On January 27th 2021, FOTODOK presented the second edition of “Take Off“, a digital gathering between recent BA & M(F)A graduates of photography and experts in the field. For this second edition, FOTODOK spotlighted upcoming international talents — the participants, finalists, and winners of “Blurring the Lines”.
“Blurring the Lines“, an international exchange program for recent photography graduates, was founded in 2016 by Klaus Fruchtnis, Chair of Photography department, and Steve Bisson, and led by Paris College of Art, with partners Urbanautica, FOTODOK and the European Cultural Center. “Blurring the Lines” also fosters the development of an international photographic network, and is a strong starting point for inter-academic dialogue to emerge.
Each year, “Blurring the Lines” selects more than 60 artists yearly to take part in FOTODOK’s Take Off. 30 finalists are selected who will be featured in a catalog and 3 winners will be exhibited at Paris College of Art during “Paris Photo”.
For the “Blurring the Lines” 2020 Open Call, 151 photography graduates from 38 different academies worldwide submitted their projects. The Open Call asked for photography projects that addressed contemporary social issues under the theme of “Commitment.” 62 projects were selected in total, including 33 finalists and 3 winners. They were chosen by the selection committee comprising of Lisanne van Happen (FOTODOK), Steve Bisson (Urbanautica), and John Fleetwood (Photo:).
The first edition of “Take Off” took place in June 2020, and offered a platform for more than 60 graduates of Dutch art academies to present their works.
During “Take Off” #2, 42 photographers presented their graduation projects online to a vast array of experts from the field of photography.