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A Sense of Place
Bristol Photo Festival

A Sense of Place Bristol Photo Festival

A Sense of Place Bristol Photo FestivalA Sense of Place
2021 Programme
Festival Chair Rudi Thoemmes
Festival Director Alejandro Acín
Bristol Photo Festival


52 pages
330 x 250 mm
ISBN Not Available



The theme for this first year is ‘A Sense of Place’, which the Festival describes as: “To photograph a place is to describe a location that has been shaped, nurtured and even contested. It can define the frontier between nature and culture and hint at the complexities of ownership and access. It can be attended by competing narratives and polarised histories, whether they lean left or right. It can shape our understanding of the world and the qualities that come to define us…and it can be about belonging, appreciation and knowing a place so well that it is like no other.”

A few highlights include ‘Island Life’ at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, which draws upon photographs from the Martin Parr Foundation collection to show the changing fabric of our cities, society and collective identities. Focusing on post-war from the UK and Ireland, the show will bring together images by over 60 photographers including Khali Ackford, Pogus Caesar, Elaine Constantine, Sian Davey, Chris Killip, David Hurn, Ken Grant, Markéta Luskačová, Graham Smith and Tom Wood. Collectively, the images form a compelling study of national behaviour.

About the Festival 
Bristol Photo Festival is a new and innovative festival that celebrates the power and diversity of photography. We commission and produce national, international solo and group exhibitions in a biannual festival across the city of Bristol. We also run an ongoing national and international programme of talks, events, workshops and training through a partnership model of collaboration.

The festival offers innovative commissions for photographers, provides platforms for students & emerging photographers and produces an extensive outreach & engagement programme across Bristol with schools, community groups, third level educational institutions, charities and libraries. The festival also partners with major international photography festivals to bring new work to international audiences.

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