As in previous editions, there is a lot to see. Highlights include: Time/ Light/ Love – Swedish Photographic Portraits 1840-2017 at Landskrona Museum, the European premiere of Fukushima-No Go Zone by Carlos Ayesta and Guillaume Bression which explores the devastation of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Japan in 2011, and Caleb Charland’s Back to Light which “illustrates the possibilities of alternative and sustainable energy production”, says photographer, teacher, and gallery owner Jenny Nordquist, who is one of two artistic directors and co-curates this year’s festival with internationally renowned curator Christian Caujolle. There is no theme as such, says Nordquist, but this leaves room for different forms of artistic expression to coalesce and for issues such as identity and our relationship with nature to play out across the programme.
“We try to include photographers from all over the world,” says Nordquist, who has been involved with the festival in various ways since the start. “One of our major outdoor presentations features young Cambodian photographers Neak Sophal and Sovan Philong, [whose work] has rarely been shown in Europe. “Our ambition is that Landskrona becomes the capital of photography in Scandinavia,” she adds. “We want photography to manifest itself in public spaces […] and become a perceptible part of experiencing the city. The festival has established its position as an international meeting place for photographers and those with an interest in photography. It is the main cultural event of the year and the whole city gets involved.”
The portfolio reviews, and festival as a whole, continue to go from strength to strength, and some of those who have taken part in the reviews have gone on to have their work shown elsewhere thanks to the meetings they’ve had with reviewers at Landskrona Foto, says festival director Göran Nyström.