On behalf of everyone at Capture Photography Festival, I am thrilled to welcome you to the 2020 Festival!
During a time of great uncertainty, many of you may be asking why art, especially now? In Robert Adams’ classic text Why People Photograph, he wrote “At our best and most fortunate we make pictures because of what stands in front of the camera, to honor what is greater and more interesting than we are.” This idea of capturing something larger and more profound than we are as individuals is particularly pertinent to this moment. It is what gives us hope.
While we are all staying close to home, Capture has reconceptualised many aspects of our programming to bring digital content directly to our audiences. I hope you will enjoy our catalogue, website and Instagram as we deliver virtual exhibitions, the Incubator online auction, filmed talks and tours as well as other online content to you. It is a way for us to celebrate the work of the incredible local and international artists featured in this year’s Festival, and, importantly, to stay connected.
I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the art community for the incredible support we have been afforded both in our efforts to plan Capture in the first place, and then as we responded to the current health concerns and planned alternative programming. The way in which organizations, institutions, galleries and artists have collaborated with us and supported our efforts was truly generous and heartening during a time that has been fraught for so many. For me, it has been a great affirmation that it is through the collective energy that so many people pour into Capture that we are able to realize this magic annually in April.
All the best,
Emmy Lee Wall
Image: Christopher Lacroix, Hold tight, I have a story (I am sorry), 2019, archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the Artist. Graphic design by Vicky Lum.