The 11th edition of the Revela’t Festival, the world’s first analog photography festival, took place in the charming city of Vilassar de Dalt from June 3rd to June 18th. The festival centered around the theme of ‘Caminos’ (spanish: Paths), inviting artists and attendees to explore different perspectives and interpretations of life’s journeys and the world around us. Alongside captivating exhibitions, the festival offered a range of activities including conferences, a photographic market, photobook presentations, and engaging workshops, all aimed at celebrating analog photography and fostering creative connections.
One of the highlighted artists in this year’s festival was Ramón Masats, the esteemed winner of the National Photography Prize. Masats was honored with the exhibition “Visit Spain,” a collection curated by photographer and journalist Chema Conesa. This captivating showcase provided a glimpse into Spanish society during the early years of Franco’s regime. Masats’ powerful documentary photography style allowed viewers to delve into the historical context, while leaving room for personal interpretation and reflection.
Manuel Outumuro, a celebrated fashion photographer from Barcelona, presented his work “Orography of the Path.” This exhibition offered a unique insight into Outumuro’s creative process and explored the transition from analog to digital photography. His captivating images captured the essence of landscapes and human experiences, providing a visual narrative that resonated with attendees.
Barbara Bosworth, an acclaimed American photographer renowned for her large-format landscape work, presented “One Star and a Dark Voyage.” Through her lens, Bosworth conveyed a profound narrative of loss and the journey back home, evoking a sense of emotional connection with her viewers.
Mike Brodie, also known as Polaroid Kidd, shared his project “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity.” Brodie’s collection documented the train-hopping culture, capturing the essence of a unique subculture through intimate and candid photographs.
Throughout the festival weekend, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a variety of free outdoor workshops focused on analog photography techniques. From photographic transfer and cyanotype to photo collages and screen printing, these workshops aimed to engage participants of all skill levels and introduce them to the artistic possibilities of analog photography.
Revela’t Festival 2023 successfully celebrated the art of analog photography, offering a diverse range of exhibitions and activities that inspired creativity and fostered connections within the global photography community. Through the exploration of paths, both literal and metaphorical, the festival encouraged attendees to immerse themselves in unique perspectives and reflect on their own journeys. Revela’t Festival continues to be a vital platform for analog photography enthusiasts, providing a space for artistic expression and the exchange of ideas.