WHAT WE DO
Open Show organizes live social events worldwide where the public can experience compelling work and interact directly with photographers, filmmakers and multimedia producers in high‐profile spaces.
Open Show’s core event format is our regular social screenings featuring 5 curated presenters (from students to award-winning professionals) projecting a 20 image project or 3‐8 minute film with live audience questions and feedback.
We curate for diverse genres including reportage, art, commercial, historical and more. The screenings not only offer a stage to get completed work seen, but also interactive incubators for works in progress.
Our city teams are open to suggestions for themed shows – especially if you know an organization to partner with us. We curate these shows from both fresh submissions and our archives. A few examples include:
- iPhone Stories series with Apple
- Mission Photo Party with Wix, Mission Local and the SF Chronicle
- Open Show Retrospective with Rayko Photo Center
- Hacking Photography & Video with Pivotal Labs
This is a platform for professionals with 20+ years of experience to give back to the community by talking about their life and work experiences. The presenter shows five significant projects spanning their career, so participants can see how their style and approach to photo or video/film evolved.
FESTIVAL POP-UP SHOW
We collaborate with film, photo and art festival staff to add Open Show’s unique format to the program schedule within larger-scale events. All our team needs is space to project – we bring the presenters, curated projects, audience, and volunteers. And we can help cross-promote to reach new audiences together.
A few festivals we’ve organized events at include:
- Rencontres d’Arles (France)
- SXSW (US)
- Fotografia (Italy)
- FotoweekDC (US)
- Festival des Arts Visuels de Vevey (Switzerland)
- World Photography Festival (US & UK)
- photoLA (US)
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- Earthquake and tsunami survivor benefit with the Japan Society
- Environmental themed Project Earth show at Sierra Club’s headquarters
- Living Memories show on Chinese immigration with the Chinese Historical Society of America, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, The Friends of China Camp, Chinese Whispers & the San Francisco Maritime Historical National Park
We also tend to partner with a non-profit connected to the film’s topic as a joint fundraiser such as our Restrepo screening in memory of Tim Hetherington with the National Geographic and San Francisco Film Society to benefit the Committee to Protect Journalists.
EVENT IN A BOX
Looking for unique, high-quality visual element to animate a live audience? Our archive is deep and we can curate for both organizations and companies who want to make their events crackle with visual and interactive content.
Talk to us for more information about our turnkey & custom events >>
CONTENT PARTNER NETWORK
Open Show gets exposure for presenters’ work through our content partner network, which provides an outlet for our triple-curated content archive (self-selected, co-producer curated and audience tested).
Projects submitted to Open Show are shared with our international media and art partners to generate further distribution and revenue opportunities for presenters.
Are you a media outlet, art buyer or gallery owner? Join our network >>
This initiative aims to include librarians, archivists, history buffs, photo collectors and others as presenters to resurrect work and stories by photographers who are no longer alive. Interested in presenting? Contact us here >>