A new international photography festival featuring major artists and photographers from Wales, Europe and around the world, was officially launched in Cardiff this morning.
YourCardiff reported last month that photography development agency Ffotogallery was preparing to run the month-long Diffusion festival for the first time this May.
At a special event in Chapter Arts Centre this morning, festival director David Drake officially launched Diffusion 2013, sending its website live and giving details of the programme which will run from May 1-31.
Mr Drake said the festival will be held in venues across the city, including Chapter, G39, BayArt, the National Museum, and the Norwegian Church, and would be a “a celebration of photography and the photographic image, in all its forms”.
He said: “Whether created, published, exhibited, collected or distributed in a physical or virtual way, the photograph has the power to inspire and provoke reaction, to reflect our own experience and that of society evolving around us.”
Mr Drake went on to reveal some of the festival highlights, including the world premiere of award-winning filmmaker Gideon Koppel’s B O R T H, filmed in the west Wales town.
There will also be a major exhibition of new work at BayArt by award-winning South Wales photographer and artist Helen Sear, while Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri will hold his first solo exhibition in Wales at Chapter. It’s Not Too Late It’s Only Dark will see feature work that combines found photographs and embroidery.
An exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff called Drift will include three films by the artist Tim Davies, which were made in response to his invitation to represent Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2011, while European Chronicles at The Cardiff Story will feature work by a number of photographers from across the continent looking at how photography “enables us to record contemporary life as lived, and to imagine a new, future-orientated European identity”.
The Valleys Re-Presented will be an exhibition of photography in the city centre that uses the South Wales Valleys as its subject, with images by David Bailey, David Barnes, Alicia Bruce and others.
The hugely popular Cardiff Photomarathon will be incorporated into the festival on Saturday May 25, and the programme also features a one-day symposium looking at “the meaning of the photographic object in visual culture”, a book fair and a publishing weekend.
Diffusion director Mr Drake added that there would be plenty of opportunities throughout the festival for people to get involved in participatory events, and a big push to encourage people to engage online and via social media.
He said: “Diffusion 2013 will be about reaching out to the audience, from any age, and any background. It’s not just for the already converted photography aficionado – it’s for everyone.”
The full line-up for the festival so far can be found on the Diffusion website, although Mr Drake said they expected to be adding events, artists and exhibitions right up until the end of April.