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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1990 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 11, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/21919/show/21665.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1990 - Issues. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/21919/show/21665

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Transcript FotoFest '90 Houston hosts photo exploration Many people think that a student of photography will learn to make a cliche picture of a sunset or even learn to repair a camera. A visit to the George R. Brown Convention Center during FotoFest set them straight when Houston played host to the world's largest festival of photography. Photography is an exploration of issues in our society and the world in which we live. FotoFest concentrated a wealth of provocative photography into one giant mecca in the convention hall at the center. If the discovery of photography was modern communication's finest hour, then FotoFest is photography's finest month. The convention center housed 28 exhibitions from 15 countries in a futuristic architectural setting. Some of the countries represented included Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Chile, Mexico and India. This was the first time FotoFest made use of the convention center. When the first FotoFest took place in 1986, work was exhibited in 64 spaces around Houston and attracted 175,000 people. Eleven countries were represented by 783 photographers, including 52 from Texas. By 1988, the biannual event used 84 museum and gallery spaces and attracted 525,000 people. More than 1,000 photographers participated from 19 countries. In 1990, FotoFest continued to utilize art spaces and corporate facilities throughout Houston. Photography was exhibited at more than 55 locations throughout Houston, not including the "global village" within the convention cent er. To enter the exhibit hall, a person passed through a long black tunnel with slivers of light to see by. At the end of the tunnel was a circular Stonehedge-like configuration which provided the entryway to exhibitions from around the world. The significance of each exhibition was its visual commentary on world affairs and societal conceptions. The politics that were found in the exhibits put FotoFest in the world spotlight. The curators of this festival went behind the Iron Curtain to bring never-before-seen images to the West. Fred Baldwin, the president and founder of FotoFest, wanted to establish an international forum that was "very big, very important, very international. . . something that couldn't be ignored or we were going to disappear." During the 1988 FotoFest, an East German photographer, Thomas Flor- schuetz defected. One of his pieces was displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts' Glassell School. Three major conventions chose to take advantage of FotoFest's opportunities. They included the Women's Committee of the National Press Photographers Association, the Association of International Photography Art Dealers and the Professional Photographers Guild of Houston. The most unique aspect of FotoFest was the "Meeting Place," where photographic experts from around the world were on hand in the convention center to discuss and review portfolios. In 1988, the FotoFest included a FotoFence where children's photographes were exhibited. This <t**Uw ****>*» Berlin Wall-This photo recreation of the Berlin Wall was the backdrop for Political Kabaret, a play written by Czechoslovakian President Vaclav Havel and performed at the Alley Theatre during FotoFest '90. year's public wall, which spanned 800 feet, was open to anyone who wished to display some aspect of life in Houston. New to the event was the Interarts Space Program that offered performances in the convention center. The most notable of these was the presentation by the Alley Theater of Political Kaberet from the works of Vaclav Havel, the Czechoslovakian playwrite who became president of that country this year. r Havel's play The Audience was also presented by the Alley Theatre in conjunction with FotoFest. The play reflects Havel's own experience of, working in a provincial brewery in 1974. The entire play revolved around the conversation of the head malster (foreman) of the brewery; and Ferdinand Vanex, a censured writer who is forced to make a living by moving beer barrels. It was difficult to imagine how massive an effort by the local and international art community went into FotoFest. -Mark Lacy ^- Li.''' fiMi KlSSSttiBA HOUSTON WALL-Anyone who wanted to display a slice of Houston life was welcomed to display their picture on the Fotowall in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center.P/iofo by Mark Lacy. STERN PORTRAIT-Paval Stecha, who took this photograph of Czechoslovakian President Vaclav Havel, was one of the international speakers featured during FotoFest '90. 70 REissueAl REDssueIPE 71