Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma – 2011

Francesco Fossa 2011 copyright Douglas Stockdale

The Fotografia Festival Internationale di Roma (tenth edition) was officially opened last night and is in full gear. As in many of the month-long photographic events, there is a main venue, in this case MACRO (Museo D’Arte Contemporane Roma) at the Testaccio facility, a converted industrial site. The first three days of the festival are when all of the lectures and presentations occur at MACRO Testaccio, while the many galleries throughout Rome host their photographic receptions later the following week.

Last night there were lectures and presentations by Alec Soth, Sebastian Hau and Leonie Hampton about PhotoBooks, while Rinko Kawauchi and Emiliano Mancuso discussed their recent photographic projects.  Tonight I am keen to take in the presentations by Tod Papageorge and Asako Narahashi.

Yesterday I also had an opportunity to talk with Rob Hornstra and Francesco Fossa, both photographers whose photobooks that I have reviewed on my blog The PhotoBook. I also had a chance to chat with two Parisian booksellers, Clemet Kauter (Pac D’ArtPhoto) and Sebestan Hau (Le BAL) who were very busy, but even so, I obtained a confirmation that they will be selling my recently released photobook Ciociaria. Likewise, I had an opportunity to meet up with Alec Soth this morning at our publishers to talk about our mutual projects, as well as swap books.

Both of the exhibition buildings on the MACRO Testaccio site well suited for the many photographic exhibitions that were curated by Paul Wombell, Valentina Tanni, Marc Prüst, Rob Hornstra, Tre/Terzi, Marco Delogu and Alessandro Dandini de Sylva. When dicussing the exhibitions and presentations with Marco Delogu, the Festival’s artistic director, he was very pleased with this years program and exhibitions.

 The Fotografia organization has a blog to provide updates, but regretfully, I find their timing of their posts to be a bit slow in coming, as I did not know the actual events until earlier this week after I was already in transit.

Best regards, your faithful correspondent reporting from Rome. Ciao!

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