PRESS & Announcements

Photo © Tom Daly

Photo © Tom Daly

February 3, 2107

Dear LOOK3 Community:

When we began conceiving the Festival of the Photograph in 2006, we believed that our community needed a deep breath, a moment where we might all join together in a non-competitive, non-commercial environment to show work, talk, listen, look. Above all, we wanted to celebrate those who had accomplished so much in our field and inspire the next generation of artists. Photography was changing so quickly, and there was much to consider, much to learn, much to see. Why not, we thought, do it together each summer?

Now, ten years -- eight LOOK3s and two LOOKbetweens -- since the first Festival in 2007, it’s time once again for us to reflect. Is LOOK3 in its current iteration as relevant as it can be? If not, what should change? How does the event evolve? How can LOOK3 both serve and expand our community? And, more pragmatically, how do we produce a Festival that is sustainable?

And so, we’ve decided not to hold the LOOK3 Festival in 2017, and instead take time to reconceive and redesign -- to, in effect, look again. We invite you to be part of this process. Please share your thoughts and ideas with us by clicking on this link.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to you -- our featured artists, partners, donors, attendees, and volunteers. As we look forward, we know that whatever the future may hold, we will always strive to honor the incredible talent and spirit of community that has brought us together.  

With much thanks and appreciation,

The LOOK3 Team

LOOK3 In The News

  • July 12, 2016 — BBC NewsGraciela Iturbide: Photographing life as 'part of poetry' filmed and edited by Bill McKenna
  • June 17, 2016— National GeographicAn Acclaimed Photographer Finds Poetry in the Ordinary by Alexa Keefe
  • June 16, 2016 The Cavalier DailyLOOK3 Photography Festival comes to Cville by Evan Henry
  • June 13, 2016 — Charlottesville TomorrowLOOK3 Places Exhibit at the Landmark Hotel by Dan Hennicke
  • June 10, 2016 — WVTFLook3: Cville Snags Top Photographers for the 10th Annual Festival of the Photograph by Sandy Hausman
  • June 9, 2016 — Daily Progress, LOOK3 features photographers from across the globe by DAVID A. MAURER
  • June 8, 2016 C-VILLE Weekly, Made You Look: LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph
  • June 8, 2016 The Piedmont Virginian, Looking Forward to LOOK3 Photography Festival
  • June 6, 2016 Streetlight, Look3 Festival of the Photograph by Elizabeth Howard
  • June 6, 2016 NBC29, LOOK3 Festival Preview Up on Downtown Mall
  • June 2, 2016 The Photography Diaries, Editor's Choices: May 2016 by Daniel Pateman
  • May 29, 2016 NBC 29, Photography Festival Installs Pictures on Downtown Mall
  • May 29, 2016 — Charlottesville Newsplex, LOOK3 Festival installs 2016 exhibition in trees by Cherney Amhara
  • May 2, 2016 South x Southeast PhotomagazineLOOK3 | Interview with MV Swanson by Nancy McCrary
  • April 30, 2016 — Alexia FoundationAnnouncing the 2016 Alexia Grant Recipients by Alexia Foundation
  • April 20, 2016 aPhotoEditor, Mary Virginia Swanson Executive Director of the LOOK3 Festival by Jonathan Blaustein
  • April 19, 2016 Proof by National Geographic, Iconic Animals 'Return' to Lands They Once Roamed by Alexa Keefe
  • September 8, 2015 — LOOK3, LOOK3 Welcomes New Executive Director
  • September 8, 2015 — The Daily Progress Cville Pulse, Mary Virginia Swanson appointed as new LOOK3 executive director
  • September 8, 2015 — Photo District News PulseEducator, Consultant Mary Virginia Swanson Named New Executive Director of LOOK3 by Holly Hughes
  • June 16, 2015 — New York Times, Snapchat Takeover at LOOK3 by Whitney Richardson and Kerri MacDonald
  • June 15, 2015  Photo District News PulseWalter Iooss Jr. Shares Advice and Lessons from His Encounters with Great Athletes, by David Walker
  • June 15, 2015  Photo District News PulseLOOK3 2015: David Alan Harvey's Reunion with a Long-Lost Subject (and Other Surprises) by David Walker
  • June 12, 2015 — Daily Progress, Mann highlights LOOK3 photo festival event by Michael Bragg
  • June 12, 2015  Photo District News PulseLOOK3 2015: Larry Fink on Experience, Empathy, and Being "Stuck" with a Successful Career by Holly Hughes
  • June 11, 2015 — Gazette, Alec Soth - It's Morning in Minnesota by Jill Plant
  • June 11, 2015 — Newsplex, Sports Photography Legend, Walter Iooss Comes to Charlottesville by Zach Maskavich
  • June 11, 2015 — C-VILLE Weekly, ARTS Pick: LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph by C-VILLE Writers
  • June 11, 2015 — ABC NewsA Sneak Peek at LOOK3 by ABC News
  • June 11, 2015 — L'oeil de la PhotographieCharlottesville: LOOK3 2015 Kathy Ryan and Scott Thodeby Kathy Ryan and Scott Thode
  • June 10, 2015 — C-VILLE Weekly, Picture this: 2015 LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph by Sarah Lawson
  • June 10, 2015  American PhotoYour 2015 Guide to the Best Summer Photography Festivals by Eugene Reznik
  • June 9, 2015 — Daily ProgressPhotographer Sally Mann Returns to LOOK3 for Friday presentation and book signing by Daily Progress
  • June 9, 2015 — Photo District News Photo of the DayLook Again by Holly Stuart Hughes
  • June 9, 2015 — New York Times Lens BlogVince Musi at LOOK3 by Todd Heisler
  • June 9, 2015 — TIME LightBoxLooking for the Joy of Sports Through Walter Iooss' Photographs by Lucia De Stefani
  • June 9, 2015 — TIME LightBox, Vincent Musi: The Art of Photographing Animals by Olivier Laurent
  • June 8, 2015 — TIME LightBoxLarry Fink: 'Photography is the Critical Instrument of the Curious' by Olivier Laurent
  • June 8, 2015 — Streetlight MagazineThrough the Looking Glass.... by Elizabeth Meade Howard 
  • June 7, 2015  Daily Progress, LOOK3 Trees exhibit brings out beauty of insects by David A. Maurer
  • June 6, 2015 — Richmond Times DispatchLOOK3 Festival of the Photograph to feature David Harvey as guest speaker by David A. Maurer
  • June 5, 2015 — NBC 29Art Walk on Downtown Mall Previews LOOK3 Photography Festival by Cat Boardman
  • June 5, 2015 — Daily ProgressLOOK3 photographer David Alan Harvey learned early the importance of documenting life by David A. Maurer
  • June 5, 2015 — Daily ProgressAlec Soth Exhibition Installation Photos by Ryan M Kelly
  • June 2015 — Daily Progress2015 Look3 "Trees" exhibit by Daily Progress
  • June 4, 2015 — PhotoxelsCanon: 'LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph' in Charlottesville, VA, USA: 10-13 June 2015 by Photoxels
  • June 2015 — CanonLOOK3 2015: a time for celebration and reflection by Canon
  • June 2, 2015 — NewsplexIooss Among Featured LOOK3 Artists by Damon Dillman
  • June 2, 2015 — The Washington Post In SightTaming beasts: Famed National Geographic photographer talks critters by Nicole Crowder
  • May 20th, 2015  — Proof by National GeographicA Photography Festival Where Everybody Knows Your Name by Janna Dotschkal 
  • May 20th, 2015  — WINAVictoria Hindley by Jay James 
  • May 14th, 2015   NewsplexLOOK3 Festival Installs 2015 TREES Exhibition by Sefe Emokpae
  • May 13th, 2015 — Corbis5 Ways to Get the Most Out of LOOK3 by Joe Santa
  • May 5th, 2015 — Leica Fotografie InternationalLOOK3 Festival by LFI 
  • June 30th, 2014 — Fototazo, Colombia: "Reflections on LOOKbetween" by Jessica Hubbard Marr
  • June 17th, 2014 — NBC 29 LOOK3 Festival Sponsors Photography Workshop for Students by Anna Phillips
  • June 17th, 2014 — Charlottesville Tomorrow National Geographic photographer leads high school workshop by Michelle Delgado
  • June 14th, 2014 — NBC 29 Budding Photographers Share Work at "Lookbetweek 2014" by Rob Manch
  • June 13th, 2014 — Digital Journal Charlottesville Celebrates Summer with Staple Festivals & Events by Brigitte Belanger-Warner
  • June 13th, 2014 — Daily Progress Joel Sartore's 'Photo Ark' photography reminds viewers that one lost species is too many by David A. Maurer
  • June 12, 2014 — C-VILLE Weekly LOOKbetween and TREES by Sarah Sargent
  • June 6, 2014 — Real Estate Weekly LOOK3: Photography in Charlottesville by Ken Wilson
  • May 20, 2014 — Newsplex Portraits of Endangered Animals Hung Around Downtown Mall
  • May 20, 2014 — NBC 29 LOOK3 Art Installation Returns to Charlottesville's Downtown Mall by Molly Balkenbush
  • May 8, 2014 — Daily Progress Tourism Bureau Announces Award Winners LOOK3 receives 2014 Tourism Achievement Award
  • July 10, 2013 — RVA Magazine Visionary Explorations At Charlottesville’s Look3 Festival Of The Photograph by R. Anthony Harris & Kristina Headrick
  • June 27, 2013 — UVAToday Summer Session 2013: Students Explore Photography as it Goes Digital by Matt Kelly
  • June 26, 2013 — Fstoppers Look Again at the Look3 Photo Festival by Joseph Gamble
  • June 21, 2013 — C-VILLE Weekly Beauty in destruction: Discovering Petrochemical America at the McGuffey Art Center by Rose Guterbock and Aaron Miller
  • June 13, 2013 — Time Lightbox A Glance at the 2013 LOOK3 Photo Festival by Eugene Reznik
  • June 13, 2013 — WVTF In Memory of a Civil Rights Activist by Sandy Hausman
  • June 11, 2013 — RVA Magazine Look 3 Festival Of The Photograph Takes Over Charlottesville This Weekend by Kristina Headrick
  • June 9, 2013 — The Daily Progress LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph shows how patience pays off for art, science by Dave Mauer
  • June 7, 2013 — NBC 29 Charlottesville Hosts 6th LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph by Amy Vu
  • June 7, 2013 — The Washington Post LOOK3 photo festival in Charlottesville by Mark Jenkins
  • June 7, 2013 — The Daily Progress LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph reveals creative ways of focusing on the world by Dave Mauer
  • June 3, 2013 — The New York Times Lens Blog Rare Glimpses of Birds of Paradise by James Estrin
  • June 3, 2013 — WVTF Birds of Paradise by Sandy Hausman
  • May 17, 2013 — C-VILLE Weekly Birds in TREES: The annual LOOK3 Festival Of The Photograph begins by Tami Keaveny
  • May 17, 2013 — NBC 29 Annual LOOK3 Photography Exhibit Comes to Charlottesville by Whitney Harris
  • May 17, 2013 — Newsplex Members of LOOK3 set up for The Festival of the Photo by Loren Thomas