American festival Look3 has announced the end of its activities and will not be renewed in 2018. Organized on the initiative of photographer Michael Nichols (National Geographic) in 1988 in Charlottesville, Virginia, the event truly took the form of a photography festival ten years ago.
Considered as the “Perpignan of the United States”, in reference to the international festival of photojournalism Visa for the image, it gathered photographers, curators, actors composing the world of photography around exhibitions, conferences, readings , educational programs, as all ambitious as perfectly realized. For the record, the 2016 edition brought together Nick Brandt, Graciela Iturbide, Christopher Morris, Olivia Bee, Shiela Pree Bright, Mary F. Calvert, Binh Danh, Doug DuBois, Joe Riis and Ruddy Roye. Frans Lanting occupied the pedestrian mall area.
The festival declared “we are eternally grateful to our featured artists for sharing their talents and inspiring us to look at the world in new ways”, and thanked the sponsors, patrons, volunteers who participated in the success of the festival.
Will Kerner, the current president of the festival said: “Although I’m sad that Look3 has come to an end, I feel that it really fulfilled a lot of its mission during the 10 years that it existed, and left a legacy that people will remember for a long time” (NBC29).
Several reasons seem to have decided the organizers, including missing financial resources.