LOOK3: Three Days of Peace, Love, and Photography

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A chance to reunite with old friends. Michael “Nick” Nichols pictured here. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009

A chance to reunite with old friends. Michael “Nick” Nichols pictured here. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009

2016 LOOK3 Featured Artists:

Nick Brandt, Graciela Iturbide, Franz Lanting, Christopher Morris, Olivia Bee, Sheila Pree Bright, Mary F. Calvert, Binh Danh, Doug DuBois,
Joe Riis, Ruddy Roye

 

Watch INsight Conversations from previous years here:

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.

"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

(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

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

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 NagleWill 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

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

LOOK3 MC, Vincent Musi, gives a shout out to festival presenters and attendees at the Festival. Courtesy, © Susan Katz, 2011

 

Festival Presenters

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) 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

(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

MaryAnne Golon interviewed Gilles Peress at the LOOK3 Festival. Courtesy © Susan Katz, 2009

 

LOOK3's History

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

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

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) 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) 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

(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.

*Viewer discretion is advised for all video and image links.

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 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

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

(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

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 1Part 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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(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

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

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

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

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

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

Biologist and artist, David Liittschwager tells the audience about his biological survey, One Cubic Foot: Close to Home. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011

Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

World Press Photo returns to the LOOK3 Festival. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2011

POYi

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

(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

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

OUTDOOR EXHIBITIONS

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

(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

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

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

(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

Festival-goers watch the evening presentations in the Pavilion. Courtesy, © Susan Katz 2009

BOOK SIGNINGS

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) 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

(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.

YOURSPACE

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

(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

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

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

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