From October 13 through November 12, World Photography Organisation (WPO) will be in New York City with its month-long World Photography Festival. WPO is a London-based organization that provides a platform for professional, amateur, and student photographers from all over the world to develop community through the WPO website and live events.
Chelsea Art Museum has partnered with WPO for this month-long event and will host all activities in their venue. With events planned for students, emerging talent, and seasoned professionals, the programming will include exhibitions, workshops, and talks led by world-renowned practitioners in the field.
The festival will begin on October 13, at 6 pm, with the 2011 Sony World Photography Awards Winners’ Exhibition, curated by Elisabeth Biondi, former Visuals Editor of the New Yorker and a chair of the Honorary Judging committee of the 2011 awards. The Sony Artisan of Imagery Exhibition will also be presented during the festival. The centerpiece of the programming is City Projects, a series of intense three-day workshops on street photography led by Nick Turpin. Open to serious amateur and professional photographers, the workshops will focus on taking portraits of New York City. Other workshops will be led by award-winning and established photographers Steve Pyke, Cheryl Dunn, and Jez Coulson. Selected work from the workshops will be showcased in a mixed-media presentation at the Chelsea Art Museum.
Event tickets and program information are available through the World Photography Organisation website. During the festival, tickets will also be available through Chelsea Art Museum. Many events are free of charge.