FORMAT17: Highlights of the UK's largest photography festival

FORMAT, the UK's largest photography festival is showcasing the work of over 200 hundred international artists and photographers who have documented the world around us. Located in Derby, FORMAT17 will showcase emerging talent and established photographers and will encompass 30 exhibitions, a photo book market, portfolio reviews and a series of innovative events and performances. The exhibition spaces include the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Cathedral Green and Déda.

The theme for this year is HABITAT, which explores landscape, environment, migration, digital worlds, ideas of home and displacement, conflict and regeneration through the work of international photographers and artists.

From the series ‘The song of sparrows in a hundred days of summer’, part of the FORMAT exhibition 'Ahead still lies our future' at QUAD Gallery, DerbySohrab Hura/Magnum/FORMAT Festival

Established in 2004, FORMAT organises a year-round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally. This year the festival will be showcasing the work of artists and photographers including Julia Fullerton-Batten, Sohrab Hura, Tom Hunter and Lisa Barnard.

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In this gallery, IBTimesUK presents a selection of work from exhibitions on during the festival, which runs from 24 March to 23 April 2017.

Ahead still lies our future, QUAD Gallery

Sadie Wechsler
Part I: Redo

Part I: RedoSadie Wechsler/FORMAT Festival

Open call:

John MacLean
Hometown of Robert Frank, Wipkingen, Zurich, from the series 'Hometowns'

Hometown of Robert Frank, Wipkingen, ZurichJohn MacLean/FORMAT Festival

Sheng-Wen Lo
Nanjing Underwater World, China, 2015 from the series 'White Bear'

Nanjing Underwater World, China, 2015 Sheng-Wen Lo/FORMAT Festival

Julia Fullerton-Batten
Sujit Kumar, (The Chicken Boy). Fiji, 1978 from the series 'Feral Children'

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Sujit Kumar, (The Chicken Boy). Fiji, 1978 Julia Fullerton-Batten/FORMAT Festival

CJ Clarke and Christopher Ian Smith
From the series 'Magic Party Place (Dreaming of a New Town Utopia)'

From the series ‘Magic Party Place (Dreaming of a New Town Utopia)’CJ Clarke and Christopher Ian Smith/FORMAT Festival

Ying Ang
From 'The Gold Coast'

From ‘The Gold Coast’Ying Ang/FORMAT Festival

Laurent Chehere
Circus, from the series 'Flying Houses'

Circus, from the series ‘Flying Houses’Laurent Chehere/FORMAT Festival

Poulomi Basu
Saraswati, 16, Nepal, from the series 'A Ritual of Exile: Blood speaks'

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Saraswati, 16, Nepal, from the series ‘A Ritual of Exile: Blood speaks’Poulomi Basu/Magnum Emergency Fund/FORMAT Festival

Dominika Gęsicka
From the series 'This is not real life'

From the series ‘This is not real life’Dominika Gęsicka /FORMAT Festival

Alexey Shlyk
The Potato Picker from the series 'Appleseed necklace'

The Potato Picker from the series ‘Appleseed necklace’Alexey Shlyk/FORMAT Festival

Stephanie Rushton
From 'The Archeae'

From ‘The Archeae’Stephanie Rushton /FORMAT Festival

Flaneur, Cathedral Green, Derby

Tom Hunter
From 'Flaneur in the ancient landscape commissioned by FORMAT in connection with First Art and Flaneur

From ‘Flaneur in the ancient landscape commissioned by FORMAT in connection with First Art and FlaneurTom Hunter/FORMAT Festival

Discipula
From 'STRATA commissioned by FORMAT in connection with First Art and Flaneur

From ‘STRATA commissioned by FORMAT in connection with First Art and FlaneurDiscipula/FORMAT Festival

Liz Hingley
From 'Breathing Brass', commissioned by FORMAT in connection with First Art and Flaneur

From ‘Breathing Brass’, commissioned by FORMAT in connection with First Art and FlaneurLiz Hingley/FORMAT Festival

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