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The Poskito: South Carolina Photography and Video Conference is a Francis Marion University-sponsored event, which will be held on campus from March 6th to March 8th, 2014.  Co-hosted by the Department of Fine Arts and the Department of Mass Communication, the conference will include a variety of activities, including workshops, exhibitions, and talks and panel discussions by well-known regional, national, and international photographers, video journalists, and professionals and scholars from related fields.

Each year’s conference will be organized around a theme, issue or question central to the visual arts and journalism. The organizers’ aim is to look at a topic from various perspectives by inviting professionals and scholars of different fields and ideologies to discuss their ideas on the topic. The theme of our inaugural conference is visual narrative (storytelling).

There will be three daily sessions on Thursday, March 6th, and Friday, March 7th. All the events listed on the schedule are free and open to the public (limited seating is available). Unless otherwise noted in the schedule, all talks and panel discussions will be held in Lowrimore Auditorium, (Cauthen Educational Media Center, Room 114) on the Francis Marion University campus. In addition, a first-of-its-kind Downtown Florence Art Walk will be held on Saturday, March 8th, from 11 am until 4 pm.

The art walk will feature public workshops and demonstrations, talks, photo exhibitions and projections, video screenings, children’s activities, and live jazz music at various downtown venues in Florence, including Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center (the suggested starting point for visitors attending the art walk), the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, the Florence County Museum, the Art Trail Gallery, The Clay Pot, and Addie’s Baby Art and Design Studio. Additional Events will take place at the Lynda English Studio on 2nd Loop Road. The conference concludes on Saturday evening back at Francis Marion University’s Lowrimore Auditorium with talks by photographers Steve Schapiro and Nina Berman and a panel discussion on photography’s role in documenting the Civil Rights Movement.

In conjunction with the conference, the Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery (on the campus of FMU)  will hold an exhibition from March 1st through March 14th, 2014, entitled “Visual Narratives” featuring photographs by Nina Berman, Bill Frakes, and Jim Wallace, as well as an exhibition of vintage cameras from the “golden age of photojournalism.”

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The conference is being sponsored by Francis Marion University, with financial support provided from grants by The Humanities Council of South Carolina, the Francis Marion University REAL (Ready to Experience Applied Learning) program, and additional support provided by the Department of Fine Arts and the Francis Marion University Lecture Series.