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main focus (pardon the pun) at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from last Friday (Sept 30) until Sunday (Oct 2) as The Eye International Photography Festival landed to bring a packed weekend for a third time. The Eye International Photography

Festival captured everyone’s attention for months and as those dates were crossed off their calendars, it meant the exciting event was getting a step closer each time. The Eye International Photography

Festival also features four exhibitions as part of the event. There was the ‘1% Privilege in a

Time of Global Inequality’ exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, which featured in the September 23 edition of The Herald. The exhibition consists of work

from 37 world leading photographers and with each photograph documenting various aspects of privilege and global wealth, it is really an insightful experience and one not to be missed. The project aims to promote the

global concern for the increasingly unequal distribution of wealth and income, capturing a wide selection of scenarios that highlight the worldwide issue, along with highlighting the imperative to combat it. All 37 photographs at the

exhibition demonstrate that the estimated 1% of the richest adults in the world own 86% of all wealth. ‘1% Privilege in a Time of Global

Inequality’ combines essays from books written by Nobel Prize-winning economist and inequality expert Joseph Stiglitz, and PhD and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning writer Geoff Dyer. In addition, the exhibition gained

inspiration from conversations held by Daniel Brena, Director of ‘Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo’ in Oaxaca, Mexico. New York-based photo editor

Myles Little exceeds his role as curator of the exhibition, as he unites all 37 photographers together to make a bold statement in bringing awareness of global wealth. With the ‘1% Privilege in a

Time of Global Inequality’ being Myles Little’s third time curating an exhibition, he gained an education within photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and has collaborated with some of the best

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photographers in the world. The Festival also features Nick

Danziger’s ‘Revisited’ exhibition, exhibited from Wednesday, September 28, and will be available to the public until Saturday, November 12 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The exhibition is an opportunity

to view the work by Danzieger, as he explores various topics surrounding the Millennium Development Goals and whether it has succeeded in giving families a better life. The exhibition is a fantastic

experience, especially as Danziger previously worked for 10 years among families living in both urban and rural areas. This exhibition is a chance to see his reflective approach on what has changed for those who have the least. The Festival also includes ‘The

Box’, a mini viewing room showing the work of emerging photographers. This also includes work from Geoff Wedge’s series of photographs called ‘House in the Sun’. The fourth exhibition, Chris

Wilson’s ‘Sakuteiki’, opened on Saturday (Oct 1) and is available to see until November 12 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. A photographer from Llanelli,

Wilson’s work is part of an extended series on aspects of everyday life in Japan. The fantastic line up for The Eye

International Photography Festival included talks, workshops, interviews and gallery openings that spread over a three day period and left no room for disappointment. On the Friday at 7.30pm, the

Festival kicked off with ‘A Fine Beginning’ discussion. Featuring James O Jenkins, the

talk went into depths about the Welsh photography collective, a platform that provide the opportunity to showcase photography being made in and around Wales. Launched at the ‘Diffusion: Cardiff

International Festival of Photography’ in May 2013, the collective consists of five photographers – Abbie Trayler- Smith, Gawain Barnard, Jack Latham, Francesca Jones and James O Jenkins himself.

With the first exhibition held at

the Arcade Cardiff in March 2014, the collective held the ‘Common Ground’ exhibition with Document Scotland at The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff earlier this year. The second day of the Festival

was an unforgettable treat, starting at 9.45am and the last segment being at 8.15pm. Kicking it off was Gwynedd-born

professional photographer Rhodri Jones, who discussed the topic of documentary. Having specialised in photography

on both personal and commissioned global projects, Jones has had five personal photographic volumes published such as ‘Return/Yn ôl’ (Seren, Wales 2006) and ‘Hinterland’ (L’Artiere Edizioni, Italy 2010), Rhodri also shared his experiences

at the Festival of having his work exhibited in places like China, France, Italy, UK and USA as well as having his images used by leading magazines, newspapers and publishers around the world. The Festival then introduced the

‘sports’ category, where Rebecca Naden addressed the audience on her career as a full time professional photographer based in Wales. A photographer at Premier

League football matches, as well being a member of ‘The British Press Photographers’ Association (The BPPA), Naden also dedicates her time to writing about world news. At the Festival, she shared her

passion for photography through demonstrating her work from spending 25 years in as a staff photographer in London, where she worked for the Press Association before returning to Wales to work for Thomson Reuters. The Festival then provided the

opportunity for people to attend workshops and various activities. The Cyanotype workshop took

place at the Festival and was run by South Wales University lecturer Andy Pearsall. Guests at the Festival had the chance to examine some of the world’s most important historical original images in The National Library of Wales collection. The Festival made way for the

lighting workshop to take place with multi award-winning photographer and teacher Mark Cleghorn.


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Introducing the subject of ‘Award

Winning Documentary’, Zed Nelson explored the area of photography and demonstrated his globally published and exhibited work. As well as gaining recognition

as a professional documentary photographer, the attendees at the Festival learned of his focus on western society and his conceptual approach that reflects on contemporary social issues. With many published books to

his name, Nelson has had his work exhibited in very prestigious places such as at Tate Britain, the ICA and the National Portrait Gallery, in addition to previously having solo shows in London, New York and Stockholm. In the main gallery, renowned

rock/pop photographer and one of the Festival’s guest photographers Jill Furmanovsky discussed her career and her involvement in ‘Havana Moon – The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba’. The coverage of the film featured

in the September 30 edition of The Herald, where we attended the one-off screening at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The film allowed viewers, for one

night only, to experience the magic and excitement of an historic night where The Rolling Stones played on March 25, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. What made the night historic was

that The Rolling Stones became the first rock band to play an enormous free outdoor concert to a million people in Havana itself. The band played at the concert

in same week as President Obama became the first serving US President to visit Cuba in 88 years. The film includes plenty of black

and white archive footage of Cuba and an interview with the legendary rockers (namely Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger). Just like they were formed

yesterday, the band performed a number of their classic rock hits including ‘Start Me Up’, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘Paint it Black’, ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll’, ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, and many more. Jill has an impressive 40 year

career span in photography, with her portfolio filled with many of the biggest names in rock music, namely Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, The Police, Blondie, Led Zeppelin, The Pretenders, Bob Dylan, and Oasis. She has also directed videos for

Oasis and The Pretenders. In addition to her continuously

expanding portfolio, Jill is also an award winning photographer for her music photography, including ‘Woman of the Year’ for Music and Related Industries (1988). When The Herald interviewed

Jill in the September 30 edition, she explained her involvement with the concert: “I watched ‘Havana Moon’ on the September 23 in Camden Town and relived the whole thing again with a beating heart. I have photographed

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