This year’s NonFiction Photo Festival takes place from November 12 until December 5 and will address fair fashion, problematize contemporary issues, and give insights into photography and journalism.
The photo festival featuring the globally renowned World Press Photo Exhibition is one of Groningen’s most prominent cultural highlights. NonFiction Photo, the festival’s initiator, will display two exhibitions.
Fair instead Fast
This year’s leading exhibition will be supported by local photographers that use photography to tell their stories about Fair Fashion. “Fair Fashion” is a collective term for a movement within the fashion world (designers and brands) that advocates for a sustainable and socially just fashion industry. Locally produced clothing minimizing carbon footprints, extending the life span of products, and ensuring fair and humane working conditions for workers in the fashion industry are the main goals of fair fashion advocates.
The World’s Best
Besides the theme “Fast vs Fair Fashion,” the Global World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 will be displayed. The exhibition is composed of photographers’ projects from all over the world. They were asked to send in their best projects in order to win the title, “World Press Photo of the Year.” Their submissions address and display a wide range of topics and opinions on contemporary issues such as the climate crisis, territorial conflicts, or minority rights. Forty-five nominees from 28 countries will be displaying their unique photographs.
Additionally, the Academy programme will offer photoshoots, discussions, and lectures, allowing visitors to learn more about the presented projects and contextualize the addressed issues. Experts from different professional backgrounds will explain the stories “behind” the photographs, enabling photography enthusiasts to take a look “behind the scenes.”
The exhibitions will be displayed at the Synagogue Groningen from November 12 to December 5. The festival is accessible for Dutch and English speakers and will offer guided tours in both languages. A corona entry pass (QR code) or a negative PCR test are required for people above 12 years old.
Here, you can find further information and purchase tickets.
Image: ‘De World Press Photo Exhibition in 2019’ by Tessa Runau, 2019 via Dagblad van het Noorden