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Noorderlicht

14 | 30

“Despite the fact that the photo festival world has grown enormously, Noorderlicht remains unique in her substantive and aesthetic approach, and with a presence of mind that I find in very few other festivals.”

13 | 30

“Photography is constantly evolving and changing, and I believe will always have a strong presence in our world. It is an exciting and challenging time with both analogue and digital platforms to explore. My main concern is through digital and how lazy this medium can be. I think social media and photography combined has the potential to kill the creativity of photography.”

12 | 30

“I hope that this year’s photo festival will once again show a broad variety and involvement from many participating organizations. I hope you keep surprising me with the exhibitions in the gallery. I like the fact that I see school classes walking around there on a regular basis, busy with their assignments. Shortly put: I wish the Noorderlicht-buzz will go on in the years ahead of us.”

11 | 30

I really like that Noorderlicht are open to all forms of expression within the photographic domain. From analogue to digital, collage and all the manifestations of the medium, thus offering all sorts of photographic artists a platform to exhibit.

10 | 30

“There is still an important role for Noorderlicht as a ‘fringe’ institution, which operates on the edges of photography and continues to take a critical look at society. In this way, Noorderlicht can continue to give new visions of what photography can mean for society, science and our perception of reality.”

09 | 30

“Since the festival increasingly pays attention on man’s impact on nature, showcasing photographers that document these acts of violence we commit against our environment, I hope Noorderlicht continues to do what it does best: continue to exhibit photography from all over the globe and show us a perspective as no other medium can do.”

08 | 30

“The first time I heard about Noorderlicht was in 2007. At that time, I was studying photography in Barcelona and I asked Pep Bonet about relevant photography festivals in Europe. Noorderlicht became a reference to understand the breadth and the possibilities of documentary photography.”

07 | 30

“Noorderlicht has consistently had a singular vision of photography that encompasses a wide range of approaches and creativity, while also remaining relevant to the issues and themes of the day.”

06 | 30

“Noorderlicht looks beyond the traditional ways of photography and is open to new narrative forms. The story is always the starting point. Not the story we always hear, but the other one.”

05 | 30

“It’s a challenging time for institutions promoting photography, but an exciting one as well. I would like to see Noorderlicht act as a regional hub to connect with institutions and individuals to highlight photography as a tool to move ideas and connect with the humanistic roots of what the medium offers.”