The 2022 PhotoVogue Festival Makes Susan Sontag Its Guide

Each attending exhibition—curated by Glaviano and Francesca Marani—approaches the issue from a different angle. In “Regarding the Pain of Others,” pictures and videos of recent disasters are described in writing instead of displayed, inviting visitors “to be active, responsible viewers” with their minds’ eyes “rather than distracted, passive voyeurs.” The results of a partnership between PhotoVogue and Voice, a carbon-neutral digital art marketplace, show off how 81 artists created projects in Web3 related to equity and justice. “Visual Communication for Change: Using Creativity to Address Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa”—a collaboration with Ethiopian photographer Aïda Muluneh—surveys how these tropical diseases (often referred to as NTDs) impact individuals and communities across the African continent. “Italian Panorama” presents a gloriously multifaceted vision of contemporary Italian culture through the works of 25 multidisciplinary artists. “The Next Great Fashion Image Makers” calls attention to a new generation of socially conscious fashion photographers, winnowing submissions from a global open call. (While the selection for the show spotlights 40 artists from 24 countries, a slightly larger edit—of 100 artist from 40 countries—will feature in PhotoVogue Fashion 100, a video installation at BASE.) 

Vogue’s photography has always shown our audience the wider world through the lens of fashion,” says Anna Wintour, the chief content officer and global editorial director of Condé Nast. “It’s a thrill to see this spirit reflected in the images from PhotoVogue’s first global open call. These photographs are exciting, boundary-pushing, beautiful, and a reminder of how much creativity there is around the world, and how much more is always waiting to be discovered.” 

Finally, “Face Forward: Redefining the Vogue Cover”—a festival highlight—gathers some of the boldest and most memorable covers produced by Vogues all over the globe. “Fashion is a language spoken mainly through life and photography—and the latter can be a powerful storytelling tool to overcome issues of representation,” says Edward Enninful, Vogue’s European editorial director. “This is particularly evident looking at all the covers from our global editions of Vogue. We are taking a stand, celebrating how beautiful and diverse the world really is.” 

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