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Over the next few months we will be giving regular updates on whats happening at FotoFreo 2012, here’s the first installment.

FotoFreo 2012 Festival will be comprised of a series of photographic exhibitions curated by FotoFreo Inc. (the Core Exhibitions) in dedicated venues which include the Fremantle Arts Centre, the Western Australian Maritime Museum, the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, the Fremantle Prison and a number of commercial art galleries. The Festival will also host evenings of audio visual projections, panel discussions, floor talks, book launches, portfolio reviews, screenings of films about photography and a number of workshops, including three run by photographers from Magnum Photos.

Most of the events that involve visiting photographers and speakers will take place during the first 10 days of the month long Festival period.

CancelFollowing on from the 2008 and 2010 Festivals, FotoFreo has again commissioned new photographic projects for the 2012 Festival and these include a major commission to be undertaken by Martin Parr, in which he will visit and photograph in Broome, Port Hedland, Fremantle and Albany, and a commission by W.A. photographer Bo Wong to investigate the Fremantle Market, a local destination icon. It is the expectation that these exhibitions will tour interstate and possibly overseas after the conclusion of FotoFreo 2012.

A major focus of FotoFreo 2012 will be photography from India. The programme will feature a solo exhibition of the work of Raghu Rai showing at the WAMM on Victoria Quay, a group exhibition of six photographers (including Bharat Sikka, Dileep Prakash, Ketaki Sheth, Gauri Gill, Vidura Jang Bahadur and Pushpamala) curated by Devik Daulett-Singh showing at the Fremantle Arts Cantre and an audio visual projection involving 20 emerging and mid career Indian photographers curated by Sohrab Hura.

In addition there will be a group exhibition of New Zealand photographers, which will include Mark Adams, Joyce Campbell, James Lowe, Richard Orjis and Greg Semu and show at the Fremantle Prison.

A major new initiative set to become a regular feature of ongoing FotoFreo festivals is the FutureGen project showing the work of the best graduating photographers from Australian photography courses and involving an exchange with China and the Pingyao festival where a similar project involving more than 50 Chinese universities is being undertaken.

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