Updated: Aug 19, 2021
A brand new photography festival is hitting the streets of Swindon this Summer (July 1 - October 3).
The festival named Photo Swindon 2021 is a 'new and exciting outdoor photography exhibition' which will feature three internationally acclaimed and award winning documentary photographers.
Conceived and curated by Swindon based photographer Jennifer Berry and delivered in partnership with Swindon South Parish Council, the three month long exhibition will be exhibiting the works of Jason Florio, Martin Parr, and Sanne De Wilde.
The three pieces of work will tour three locations within each month.
With a theme of 'In Sync - Natures of Togetherness', exhibition curator Jennifer Berry said: "Reflecting on lockdown whilst planning the exhibition, it seemed everyone was guided to adhere to a new set of riles and ever changing norms."
"We adapted, and unified in our efforts to survive and in our wishes for the survival of others. Isolated, socially distanced, our personal experiences of togetherness changed profoundly. The photo stories curated for this exhibition reflect natures of togetherness through the view-finders of our chosen photographers."
There will also be an exhibition in Town Garden for the students of New College Swindon from October 5 to October 17.
"The touring nature of this exhibition breaks new ground being the first time this has been done in the UK to our knowledge. We hope this maximises accessibility to all the people of our rich and diverse community," says Jennifer.
Kicking off the event on July 1, Jason Florio's exhibition will start in Town Gardens before moving to GWR Park on July 12 and finishing the month in Queens Park between July 22 and July 29.
Jason Florio is an award-winning British filmmaker and photojournalist, producing images and documentaries for The New York Times, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Bloomberg, PepsiCo, Geographical, and many more.
Focusing on the under reported stories of people living on the margins of society and human rights, Florio's work has been recognised with a number of awards, including The Magnum Photography Award and he was the first recipient of the Aperture Foundation grant to produce Aperture's first assigned story, 'This is Libya'.
The second month of the exhibition will feature Martin Parr, starting off in Queens Park from July 31 to August 8 before moving to Towns Garden from August 10 to August 19 and ending in GWR Park August 21 - 30.
Being one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation, Martin Parr has over 100 books of his own published, and another 30 edited by himself.
A member of the Magnum agency since 1994, Parr was President of the agency between 2013-2017.
Parr has also had his work collected by many major museums including the Tate, the Pompidou, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
In 2017, Parr also established the Martin Parr Foundation, which can be found in Bristol.
Ending the exhibition will be Sanne De Wilde's work, starting on September 1 in GWR Park, moving to Queens Park September 11, and ending in Town Garden September 21 to October 3.
Exploring the role genetics plays in people's lives and how this shaped and affects communities within her photography, De Wilde has won many awards for multiple photo series.
Her photo series titled 'The Dwarf Empire' earned her the 2012 Photo Academy Award and the 2013 International Photography Award Emergentes DST.
She also won the 16ème Prix National Photographie Ouverte and NuWork Award for Photographic Excellence due to her series titled 'Snow White.
Being selected as one of 'the best emerging talents from around the world' by The British Journal of Photography in 2014, De Wilde has been awarded the Nikon Press Award in 2014 and 2016 for most promising young photographer and has recently received the Firecracker Grant 2016.
Now, Sanne De Wilde works with the Dutch newspaper and magazine De Volkskrant in Amsterdam, and has done since 2013.