In 2008 a group of interested Augusta, Georgia-based volunteers came together to present a photography festival inspired by the vision of photographer D.K. Bhaskar to “create an international event to attract visitors to Augusta, educate the camera-using public, and encourage the creative spirit.”
After the warm reception for the first three-day Augusta Photography Festival, the steering committee decided the Festival should be a longer, biennial event, repeating every two years. The addition time allows the festival to expand with more exhibits, workshops and other events. The nine-day October 24-Nov. 1 2014 Festival is our fourth edition. In 2011 the Augusta Photography Festival, Inc. incorporated as a non-profit educational organization and was given a tax exempt 501(c )3 designation by the IRS.
Photography has become the art of the people, a medium in which nearly all dabble and a few excel. In a city where arts has been the soul of our existence, as exemplified by James Brown, the Augusta Photo Festival can become a part of an ongoing effort to build on the image or our beautiful region and tap the ocean of skills of the people who live here. The festival is a chance to bring the beauty of Augusta to the surface, as well as to import the beauty of the world. The festival gives us a way of speaking beyond words, in the international language of visual arts, and to create a collaborative approach to developing our artistic community. We envision the festival as something that would reach out to make it a cultural event that not only provides images for us to see, but provides images that can help reshape our world.
-- Bhaskar Krishnamurthy (D.K. Bhaskar)
Join the Conversation, Join the Team
A lively and engaged Augusta Photo Festival Facebook group formed after the 2012 Festival and is still going strong. A great place to share and get feedback on your work, get advice, swap equipment. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/99571662136/ and ask to join us.
As we get ready for the next Augusta Photo Festival we are looking for energetic and motivated volunteers from the community to help with various behind the scenes opportunities. You do not even have to be a photographer.
If your company is interested in sponsoring an event or the Festival in general, we’d love to talk to you. Contact Ed Belinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.