Congratulations to 2017 CatchLight Fellow Sarah Blesener on receiving the 2018 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Fellowship to continue work on her project Beckon Us From Home.
We are honored to consider Shahidul Alam a colleague and friend who has generously offered to speak at our upcoming event Widening the Lens on November 2nd. We are aware that his presence at the event is dependent on the outcome of his impending trial. It is our deepest hope for his safe release, and will keep our community as up-to-date as possible regarding his tentative appearance at the event. We hope that together, we will have the opportunity to celebrate Shahidul in person at Widening the Lens and hear him discuss his work that is more timely and crucial than ever before.
Thank you to everyone who came out to Imagine Abundance: Visual Stories of the Bay Area. CatchLight exists to accelerate the social impact of visual storytelling.
Thank you to everyone who came out to see Focal Points at Photoville this September. Over the course of two weeks more than 95,000 visitors wandered through Brooklyn Bridge Park to engage with 92 powerful exhibitions, including Focal Points.
CatchLight is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with The International Center of Photography, acting as an education partner for CatchLight Fellows.
What is abundant in your life? Now is the time to show us. Send us your photographs or videos that capture anything, positive or negative, that is abundant to you. Submit your images or video to be considered for the Imagine Abundance exhibition by following the instructions here. The deadline for submission is September 9th, 11:59pm PST.
Premiering in San Francisco this past May to notable critical success, Focal Points travels to Photoville for its East Coast debut and will be on view from September 13–23, 2018. The exhibition is produced and curated by CatchLight in partnership with United Photo Industries with printing support and services provided by Digital Silver Imaging.
If you're in Hanover, Germany this weekend make sure to check out the LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism. Among the many talented artists, our 2017 Fellow Sarah Blesener's work will be displayed. Sarah's ongoing project "Beckon us From Home" examines the interplay of religion, love of country, and military-style training in the teaching of ‘New Americanism’ amongst youth.
From photojournalists in crisis zones abroad to citizens capturing incidents in their neighborhoods, visual storytelling often plays an important role in documenting pain and scarcity, so that it can’t slip away unnoticed. But, what happens if we shift the focus from what is lacking or missing in our community and instead focus on what is abundant? Imagine Abundance is a public art exhibition and community conversation reflecting Bay Area life from a perspective of cultural, spiritual, or literal abundance.
Over the next three months, 19 EDBA artists will set out to find out what happens when we focus on abundance around us. Their works will be screened at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland this fall.
Tomas Van Houtryve's Divided Video Installation Wins First Place, Producer’s Choice Award From CENTER