After visits to the Rencontres Photographiques d'Arles, the oldest European photography festival, and the Mois de la Photo in Paris, FotoFest co-founders Frederick Baldwin, Wendy Watriss, and German gallery owner Petra Benteler founded FotoFest with a mission emphasizing discovery, internationalism, social commitment, and global/local perspectives.
Houston's origins as an international photography mecca date back to the early 1980s, when Frederick Baldwin, Wendy Watriss, and Petra Benteler founded FotoFest, an international non-profit photographic arts and education organization.
Two years after HCP was launched, documentary photographers Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss and European gallery director Petra Benteler founded FotoFest, the nonprofit arts and education organization that has made Houston an international photography Mecca.
Founded in 1983 by photojournalists Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss with German gallery owner Petra Benteler, FotoFest inaugurated its first Biennial in 1986 with six museums, 14 art spaces, 27 commercial galleries and 17 corporate spaces throughout the city.
The first international biennial of photography and photo-related art in the United States, FotoFest was founded in 1983 by documentary photographers and journalists Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, and European gallery director Petra Benteler.
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