The French, they have Visa pour l'image, known to most just as Perpignan (for the city where it's held each year), which is a gathering of top photographers and photo editors from around the world. Closer to home, we have the second incarnation of what is the first of it's kind in North America - what I think will be the US version of Perpignan - Festival of The Photograph, in Charlottesville Virginia. Last year, I wrote about it (Off to Recharge My Batteries, 6/7/07) and this year, the dates have been announced, and it's June 12th through the 14th.
Last year was an amazing experience, with interesting presentations throughout the day, and then a monsoon of a rainstorm that gave the first night's party an otherworldly feel (with most people remaining dry, save for a projector!), followed by a surreal theatrical presentation in the Pavillion the following night.
With Charlottesville only about 3 hours away, and such a refreshing experience last year, I'd be foolish not to head back, and you'd be foolish to not make your own journey there, regardless of the duration of your travel. It was billed last year as three days of peace, love, and photography, and it certainly was, so how can you go wrong? Who doesn't need some extra peace and love?
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