What not to miss as the Middle East’s celebration of photography
A week-long photography festival, running from Friday March 7 to Friday 14, Gulf Photo Plus is the finest event of its kind in the region, attracting top talent from across the globe. Taking place in both Knowledge Village and Al Quoz, things kick off with PhotoFriday – an action-packed first day with 16 seminars, workshops and expert panel shows. From creating simple layers in Photoshop all the way up to finding your voice in the language of photography, no celluloid stone has been left unturned. As well as PhotoFriday, the world’s leading brands will be descending on Dubai to showcase the latest kit, while there will be the opportunity to view the work of some of the world’s top talent. This will all culminate on Friday 14 with the Shootout event, where participating artists will pit their skills against each other in an attempt to produce the best image in just 20 minutes. Not only is this final event free for all to come and watch, you can also enjoy the spectacle of the flustered photographers feeling the heat. Here we take a look at some of the remarkable talent visitors will be treated to at the show.
Gregory Heisler US photographer Gregory Heisler is renowned for his portraiture of prominent figures. His career has seen his pictures featured on more than 70 covers of the iconic Time magazine – more than any other photographer in history. Heisler has shot everyone from Julia Roberts to Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps. He is perhaps most well known for his controversial ‘two faced’ image of George H W Bush, which he captured using a special technique the leader was unaware of at the time. The published picture saw Heisler banned from the White House for two years. Fifty of his iconic portraits will be exhibited at the festival. Heisler will be speaking at PhotoFriday on March 7 and teaching workshops throughout GPP. His exhibition runs from March 6-April 19 at Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Sara Lando The protégé of Gregory Heisler, Italian photographer Sara Lando specialises in portraiture, creating beautiful images through her impressive skills with lighting and experimental techniques that blur the lines between fine art and photography. Lando will be speaking twice at PhotoFriday on March 7 and teaching workshops on both creative and self portraiture throughout GPP.
Brooke Shaden LA-based fine art photographer Brooke Shaden’s work explores the idea that beauty can be found within darkness. Her striking pieces have been described as whimsical and surreal with an artistic, almost painting-like quality. Shaden will be teaching a number of creative photography workshops throughout GPP.
Joel Grimes Joel Grimes, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and children, is as excited by the process of capturing his hyper-realistic photographs as he is by the finished product. Having worked for some of the world’s best advertising agencies for over 26 years, the American will be sharing his expertise when he visits the festival. Grimes will be speaking at PhotoFriday on March 7 and teaching both lighting and composition workshops during GPP.
Eric Kim Leica camera-wielding Californian street photographer Eric Kim found his passion for the art form when he was waiting at a bus stop and saw a young gent with horn-rimmed glasses leaning against a pole, reading a book. The enthusiastic artist will be sharing his advice on how to overcome your fear of shooting street photography as part of his involvement in this year’s Gulf Photo Plus. Kim will be speaking at PhotoFriday on March 7 and teaching workshops on Dubai street photography throughout GPP.
The Lowdown GPP 2014 runs from March 7 to 14 at Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre (04 380 8545). For details of specific workshops, prices and timings, visit www.gulfphotoplus.com.