June 13–19: LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph Offers Opportunities for Students

LOOK3, June 2012. Photograph by Alexa Dilworth.

Paramount Theater, LOOK3, June 2012. Photograph by Alexa Dilworth.

With our connections to and great admiration for the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia, we at the Center for Documentary Studies are looking forward to the annual event’s next installment, June 13–19. LOOK3 is about celebrating the vision of extraordinary photographers, igniting conversations about critical issues, and fostering the next generation of artists.

Photographers and educators at all stages of their careers won’t want to miss the festival’s expanded LOOK3 EDU program with career-advancing advice from industry leaders. The festival also is offering a number of opportunities for students, including scholarships for emerging photographers and a free event, “PDN 30 Emerging Photographers Panel: Strategies for Emerging Photographers,” to kick off their other educational offerings.

LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph
June 13–19, 2016
The Downtown Mall and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Charlottesville, Virginia

Over the years, LOOK3 has featured members of the CDS family, such as CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography judges Mary Ellen Mark and Deborah Willis, Lange-Taylor Prize judge and 2015 Documentary Forum presenter Sylvia Plachy, and CDS award winners Ernesto Bazan, Danny Wilcox Frazier, and Donald Weber. In addition, Yolanda Cuomo, who has designed six of the seven First Book Prize in Photography winners’ books; Melissa Harris, this year’s Selection Panel Judge for the First Book Prize in Photography; and Deborah Willis, also a former Lehman Brady Chair Professor at CDS, currently serve on the festival’s Curatorial Advisory Board. (To expand on the idea of family: LOOK3 intern Gwen Dilworth is the niece of CDS’s publishing and awards director Alexa Dilworth, who has served as a portfolio reviewer for the festival in years past.)

This year’s line-up of artists and events promises to be as extraordinary as ever. Nick Brandt, Graciela IturbideFrans Lanting, Yuri KozyrevOlivia BeeSheila Pree Bright, Mary F. CalvertBinh Danh, Doug DuBois, and Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye will all be appearing on the Paramount stage. Exhibitions by each of the featured artists can be seen in pop-up galleries, on buildings, and even in the trees along Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. In addition, LOOK3 will have two outdoor Evening Projections, one on June 17 at the Charlottesville Pavilion with video essays curated by TIME magazine, and the other on June 18 produced by MediaStorm at the IX Art Park, with a Finale Party to follow. Not to be missed!

Sylvia Plachy’s book dummy for Unguided Tour, Books in Progress exhibit, LOOK3, June 2014. Photograph by Alexa Dilworth.

Sylvia Plachy’s dummy for Unguided Tour, Books in Progress exhibit, LOOK3, June 2014. Photograph by Alexa Dilworth.

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