Open Call 2023
A Different Light
Photo by Alvin Lau
EXPOSURE+ PHOTO 2023
21 September - 01 October 2023
Submit your projects to the Open Call here.
Deadline 31 March 2023
Join Exposure+ Photo 2023 photography festival as an exhibiting artist in vibrant Kuala Lumpur this September and join our mission to showcase, share and discuss fresh and innovative photography and video to Malaysian and regional audiences. Open to all international and Malaysian photographers.
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A Different Light
Selected photography and video projects will be exhibited at various partner locations in Kuala Lumpur in September 2023 as part of the 2nd EXPOSURE+ PHOTO festival.
The 2023 theme A Different Light invites photographers globally to enter recently completed projects or work-in-progress that have been inspired by past stories, memories, and lived experiences. Our selectors want to see the visual stories you have always longed to tell, reimagine or re-tell in a different and new way, approach, format, or narrative : those fantastic tales from childhood or encounters with strangers, the nostalgic family outings, those first infatuations, and emotions. Perhaps you would like to reshoot a past story from a new angle? Approach your street images from a new viewpoint? Change the roles between protagonist and antagonist in your narratives.
The possibilities are endless as your imagination.
Photography + Imagination is a powerful tool for telling visual stories; limitless and unbounded by conventions and rules or restrictions. Your stories may be fact, fiction or somewhere in between. Your projects will be evaluated and selected by a panel of experienced professionals, produced and exhibited in one of our multi-venue partner locations in the city of Kuala Lumpur.
This open call will be extended to international artists for the first time! Projects and video stories may come from all genres - documentary, conceptual, experimental, or fine-art disciplines that have a unique place within the world we live in today. Approximately 20 artists will be selected to represent the theme A Different Light and have their projects exhibited.
Ihiro Hayami (b. 1982, Osaka Japan) is the founder of T3 PHOTO FESTIVAL (Tokyo International Photography Festival). He is the former chief editor of Japanese Photography Magazine, “PHaT PHOTO”, and was the gallery director of RINGCUBE (Ginza). His selected curatorial exhibitions include, Alejandro Chaskielberg’s “Otsuchi Future Memories” (2016), and Alex Prager’s “WEEK-END” (2010). Over the past few years, he has served as juror, lecturer, and reviewer at various international photo festivals and photography universities, including Photo Vogue Festival, Critical Mass, Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards, FestFoto Brazil and PHMuseum Grant.
Carol Körting was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She moved to Germany and after working as a freelance photographer, she studied photo editing at the Ostkreuz Schule für Fotografie in Berlin. She has collaborated as a photo editor at Der Freitag and at Zeit-Magazine in Berlin, and was the photoeditor for the Leica M Magazine. Currently she works as photo editor and scout photographer for Leica Fotografie International - LFI, the independent magazine which features the best Leica photographers.
Carol has been invited as curator to the 20 Photographers convention in Veracruz, Mexico in collaboration with the Cuatro Caminos Photography Museum and has also given talks and presentations on self-promotion tools at the VII Masterclass in Berlin and in Bilbao at the Basquedokfestival. She moderated an
interview with Charlotte Schmitz at the F3-freiraum für fotografie in Berlin and has served as portfolio reviewer and jury for numerous festivals and events.
Born in 1984 and raised in Malaysia, Nadirah Zakariya is the co-founder of Exposure+ Photo. She draws inspiration for her work through her non-specific geographical upbringing. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Nadirah received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.
Nadirah is an internationally published photographer with works in numerous publications such as Bloomberg News, The New York Times Magazine, NYLON, VICE, Dazed and Confused, Refinery29 and Vogue Italia. She is currently featured in Flora Photographica, a book published by Thames & Hudson in 2022.
Nadirah’s works have been exhibited in cities including New York, London, Paris, Milan, and Kuala Lumpur. In 2011, Nadirah was invited to hold her first solo exhibition, “Daughters Ago” in New York, in 2016 a solo exhibition, “GIRLHOOD” at the Leica Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and her series “Fuji-San LoveLetters” was shown at Ilham Gallery in 2018. Other international group shows include “We See You, We Hear You” in London (2018), “I Am The Woman I Am” during PhotoVogue Festival in Milan (2018) and UnSmoke in Kuala Lumpur (2019).
Steven Lee is the founder-director of Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (KLPA) and co-founder of Exposure+ Photo. He is actively involved in international photography events as jury, portfolio reviewer, mentor, and workshop lead. He acted as nominators for the World Press Photo 6X6 Global Talent Program and Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA).
Steven is also a photographer who began his career in fashion and portraiture, as well as travel documentary work in the early 2000s, and has self-published several books.
Launch of Open Call
31 March 2023
Open Call Deadline
Selection of projects
Announcement of Exhibitors
Preparation for print & production
Exhibition opens in Kuala Lumpur
Join us in Kuala Lumpur!
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