MOSCOW STARTS 4 SHOWS ON PROJECT FOTOFEST

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MOSCOW, August 5 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow's Contemporary Art Museum opened four photograph shows at once today, all on Project FotoFest. Based on an international photograph festival in Houston, Texas, the American project is closely linked with Russia's museums.

The Moscow shows have on display a total 260 works by 23 photographers of eleven countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America, plus the USA.

Discoveries are among principal FotoFest goals. Its organisers are travelling over the whole wide world to spot new stars and show their achievements worldwide, Wendy Vautors, FotoFest art director, said to a news conference in Moscow today.

Oriented on many levels of perception and on minds of varying sophistication, the shows are not specially designed for Russians, she added.

The four shows are displaying beginners' and renowned maestros' endeavours side by side. A majority of photographers on show have never exhibited in Russia.

The show, The Classic View exhibits George Krause, one of the foremost US photographers working in black-and-white. It offers ironical documentary and studio shots of the 1960s into the 90s.

Another show, of digital photography, exhibits Ed Hill and Susan Bloom of the Manual group. The Manuals took up digital technologies, with their vast opportunities, as early as the 1980s to give birth to present-day multimedia art.

Selections: FotoFest 1990-2002 represents the basic trends in US and global art photography.

An unprecedented show of beginners and utterly obscure photographers first appeared under the FotoFest aegis in 1996. The programme gave many a fine global start. Now, the show, New Names in Photography: 1996-2002 is offering young people's works from every part of the world.

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