GPP has been cultivating GPP Slidefest since 2009 as an evening of photography to surprise, entertain, inspire and move you. From it's modest beginnings GPP Slidefest has grown significantly, and now we fill a 400 seat auditorium. It's free to attend and open to all!
At each Slidefest, a new selection of eight photographers gather the courage to approach the stage and present their work to an audience of photography enthusiasts. Each presentation takes around five minutes, keeping up the momentum of the evening and allowing a few minutes in between for Q&A. After the presentations are over we all head over to the Visa Rooftop lounge to kick back, meet fellow photographers and chat up the presenters of the evening.
A Big THANK YOU to Dubai Media City and Dubai Studio City for supporting the event by providing the venue.
Who's presenting at this edition of GPP Slidefest?
Nour Abu Hayeh
Presenting a series of self portraits, these images aim to embody conflicted emotions and intangible situations. It is a simple attempt to showcase a glimpse of the complicated human psychology and the cultural restrains in the life of an Arab woman.
A Palestinian designer/photographer, Nour Abuhayeh is a graduate from the American University of Sharjah.
Emirati photographer, Ammar Al Attar will present his series on Prayer Rooms, sharing images he took across the UAE. These informal worship areas are ubiquitous, providing Muslims a place for their five prayers a day regardless of their location. The decorative elements of these interiors are incredibly humble, in line with Islamic architectural tenets and in contrast to the exterior opulence of the UAE’s architectural development. Serenity and stillness are common elements in these makeshift rooms, transforming their spatial reality as industrial caravans or rooms in malls and business centers, to that of spiritual sanctuaries.
Yemeni photographer, Yumna Al-Arashi will be presenting her personal experience traveling and taking photographs throughout Yemen, a journey she felt was as much a learning experience for her as it is for those she shares her photographs with. Beginning in 2008, her visual documentation of Yemen has been a constant work in progress, uncovering the many curious family roots and discovering the ever-evolving culture of a poverty-stricken country. Recently named an Up and Coming Female Journalist by Forbes Magazine, her medium of photography aims to break barriers and captures beauty to document raw human experiences.
Presenting a series titled White Pearl, Black Gold, Farah Al-Qasimi will share images shot here in the UAE, capturing private spaces and intimate interiors almost completely void of people, yet telling a story of the inhabitants within each space. Al-Qassimi was born and raised in Abu Dhabi. In 2012 she completed a BA in Fine Art at Yale University, where she started studying contemporary music and electronic composition, but eventually felt a pull towards the visual arts. Farah currently lives in Abu Dhabi, where she works at New York University Abu Dhabi.
In an effort to help raise awareness about the dire need for bone marrow donors, Blake has proposed a unique photography series called The Untitled Chair Project, about people within varying environments with the common element of one ordinary chair. The final result is a collection of portraits on Polaroids taken with an inexpensive plastic Diana camera equipped with an instant back and a reclaimed, re-purposed ribbon procured from the trash bin as camera strap. Blake has never met a camera he didn’t like and has enjoyed experimenting with many types of formats, from old school 110 to 8x10 film cameras and everything else in between.
Gerald first made big news with his 45 Gigapixel Panorma of Dubai a couple of years ago (the biggest picture ever made at the time) and he shared his process at Slidefest II. He's back again, with another extraordinary image, a 360degree panorama of Dubai made from the extraordinary location, the top of the Burj Khalifa at 828meters above sea level. This picture was released to celebrate the second Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid photography award (HIPA) that will be announced in March. Come to Slidefest IX to see the picture in the making, behind the scenes shots and hear the stories first hand from the man himslef. Read more about it here.
Back from a recent trip to the Antarctica, Catalin Marin has a collection of stunning images from this unique lansdcape and stories of his experience visiting an extreme destination. An award-winning commercial and corporate photographer based in Dubai, Marin specializing in architectural and interior photography as well as corporate and environmental portraits. His blog, Momentary Awe (momentaryawe.com/blog) has won the 2011 best photoblog for Asia and Oceania at the Photoblog Awards.
RJ Mickelson will be presenting at this edition of GPP Slidefest a book project he is working on which includes some personal fine art and documentary work. More subtIe than his photojournalistic work, Mickelson's work is rooted in both form and content where the story’s relevance is proportionate to the composition, color and light of its photographs. After working as a photographer in New York for a number of years, RJ accepted a position as Photo Editor at The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi in 2011where he is currently based. He continues to pursue personal work reflecting the quiet, important lives of everyday people in the Arab world.
Farah Nosh is an award-winning Canadian photographer who has worked on assignment in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, the West Bank, Gaza, and Egypt. Nosh’s work is known for its quiet intimacy. Her long-term projects have focused primarily on the war’s impact on Iraqis, and the last speakers of highly threatened languages. She is a 2002 graduate from the Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, where she won awards for best photojournalist and portfolio. Farah will be showcasing a project from her time in Iraq.
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