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.
As a tool, photography allows us to explore further and farther within our world. Whether casual or extensive, these explorations can help us achieve a more intimate understanding of our surroundings and forge a greater sense of connectedness with our environment, be it natural or man-made.
But what is the photographer’s role in this process? Are we merely translating the language of a place to let it speak to viewers who are not there to witness it? Or is it our interpretation of an environment that somehow makes it more magnificent?
We hope you’ll join us as we explore these questions, and consider the role of the photographer in rendering the messages of time and place.
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 Andrew Moore, who creates large format images of architectural and urban scenes that convey the complicated stories of the people who have lived within them.
Andrew Moore is renowned for his large-scale, painterly photographs that synthesize the documentary style with the traditions of fine art into multi-layered historical narratives. In addition to his recent best-seller, Detroit Disassembled, Moore has published several books that document places in flux, including previous works Inside Havana, Governors Island, and Russia, Beyond Utopia. His work has appeared in publications such as TIME, National Geographic, and The New York Times Magazine, and his photographs are part of several prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the George Eastman House and the Library of Congress.
On the Horizon explores new trends in the medium of photography, bringing together professionals from various fields to ask and answer the questions that will shape photography’s future. This year’s panelists will explore why we photograph our surroundings, discussing the role of the medium both in interpreting the present and in capturing what will soon be past.
Peter Woodall is the co-founder and co-editor of the Hidden City Daily, which covers architecture, preservation, development and design in Philadelphia, Monday through Friday. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter with the Biloxi Sun Herald and the Sacramento Bee. He worked as a producer for Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane and wrote a column about neighborhood bars for PhiladelphiaWeekly.com.
Vincent D. Feldman, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, has been photographing architecture and the urban landscape for three decades. In the early 1990s, his photography became concentrated on the conflicts and questions that often surround historic buildings in Philadelphia. Through detailed examination of Philadelphia’s architecture, he explores the early to mid-modern society of the city and the parallels between that history and the decline of the Common Good in the nation. Feldman received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2001. His work is held in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in museums and private collections internationally. He lives and works in Philadelphia, where he is a Master Lecturer in photography at the University of the Arts.
Justin Maxon was born in a small town in the woods of northern California. While attending journalism school at San Francisco State, he began exploring projects that held greater social implications. His desire now is to reveal different variables of truth in humanities conflicted existence. He has received numerous awards for his photography, from competitions like World Press Photo, UNICEF Images of the Year, and POYi. He won the Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year at the 2008 Lucie Awards; the same year he was named one of PDN’s 30 Photographers to Watch. He was selected to participate in World Press Photo’s 2010 Joop Swart Masterclass. He received the 2011 Cliff Edom “New America Award” from NPPA. He was also selected as one of Magenta’s 2012 Flash Forward Emerging Photographers.
Kenneth Finkel, a Temple University professor, specializes in American Studies and Public History. He has served as Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Program Officer at the William Penn Foundation, and Executive Director of Arts & Culture Service at WHYY. Finkel honed his historic/civic voice as a regular contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s op-ed page in the 1980s, and now writes regularly at the PhillyHistory.org blog. His books include Nineteenth-Century Photography in Philadelphia
In this seminar, led by former gallery director and fine art photographer D.W. Mellor, you'll learn invaluable advice on how to approach meetings with gallerists and curators. Exploring the artist-gallery relationship, you'll discover how your work fits into the market, and you'll learn how to best prepare your portfolio for presentation.
Through a dynamic mix of slide lectures, hands-on practice, technical instruction, and critique, this intensive workshop will guide you toward the discovery of your unique personal vision in environmental portraiture.
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 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 renowned photographer Lois Conner on a day of exploring Philadelphia’s own Fairmount Park. Beginning with a critique of your previous work, you’ll gain insights about the art of landscape photography and learn how to find moments of intimacy and humanity in the landscape.
Join Abandoned America's Matthew Christopher on a photographic exploration of these two locations, which each played a vibrant role in Southwest Philadelphia's cultural history.
Are you looking to make connections in the photography industry and gain critical feedback about your work? Sign up for one or more of our portfolio reviews! We’ve assembled an impressive roster of area and visiting professionals who can help give you the jumpstart you need to advance your career.
Sign up for 1, 3, or 5 review sessions. When you register, you’ll have the opportunity to select the reviewers you are most interested in seeing. While we can’t guarantee that you’ll receive all of your choices, we’ll do our best to match them as closely as possible.
You may bring your portfolio in whatever form you’d like (e.g. prints, in book form, etc.) Just remember to bring your best work! If you’re presenting your work on a computer, tablet, or other viewing device, you must provide it. (Note: we cannot guarantee that you’ll have access to an electrical outlet.)
Saturday, March 1st
12 – 2 pm (registration begins at 11:30 am)
1028 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
$200 for 5 reviews, $150 for 3 reviews, or $75 for 1 review
Peter Barberie is Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Recent projects include the 2012 exhibition and book Zoe Strauss: 10 Years. His publications include Looking at Atget (Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2005), and the essay “Found Objects, or a History of the Medium, to No Particular End,” in Dreaming in Black and White: Photography at the Julien Levy Gallery (Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale, 2006). Barberie is currently working on a major retrospective of the work of Paul Strand, slated to open at PMA in October 2014.
John Caperton has curated more than forty exhibitions for The Print Center since 2007, which have included the work of Edna Andrade, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucas Foglia, Katie Grinnan, Justine Kurland, Hirsch Perlman, Emma Wilcox and Bill Walton. Exhibitions currently in development include solo exhibitions with artists Demetrius Oliver and Steve Wolfe. He has also held positions at the Association for Public Art, Philadelphia and the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA as well as guest curating exhibitions in Philadelphia.
Jonathan Elderfield has been working as a photographer for over 22 years. His book “Living Under South Street” documented the neighborhood of South Philadelphia and was published in 2003 by Kehrer Verlag. In addition to working as a documentary and street photographer, Elderfield is a picture editor who has worked for The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Associated Press. He was born in Winchester, England and currently lives in Philadelphia.
Christopher Gianunzio is the Exhibitions and Programming Director at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. He has organized exhibitions including the work of Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Alyse Emdur, La Toya Ruby Frazier, Luis Gispert, Beate Gütschow, Greg Halpern, Ron Jude, Christian Patterson, Taryn Simon, Chad States and Mark Steinmetz and Ofer Wolberger. In addition to curating, he also organizes an annual book fair at PPAC which will run March 29th and 30th of 2014.
Martin McNamara is director and owner of Gallery 339, Philadelphia’s only art gallery devoted to photography. The gallery opened with its first exhibition in April 2005. The focus of the gallery is contemporary photography, exhibiting a mix of local work as well as photography from around the world. Artists exhibited during the past eight years have included Henry Horenstein, Amanda Means, Toshio Shibata, Andrea Modica, and Tina Barney.
This year’s guest juror is renowned photographer Andrew Moore. Working with large format color photography, Moore creates images that synthesize the documentary style with the traditions of fine art into multi-layered historical narratives. He is best known for his large-scale, painterly photographs of architectural spaces and urban places in flux, the subject matter for his recent best-selling book Detroit Disassembled, as well as past books Inside Havana, Governors Island, and Russia, Beyond Utopia.
José Ortiz-Pagán was born and raised in Puerto Rico. In 2008 he received a BA degree with a concentration in Printmaking. At the same time he became the recipient of the Carlos Marichal award for the excellence in Printmaking. His body of work relates to the post-industrial societies in the Caribbean and the impact of exodus and migrations issues. He has been featured in various outstanding exhibitions and events such as Fresh Impressions, lecturer at The Barnes Foundation, and recently has been selected by Taller Puertorriqueño to finish a public art installation through the Knight Arts Foundation.
Lydia Panas is an award- winning photographer whose work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. Her work is included in numerous collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and Museum of Photographic Arts; San Diego, among others. Lydia is best known for her psychological portraiture that conveys the complexity of human relationships.
Liz Park is a curator and writer from Vancouver, Canada, currently based in Philadelphia as Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Pennsylvania. After receiving an MA in Art History / Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia, she held various curatorial positions including Curator-in-Residence at Western Front, Co-Director/Curator of Access Gallery, and Public Programmer at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Stephen Perloff is the founder and editor of The Photo Review, a critical journal of international scope publishing since 1976, and editor of The Photograph Collector, the leading source of information on the photography art market. He has taught photography and the history of photography at numerous Philadelphia-area colleges and universities and has been the recipient of two grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for arts criticism.
Ricardo Viera is Professor of Art and since 1974 Director/Curator of the Lehigh University Art Galleries/Museum Operation, where he has established a visual laboratory program with the LUAG work-study collection. Professor Viera teaches courses in museum studies, public art, visual thinking strategies and a multimedia workshop. He is currently on the university advisory boards of Latin American Studies and ArtsLehigh as well as a communication consultant for the Zoellner Arts Center.
William E. Williams is Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Fine Arts and Curator of Photography at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania; he has been affiliated with Haverford since 1978, after receiving his M.F.A. in photography that year from Yale University School of Art. He has organized over eighty exhibitions in thirty-two years, including work by Lewis Hine, Diane Arbus, Roy De Carava, Walker Evans, Paul Strand, Andy Warhol, Harold Edgerton, Lisette Model, and Man Ray.
Join us as we celebrate new voices in image-making. The ONWARD exhibit features works selected by Andrew Moore 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, February 28th, the night before the conference. Taking place at a private residence in Center City, 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.