Visitors in the frame at Bristol Festival of Photography
Friday 14 May 2010
For 12 Shoots in 12 Hours, part of the first Bristol Festival of Photography, running from 20 May to 9 June, Pete Cranston is encouraging people to pop in, have their photograph taken and get their capes out in the process; wear their breakfast, literally (bacon eyebrows anyone?); or lose their inhibitions and break out their favourite dance moves for the camera. It all depends on the time of day. The theme of the shoot changes every hour, finishing up with a party-themed finale, and it's just one of the ways people can get involved.
There's also a photo marathon where participants are given a disposable camera and a list of (top secret) topics to capture; a magical mystery photo excursion with Glastonbury photographer Stone; and the chance to make pinhole cameras out of cans in a specialist workshop.
Organisers Photographique, who offer photo printing and run a gallery, have put together more than 100 independent exhibitions, talks and events around the city. As festival co-ordinator Sarah Macfarlane explains, they are encouraging people to become snappers: "We didn't want the festival to be passive and just about looking; we want people to do their own thing. Photography doesn't have anything dedicated to it in Bristol so we want to give it a little break".
The two biggest names on the bill are the renowned fashion photographer Terry O'Neill, whose work will be on display in Stories Behind the Pictures at Hotel du Vin, and an evening in conversation with photographer Martin Parr at the QEH Theatre. Other exhibitions include local street photography at Cafe Kino, Lisa Furness's images of the Bristol music scene in the foyer of Colston Hall, and portraits in the Albion pub of the local regulars.
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