It is wonderful to announce the 5th International Photography Festival that will take place in Tel Aviv:
12 day festival
35 exhibitions presented in a
6,000 sqm space
200 artists from all over the world
25 special events
15 social engagement exhibitions
The Chairman and CEO of the International Photography Festival, Yitzhak Goren introduced this festival in a letter to the public. It reads like following:
We are a group of people who have been working hard these past five years, voluntarily and with the intent to act for a better society through the language of photography. We believe in the ability of the language of photography which we all use daily. To document and to encourage an engaging conversation, which ranges between the real and the abstract, enable communication amongst people, bring them together, and share other people’s experiences as if they were our own. The moment becomes tangible, rather than fleet away. Visually makes something immediate and accessible out of our beautiful or ugly, pleasant or cruel reality. We bring you these ideas as part of the e 4th International Photography Festival, whose central theme is ‘Safe Haven’.
An essential part of our activities is volunteering. From Ofakim in the south to Haifa in the north, a wonderful group of volunteers work with a variety of organizations and associations, and in communities of disabled people, at-risk youth, people with special needs, and disadvantaged communities. We do not teach photography. Our volunteers invite the participants to take pictures. Sometimes the volunteer would hold the camera and point it according to directions from the photographer, and sometimes we make life albums for homeless children so that future adopting families would be able to see a part of the adopted child’s history. The sense of fulfilment is enormous, and the results are great. Our vision is evident every day, tangible and real. Among the many exhibitions, performances, and works by well-known photographers as well as young ones, we provide a stage for those whose voices are not heard, those we don’t see, and, for the most part, those we are not interested in. PhotoVoice offers a forum for exposure, for raising awareness to the abilities of the ‘others’, and to their needs. These are moving exhibitions of work by people whom we do not meet on a regular basis, but they have their wishes, ambitions, a unique point-of-view, hobbies, loves, feelings of happiness and sadness.
I am sure you will enjoy the festival, its many exciting shows, and the works presented here, many of which have been produced especially for this celebration of photography and humanity.
Chairman, Platforma LLC, CEO of the International Photography Festival.