San José FotoSan José, Uruguay Since 2014/biennial Director(s): Federico Estol
About the Festival
SAN JOSÉ FOTO is an international photography festival organized and financed by the Departmental Government of San José.
Its main objective is to take the photograph to the interior of Uruguay and to approach it to the citizen in the streets, betting for the use of unconventional formats and spaces, like facades of public and private buildings, linking the public with the images. An even more evident relationship in the city of San José, that has managed to maintain its unique architecture conjugated with the peaceful town life.
Since its first edition in 2014, it has been growing in relevance to the national photographic community and the region. The characteristics of the city of San José de Mayo makes a suitable place for meetings and intervention of the public space with visual arts.
More than 3000 people visited the outdoor exhibitions in the last edition in 2016 and attended by 100 guests from different parts of the world.
The appeal of SAN JOSÉ FOTO is the ease of access from Brazil and Argentina, a scale that allows novice photographers to dialogue with internationally renowned figures and the warmth of local people who actively participate in all the programme.
The exhibitions are accompanied by conferences at the San José Cultural Space, screenings in the main square, portfolio reviews, workshops, educational actions and a complete book fair. All activities developed in a context of harmony, characterized by the hospitality of the inhabitants of one of the most important cities of Uruguay.