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Right Here, Right Now: photography snatched off the streets

This year’s Format photography festival, which began at the weekend and runs until 3 April, looks set to put Derby on the map in the suddenly crowded international photography festival circuit. The title is Right Here, Right Now: Exposures From the Public Realm and the theme a timely one: contemporary street photography from around the globe.

The lineup is strong: Chris Steele-Perkins‘s intimate portraits of Tokyo street life; Raghu Rai‘s vibrant images of India‘s teeming cities; Raymond Depardon‘s outsider’s view of Manhattan in the 1980s; Giacomo Brunelli’s often unsettling shots of animals in the urban jungle. Alongside contemporary street photographers such as Alex Webb and Polly Braden, Format has also attracted two masters of the genre to Derby: Joel Meyerowitz and Bruce Gilden, the former to exhibit and host a talk, the latter to actually shoot on the streets of the city. Another excellent article by Sean O’Hagen at The Guardian, more here

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