CYPRESS, CA – (June 08, 2007) – Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for entertainment, business and industry, announced that it is an in-kind sponsor of the inaugural Festival of the Photograph, June 7 - 9, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The festival, billed as “three days of peace, love and photography” offers a unique forum for world-renowned and aspiring photographic artists and photojournalists to discuss their works, trade ideas and inspire creativity. The festival will feature the Christie Roadster S+16K, the Christie DS+650 and the Christie LX55 projectors – presentation powerhouses that have been rated best in class. In addition, a Christie Roadster S+20K 3-chip DLP® projector, considered the de facto standard for Rental/Staging with a powerful 20,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, will be used to screen outdoor movies.
The Festival of the Photograph traces its roots 20 years to the home of National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols, who first developed the concept for the event. As part of its mission, the festival seeks to transform Charlottesville’s historic downtown area into a “living image,” an immersive experience in which images will be projected virtually everywhere – on trees, on the sides of buildings, in storefronts and in traditional galleries and exhibition spaces. Among the highlights is an interactive exhibit, YourSpace, created by University of Virginia architects’, that allows festival attendees to exhibit and project their own works for others to see.
The festival will feature presentations of works from legendary photographers David Alan Harvey, Maggie Steber, Alex Webb, and Rebecca Norris Webb; a screening of Eugene Richards' film shorts; a massive viewing/bash featuring shows from emerging photographers nominated by the festival board of advisors; and a special musical performance by the Hackensaw Boys, followed by a presentation of new work by renowned photographers projected onto a giant screen.
“Digital technology is revolutionizing the photographic landscape, offering opportunities for new and established artists to present their visions to audiences in unique, visually stunning ways,” said Nichols, who is co-executive director of the festival. “Christie digital projectors are the foundation of the festival, providing us with exceptional flexibility in how we present the artists’ works. We are grateful to Christie for their support of this important artistic milestone.”
“As an industry innovator and leader in digital projection technology, Christie is committed to helping support some of today’s most innovative artists through events like the Festival of the Photograph, which are pushing the boundaries of digital technology to redefine the visual medium,” said Gary Fuller, vice-president, Business Products, Christie. “We are pleased to support the Festival of the Photograph, which offers excellent opportunities for established and emerging artists to showcase their works to a larger audience.”
Christie is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. Christie offers comprehensive solutions for cinema, large audience venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.