Have you visited the Fix photo festival this spring??

Have you visited the Fix photo festival this spring??

Today we would like to tell you about the most interesting event that took place in London – conspicuous “FIX Photo Festival”, which was worth visiting with friends or family members.

 London capital accounts a zillion of galleries, museums and exhibition halls. Sometimes it's incredibly difficult to decide where to go for the next dose of beauty. Big names all over the world, photographers and sculptors – rebels, who struck their contemporaries, became innovators of their field or classical masters.

London capital accounts a zillion of galleries, museums and exhibition halls. Sometimes it's incredibly difficult to decide where to go for the next dose of beauty. Big names all over the world, photographers and sculptors – rebels, who struck their contemporaries, became innovators of their field or classical masters.

The last month of spring was very eventful: from innovative performances and exciting shows to fascinating fairs and unusual master classes. The first in the history of the capital “Prosecco Festival”, the day of kites, circus performances, open-air cinema shows, photo festivals and far more – choose what you prefer.

But today we would like to tell you about the most interesting event that took place in London – conspicuous “FIX Photo Festival”, which was worth visiting with friends or family members. You can watch the given below video “FIX Photo Festival 2017 Trailer”  so you understand what kind of cultural event will be discussed later. 


The origins and prerequisites for the development of photography

The genre of photography is interesting not only from the visual side, but also from the research side, because the history of photography is young enough to be granddaughter and even great-granddaughter of the history of painting or sculpture. You can study its path independently – from books and photo albums, and you can go deep into it gradually – by collecting, studying certain directions and styles and building your knowledgeability, as in a puzzle piece, one by one, combining already known snippets of information. And you can personally plunge into this art, try your hand, maybe you have something that you want to photograph and show to people. Perhaps in the future, your photos will be sold at auction as a picture of Van Gogh or Pollock. 


Modern photography can easily be attributed to one of the type of art. The photographer is now able to do all kinds of things. And after processing in “Photoshop” or other photo postproduction services, the photo is transformed even more. The most renowned photographers regularly hold photography exhibitions, where ordinary people admire their cadres. Is not this allows you to compare photography with painting? But our article is dedicated not to the famous photographers, but to new talents who share their outlook by means of their photographs.


After all, Photo Art assumes the presence of a photographer-artist. It requires careful selectivity, a special personal “vision” that makes it possible to distinguish worthy attention from something external, accidental, incomplete. Not every shot is an artwork and, obviously, not every film produces a successful photo product. Just as the artist constantly, daily makes study, the photo artist trains his eye, his photo-vision of the world. Daily work allows you to polish the technique of execution and develop sustainable principles of moral, ethical and aesthetic relation to possible objects of photo art. And at the same time, the master creates his portfolio, knows the photo processing programs, and if he really has a talent here, he creates his photo editing prices so that people or other photographers can contact him for help.

The photographer must be an explorer. Systematically and consistently working on the topic, creating a series of works, the master not only fixes documentary moments that in time turn into historical value, not only creates an informative bank of visual data, which, depending on the sociological, ethnographic, historical nature, can be used differently, he is not only creates a work of art, but also acts as a researcher of a certain topic. The photograph is transformed into a way of artistic cognition and evaluation of the photographed phenomenon. 


In the person of the photographer should be a man of technology and aesthetics, a man who loves accuracy, clarity, and a person caught in a rush of inspiration, a person of feeling and contemplation, who knows how to see imagery and harmony, must be united and synthesized. Photographer works in the role of the chronicler of the era, which imposes on him a special responsibility. The annals oblige the artist to be the civil conscience of his time and his people, to be a philosopher and historian in one person. A photographer is both an artist and a publicist who satisfies both the aesthetic needs of the audience and her need for socially significant content and information. Due to the youth of photography, the artist is the founder of genre features and traditions. An undeveloped field opens in front of him, where it is necessary to lay paths and trails, to identify areas that are delineated by various photo functionalities. Aesthetics does not give the artist a recipe and does not provide a guaranteed success. It only gives the reference points, the result of which ultimately depends on the talent and work of the author. At the final stage of the creative process, aesthetics helps to develop an artistic evaluation of the image.

In the development of photographic art critics play an important role, including the theoretic-critical thinking of the photographers themselves. Criticism and theory, subject to their authority and competence, can stop amateurish arguments, which distract and disturb photographers and viewers alike. For photo critics it is important to thoroughly consider photography as a social and artistic phenomenon. 


Taking into account various aspects of artistic photography, we can formulate its essence; try to define the specification of photo art. Photographic art is the creation by the chemical and technical means of a visual image of a documentary value, artistically expressive, and with confidence imprinting in the static image an essential moment of reality. In the photo, several clearly defined directions have been crystallized: ethnographic-sociological, reportage, poster-advertising, artistic constructive, decorative, symbolic-conceptual, and impressionistic. Each of these areas fulfills its specific, clearly defined cultural and communicative function. These directions mutually do not exclude each other. One and the same photo artist, as a rule, works in several of them. It is very important to keep in mind the semi functionality of artistic photography, so that, for example, its artistic and constructive function does not exclude ethnographic-sociological and vice versa, so that the conceptual nature of the photo-vision goes hand in hand with the national tradition. Like any kind of art, photography is subject to the general laws of the development of artistic consciousness and artistic worldview. The artistic image historically grows on the basis of empirically perceived reality and reflects the formation and development of cultural and semantic mediation between the artist and the outside world.


The development of any kind of art can be regarded as a self-awareness of its own cultural function, that is, as the formation of artistic self-identification within a particular art form. In this sense, the conceptual picture is the result of that artistic life-personal experience, through which the artist becomes a master and creates permanent values. But from this follows another: all the directions and genres of artistic photography constitute an integral specificity of photography as an art form, and only through understanding the features and artistic possibilities of each of them is possible to create a cumulative and integral view of photography as a new, modern art form. These can bring its historical and semantic adjustments to the understanding of the system, interrelations and functions of art forms both within the artistic culture, and within the framework of modern culture in general.

Therefore, to understand all of the above, people are given the opportunity to touch the beautiful through photography exhibitions, festivals and other similar events, for example in Italy the most famous cultural and entertainment events attract not only tourists from all over the world, but also photographers. “Festival Photography Tips – Italians Celebrate Something Every Day” will tell you about the most spectacular events and picturesque sights of Italy, which, of course, are accompanied by beautiful photos. 


Hold FIX the world!

London is the most cultural capital across the globe, where every day and every minute hold a variety of cultural events and here, in the heart of London city in Bargehouse on the South Bank at Oxo Tower Wharf, its doors opened the annual international holiday “FIX Photo Festival”. All interested persons could visit this gallery free of charge from Friday May 12 to Sunday May 21, 2017, as well as take part in the selection of the winner. 

The spring “FIX Photo Festival” unites modern young photographers, who work in diversified photography techniques: such as psychological portrait and reportage, macro and micro photography, genre photography and photo scenery, city photography and well above. More than two hundred of the claimed authors presented their personal series of works taken recently almost in each sphere. The photographers who have been announced at the “FIX Photo Festival 2017”: the most well-known Chris Steele-Perkins, Onur Ercoskun, Caroline Gavazzi, Lee Acaster, Sascha Richter, Nenad Martić, another masters Carlotta Cardana, Mike Crawford and Phill Green, and also Yvonne De Rosa and Giovanna Del Sarto, Elaine Duigenan and Jessa Fairbrother and Robert D. Phillips, and also Per Erik Bergh, Anna Poreda and Grant Legassick, Holly Lynton, photographers Celine Marchbank, Trevor Cole, Kuriko Sano, Einar Sira and Kevin Vucic-Shepherd and others.


The annual FIX photography festival of modern photography is a type of photo modern art for contemporaries. The classics will be tomorrow, now – the search for new, relevant ideas, forms and language, the interaction of contemporaries presenting their own photo concepts, the live communication of amateurs and professionals. To the idea is not lost in time, do not cover up with the sand; you need a temporary fixer – FIX Photo.

The photographers of such show are amalgamated not by a theme or genre, social acceptance or the amount of their personal eye-catching displays, but the timeliness and nonroutine approach to the genres in which they work and innovative mindset 

At the festival, there were 4 categories declared: Harmony, Identity, Environment, Community, where were determined the winners in each category. Each of the four topics had two different prizes, one of which was determined by the jury members and the other by a popular vote on “Photocrowd”. Also, the ten best photographers in each of the four categories were awarded. The main prize was £ 1000. But in addition to the prize, the works of these photographers had the chance to flaunt in one of the most prestigious photo galleries in Great Britain.


The prestigious “FIX Photo Festival” has pooled interests with the “Photocrowd”, global network of photo communities and the company “LumeJet”, which designs the innovative ultra-high-quality photo printers, to give the FIX Photography Festival Awards to the gifted photographers, thanks to which the young talents have the opportunity to present their works in the framework of this festival. The work of photographers was appreciated by an expert group, which involved the true connoisseurs of their work, and the works were exhibited in the gallery, which attracted even more knowledgeable and influential people from the world of the photography.

Here, the special thanks to the founder and curator of this exhibition, a wonderful woman Laura Noble. She is the Director of the gallery and is widely known as a completist, and also as the author of the book “The Art of Photography”. She lectures around the world in a variety of galleries, auction houses and museums, which are engaged in collecting and professional practice. Artistic consulting work and individual reviews of the portfolio of this talented woman are in great demand among contemporaries.

Laura Noble

It is not overlooked the well-distinguished members of the jury: each of the judges has experience under his belt, both cultural and life. Some judges are even Honoured Artists. Let's talk about them in more detail.

1. Chris Steele-Perkins is a native of Burma, winner of a large number of awards, including the most prestigious World Press Photo Award – Oscar Barnack's Prize, the author of a plenty of books “England, My England: A Photographer's Portrait”, “Fuji: Images of Contemporary Japan” etc. Chris Steel-Perkins is known around the world for his award winning reportage. 

2. Briton Lottie Davies is known not only as a photographer, but also as a filmmaker and writer. Her sensational series of the photographs called “Nightmares and memories”, atmospheric images were built on the stories of her friends about what the most frightening dreams they saw. Some of the photos you can see below:

3. And Ben Brain is a photographer, journalist and editor of “Digital Camera” magazine, the best-selling magazine in the UK devoted to the world of photography, and the version of this magazine is also in the US, known as “Digital Camera World”.


Quite impressive credentials of the above-mentioned judges, so for some new photographers, the jury's criticism could be the impetus for correcting shortcomings and striving for new achievements. But the opinion of ordinary people was taken into account too, voting took place at “Photocrowd”, anyone could register and vote for the photo they liked.

The Photography festival was held in the mode of a democratic photo forum, “collection point” of amateurs and professionals working in the field of modern photography, where apart from the presented exhibitions there were lectures and master classes dealing with numerous facets of photo art: travel and theatrical photography, city-photo and so on. The entrance was absolutely free for all comers, and thanks to the synergy of experienced judges and the choice of the people “Photocrowd”, the most exciting photos were chosen. Check this out: 



The photography exhibition under review integrates best practice that can be significant for any person and who can tell the viewer of really important, interesting and fascinating stories. This exhibition is not so much a picture show of the achievements in the photography world but it is a gallery of images, which depicts the strong political impacts in the world in 2016 year, categories of pictures that are hot and happening always and everywhere: Identity field, the category of Harmony, Community part and the sphere of Environment. All these photos that received the prize from the panel of jury are the most interesting statements on the key and topical issues. 


Exposing the works of famous artists and new talented photographers, “FIX Photo” Company pursues a goal to give newcomers the possibility to share with their artwork beyond the specific character of the gallery. The location for the showing was chosen very carefully: a 4-storey building located on the banks of the Thames bundles with a unique design, and the spare rooms in white colors perfectly highlights the ingenious images of the photographers. The location in the heart of the culture center of London has given the occasion to attract an even larger audience to photography as the ultimastic democratizing atmosphere in art field. “FIX Photo” provides prospects of sight pleasure for viewers and diversity, as wide as the environment itself.

The team of “FIX Photo” company goes on to expert these topics using art and street photography, pictorial journalism and portrait painting, trying to fully cover all the multiformity and uniqueness of the environment. Exposing the uppermost level of performances, the masters will solemnize the scale of talent in the photographic sphere.


The given photography exhibition involved the “creative minds” with their own especial world imaging from the four corners of the earth.


1. Heather Allen with her “The Lost Lens Cap” in “Harmony” category. Heather is fond of photography of wildlife; she is from the USA, Florida. She looks for shots during her travels around the US and abroad.


In this photo, a pair of giraffes and their boundless tenderness are imprinted, the curved lines on their bodies and the whole fantasy of the picture is emphasized by black and white colors.

2. Marco Tagliarino is a winner in the category “Identity”, a completely new talent in the world of photography. Marco is from Milan, but in the lens of his camera are captured more often natives of Asia, thanks to portrait retouch, Marco emphasizes every emotion on the face of the people he photographed.


3. In the “Community” category, the first place was taken by the 37-year-old Turk Onur Ercoskun. Onur graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Photography and today he is preparing to shoot his film and to 3 different exhibitions in Russia and Croatia. His picture in black and white captures the moment of history, football fans, a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and a huge amount of information, the photo can be looked at for a long time and find in it more and more new details.


4. Francis Lavigne-Theriault and his shot of the tornado won the nomination “Environment”. Canadian Francis likes to travel through North America and catch the power of nature in his lens.

Look at this photo, it seems that this is Photoshop, but in fact, if you look closely, you can feel the chill on the skin from such skill. 


On the site you can find work and other photographers who have included into different categories, as well as see other photos of each of the winners. 

The key task of the photography festival centers on the displaying the main trends of the development of modern photography system, side by side with the revealing insights into its artistic and documentary aspects. The goal of the curators is to show the ubiquitous presence of photographic work and its boundless possibilities of recording events, researching complex and time-consuming actions, framing emotion-charged visual impressions. And as we see, the curators and the organizer succeeded in it. 


Contemporary Art of Still Photography and its existence 

Modern art of photographic work continues to evolve. Now the photographers are smarter, they know a lot of shooting rules. Landscapes are almost never captured in the day, as they look most beautiful at sunrise and sunset. Only in such conditions the picture turns out to be beautiful, after which it can be safely called artistic.

As for the shooting of portraits, there are many rules too. They are primarily concerned with choosing the lens for a particular portrait. Most often, artistic photos are taken in studios, as it is much more difficult to shoot a memorable portrait on the street. But there are exceptions. It all depends on the location and weather conditions.


All of us are familiar with wedding photography. This process also allows you to get artistic shots. This is facilitated by a variety of ultra-wide-angle lenses and optics with a long focal length. 

In our time, an ordinary person can get an artistic photograph. Have you taken an ordinary shot of how the cat crosses the street? In the plot there is nothing special, and the photo itself does not play with colors. But everything can be corrected by the graphics editor and Photo color correction services. It can be Adobe Photoshop, PaintShop Pro or even a free GIMP – it does not matter. You can even edit photos in the mobile application. You can apply a few filters to the image, giving it a sense of antiquity or to unscrew the saturation of colors for a maximum, and also increasing the sharpness. By various means, you can achieve certain effects that will make the viewer take a look at your photo for a few minutes. And if he does it, then your picture is already artistic. Not to the same extent as famous photographers, but still...


And thanks to various exhibitions and photography exhibitions your photo can be seen by other people around the world. For example, “Fix the Photo” is looking for new talents, if you are passionate about photography and are not afraid to take risks, see the article “Photo competition from FixThePhoto”, post your work and maybe your photo will conquer the world!

Art culture photography and the emergence of new genres: It is a essential part of our life

Now there are many genres of artistic photography. Their development was promoted by the appearance of digital cameras and powerful graphic editors. Panoramas of cities are now created in automatic mode. New system and SLR cameras were able to shoot in HDR mode, which also opened a new genre. 

The emergence of smartphones contributed to the development of the genre of smartography. Look at the Instagram, you can find a lot of interesting pictures there. And still suddenly returned those genres that were previously known for painting, first of all, we are talking about still lifes. And all this is just the beginning.


If you find the strength and desire to do art photography, develop incentives that will help you. Be prepared for the fact that criticism will follow you from the first steps. Staying afloat is helped only by faith and the ability to learn quickly 

The 21st century brought us the emergence of new genres of photography. If earlier shooting was conducted mainly on holidays, the modern person does an average of several shots a day. The most modern digital photo has changed the widespread use of smartphones: there comes Internet services Instagram and Twitter, where photos are filled literally with one click. With the help of such services you can put your pictures on public display. And many similar services have been created a lot: some of them specialize in reportage shot, other are uploaded with artistic photographs. And in parallel with them there are programs for processing Headshot retouching, to edit selfie and other photos. In social networks, you can store any kind of footage at all.


But if you do not apply even a small bit of direction to the photograph, then it will go to the trash. This is photo art. We must clearly understand what to spend our energies and manage to respond to the brightest “flashes” of the surrounding world, so that later people of the same world admire the depth and innovation of the creative approach of the master. The famous US photographer Lisette Model said: “The best photos are often not subject to logic, they carry in themselves something subversive, delirious”. The real photographer must display his individual perception of the world with the help of such techniques as light, camera angle and finely matched shooting moment. Many professional photographers are indignant about today's glamour in fashion magazines and the use of too many effects Before and after retouch. The reason is one – in addition to the obvious drawbacks of the figure and appearance, almost all individual traits disappear: moles, facial wrinkles, etc. As a result, the faces are smooth and shiny like the lower hemispheres of the brain. What can we say about any psychological nuances that are inherent in this genre as a real artistic photo work?


Don’t forget, that the person has a choice, he can improve his skills in taking photos of a particular genre and processing these pictures. Some begin to do this professionally, going to reporters or wedding photographers. For others, this remains just a favorite hobby.

In the modern world photography occupies a significant place. More and more there are various thematic exhibitions of photographs that also capture certain moments of our history. We cannot doubt, we live in a world of photography. And this will continue for a very long time.






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Hi there, I'm Ann Young - a photographer, photo retoucher and of course, journalist. Here on FixThePhoto blog you can find all of my reviews, photography and photo editing tips, pricing guides, and photography experiments.




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