Street photography festivals are a great way to meet the community, given the fact that street photographers often work alone. It’s a perfect excuse to get together, discuss, see photography on the walls, listen to talks and drink beer.
1. Brussels Street Photography Festival
“The Brussels Street Photography Festival (BSPF) is a cultural project whose objective is to promote street photography as an urban research tool, a form of cultural communication and a visual art. The main ambition of the BSPF is to delve deeper into those visual elements that define the contemporary identity of Brussels in two dimensions, from a local and a global perspective.
Street photography’s popularity is constantly growing, gaining more enthusiasts and forming stronger communities around the world. The BSPF aims to bring together the views of both established and emerging street photographers by offering a larger exposure to the general public, creating awareness and engaging new enthusiasts.”
2. Streetfoto San Francisco
“SFSF is an annual international festival founded in 2016 and dedicated entirely to the art of street photography. Each June, street photographers from around the globe descend on San Francisco for lectures, photo walks, exhibitions, workshops, socialising, and shooting around one of the world’s most picturesque cities.”
3. Miami Street Photography Festival
“The MSPF is an international photography festival, in partnership with HistoryMiami Museum, showcasing the best of contemporary Street Photography viewed through the eyes of emerging photographers in this genre. The goal of the Festival is to establish a global platform for learning through exhibitions, workshops, lectures and other events.”
Date: December 6-9, 2018
Location: Miami, US
4. Italian Street Photo Festival
“Welcome to the ISPF, a cultural project and the first real international festival of street photography in Italy. Our goal is to promote and show the street photography through some currently influential street photographers. Professionals, enthusiasts and amateurs, are going to get together to live and investigate the contemporary identity of street photography by participating in talks, workshops, photowalks, exhibitions, contests and much more.”
Date: usually in April
Location: Rome, Italy
5. Street Photo Milano
6. Street London
“Street Photography: born in Paris, grew up in New York, now lives in London. Talks, shooting, panel discussions, drinks and much more. A weekend of discussion, presentations, drinks and camaraderie.”
Last year there were talks by, among others, Matt Stuart, Joel Meyerowitz, Nick Turpin and… StreetRepeat!
7. London Street Photography Festival
“London Street Photography Festival is a non-profit international event based in London showcasing Street Photography. The goal of the Festival is to build a community and to establish and develop a platform for networking, learning and development through exhibitions, workshops, lectures, competition and associated events. We aim to be closely connected to the community and young people and provide them with the world-class resources and experience in one of the most dynamic and popular genres of photography.”
Date: usually in August
Location: London, UK
8. Istanbul Street Photography Festival
Istanbul Street Photography Festival (ISPF) is a well-attended event that represents street photography with different approaches and brings street photographers together. The common goal is to share through street photography using the advanced possibilities of photography and to encourage participants to participate in an event they will enjoy.