BredaPhoto festival is a biannual international photo festival in Breda, in the Netherlands. The 8th edition took place from September 5th until October 21th 2018. A significant number of outspoken photographers, Dutch and from abroad, exhibited their work outdoors and in art centers in town. In this way BredaPhoto celebrated photography.
BredaPhoto Festival shows the state of the art of contemporary photography based on an internationally relevant social theme. The 2018 title of the festival will be ‘To Infinity and Beyond’.
BredaPhoto wants to know more about the possibilities and impact of ongoing progress in technology and science. Will it bring nothing but progress? Or are we at risk of opening a Pandora’s box full of unwelcome surprises? Photography is a unique medium to visualize how technology and science are fundamentally changing the world around us. Photographers can show us the opportunities, the dangers and the dilemmas. They can show us what’s happening in front of our eyes, or take the liberty to make a careful prediction of what might happen next.
BredaPhoto Festival is organized since 2003 in the city center of Breda, the Netherlands. Offering a mixture of fresh talent and national and international headliners, the festival hosted photographers such as Martin Parr, Carl De Keyzer, Pieter Hugo, Bloomberg and Chanarin, Todd Hido and Yamamoto Masao in past editions. Is has grown to be the largest photo festival in the Benelux.
During seven weeks, the center of Breda and the raw Belcrum area are dedicated to photography. The program consists of lectures, workshops and numerous indoor and outside exhibitions throughout the city. Visitor can grab a bite or drink at the festivalhart (Breda Botanique), and look at photo books or join an event. The outdoor exhibition is free for all visitors. Visitors can access all indoor locations, exhibitions and events of BredaPhoto with a passe-partout, which is valid for seven weeks. Including a boat trip between Belcrum and the center.
Alle festival venues are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-17:00 with exception of Club Solo, which is open from 11:00-17:00.
Reinout van den Bergh – curator
Jan Schaerlackens – curator
Geert van Eyck – curator
Theo Andriessen – business manager
Marjorie van Geenhuizen – sponsoring
Bix Smeets – backoffice & hospitality
Marianne Robben – marketing & communication
The festival is being build and run by a loyal group of volunteers which currently consists of around 150 persons. Without their help BredaPhoto would not exist. If you are interested to become part of the team, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For the 2018 edition of BredaPhoto Festival, the team of Dutch curators has been expanded with three international associated curators. Based upon their rich network and knowledge-area these curators offer BredaPhoto extra eyes and ears for enriching the program of the upcoming edition of the photo festival. The associated curators are Mohamed Somji (photographer and director of Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai), Yumi Goto (independent art and documentary photography curator, editor, researcher and publisher from Japan) and Azu Nwogbogu (founder and director of African Artists’ Foundation and Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria).
BredaPhoto Foundation is supported by a board consisting of Bart Straatman (chairman), Michel Wesseling (secretary), Marty Horeman (treasurer), Marieke Wiegel (board member) and Marcia van den Wildenberg (board member). They perform their duties unpaid. If you have questions about the organization and the foundation behind the festival, please contact us by mail.