Amongst the Final Four frenzy, Houston is also being visited by numerous of spectators for the world’s longest running, largest and most respected international photographic art events. FotoFest 2016 is the 16th International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art hosted in Houston from March 12- April 24, 2016. This year’s theme titled “Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet” exhibits environmental issues throughout the world. The organization hopes to promote how artists are addressing and playing a major role in the process of global change. The exhibitions will feature 34 photographers and mixed-media artists from nine countries.


Brown Hooded Kingfisher
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, 2011
Courtesy of the Artist Joel Sartore and National Geographic

“We are addressing challenges we face as inhabitants of a swiftly changing Earth. We are exploring the intersections of science and art, of new technologies and new realities.” -Steven Evans(FotoFest Executive Director)

Changing Circumstances will bring awareness by presenting artists, experts, scientists, writers, and policy makers focusing on the correlated issues of climate change, population growth and migration, globalized use of natural resources, capital, and the impact of new technologies. Featured programs and elaborate exhibits will concentrate on the future of the Earth by examining challenges, and by proposing new ideas and solutions.


Acid Crater Lake, Kawah Ijen Volcano, East Java, Indonesia, 2011
Courtesy of Meridel Rubenstein (USA) and Brian Gross Fine Art

Amid it’s lectures and exhibits, FotoFest has also partnered with local organizations and museums sharing displays and photography at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston and the Menil Collection just to name a few. Rice University Energy and Environmental academic groups are also mentioned as participants of conducting research. In lieu of the bicycle tour trend, a bike scramble is an anticipated event dedicated to exploring humanity’s relationship to our changing plane.


“Colorado Delta River #2, Near San Felipe, Baja, Mexico”
Courtesy of the Artist Edward Burtynsky

FotoFest founded the first international Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art in the United States with the first biennial, citywide Month of Photography being held in 1986 in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1983 by documentary photographers and journalists, Frederick Baldwin, Wendy Watriss, and European gallery director, Petra Benteler, FotoFest is an international non-profit photographic arts and education organization with its headquarters based right here in Houston, Texas.

FotoFest’s purpose is “to promote the exchange of art and ideas through international programs and the presentation of photographic art. [FotoFest’s] programs work globally and locally, bringing together an international vision of art and cross-cultural exchange with a commitment to community involvement and the enrichment of Houston’s cultural resources.” (History of Fotofest)


You have less than a month left of viewing some of the world’s best artwork here at your convenience. With a wide variety of events, gallery showings, workshops and seminars, there is something for everyone whether you’re an “I like art type” as Kanye says or just a curious novice.

For more information on FotoFest visit the official website for lists of events HERE