by Dieter Debruyne

Urbanautica has been invited to organise a portfolio review during BRUGGE FOTO. The photography festival of the city of Bruges, Belgium, will run its 4th edition from December 8th 2016 untill January 8th of 2017. Brugge Foto is a unique event with exhibitions on 14 beautiful locations in town centre. All locations together form a nice route with all venues on walking distance.  The festival testifies to the great diversity in the world of the photographic image, with attention to new documentary, photographic essays, intimate stories, avant-garde and conceptual photography. There are 3 theme lines: England - theme of December Dance Festival in the Concert Hall -, Body & Soul and Photography 2.0. More than 30 Belgian and foreign photographers show their photo projects. The program features both leading photographers such as upcoming talent, including Magnum photographers Ian Berry (UK) and John Vink (BE), Danielle van Zadelhoff (NL), Jasper Rigole (BE), Jean-François Lepage (FR), Peter De Bruyne (BE), Jenny Boot (NL), Rob Mellink (NL), Klaartje Lambrechts (BE) and Lionel Jusseret (BE). More info from here. 

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Our Portfolio Review will take place on December 10th in the 'Bogardenkapel' in Bruges, from 10.00 to 17.00

One or more portfolio's will be handpicked for an exhibition in Bruges in collaboration with Luc Rabaey, art director of 44 Gallery and next edition of Brugge Foto Festival.




A Digital Portfolio of 10 - 15 images has to be submitted to dieter@urbanautica.com. Portfolio's can be submitted untill 25th of november midnight. Each selectee will receive a registration form to be filled in:
One hour review with the 3 teams, and each team will review for 20 minutes, costs 60 EUR in total. 

Reviewers are arranged in pairs so that each session offers the opportunity to simultaneously showcase the work to two reviewers.
Team 1: John Vink | Luc Rabaey
Team 2: Jan Desloover | Dieter Debruyne
Team 3: Peter Waterschoot | Dieter De Lathauwer

John Vink (°1948) studied photography at the fine arts school of La Cambre in Brussels in 1968. He is a freelance journalist since 1971. In 1986 he was awarded the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Award in Humanistic Photography. Vink joined Vu agency in Paris in 1986 and 1993 Vink became a nominee at Magnum Photos, and a full member in 1997. website

Luc Rabaey (°1953) is a photographer and art director of 44 Gallery. He is the co-ordinator of Brugge Foto Festival 2016. website

Jan Desloover (°1977) is a Germanist who also studied journalism. Since then he had several functions for 'De Standaard' including editor in chief 'Letteren en Cultuur'. He is now 5 years head of the image department at 'De Standaard'.

Dieter De Lathauwer (°1978) is a visual artist based in Ghent, Belgium where he graduated in 2005 from the Academy of Art . In 2016 is he in TIFF selection by the FoMu of Antwerp (10 promising photographers in Belgium). He has so far exhibited at FoMu, Bozar, CCHA among others. He was shortlisted in 2016 at Unseen Amsterdam and Festival Kassel for his dummybook. In 2014 Lensculture Exposure Award and in 2012 Bozar Photography Award. website

Peter Waterschoot (°1969) is a Gent based photographer and writer. Since 2010 is he the founder of Artwall in Ghent. He also coaches Democratic Jungle a webzine which showcases Belgian photography. Peter Waterschoot is currently working on the release of his second book 'Let me take you to this place'. website

Dieter Debruyne (°1978) is a photographer based in Ghent. In 2013 he has upstarted urbanautica Belgium to raise awarness over the Belgian photographic scene and in 2016 he became editor in chief of the same international journal of photography. In his personal work he’s researching the semantics of spaces ‘An Sich’. He is currently working on a long term project about ‘Power in Belgium’. website


Bogardenkapel (Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten)
Katelijnestraat 86, Brugge


44 Gallery is an art-gallery for contempory photography located in Bruges which hosts exhibitions with a keen eye on Belgian photography. 44 Gallery works both with up-coming talents and established artists. Fueled by the unconventional choice of imagery by photographer and curator Luc Rabaey the gallery stands as one of the leading exhibition spaces in Belgium.


Urbanautica has only grown via word of mouth & a common love for what we do! Through these years the team of Urbanautica has fostered critical thinking about photography while collaborating with photographers and institutions around the world (interviews, reviews, exhibitions, books, workshops, lectures). Urbanautica is a combination of a vast network, an extended community of fans and a very large following. Representing our peers, we create partnerships and networks by promoting what we are excited about in order to make an impact that is real.