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International Festival Photographer Exhibition 2017 opens

Counterpoint, a photography exhibition showcasing the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival with images taken by the 2017 International Festival Photographer, opens at The Hub - Edinburgh’s Festival Centre - today, 23 November.

Beth Chalmers was selected from hundreds of applicants to become the International Festival Photographer in 2017. Now in its 10th and final year, the International Festival Photographer scheme, supported by the Morton Charitable Trust, awards an emerging photographer the unique opportunity to document the hidden aspects of one of the world’s most prominent arts festivals. Counterpoint features a rich portfolio of images which showcase a behind-the-scenes look at the 70th anniversary International Festival.

Beth Chalmers is in her early 20s and lives in Glasgow. She studied Music at the University of Glasgow, and pursued her interests in visual art through The Glasgow School of Art’s ‘Black and White Photography’ course. She then began working as a photographer part-time, with theatre and the performing arts being the primary focus of her work. The role of International Festival Photographer has since provided the launch pad for her full-time, professional career. As International Festival Photographer, Beth had exclusive access to explore behind the scenes at the 2017 Festival – capturing candid shots of artists and companies across the programme.

Maria Pages backstage at the 2017 Internationals Festival

Reflecting on her experience as Festival Photographer, Beth Chalmers said: ‘Being given the opportunity to photograph 2017’s International Festival was a privilege, a challenge and a joy. I was given the opportunity to photograph world-class performances in theatre, music, dance and opera, which allowed me to add images of some of the biggest and best companies in the world to my portfolio, and see parts of the Festival that few people have access to. Arts photography is often difficult to navigate as a beginner, but through the Festival Photographer position, I made invaluable contacts and gained once in a lifetime experience, which has one that has already benefited me professionally. I’m excited to share these images with visitors to The Hub.’ Read about Beth's experiences in August over on our blog.

Fergus Linehan, Festival Director commented: ‘We’re very grateful to the Trustees of The Morton Charitable Trust for their continued and generous support. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to offer an access all areas pass to ensure the wider view of the Festival is captured for posterity, and in doing so also provide this invaluable platform for young creative talent. Our congratulations go to Beth for capturing our 70th International Festival so wonderfully.’

International Festival Photographer Exhibition 2017

Opens Thursday 23 November at The Hub, Castlehill
Runs until Friday 9 March 2018

Photo credits:
Barry McGovern getting ready for his performance in Krapp's Last Tape © Beth Chalmers
María Pagés backstage in the Edinburgh Playhose ahead of Yo, Carmen © Beth Chalmers

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