Spring is on the way, and with it a host of photography-focused festivals and photo-related programs taking place across the country. Designed to bring together communities of photographers, collectors, photo lovers, and scholars as well as the general public, the celebrations give virtually everyone a chance to experience what Dorothea Lange characterized as “an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”



Month of Photography Denver



It looks like photography in the Mile-High City is reaching new heights: March and April brings MOP Denver, a biennial celebration with hundreds of public events. RedLine serves as the center of the activities, hosting lectures, workshops, and exhibitions, including the Visiting Artists’ Walk and Talk on March 15 and the exhibition Playing with Beauty. Other programming includes an exhibition of artists’ books made with photographic imagery or processes at the Abecedarian Gallery; Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder at the Denver Art Museum; and The Big Picture, in which contemporary photography is displayed, mural-sized, in galleries as well as outdoor spaces.




Portland Photo Month



An arts non-profit based in Oregon, Photolucida aims to connect the regional, national, and international photography communities. As part of the fifth annual Portland Photo Month, Photolucida’s Portfolio Walk on April 23 allows photographers the chance to display their images for the community to see, free of charge. Other events include a lecture and book signing with photographer Mona Kuhn on April 24 at the Portland Art Museum.




Month of Photography Los Angeles



Now in its seventh year, Los Angeles’s Month of Photography is exploring the theme of “Realities and Concepts,” which offers contemporary photography in both traditional and non-traditional settings. There will be shows along fences that run past pedestrian walkways, as well as Wish You Were Here: Part 2, a postcard exhibition. The Stand-Ins, a series about the shot before the shot – before the celebrity poses for the camera, before the animal leaves the cage – will be on view. And finally, don’t miss Pro’jekt LA, in which images are projected on walls and outdoor spaces throughout LA.




Shashin: Photography from Japan



Designed to raise awareness of Japanese photography in New York, this event seeks to bring together collectors, photographers, academics, and students. The main focus is the Shashin Symposium: Photography from Japan at the New York Public Library April 24-25. Topics include “Protest and Performance,” “Disaster and Vision,” and “The Japanese Photo Book.” It’s been organized jointly by the Council for Photography from Japan, the International Center of Photography, and the New York Pubic Library. The inaugural program will also include screenings (Takashi Homma’s documentary on photographer Takuma Nakahira), lectures, slideshows (including one on current Japanese photographers) and exhibitions.




Flash Forward Boston



Based at the Fairmont Battery Wharf from May 1 to 4, emerging photographers from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom will be celebrated with a series of events throughout Boston. You can get a jump on the programming with events in April: the film Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People screens on April 12 at the Museum of Fine Arts; on April 30, visitors can take part in a 20/20 event with an evening of talks by ten photographers from the Boreal Collective, each with 20 slides.