2nd Annual Photo Jax – exceeding expectations again

2nd Annual Photo Jax – exceeding expectations again

Dustin Wooten

There was something for everyone at the second annual PHOTOJAX festival and exhibition this year. From students to patrons, fans of local photographic art spent an eye-popping four days browsing through photography exhibits, watching Instagram projections and attending parties. Venues at this year’s festival included MOCA Jacksonville, the Florida Mining Gallery, Gallery 725, and the CoRK Arts District.
This year’s festival, PHOTOJAX 2013, was again produced by Riverside resident Missy Hager, who enlisted the help of Avondale photographer Jensen Hande to select the final 500 for display out of 1800 Instagram images submitted. Hande, who has his own studio at 1506 King Street, also mounted the works of nine professional photographers at CoRK, along with an exhibit by UNF photograph students. “I’m used to working solo, so while hanging these images I would get suggestions and help from other artists,” said Hande. “It was great to see the different skills that people bring to the arts community.”

The digital version of the Instagram photos were projected on screen in from of MOCA on the same Friday evening that the museum previewed SLOW: Marking Time in Photography and Film.

Sarah and Jensen Hande

The first event, PHOTOJAX 2011, was the brainchild of Avondale resident and MOCA board member Charles Gilman III, whose mother Sondra Gilman has one of the top 10 photographic collections in the country. Gilman and Hager, among others, wanted to celebrate photography as a distinct visual art form and created the nonprofit organization in 2011.

L. Gustavo Cooper
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