London Street Photography Festival (1–31 July 2011)

The London Street Photography Festival launches this summer to celebrate the time-honoured genre. An exciting new addition to London’s cultural calendar, the festival, 1-31 July 2011, features curated exhibitions alongside a diverse events programme bringing together leading international artists past and present.

Highlights include the first UK exhibition of the incredible archives of mysterious Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier at the German Gymnasium, as well as a newly discovered body of work by previously unknown British photographer Walter Joseph - a gritty portrait of post-war London at the British Library.

Walter Joseph’s recently discovered photographs present a unique perspective of postwar London from the viewpoint of a German refugee. Joseph (1922-2003), born in Darmstadt to an Orthodox Jewish couple, fled Germany in 1939 and came to England, where he remained a dedicated amateur and semiprofessional photographer throughout his life.

The exhibition Walter Joseph: Street Markets of London in the 1940s features Joseph’s fascinating images of London markets and street traders taken 1947-48. Recently acquired by the British Library, the festival presents this extraordinary collection to the public for the very first time in the upper ground cafe. For more information, please visit: http://www.londonstreetphotographyfestival.org/diary/street-markets-of-london-in-the-1940s-walter-joseph

Photo Fusion will present rare perspectives by leading female street photographers from around the world, whilst the voyeuristic Seen/Unseen showcases new work by award-winning photographers George Georgiou and Mimi Mollica, using the London bus as a vehicle to explore an unknowing public. Leading street photography collective In-Public will see two of its celebrated members, Nick Turpin and Nils Jorgensen, unite in a joint show presenting work from England and France at St. Pancras International.

The festival will also present the first ever International Street Photography Award, alongside a student category, celebrating the best work undertaken today from thousands of submissions received from around the world.

Through a varied programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops and interactive events, the festival will provide a unique insight into the field of street photography from the industry’s leading practitioners and experts. In an exploratory talk at the V&A by Curator of Photographs Susanna Brown, visitors will be able to examine up close some of the collection’s most fascinating acquisitions, including original prints by Henri Cartier Bresson, Gary Winogrand and Diane Arbus.

A range of practical and creative workshops and interactive events will be led by eminent practitioners in the field, including the Olympic Photo-Cycle with Toby Smith, and David Gibson’s photo-walks. Courses vary in duration from two to five days, and include the extraordinary London to Paris Street Photography Workshop with In-Public founder Nick Turpin.

The festival confirms additional venues and artists regularly. For the latest programme information visit: www.londonstreetphotographyfestival.org/diary

Notes to Editors

The London Street Photography Festival is taking place for the first time in July 2011. The festival draws on Shoot Experience’s six year history of producing street photography projects with London’s finest museums and galleries. The festival will run annually in London with the second edition of the festival planned for June 2012. www.londonstreetphotographyfestival.org

Shoot Experience has produced interactive photography events, workshops and exhibitions on five continents and specialises in opening people's eyes to their surroundings through photography. www.shootexperience.com

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