More than just a lecture series, the ONWARD Summit is an annual conference and networking event designed to explore new questions that emerge as the medium progresses. Featuring talks by internationally-renowned photographers, social and professional networking events, and educational opportunities, the Summit provides a place of exchange for those who are inspired by unique imagery and perspectives.
The self is the point of view from which all photographs are taken. Photography has always encouraged the perspective of the self in relation to the “other,” allowing us to explore the great mysteries of the world around us from the comfort of our own environments.
All of this looking out has to start somewhere–and that is by looking in. How does the photographic image convey our points of view? How does the act of photographing reinforce your individual identity?
We hope you will join us as we seek out these answers.
For the Keynote each year, we invite a celebrated image-maker to discuss their work in the context of the Summit theme. This year’s keynote speaker is Elinor Carucci.
Elinor Carucci Born in Jerusalem in 1971, Elinor has lived and worked in New York since 1995. Her critically-acclaimed photography is autobiographical and personal, exploring the complexities of being a woman, daughter, wife, and mother. Her recent monograph Mother (Prestel, 2013) is the culmination of a decade-long project that began when the artist was pregnant with twins. Like much of her earlier work, the series reveals family intimacy through images of both daily routines and moments of crisis, capturing the full range of emotional experience: joy, love, pain, anger, and exhaustion. One family’s intimate moments speak to a universal human experience of closeness in these unflinchingly honest photographs.
To read the full interview with Elinor, click below.
Two photographers were selected as winners of the Jurors Award for their outstanding submissions. The winners and honorable mention recipients will be featured during the lecture series and give short talks with a guest moderator on their work and process.
The ONWARD competition seeks to showcase the very best young, cutting edge photographers working today from far and wide. The two winners represent these core values and bring fresh and exciting dialogues to modern photography. We saw an incredible number of submissions from all over the world, and these photographers stood out. See the cutting edge images from this years competition.
Productive critique is essential for keeping your photographs on track. Elinor Carucci will lead an immersive review with a small group of students. Her critically acclaimed 2013 monograph Mother comprises personal views of both blissful and painful moments in her own family, taken over the course of nine years. Her powerful portraits of preemies were featured in TIME Magazine earlier this year; other editorial work has appeared in People, Newsweek, New York Magazine, and the New York Times.
Join celebrated portrait artist Andrea Modica for this intimate opportunity to observe her photographing a family at home. Under her guidance, you’ll learn how to put subjects at ease, observe their environment and expressions, and direct them into situations that will allow you to capture images that tell a story.
Join master printer and retoucher Kylie Wright as she guides you through manipulating Photoshop to correct digital files, printing on an Epson 3800 inkjet printer, and receiving workflow breakdown tips for both color and black-and-white images.
The purpose of the workshop is to educate photographers about the possibility of disseminating and exhibiting their work through the physical medium of photo books. Designed for both students and professionals keen to make their project into a photography book, projects can be of any nature, personal, thematic, documentary etc. While the key takeaway from this workshop will be an edited and sequenced portfolio of images, photographers will gain great general insight into the world of photography book publishing.
Join visiting artist and documentary photographer Niko J. Kallianiotis on a photo-centered walk through the district. The workshop will start with a short discussion about how to capture images that convey a story. Then, you'll have time to take to the street, making your own photographs under the instructor's guidance. The workshop will finish with a final meet-up in which everyone will share their best work.
Join us as we celebrate new voices in image-making. The ONWARD exhibit features works selected by Elinor Carucci for this year’s ONWARD Compé. An international competition for emerging photographers, Compé yields a fresh, exciting exhibit featuring cutting-edge contemporary images. Several of the artists will be in attendance, and the two Juror’s Award and Honorable Mention winners will be announced!
For more information about ONWARD’s annual competition, check out the ONWARD Compé site.
Supporting ONWARD as a member of our Producers’ Club can offer you a deeper involvement in our photographic community, while helping us make events like the Summit possible.
Members of our Producers’ Club will receive an invitation to a private party with the Summit artists and area professionals on Friday, March 13th, the night before the conference. The party will offer you the chance to mingle with our guest photographers and take a look at their most recent projects in an intimate and informal setting.
Crane Arts Old School
1417 North 2rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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