Unseen Amsterdam not only welcomes photographers and enthusiasts of all kinds to explore the latest developments in the art, but it is also raising awareness for the global issue of vanishing glaciers. This shows how artists can play a role in inspiring behavioural change via photography. Other highlights include two exhibitions and the Talent Development programmes focused on new names. There will also be a stage for all sixty artists of Futures, the new photography platform for European emerging talent. It’s guaranteed to be a remarkable weekend.
The real cream of the crop comes from the commissioned Japanese digital artist Kenta Cobayashi, who was asked to create the wicked cool campaign image of the festival. His series conjure up imaginary visions of a city in flux that will for sure stick with us for some time. Blending fiction and reality, he epitomizes sci-fi with Tokyo being the emblematic backdrop of his futuristic story. Full of life and energy, Cobayashi creates visually stunning, vibrant works through various digital manoeuvring – improving the normal to create the awesome by distorting reality – pushing forward the frontiers of photography.
And since the list of participating photographers is almost endless, we’ve selected the ten photographers you can’t miss and that you should start following right now. They will open your eyes to a new way of seeing the world. Feast on talent with rose-coloured lenses.