magnum Photographer— Martin Parr
Martin Parr was interviewed by Greg Harris, Art Institute of Chicago, on March 11, 2010, in conjunction with the exhibition, In the Vernacular. Click here to listen and watch this discussion and hear more about how his work is influenced by different modes of vernacular photography—fashion, studio, portraiture, and tourist snapshots. Martin Parr discusses his work further in this video clip, one of a two part series.
Martin Parr shares his work with Festival-goers at the Festival. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
Martin Parr talks about his love of the vernacular and the influences behind his work. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2009
(left) Sally Mann and Nan Goldin share personal stories about their photography. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011, (right) Eugene Richards shared his experiences and stories during his INsight Conversation. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
Sylvia Plachy, a featured artist at the LOOK3 Festival, shares her insights with audience members, and answers their questions. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
2011 Festival INsight Artist and Internationally Renowned Czech Photographer— Antonin Kratochvil
Antonin Kratochvil discusses his personal experiences, and his photography—which reflects strong, and sometimes dark subject material. He shares the stories he captures, often events of upheaval and of the human experience, and relates it back to his own personal experience, providing his audiences with a greater understanding of his work.
"After escaping from Czechoslovakia in 1967, he spent time in an Austrian refugee camp, was imprisoned in Sweden and joined the French Foreign Legion, with whom he found in a war before later deserting..."—read or listen to more of this two-part Radio Prague interview. Part 1, Part 2.
Antonin Kratochvil talks with Scott Thode. Antonin illuminates his experience photographing difficult scenes from our human history, and provides insights into his personal life experiences, that compel him to create images with a sense of what he calls,“truthfulness.” Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011
Antonin Kratochvil sits with Scott Thode to discuss his work, and share stories with the audience. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011
2009 Festival INsight Artist and Magnum Photographer— Gilles PeressClick here to read more from the LOOK3 conversation with Antonin Kratochvil and Scott Thode.
Gilles Peress has been photographing the Irish civil rights struggle for over 20 years, as well as his ongoing project, Hate Thy Brother, which also deals with postwar nations, the reemergence of Nationalism, and political unrest. Read more about his story here at the online American Suburb X, a forum for conversations and ideas relating to photography and culture. Click here to watch an interview with Gilles Peress, where he discusses the role of photography in the struggle for human rights. To view his photography online at Magnum Photos, click here.
Gilles Peress shares his animated opinion about what it means to be a photographer, and what it takes to get the best shots. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
2011 Festival Masters Artist and Photojournalist— Massimo Vitali
Massimo Vitali's current work focuses on large-scale photographs, usually of crowded beaches. These scenes almost appear to be taken on a different planet. The background in these scenes is the focal point, and the people, so small in comparison, seem to appear more like small "herds". His interest in capturing these scenes at popular vacations spots around the world, in wide angle, stems from his work in the cinematography arts. You can see his curiosity of human interaction and how this changes when perceived from a more distant, and removed perspective. Click here to view the photographs he showcased at the 2011 LOOK3 Festival. To read more online about Massimo Vitali, click here.
Massimo Vitali and Alex Chadwick discuss his work, and return to the subject of the “herd”—photographing the human masses. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011
Massimo Vitali and Alex Chadwick. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011
2009 Festival Masters Artist and Digital Journalist— Callie Shell
Callie Shell provided audience members insights into her intimate experience of getting to know the Presidential family and what it was like to go behind the scenes of an historic American election at the LOOK3 Festival in 2009. Click here to learn more about her relationship with the Presidential family and read more stories behind her photographs. To see TIME Magazine's cover story and more photographs by Callie Shell, click here.
In her own words, Callie Shell explains this moment: Senator Obama was doing press interviews by telephone in a holding room between events. Sometime later as he was getting ready to begin his event, he asked me if I was photographing his shoes. When I said yes, he told me that he had already had them resoled once since he entered the race a year earlier. Providence, R.I., 3/1/2008. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
Callie Shell shares her story behind this photograph when President Obama made his Democratic Convention speech, and he had the feeling of "we made it this far." Callie asked the President later what he was looking at, he said "you, you're the only person standing there!" They reminisced about campaigning the back roads, and thinking they would never get this far. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
So we got in the freight elevator, and I love freight elevators because no one can leave. And I had 10 seconds for the shot, and he crossed his arms with the sense of how he had made it this far. In seconds it was over, and I got the shot. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
Obama rides a freight elevator up to his victory rally the night of the last primary. He had just secured enough votes and delegates to win the nomination. St. Paul, Minn., 8/7/2008. Callie discusses this photo more in her talk, and explains the importance of tuning people out, and having private moments. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
2011 Festival INsight Artist—Mary Ellen Mark and her husband/film maker Martin Bell
Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell discuss their project, Prom—a unique documentary of this classic rite of passage for young adults. Prom is a collection of photographs and three hundred interviews taken over the course of four years. Click here to read more about this project and hereto view other Martin Bell films.
To watch an online interview with legendary photographer, Mary Ellen Mark, click here. To watch a video of Mary Ellen Mark speak about images from her book, Extraordinary Child—a book about disabled children in Iceland, click here. Read more about her in The New Yorker article, "Photo Booth: A View from the New Yorker's Photo Department," click here.
Esteemed photographer, Mary Ellen Mark with her husband Martin Bell, discuss their project, Prom. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011
2011 Masters Artist and American Photojournalist— Steve McCurry
Steve McCurry discusses his story—The Last Roll of Kodachrome Film he shot for the George Eastman House, and the end of a photographic era for Kodachrome color processing. Click here to read more about his interesting story. Click the following video link to listen to Steve talk about what inspires him, what he sees and how he works. To view another video, titled, "Magnum in Motion" showcasing Steve McCurry's most recognizable photographs from New York to Southeast Asia to Tibet and Afghanistan, click here. To enter Steve McCurry's online gallery of images, click here. Click to view Steve McCurry talking with Oprah, here (prior to his finding the Afghan girl, his earlier famous photograph).
(left) Steve McCurry talks with Tony Bannon about shooting his last frames in time to make the processing deadline for his last roll of Kodachrome. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011, (right) Magnum photographer, Steve McCurry shares his talk titled, The Last Roll of Kodachrome. He reveals this stressful experience and explains how was able to bring it together in the end. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011
David Alan Harvey is a Magnum photographer and currently spearheads his online project, Burn Magazine. Burn provides screen time, and funding to talented, up-and-coming photographers. Click here to view his work. To watch a video interview with David Alan Harvey, click here.
Burn Magazine plays an important role in promoting emerging photographer's work and it considers itself, "an evolving journal for emerging photographers."
David Alan Harvey announces the Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer fund Winner for 2011. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2009
2011 Masters Artist and Up-and-coming Photographer—LaToya Ruby Frazier
LaToya Frazier's Masters Talk titled, Notion of Family expresses her interest in portraiture and social documentation, and her interest in relationships—especially those between mothers and daughters. She has also been featured as New York's "Artist to be followed in 2011." Click here to read more about LaToya Frazier at New York Close Up online.
Masters Talk, Notion of Family, LaToya Ruby Frazier share stories of her inspiration—primarily being her relationship with her mother. She also talks about what drives her creativity and what risks she is willing to take to get the best photograph. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011
LaToya Frazier talks about her biggest creative influence—her mother. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011
2009 and 2011 Featured Artist and Nature Photographer—George Steinmetz
George Steinmetz focuses on aerial photography, and he was invited back to the LOOK3 Festival in 2011 to participate, and show his work in the TREES, one of LOOK3's outdoor exhibitions. To view more of his work and learn more about this artist click here.
His extreme approach to getting the best images, moved him to design what he calls a, "flying lawn chair" which is essentially a motorized paraglider that is strapped to his back. His amazing photographs of animal migrations, land formations, and oceans is taken from this unique point of view.
George Steinmetz tells the audience about this image, one he took from his paragliding apparatus. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
Aerial photographer, George Steinmetz documents what he refers to as “migrations”. This can mean anything from birds to humans. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
2011 Masters Artist, Photographer and Biologist— David Liittschwager
David Liittschwager participated in the 2011 Festival. His project entitled, One Cubic Foot: Close to Home, documents how much living material passes through one cubic foot of ocean, in the time span of one day while it travels through the San Francisco Bay in California. You can also read more about his project in the June issue of National Geographic Magazine. Click here to view this article.
Biologist and artist, David Liittschwager tells the audience about his biological survey, One Cubic Foot: Close to Home. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011
LOOK3's featured photographers are given the opportunity to show their work in an exhibition as well as project onto the large Paramount Theater screen. James Nachtwey, a friend and colleague of "Nick" Nichols, displays his work in a downtown Charlottesville gallery as part of the 2009 event. Click here to view more photographs by James Nachtwey (you will have to click on his name on the left). Click here to read more about James Nachtwey at the online Digital Journalist. Visit TIME photos online, here for more of this artist work. To view video of James Nachtwey discussing his war photographs, click here. Read more at the following link to our article featuring James Nachtwey: Our Featured Article.
LOOK3’s Gallery at 301 E. Main Street featured the work of National Geographic photographer, James Nachtwey at the Festival. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2009
Festival planners hang large banners announcing Kratochvil's exhibition as part of his INsight Conversation. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011
Anotonin Kratochvil exhibited his work in Domovina at 306 E. Main St. (on the mall), and Nan Goldin exhibited her work in, Scopophilia at the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville. Christopher Anderson's exhibition Son, his reflection on family—the birth of a son, and death of a father was a featured 2011 LOOK3 exhibition. His recent photography book, Capitolio, is the first of its kind made exclusively for the iPad and iPhone, and it was shown at this year's Festival.
Viewers can learn more about photographers work and visit with other Festival-goers in the process. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011
Martin Parr getting his photo taken with John Gossage and a festival-goer. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2009
To watch and learn more about Martin Parr's photography book, Luxury, click this link.
WORLD PRESS PHOTO - Caution some of these photographs contain violent content
World Press Photo officially premiered in Amsterdam but the exhibition made its North American debut at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in 2009, and it has become a Festival staple. Its focus is to highlight the creativity in the field of photojournalism—and encourage its viewers with powerful, moving images from some of the most prestigious photojournalists from around the world.
The World Press Photo exhibition made its North American debut at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
The World Press Photo exhibit tours nearly 100 cities. Its goal is to promote and encourage work of press photographers from around the world. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
World Press Photo returns to the LOOK3 Festival. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011
Pictures of the Year International is one of the oldest and most respected award photography programs. The exhibition recognizes the year's best photojournalism and features 240 winners in all. To listen to Rick Shaw speak about POYi at the LOOK3 Festival in 2001, listen the following audio segment.
(left) Festival attendees can attend a variety of indoor and outdoor events during the LOOK3 weekend. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009, (right) A Festival attendee is moved with emotion as she looks at some of the remarkable images in the POYi exhibition. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
In 2009, POYi reviewed 48,000 photos as a part of their 66th Annual competition, but only 240 winners were selected. This exhibition reflects those winners. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
The TREES outdoor exhibition features the work of a selected photographer each Festival year—the TREES Artist—whose spectacular nature images are suspended on banners high in the trees along Charlottesville's outdoor pedestrian mall. The exhibition is designed to promote environmental awareness and conservation.
(left) Within the Wild. Share a meal with a grizzly bear. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009, (right) An image of howling wolves by Tom Mangelsen hang above a sidewalk café, as part of The TREES exhibit, Within the Wild. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
Featured artist, Tom Mangelsen showcases his "Within the Wild" exhibition high up in the trees in Charlottesville's downtown mall. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
Tom Mangelsen is also a National Geographic photographer, and this exhibition at LOOK3 represented some of his best images spanning his 30 year career. The larger-than-life photo banners appear to float up in the trees, giving the exhibition an otherworldly impression. Members of the community can dine at local cafes under a giant Grizzly Bear, or walk under wild, howling wolves. Click here to view more of Tom Mangelsen's photographs in video format.
2009 Festival INsight Artist and Magnum Photographer— Paolo Pellegrin
Multi-award winning photojournalist, Paolo Pellegrin's outdoor exhibition, As I was Dying, was featured at the 2009 Festival. Read more: Paolo Pellegrin: As I was dying, Photography Collection.
Members of the community and Festival guests were given the opportunity to see this artist's work displayed at the Free Speech Wall area of the downtown mall. Photography Collection says, "This haunting exhibition communicates the fragile space between life and death in a way that goes beyond words and culture and differences." Click here to read more about Paolo Pellegrin in The Independent article, "Witness to history". To watch a video excerpt from Paolo Pellegrin's Moleskin Notebook project, click here.
The outdoor exhibitions provide a chance for the community to see images by world renowned photographers. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
(left) This image shows the walkway toward the Pavilion slide show area. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009 (right) The outdoor exhibition by photographer, Paolo Pellegrin displayed at the Free Speech Wall. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
AFTER DARK PROJECTIONS AND EVENING SLIDE SHOWS
During the Festival, in the evening after dark, images and stories are featured on a large projection screen in the Pavilion tent, showcasing the year's best images from international magazines and newspapers. Included in these projections are images chosen from the YourSpace exhibition. Click here to view images of the Pavilion tent.
Festival-goers watch the evening presentations in the Pavilion. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
Meet photographers and get your book signed!
(left) Chris Anderson signs his new photography book, Capitolio. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011, (right) Featured artist and photographer Sylvia Plachy signs a copy of her book for a fan while a friend documents the event. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
(left) Sylvia Plachy gets creative, and signs a guest’s T-shirt at her book signing. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009, (right) Martin Parr signs his book for a Festival guest at his book signing as John Gossage looks on. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
What is the community saying about the Festival?
Click here to watch and listen to past reactions of this wonderful, and inspiring LOOK3 Summer event.
To watch the 2009 LOOK3 promotional video produced by Kevin F. Burtnett, click here. Visit this link to watch more about the 2008 LOOK3 Festival.
As part of LOOK3's mission to get the community involved, each Festival member can submit an image to print on one of the color printers supplied by Canon—also a LOOK3 sponsor. A few images are selected by a guest curator and chosen to be projected on the Pavilion screen during the evening slide shows. Images are usually submitted electronically, but mail-in submissions are also accepted. Check LOOK3's website for instructions and deadlines.
It's a great way for budding photographers and photography enthusiasts to participate in the Festival and have their work displayed in front of a large audience, which includes a slue of some of the most accomplished photographers of our time. Click here to view LOOK3's blog for images from past festivals.
(left) As part of YourSpace, Festival attendees are given the opportunity to print and display their work at the Festival. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009, (right) Festival-goers look at photographs from a broad spectrum of subjects. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
As part of YourSpace exhibition, large Canon color photo printers are available to print on. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
The LOOK3 Festival offers a range of classes and workshops to help photographers at different levels hone their skills. Some classes are more advanced, but there are a variety of choices. Classes are free to Festival Pass holders. Click here to see a slide show of past LOOK3 photography workshop photos.
LOOK3 Photo Workshop with Mary Ellen Mark
Mary Ellen Mark shares a discussion about photography during her workshop at the LOOK3 Festival. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011
Unbound at LOOK3: Editing a Long-Term Project with Alex Webb and Rebecca Webb
Alex Webb discusses editing with his LOOK3 workshop. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2001
The Photographer as Author with Christopher Anderson
High Mind/Low Light: Jam Session and Demo with David Alan Harvey
Multimedia Storytelling presented by Brian Storm (MediaStorm)
Adobe Photo Workshops with Peter Krogh
Adobe Video Editing Workshop with Jeff Medford and Ross Hockrow