15th Edition of GPP Photo Week announced based on theme ‘Get Closer’

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Gulf Photo Plus (GPP), Dubai’s premier center for photography, announced the highly anticipated return of the 15th edition of GPP Photo Week, the longest-running international photography event in the Middle East.

GPP Photo Week 2019’s schedule of workshops, talks, photo walks, exhibitions and special events is set to kick off on February 4th and will run until February 9th.

Centerd around the theme of ‘Get Closer’, GPP Photo Week will include a series of workshops and seminars by internationally renowned photographers Zack Arias, Maciej Dakowicz, Nick Fancher, Tanya Habjouqa, Mike Kelly, Sara Lando, Asim Rafiqui and Paolo Verzone.

GPP Photo Week 2019 theme poster.
GPP Photo Week 2019 theme poster.

The workshops are available to photographers of all skill levels and cover a series of topics including Street, Commercial & Fine Art photography.

In addition to Valentina Vee’s series of video workshops that cover all of the fundamentals of videography for those interested in the format’s growing importance in the current media landscape.

The ever-popular Fujifilm Photo Friday will also make its return on Friday February 8, providing photographers with a series of workshops, talks and events through an all-day pass. Also making their returns are the GPP Trade Show and The ShootOut.

Latest photography gear

The GPP Trade Show is an exhibition of all of the latest photography gear by industry manufacturers such as Canon and Sony, who will also provide attendees with special offers and free camera cleaning services.

The ShootOut, the traditional curtain closer of GPP Photo Week, will see three professional photographers pitted against one another and the clock as they rush to shoot and process the best possible photograph in only 20 minutes in front of a live audience who decide the winner.

Alserkal Avenue will once again play host to next year’s event, which will also see a lineup of exhibitions and talks that aim to highlight the homegrown talent from around the region including a panel discussion by local photographers Aqib Anwar, Altamash Javed and Huda Bin Redha, a talk by Saudi photographer Tasneem Al Sultan and an exhibition focusing on Arab documentary photography.

GPP Scholarship

As part of its long-standing commitment to providing a platform for emerging photographers from the region, GPP is proud to announce the inaugural GPP Scholarship, which will provide one emerging photographer from the MENASA region with a complimentary space in Tanya Habjouqa’s four-day workshop ‘The Red Pill: Uncharted Territories of Personal Narrative Liberation’. For further information on how to apply for the scholarship, interested applicants should visit gulfphotoplus.com/scholarship to read more and apply by Saturday, December 15.

Mohamed Somji, Director of Gulf Photo Plus commented that “over the last 15 years, GPP Photo Week has evolved to such a remarkable extent, and the program for 2019 is a testament to the reward of years of commitment by GPP and our partners. Under the banner of ‘Get Closer’, we're showcasing more local and regional talent than ever before, through our exhibitions, Fujifilm Photo Friday, as well as our workshops and other programming.”

“It's an honour and a privilege to witness the region rallying with us, as we develop our own voices, individually and collectively, through photography, video, and storytelling,” he added

Every year, GPP Photo Week creates an accessible entry point into the world of photography for people from all backgrounds. The event provides attendees with a holistic photography experience, giving photographers - professionals, amateurs, and enthusiasts alike - an opportunity to engage with photography as an art form while immersing themselves in Dubai’s burgeoning art scene and forging new connections with fellow photographers and teachers from around the world.