Earlier this year, we celebrated our 15th edition of GPP Photo Week.
The event was headlined by an excellent group photography show (if we may say so ourselves) featuring social documentary projects by talented Arab photographers who were grantees of the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP). We also hosted our popular Slidefest event, multiple talks, guided tours and of course a range of workshops and seminars by the top local, regional and international photographers in their respective genres.
We are taking a gap year in 2020. It was not an easy decision but we felt a necessary one. The economy has been going through trying times and the slowdown has hurt many businesses and ours is one of them. Planning, funding and executing an event like ours is difficult at the best of times and especially so at this point in time and do not want to detract from our focus on being able to serve the community on a long term basis.
We are not going anywhere and the team has worked very hard in the last couple of years to constantly evolve to be Dubai’s center for photography and image-making. We have introduced several new workshops and photowalks successfully, enhanced our printing offerings, worked with many private and government entities to promote the work of local and regional photographers through curated exhibitions, commissions and print sales. We are also committed to continue our art programming and community building through regular talks, meet-ups, Market Days, Slidefests, portfolio reviews and more.
We are in good shape and especially because of that, we decided to sit the 2020 edition out and continue to focus on our community offerings and come back stronger and bigger for February, 2021. We have already started planning for GPP PhotoWeek No. 16! And in the meantime, we will be announcing an exciting Slidefest event in February 2020, a series of talks, new photobooks and your visits to our space sustain us and fulfill our love and passion for photography and the community.
Happy Holidays and see you at GPP soon!