World Photography Festival


This week is already pretty groovy: the weather here is glorious and owing to Easter and some minor royal wedding business, only Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are working days. Now add in the World Photography Festival that’s happening in London and we’re notching up towards awesome. We just have to hope that the weather stays glorious and that the wedding doesn’t grind London to a complete standstill. To be perfectly honest, I’m not optimistic on either count, but the line-up for the festival is looking good.

There’s a full schedule of events; I think you’d be hard-pressed to find something that didn’t appeal to your photographic soul. How about some in-conversation sessions with luminaries from the photography world, say, Bruce Davidson, Tom Stoddart, and Carol Allen Storey? If that doesn’t do it for you, there’s the iStockphoto Guerilla activities, giving you the opportunity to go out and shoot around London or in Somerset House. The self-publishing people Blurb are running workshops all week, talking about – slightly unsurprisingly – self-publishing.

There are sessions helping you to become a better photographer (including how to spot a photo to improving your portfolio), exhibitions of student work, film screenings, and panel debates (I’m looking forward to the photojournalism one, but the black and white one looks interesting, too).

The royal wedding has even managed to make its presence known, with the ability to track it pictorially, seeing who got the best photos and where they were used.

And don’t forget, the World Photography Awards ceremony takes place tomorrow night, too.

Honestly, I’ve barely scraped the surface there. You can look at a complete schedule and organise tickets over at the festival website.