The 1st Annual Key West Photography Festival


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On Feb 8-11, on Mallory Square in Key West, the first annual Key West Photography Festival will celebrate the world of photography through a series of panels, talks, workshops, exhibitions and much more.

The four-day festival will kick-off with a Spotlight talk by two-time Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist Patrick Farrell. His 2009 coverage of a brutal hurricane season in Haiti won him the coveted award and he will be sharing both his adventures and processes with local photographers and enthusiasts. Other highlights include a talk by local historian Tom Hambright, “The History of Key West Photography: 1880-1980,” who will reveal (for the first time) the earliest known photograph of Key West.

PHOTO BY LENA PERKINS

PHOTO BY LENA PERKINS

The free-entry festival consists of four 40-foot containers placed at Mallory Square that are repurposed into photo exhibits. They will be curated by the Magnum Foundation, Miami Street Photography Festival and Monroe County Library. One of the containers will contain an exhibit of “Old Photographs of Key West.” Talks by renowned local photographers like Rob O’Neal, Jeane LaRance, Don Kincaid, Mark Hedden, Jay Hall and Lena Perkins also will take place during the festival. There will be on-site demonstrations, a young adult photographers’ presentation, pop-up photo cubes, and a showing of “In No Great Hurry,” a documentary about legendary American photographer Saul Leiter with a question and answer session with director Tomas Leach.

PHOTO BY STEPHEN SHORE

PHOTO BY STEPHEN SHORE

Each night there will be a great party held at different locations, where photographers can meet each other and share processes.

Here’s the complete schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 8

Festival Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Mallory Square

Photo Shoot Out Begins: 10 a.m. – Photographers must collect their information by 4 p.m.

Coffee + Photos: 10-11 a.m. – Roundtable discussions for photographers to share photos and ideas. Free coffee.

Local Photographer Talks: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent

Opening Spotlight Talk: 3-4 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent – Pulitzer Prizewinning Photojournalist Patrick Farrell

Street Talk #1: 8 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent – Rob O’Neal – Renowned Local Photographer

After Party: 10 p.m.–Midnight – The Porch – 429 Caroline St.

Friday, Feb. 9

Festival Hours: 10 a.m.–10 p.m. – Mallory Square

Coffee + Photos: 10-11 a.m. – Roundtable discussions for photographers to share photos and ideas. Free coffee.

Local Photographer Talks: Noon–1 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent

Gallery Visit #1: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Alan Maltz Gallery – 1210 Duval St. – Enter a world of natural beauty and mystique. Inspired works by renowned photographer, Alan S. Maltz, the Official Wildlife and Fine Art Photographer of Florida and author of five award-winning coffee table books.

Street Talk #2: 1–2 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent – Don Kincaid – National Geographic Photographer

Spotlight Talk: 3–4 p.m. – Key West historian Tom Hambright discusses the “History of Key West Photographers 1880-1970” – Custom House, 281 Front St.

Gallery Visit #2: 4–5 p.m. – De La Gallery – 419 Duval St. – Gallery tour with award-winning photographer Jorge De La Torriente.

Gallery Visit #3: 6–7 p.m. – Touch of Key West – 826 Duval St. – Join Mark and June for a fun and interactive celebration of the Art of Photography. Experience what makes Touch of Key West unique.

Gallery Visit #4: 7–8 p.m. – Art on Duval – 714 Duval St. – Introduction to Gallery Owner/ photo artist Michael Procaccini, Key West photographer C.J. Groth, and Key West photographer Alan Kennish.

Street Talk #3: 8–9 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent – Mark Hedden – “I Am Not a Nature Photographer: Adventures with Birds and Cameras”

After Party: 10 p.m.–Midnight – Tiki House – 430 Greene St.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Festival Hours: 10 a.m.–10 p.m. – Mallory Square

Coffee + Photos: 10–11 a.m. – Roundtable discussions for photographers to share photos and ideas. Free coffee.

Florida Keys Young Adult Photographers Exhibit and Talk: 11 a.m.–Noon – Clear Eyes Talk Tent

Local Photographer Talks: Noon–4 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent

Photo Shoot Out Ends: 1 p.m. – All photographers must turn in their work by this time.

Gallery Visit #5: 1–2 p.m. – Keys Fine Art Photography and Printing – 7009 Shrimp Road. Unit 1 – “An Insight into Large Format Printing, Hands-on demonstration.”

Street Talk #4: 2–3 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent – Jeane LaRance – “Standing Rock”.

Street Talk #5: 4-5 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent – Jorge De La Torriente – “The Camera in Not an Artist” – Jorge explains his point of view behind creating his fine art photography.

Spotlight Movie: 8-9:30 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent – “In No Great Hurry” – Documentary about photographer Saul Leiter. Q&A with director Tomas Leach directly after.

After Party: 10 p.m.–Midnight – Agave-308 Front St.

Sunday, Feb. 11

Festival Hours: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. – Mallory Square

Coffee + Photos: 10-11 a.m. – Roundtable discussions for photographers to share photos and ideas. Free coffee.

Spotlight Talk #4: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent – Bridges Aderhold -”The Photography Hustle!” Bridges will be talking about the relationship between the Artist and The Client/ Galleries. How the two balance each other out by taking advantage of one another. The balance works, part of the time. The hustle continues.

Workshop #4: 1:30-6:30 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent – Roberto Ojeda – “Portrait Photography: A Visual Conversation”

Local Photographer Talks: 3–6 p.m. – Clear Eyes Talk Tent

After Party: 8 p.m.–Midnight – El Meson de Pepe’s – 410 Wall St.

The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at Mallory Square. For more information about the Key West Photography Festival, visit www.keywestphotofest.com, contact Quincy Perkins at 305-896-1129 or email Alison or Paul at keywestphotofest@gmail.com. ¦

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