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21 May 2011

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Hi John,

Thank you for an inspiring post. I am happy to hear to hear that Look3 will be featuring more diverse participations and point-of-views in the future. Setting up an event like this is a big task - but that is when we grow as individuals and image makers.

Our collective Sojournposse is founded purely on the basis of diversity and geo-locations. Our photographers are having the best conversations via images, regardless / despite of our backgrounds. It's liberating and great fun.

There many storytellers like us and we look forward to be inspired by platforms that support this vision.

Zarina Holmes, creative director Sojournposse (London)

You'll be very happy to know that one of the presentations being made
as a slide show---probably on the last night but who knows----are photographs from FOTOKONBIT, a Haitian organization that not only teaches workshops in areas stricken by the earthquake in 2010 in Haiti---by kids
and by adults---but that this organization LEAVES CAMERAS BEHIND so that the "students" can start a camera club and actually borrow cameras from the club to photograph weddings, funerals, portraits, and daily life...and this is just the beginning of what we plan for FOTOKONBIT in Haiti...it is the beginning of a movement about awareness that can extend to environmental issues, how women are treated, the education of child slaves (restaveks), and so on. BUT HERE'S THE PROUDEST MOMENT----Among the hundreds, maybe thousands of photographers who went to Haiti to cover the quake, ONLY THE WORK OF HAITIANS WILL BE SHOWN AT LOOK3.
This will be the only Haiti earthquake work shown and we credit the curators, Kathy Ryan and Scott Thode, as well as Andrew and Nick, for this great honor and recognition that there cannot be any truer voices than the ones of the people themselves. These are the people who should inspire the rest of us. Maggie Steber, photographer, Board Advisor FOTOKONBIT

"A gathering of my tribe" is an interest angle to place on the photography community in Charlottesville.

I'm a photographer and have lived here for two years. For the purposes of perspective I have worked and lived on four continents. In the two years I have been here the photography and artistic community of Charlottesville have proven themselves to be nothing more than a small insular clique. Where every level of the community has it's elite where exclusion is apparently fashionable.

I will offer two very good examples below;

On a recent visit to the Bridge PAI I found an exhibit of photographs. There was no bio or text accompanying these images, which were nothing more than pictures of things and people with no real structure.

A young women joins me from the office and says to me "These are only up for a month." (I felt like saying as long as that! with a smile of course). She then adds "Yes these are my brothers actually".


Late in 2010 while taking pictures of an event in Lee Park I overheard a conversation in which a local and well known filmmaker (who after being apparently impressed with another photographer taking pictures at that this) asked another well known and local photographer "Do you know this person" his reply was a blank "No" to which the filmmaker responded "well if you don't know him, I don't either".


The Look3 festival reminds me very much of a James Nachtway seminar I attended in London a few years ago. It was largely and unofficially boycotted by many photographers due to excessive ticket prices which meant that the photographers that the event was targeted at could not afford to attend.

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