It’s A Picture-Perfect Weekend at the InVision Festival

By Ben Youngerman, ArtsQuest Marketing Manager

The InVision Festival is a picture-perfect weekend for photographers, image-based artists, creative entrepreneurs, makers and DIYers to learn and come together as a community! Through award-winning artist talks, professional development and free networking events, there’s photo-stic opportunities for amateurs and professionals to expand their knowledge Nov. 2-4 at The Banana Factory! Here are some of the most photogenic events you can register for today…


Abandoned America with Matthew Christopher

Saturday, Nov. 3, 1:30-3 P.M. – Register Here

Join author and photographer Matthew Christopher, creator of the Abandoned America website and book series, on a journey through some of the country’s most fascinating and hauntingly beautiful ruins.

Bearing Witness: Part 2 with Carol Guzy

Saturday, Nov. 3, 3:30-5 P.M. – Register Here

Four time Pulitzer winner Carol Guzy returns to her hometown of Bethlehem to take us through a retrospective journey of photojournalism and where she has been the past year.

India: A Land of Diverse Cultural Contrasts with Frank T. Smith

Saturday, Nov. 3, 11:15 A.M.-12:30 P.M. – Register Here

Travel with Olympus Visionary Frank T. Smith as he takes us on an enchanting journey through the incredibly diverse and culturally rich country of India. It will become obvious why he continues to return to the country time and time again.

TodayiPhotographed: Storytelling Through Social Media with Jeremy Cohen

Saturday, Nov. 3, 9:30-11 A.M. – Register Here

How does storytelling through photography work in the age of social media? Portrait photographer Jeremy Cohen has amassed over 150,000 followers on Instagram. Hear Jeremy speak about how he brings these stories to life, his workflow and how he uses social media effectively.

Social Media Influencers Panel

Saturday, Nov. 3, 11:15 A.M.-12:30 P.M. – Register Here

Photography’s role in social media’s success can’t be understated, and social media influencers use photography in many ways. This panel will feature individuals with 20,000 or more followers on Instagram.

Female Filmmaker Panel

Sunday, Nov. 4, 4-8 P.M. – Free Event

Join us for our second Female Filmmaker Panel! Ask the Sexpert is a feature length documentary about Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93-year-old sex advice columnist for a daily newspaper in Mumbai. This is a FREE event.


Portfolio Reviews

Saturday, Nov. 3, 9:30-11 A.M., 1:30-3 P.M. – Register Here

Photographers at any level of their career are invited to participate in portfolio reviews to receive valuable feedback from experts in the field. Each participant will have two 20-minute sessions to meet one-on-one with reviewers to show their work and receive feedback and guidance.

How to Photograph Your Artwork with Olaf Starorypinski

Saturday, Nov. 3, 11 A.M.-12 P.M. – Register Here

Join professional photographer and Banana Factory resident artist Olaf Starorypinski to explore the considerations for photographing various types of artwork. Starorypinski will go through the types of gear you can use–from your smartphone to high-end interchangeable lens cameras.

Photogram Workshop with Nicki Stager

Sunday, Nov. 4, 12:30-3:30 P.M. – Register Here

Using black and white photographic paper and basic chemistry, students will use paper negatives created from drawings and collage materials to create camera-less images.

Coffee & Cameras: #Instameet with Bekah Rusnock

Sunday, Nov. 4, 12:30-3:30 P.M. – Register Here

Join Woodward Rusnock Creative Director Bekah Rusnock of @igbethlehem for an informal meetup over coffee at the Joint before walking down to explore the Moravian Apothecary, a rarely seen historic building on Church Street.


First Friday

Friday, Nov. 2, 6-9 P.M. – More Info

The InVision First Friday at the Banana Factory Arts Center is the largest open house of the year! Photography and photo-based art is on display throughout the building and individuals and families can create miniature photo assemblages, view screen printing and hot glass demos, check out the dark room and more!

InVision Photo & Art Swap Happy Hour at Steelgaarden

Saturday, Nov. 3, 5:30-7:30 P.M. – More Info

Dan’s Camera City will give you five free prints of your photographs or artwork for the Art Swap! This offer expires on October 30th, so order your prints now! Join us for a spirited happy hour in a cozy industrial setting, the Steelgaarden bar on Main Street in Bethlehem. Bring photos or artwork to swap with others and come home with the start of a great collection!

Peer-to-Peer Feedback Exchange

Friday, Nov. 2, 6:30-7:30 P.M. – More Info

Bring your work for an opportunity to meet with other artists and photographers in the field, gather feedback and gain inspiration! Digital or printed portfolios are welcome!

Take your best shot and join us for InVision Festival!


InVision Festival
Nov. 2-4
The Banana Factory Arts Center

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