The international conference PhotoStories – Where photography and film meet digital storytelling departed from the assertion that there is a substantial lack of information on this subject in the Netherlands. Its aim is to present us new concepts of storytelling and help us to imagine new perspectives on the future of the medium.

The second edition of PhotoStories will be held on May 21 and 22 2015, in Amsterdam, at Pakhuis De Zwijger. How can photographers, film directors and other (visual) storytellers enlarge their toolbox to convince the spectator of the significance of what they have to tell? What possibilities are there for new ways of storytelling? In a wide program of lectures, teach-inns, showcases and keynotes PhotoStories searches for the answers to these questions. Among the speakers are Pieter ten Hoopen, William Uricchio and David Campbell.

The first conference was held in May 2011 at the Dutch Photo Museum in Rotterdam with a follow-up in September 2011, during the Noorderlicht Photo Festival. The conference contained a dazzling and packed program of first class lectures, workshops, meetings and discussions from leading international figures in the field of media, cinema and photography.
Guests were: Todd Heisler (NY Times), Paul Moakley (TIME Magazine), Alexandre Brachet (Upian.com), Bjarke Myrthu (StoryPlanet.com), Adrian Kelterborn (Magnum in Motion / Magnum Photo), Jeremy Mendes (National Film Board of Canada), Henrik Kastenskov (Bombay Flying Club), Gideon Mendel (freelance photographer), Caspar Sonnen (IDFA DocLab), Yvo Zijlstra, Jurriaan Esmeijer (Submarine).

PhotoStories is organised by Nederlands Fotomuseum,  IDFA DocLabPhotoQ, Paradox, Jenny Smets, supported by World Press Photo and Eye Film Institute.

With financial support from:

Stichting Democratie en Media, DuPho, Stimuleringsfonds voor de Pers, Filmfonds.




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