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Medium Festival Of Photography


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until March 13, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual / Various
    Map | Website
  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free - $200

Medium is an annual photography festival in San Diego celebrating boundary-pushing artists of our time, highlighted by a Keynote Lecture by Catherine Opie on March 6. We are the only photo festival in the United States that offers tours to Latin America and grants for Latin American artists.

From March 3-13, 2021 we present a series of workshops, a renowned portfolio review, the annual Northern Exposure exhibition, and a series of virtual artist lectures & public conversations by renowned contemporary artists of our time.

*due to COVID-19, the Medium Festival will be primarily virtual in 2021. Partnerships and socially distanced community events will complement virtual programming.

The 2021 Festival includes virtual events spread across 10 days, with socially-distanced outdoor public events for Catherine Opie’s Keynote Lecture and Philipp Scholz Rittermann’s projection and curatorial conversation. We offer VIP passes, festival passes, and single lecture passes for each of our five artist lectures, with discounted options a free registration available for those with limited financial means.

Daily Exhibition Information
March 3-13: Sidewalk exhibition of 2021 review photographers and festival events at Art Produce in North Park

2021 Lectures and Events
View the detailed daily schedule here.
View the lecture programhere.

Keynote Lecture with Catherine Opie
March 6 at 4 p.m.
The annual Keynote Lecture takes place on Saturday, March 6, highlighting 10 days of lectures on photography. Our 2021 Keynote Lecture is presented by Catherine Opie, beginning at 4:00pm Pacific Time on March 6, 2021. Admission to the Keynote Lecture is free for members of Medium Photo and included with all Portfolio Review passes, VIP and Festival passes. Individual tickets to the Keynote Lecture can be purchased beginning January 23, 2021.

Virtual, with outdoor screenings at Art Produce and the Photographers Eye Gallery.

More information about Catherine Opie, and registration information here.

Second Sight lecture with Fatemeh Baigmoradi
March 6 at 9:30 a.m.
Our annual Second Sight Award is presented to one of our participating Review photographers, based on nominations from reviewers. Each curator, editor, and gallerist at the Medium Review nominates three artists whose work explores new creative avenues and whose ability to speak about their work supports enriched understanding of it. The Second Sight Award recipient participates in our Group f.16 fine print program and presents the first lecture in our annual artist lecture series on the third Saturday in October. The 2021 Second Sight Award is given to Fatemeh Baigmoradi, who will present a lecture at 9:30am on Saturday, March 6.

More information and registration here.

Lecture by Farrah Karapetian
March 7 at 10 a.m.
Known for her cameraless photographs, Farrah Karapetian’s creative practice turns the act of reproduction into one of production. Her large-scale photograms are drawn from sculptures and performance, recalling photography’s rich history of experimentation. Farrah’s lecture takes place on Sunday, March 7 at 10:00am.

More information and registration here.

Lecture by Paul Mpagi Sepuya
March 12 at 4 p.m.
Los Angeles based artist Paul Mpgai Sepuya explores photography through portraiture, queer and homoerotic collaborations, and the material and conceptual potential of blackness at the heart of the medium itself. He presents a lecture about the development of his work on Friday, March 12, at 4:00pm Pacific time.

More information and registration here.

Lecture by Abul Aziz
March 13 at 10 a.m.
New Orleans based photojournalist Abdul Aziz presents a lecture about his work covering the momentous events of 2020/2021 and the influences who helped shape his career. Abdul’s lecture takes place on Satuday, March 13 at 10:00am.

More information and registration here.

Conversation with HereIn Journal and Han Nguyen
March 11 at 4 p.m.
Join Elizabeth Rooklidge, Founder and Editor of HereIn Journal, and San Diego based artist Han Nguyen for an exploration of his robust creative career extending nearly 40 years. Transcending genres and embracing a spirit of experimentation, this conversation will explore some of the highlights that have propelled a creative career up to and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Han Nguyen’s work is in prominent museum and private collections across the United States, and represented by Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla.

Register on main event page here.

Outdoor Projection and conversation with Philipp Scholz Rittermann and Kevin Miller
March 13 at 7 p.m.
Join contemporary artist Philipp Scholz Rittermann and curator Kevin Miller for a performance of Rittermann’s time based projections and conversation about the origins of this work. Philipp Scholz Rittermann has been working with lens based media and explorations of time through visual art since the 1980s.

More information about this in-person event here.

Social Media Strategies for Photographers with Mary Virginia Swanson and guests

March 3 at 12 p.m.
In this updated, illustrated lecture MARY VIRGINIA SWANSON introduces strategies for using social media platforms including Instagram to engage followers in your creative practice and move your career forward.

More information and registration here.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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