The theme of the first Festival was ‘The Independent Eye’. This celebrates photography as an art-form that stands alone from others. Photography offers artists a unique ability to present personal viewpoints and perspectives, reflections on the world, and new artistic and technical approaches. The theme also reflects Frome’s long-standing ideas. ‘The Frome Independent’ market is the largest in the South West, and the town has had an Independent Council since 2011 (‘flatpack democracy’).
Photo|Frome had exhibitions at seven venues across Frome. This includes well-known, contemporary photographers; work that is historically important to the South-West of the UK; new, emerging talent; and local photographers and students of varied experience. The aim is for an inclusive, diverse series of exhibitions which will have very broad appeal in the local community and beyond. More than 75 photographers are taking part in either solo shows or group exhibitions.
Click each image to find out more – and the full exhibition list is here. All FREE entry.
And here are 360 videos of the installations at some of the main venues if you weren’t able to see the shows.
Photo|Frome was proud to start a series of limited-edition monographs which will continue through future festivals. These are released in an edition of 100 and were available for sale at our book fair at Rook Lane Chapel throughout the festival, and online thereafter.
Volume 1 follows the 2022 festival theme – The Independent Eye. Four monographs start the series, by Danny North, Mary Maynard, Robert Huggins, and Tom Hull. Danny and Robert are exhibiting at Rook Lane Chapel; Mary is part of the Frome Wessex Photographic show at the Town Hall; and Tom is exhibiting at Gallery at The Station.
Each is 21 cm x 13 cm, 48 pages, soft cover, £15. Limited edition of 100 each. More information and order here.
There were a series of talks on a variety of areas of photography, from the historical to the controversial!
Photo|Frome offered workshops by experienced practitioners of real hands-on value to photographers of all levels.
Portfolio Reviews were offered by experienced photographers, teachers and editors, a great way for serious photographers to up their game and, if they wish, consider their commercial or academic potential.
We are showcasing the work of local photographers online and via special events during the Festival. Check out the featured galleries.
Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved.
BOOKS & MAGAZINES
Photo|Frome showcased photography books and magazines
BOOK STALL, ROOK LANE CHAPEL / 10:00-16:00 Sunday 26 June to Wednesday 13 July
There will be a selection of photography books for sale, including the Monographs and some of the exhibitor’s books.
MAGAZINE FAIR, ROOK LANE CHAPEL /10:00-16:00 Sunday 3 July. ONE DAY ONLY.
Bath’s Magalleria, one of the best magazine stores in the Southwest if not the UK, will be putting on a special magazine fair for one day only, the same day as The Frome Independent market. Come and be inspired! (Note: date wrongly set as Sunday, 3 July in the printed Programme).
CALENDAR OF MAIN EVENTS
Full programme is available to download here.
Click on the calendar to see larger version for downloading.