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See InVision for third year

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by AMY HERZOG Special to the Press in Focus

The InVision Photography Festival returns to Bethlehem for its third year of celebrating the visual art of photography, Nov. 2 - 4, with workshops and presentations at ArtsQuest Banana Factory and SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

During the three days, photographers share, celebrate and learn. The festival puts the spotlight on the work of several female photographers including Joyce Tenneson, Zoe Strauss and Amy Arbus, as well as other accomplished photographers.

"This year, I wanted to highlight more women photographers than we have showcased in the past two festivals and photographers who were extremely diverse in their style to mix it up a little," says Janice Lipzin, ArtsQuest Director of Visual Arts and Education.

The National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem, will open its doors to 30 participants to provide a location to shoot in, providing artifacts arranged in several and persons dressed in period garb to will mimic the era when Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s southside plant was operating, with 22,000 square feet to work with.

Teens from the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley will present their work created during a workshop with former United Nations Photographer John Isaac. "Faces of the Southside" will displayed in the Olympus Digital Imaging Center at the Banana Factory.

The "Slideluck Lehigh Valley" exhibition and party returns 7 - 10 p.m. Nov. 3, ArtsQuest Center, with some new twists.

Guest photographer Vicki DaSilva of Allentown, recently chosen from among 35,000 to win "Art Takes Times Square," will feature the premiere of a new work in the light graffiti medium. She'lll be joined by several of InVision title sponsor Olympus' Olympus Visionary Photographers asked to submit work.

Two other shows will take place alongside SlideLuck. New this year is the "Pennsylvania Photographers Competition" and the annual "College Photography Competition."

The "Pennsylvania Photographers Competition" is InVison's first open juried exhibition with works selected and curated by Ricardo Viera, Professor of Art, Curator and Director of Lehigh University Art Galleries-Teaching Collection.

Three works are to be purchased by the Allentown Art Museum, James A. Michener Museum, and Lehigh University Art Galleries for their permanent collections. The show, to open Nov. 2 for First Friday, will be on display in the Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory.

"There are plenty of talented emerging and veteran photographers in our home state," says Lipzin.

The "College Photographers Competition," open to college students from Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, was judged by Zoe Strauss, with the awards reception 6 - 9 p.m. Nov. 2, Hallway of the Arts, Banana Factory.

Nationally-recognized photographers, including Joe McNally, Rick Holt, Jay Dickman and Pulitzer Prize Winner, National Geographic photographer and Olympus Visionary Jay Dickman, will give presentations.

Dickman will discuss the work for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, the war in El Salvador in the 1980's, along with his experiences shooting for National Geographic, the importance of photography, and creating a visual narrative of one's life.

"This is amazing that I get to do this. I hope they [the audience] walk away excited, energized," says Dickman.