The theme for this year’s festival is A Sense of Place. Spectrum Photographic produced and sponsored two exhibitions for the festival.
James Barnor was Ghana’s first international press photographer.
Working from his Ever Young studio at the time of independence in 1957 he sold his pictures to the Daily Graphic and Drum magazines.
He came to Britain in 1959, photographing London and returning to Accra where he established X23, the city’s first colour photography studio.
Ghanaian Modernist showcases Black modernism, a fusion of pan-African futurism and 1970’s style.
The exhibition is showing at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery until October 31.
Elective Affinities, a group exhibition and publication by six international artists, consists of disparate visual essays observing connections between people, their beliefs and actions.
The featured artists are: Billy Barraclough, Debsuddha, Jenna Garrett, Kelly O’Brien, Maria Gracia Cebrecos and Sibusiso Bheka.
The subjects and starting points of the essays range from the notebooks of a bereaved photographer’s father to spiritually and myth in a tourist town in the Ozark mountains.
Other themes include the companionship of albino aunts, the wall as a physical and psychological barrier in the township of Thokoza, a brief encounter through a letterbox and a journey through landscape and myth in the Basque country.
Taking a variety of approaches, the artists’ explorations collectively reflect on the human condition.
Elective Affinities is the result of CATALYST, a seven-month international mentorship programme directed by IC Visual Lab (ICVL) in collaboration with Bristol Photography Festival.
CATALYST is supported by the Arts Council of England, Spectrum Photographic, Pureprint and GF Smith.
The exhibition is showing at BPF Gallery until 12 September.
Spectrum Photographic produced C-Type matt prints, blueback, vinyl and poster prints for the exhibition.
Bristol Photo Festival 2021
Bristol Photo Festival is a new festival commissioning and producing exhibitions biannually across the city.
Exhibitions run alongside an ongoing programme of talks, events, workshops and training.
The festival provides platforms for national, international, student and emerging photographers, and an extensive outreach and engagement programme.