Dubai festival GPP 2013 Unleash Your Inner Photographer

Dubai festival GPP 2013 Unleash Your Inner Photographer
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Dubai festival. GPP 2013 Unleash Your Inner Photographer. Gulf Photo Plus Photography Festival. March 1-8, 2013. Dubai Knowledge Village.

Dubai festival GPP 2013 Unleash Your Inner Photographer

Dubai festival GPP 2013 Unleash Your Inner Photographer. Courtesy of Gulf Photo Plus Photography

Billed as the region’s top photography event, GPP 2013 runs from March 1 to 8 featuring a host of hands-on workshops, practical seminars and photography exhibitions as well as access to all of the latest and greatest gear, exclusive offers and free events. Anticipated all year long by able amateurs and professional photographers alike, this weeklong event draws over 1500 participants from around the Gulf, Africa, Europe and the Far East to learn from 13 of the world’s finest photographers.

Over the past nine years, GPP has earned a reputation for providing excellent content, unparalleled talent, and photogenic locations only Dubai can offer, creating a photography festival like no other. The GPP instructors are chosen not only for their award winning photography skills, but also for their passion to share their talent and expertise with others. The Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre comes alive during the event, with a buzz of energy and inspiration where photographers meet, learn and connect.

Among the line-up of celebrity snappers is internationally acclaimed photographer David Alan Harvey, who has shot over 40 essays for National Geographic alongside publishing five photo books of his own work. Recognized for his award winning talent by the prestigious photographic collective Magnum in 1993, Harvey has become a full and active member of Magnum for the last sixteen years.

Also imparting his knowledge will be David Burnett, a photojournalist with more than four decades of work covering the news – and the people who made it – recording the visual tempo of our age. He is a co-founder of Images, a New York based photojournalism agency, and in a recent issue of American Photo magazine was named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography”.

An additional highlight in the GPP 2013 roster, photo legend Gregory Heisler will lead workshops sharing his technical mastery. Heilser has spent more than 25 years capturing evocative portraiture for Sports Illustrated and TIME Magazine, including 70 cover photos for TIME Magazine alone, which is more than any other photographer to date.

Exciting new faces adding to the GPP 2013 line-up include Lindsay Adler, a fantastic New York based fashion and wedding photographer; John Keatley, who’s unique approach to celebrity portraiture and editorial photography incorporates his brilliant sense of humor; Peter Hurley who takes portrait photography to a new level with his previous modeling career adding to his experience both in front of, and behind the lens; and finally Eduardo Angel who specializes in helping photographers make the transition from the still image to motion, with his renowned guidance and expertise in videography.

These and additional specialist photographers leading the event – including Zack Arias, Scott Hargis, Bobbi Lane, Joe McNally, David Nightingale and David Hobby – will be providing a program of master classes, workshops, seminars and photo shoots covering portraiture, landscape photography, studio lighting, commercial photography, documentary, and fashion photography.

Gulf Photo Plus is committed to providing an interesting line-up of fresh topics each year, in addition to the ever-popular PhotoFriday, which will make a welcome return on Friday, March 1. PhotoFriday is an exciting and full day composed of sixteen 90-minute seminars, and panel discussions appealing to a wide range of photography levels, made accessible to a wide audience with tickets prices set within a very affordable range.


Over and above the exciting roster of photography workshops and seminars, the GPP 2013 schedule will also include plenty of free events that will be open to the public. Evening talks by visiting instructors including David Burnett and David Alan Harvey will inspire conversations and discourse on the topic of photography. Harvey will also show an exhibition of his work in the GPP Gallery, where opening night visitors have the opportunity to meet and connect with Harvey and the full line up of instructors.

Throughout the week, participants will also be able to browse, test and ask questions about the latest and greatest photography equipment available, displayed by the event sponsors who will be offering exclusive special offers and promotions, only available during the GPP2013 event.

About Gulf Photo Plus

Gulf Photo Plus is a photography organization whose aim is to nurture and develop the photography community here in the UAE and within the region. With a primary focus to offer workshops, seminars, and events that encourage learning and skill development, Gulf Photo Plus has garnered a reputation as the leader in photography events, with the annual Gulf Photo Plus event every March and the FotoWeekend event each November as highlights on the annual calendar. GPP’s central program is coupled with additional events including photography exhibitions, movie nights, and Slidefest evenings where creative individuals can share ideas and find further inspiration.

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View Comments (6)
  • Leonard

    Who could be there? A festival of photography is always the best!

  • Abigail

    Yes, Leonard. And this gallery seems high quality. Thanks for sharing Yareah. Everyday I discover marvelous events on this magazine. We know ‘Art is Everywhere’

  • Thanks to you, Abigail. You’re always so enthusiastic! Artists are always so enthusiastic 😉

  • oh, what an incredible event to attend! just imagine!!! and again, many thanks for spreading the word – the images – the sounds of the world around us – the world of art!

  • Yes, Jenean Gilstrap. And to leave this cold horrible weather!


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