“FotoFest® created the first international Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art in the United States. FotoFest® is an international non-profit photographic arts and education organization based in Houston, Texas.
FotoFest’s purpose is to promote the exchange of art and ideas through international programs and the presentation of photographic art. Our programs work globally and locally, bringing together an international vision of art and cross-cultural exchange with a commitment to community involvement and the enrichment of Houston’s cultural resources.”
“The FOTOFEST 2012 BIENNIAL is the Fourteenth International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art.
The FotoFest Biennial is the United States’ largest and longest-running international photography festival. It is one of the oldest international showcases for photography in the world today.
The FotoFest 2012 Biennial features photography and mixed-media exhibitions, an international portfolio review for artists, evenings for art collectors; opportunities to meet artists, symposia on photography, artist and curator talks, workshops for artists, gallery treks, film screenings, booksignings and the international Biennial Fine Print Auction.
For a look at earlier FotoFest Biennials see the Past Biennials Index”
Multiple Venues – Participating Spaces
“The number and visibility of Participating Spaces in the FotoFest Biennial continues to grow. Over 100 spaces participated in the 2010 Biennial, with an estimated overall attendance of 265,000 people in 2010. Curators, collectors, arts audiences and photographic artists came to the Biennial from 32 countries.
Participating Spaces are a very important part of the Biennial’s success and its impact as a truly a city-wide event.
Participating Spaces are museums, commercial galleries, non-profits, artist-run spaces, corporate spaces, and retail establishments that choose to exhibit photographic art as part of the FOTOFEST Biennial.
Participating Spaces participate in the longest-running photographic event in the United States.”
“The FotoFest 2010 Biennial took place March 12 – April 25, 2010. Over 390 U.S. and International, print and online, media outlets from the U.K., China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Russia, France, Germany, Argentina and elsewhere covered the FotoFest 2010 Biennial.”
“The FotoFest International Meeting Place brings together over 500 photographic artists from around the world and across the United States, with over 160 professional Reviewers – museum curators, publishers, gallery owners, editors, directors of non-profit organizations and photo agencies – for one-on-one meetings and reviews of participants’ portfolios. The sixteen-day Meeting Place Portfolio Reviews, pioneered by FotoFest, gives registered artists an unparalleled opportunity to have their work seen by some of the most notable people in the field of photography.”
Quotes are from the Fotofest International references linked above the quote.