2017 4x5 photo fest

Keynote Speaker:

ed kashi

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Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. A member of VII Photo Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. In addition to editorial assignments, filmmaking and personal projects, Kashi is a mentor to students of photography and an active participant in forums and lectures on photojournalism, documentary photography and multimedia. His early adoption of hybrid visual storytelling has produced a number of influential short films. 

Kasha takes on stories that stir my passions about the state of humanity and our world, and I deeply believe in the power of still images to change people’s minds. I’m driven by this fact; that the work of photojournalists and documentary photographers can have a positive impact on the world. The access people give to their lives is precious as well as imperative for this important work to get done. Their openness brings with it a tremendous sense of responsibility to tell the truth but to also honor their stories.

In 2002, Kashi, in partnership with his wife, writer + filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded TALKING EYES MEDIA. The non-profit company has produced numerous award-winning short films, exhibits, books & multimedia pieces exploring significant social issues. TEM has coordinated Newest Americans in partnership with VII Photo and Rutgers University-Newark. Newest Americans is a multimedia and multidisciplinary collaboration documenting the stories about immigration and identity that radiate from Rutgers Newark, one of the most diverse universities in the nation. 

Get Paid to Shoot What You Love 

WITH brinson and banks


David Walter Banks and Kendrick Brinson, are a lifestyle and portraiture photography team based in Los Angeles. They collaborate with each other as Brinson + Banks, their team, and their clients to create portraiture and lifestyle imagery that tells a story or creates a mood.

The two met in a photojournalism class at The University of Georgia and fell in love with photography and storytelling at the same time in the same place. But they didn't fall in love with each other until two years later. Before they joined forces to create something more elevated and colorful as a photography team, they worked individually for the likes of TIME Magazine, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and FADER individually for several years. The duo now collaborate for clients like CitiBank, Spike TV, Red Bull and Samsung, as well as create celebrity portraiture for the likes of Smithsonian, TIME, The Washington Post, Variety and The New York Times.

In their talk - Get Paid to Shoot What You Love - they'll discuss the importance of style and personal work and shooting for yourself, and how that can translate to more satisfaction in your work.

The Candid Frame

live podcast moderated by ibarionex perello 


The Candid Frame provides frank, insightful interviews with some of the industry's top established and emerging photographers. The show has featured guests including Jay Maisel, Joel Meyerowitz, Pete Turner, Lynn Goldsmith and Gerd Ludwig and enjoys a following among photo enthusiasts from all over the world. Ibarionex Perello will speak with Texas photographers Reg Campbell and Verónica G. Cárdenas at 4x5 Photo Fest 2017.

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Ibarionex Perello is a photographer, writer and educator. He is also the host and producer of The Candid Frame photography podcast, which features conversations with some of the world’s best established and emerging photographers from all over the world. He is the author of numerous magazines articles and books including the best-selling Chasing the Light: Improving Photography with Available Light. He lives near Los Angeles with his wife and their dog, Zooey.

reg campbell


Reg Campbell is a San Antonio based portrait and lifestyle photographer. A comedian at heart, he has a penchant for documenting people in their environment, and showcasing their individual personalities. With these values in mind Reg would love to take you ideas and turn them into visual representations. His clients include San Antonio Sea World, Mossimo (Target, Latina Magazine, MTVTres, Wired, Harvard Business Review Magazine, San Antonio Magazine, Cure Magazine, AARP Magazine,  Houstonia Magazine, Real Physical Therapy, La Cantera Resort, "You are going to love Me" children's book, San Antonio Pain Centers, Cafe Express, Fresh Urban Florals, 2 Tart Bakery, and MD News.

Verónica G. Cárdenas

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Verónica G. Cárdenas is an emerging documentary photographer based in the South Texas border. Her work has been shown at the United Nations Headquarters, Long Island City Arts, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley-UTRGV, Festival of International Books and Arts, South Texas College, and Festival Internacional de Poesía Latinoamericana amongst others. Publications where her work has been featured include Spinter News, Texas Observer, Feature Shoot, El Mundo, Black & White Magazine, Juxtapoz, Society Magazine and Pulse Magazine.

4x5 Photo Fest Emcee


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Suhail Arastu was raised in San Antonio and studied Neurobiology & Classics at The University of California, Berkeley where he competed as an NCAA gymnast. In Philadelphia he continued research and began graduate studies before moving to a small Japanese mountain village for a year of contemplation, deep sea fishing, hiking, skiing and teaching. He then travelled the world by ship under the auspices of the United Nations Economic & Social Council before returning home in 2008. Suhail now serves as a Trustee of The Mind Science Foundation and works as the Development Director for Musical Bridges Around the World. He is the Arts & Culture Chair for Anuja San Antonio, the organization which manages our Sister City Relations with Chennai, India. Suhail is the Mayor's appointee to the Public Art Commission and enjoys serving on the Board of Directors of Gemini Ink, Constitution Cafe & The Lone Star Art Alliance. He presented a collection of his photographs from seven continents at PechaKucha Volume 5.

Artist Booths


Artist booths will return to 4x5 Photo Fest showcasing the talent of emerging photographers.
The artist booths are a great opportunity for emerging photographers to sell smaller sized prints,  showcase their portfolio, and network with other professional photographers. 

NO FEE TO APPLY! Accepted photographers will be asked to pay a $100 fee to cover the cost of booth rental and committee selection. But, 100% of your booth sales go straight to your pockets!