The World of Photography at Expofoto 2013

One of the largest photography events of the year takes place in Santiago on the weekend of 5th – 6th October, as the Estación Mapocho hosts Chile’s first Expofoto, an exhibition and fair which merges photography, technology and art. In addition to displays and presentations from a number of Chilean and international photographers, both professional and amateur, there will be a series of workshops, talks, and book launches covering all manner of styles and techniques related to photography.

Photo by Felipe Guarda (courtesy of Expofoto)
Photo by Felipe Guarda (courtesy of Expofoto)

Expofoto was founded with the intention of aligning the creative aspect of photography as an art form with the theoretical approaches favoured in different photographic genres, and bringing these different aspects of photography to a large audience. The technological side of things will come under focus too, with the latest camera equipment available to test, to admire, and if the impulse takes you, to buy.

Image courtesy of Expofoto
Image courtesy of Expofoto

Public participation is encouraged in the open competitions, which are divided into three categories which showcase distinct photographic strands: Outdoor, Movement, and Black & White. These three selected styles offer an encompassing look at photography, their visually arresting elements providing an example of the dimensions that modern photography can extend to (other potential categories that were omitted in favour of the chosen three include portrait, journalism, and visual art). Winners will feature in an upcoming exhibition and book.

As one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, the World Photography Awards attract entries from all over the globe. On Saturday, winning photos will be unveiled and exhibited in Chile for the first time. There are professional, amateur and youth sections, with prizes awarded in categories such as Architecture, Panoramic, Travel, and Smile.

Image courtesy of Expofoto
Image courtesy of Expofoto

The schedule for the two days covers several genres which exist in contemporary photography. Saturday includes workshops and seminars devoted to technical areas such as illumination or digital enhancement, while other presentations address more subjective topics such as the ‘value’ of modern photography or the traits of what constitutes a 'good' photo. There will also be a section on Rodrigo Rojas de Negri, a young photographer from Santiago who was murdered by the security forces in 1986, and whose work is currently being exhibited in the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Parque Forestal.

Sunday also features diverse events and activities, with seminars on bird photography, the digital era, contemporary photography in Chile, and the intriguingly-titled ‘HyperSync’. Argentinean fashion photographer Andy Cherniavsky will be staging a workshop which analyses his profession, no doubt featuring several beautiful people. Fashion is well represented on the Sunday, with a Shooting fotografía de Moda (Shooting fashion photography) event for all those who harbour ambitions of working for Vogue. Or maybe even Revolver.

Image courtesy of Expofoto
Image courtesy of Expofoto

If, as expected, all goes to plan, Expofoto 2013 will be the birth of a new annual photography festival in Chile which hopes to reflect the positive aspects of today: namely the evolution in technology that has made photography accessible to a far greater number of people and fuelled a massive rise in those taking it up either for a living or as a hobby, and the subsequent increase in public interest towards photography. Expofoto should cater for the tastes of everybody, from hardened pros through to those who find escapism in looking at images of scenic landscapes.

Full details can be found on the Expofoto official website.

Tickets can be bought online from Ticketpro or from the Estación Mapocho box office on the day.

Fotoexpo 2013
Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th October 2013, 10am – 8pm
Estación Mapocho, Santiago
Metro Cal y Canto (Line 3)
Admission: Normal $3500, Concessions $2000

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Image courtesy of Expofoto
Image courtesy of Expofoto

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