About Kamera 8
KAMERA∞ is an art co-operative, also an exhibition and education space for photography and visual art. Located in the heart of the historic town of Wexford, Ireland, KAMERA∞ sets out with a cultural agenda focused on standards, innovation, relevant education and cultural exchange between Ireland and corresponding art organisations throughout the world.
KAMERA∞ will be working with both artists and members of the public in creating an active and democratic artistic hub, a space for exhibitions, knowledge and dialogue, with the goal of growing and nurturing the public’s interest in photography and visual art in the context of the wider cultural life of Wexford and Ireland.
Founded by photojournalist Claudio Nego, curator Anya von Gosseln and photographer Michael Snoek, with several decades of experience between of them and strong professional backgrounds, Kamera 8 creates the premises for a high standard approach but also for an integrative, multicultural experience.
With a team of highly qualified tutors, KAMERA∞ will run photography courses for every level of proficiency from photography fundamentals to specialised genres and technologies.
Talks and symposiums
Artists and other interested members of the public will have the opportunity of attending and participating in a selected list of events in which artists and other professionals within the industry will be sharing their experience, knowledge and opinions in art related subjects.
Curating and critique
Interested artists will be able to have a professional and experienced feedback in preparing and selecting a portfolio, preparing a book or selecting a body of work.
The original meaning of the word “Kamera” is “room”. In Wexford, a place of historically multicultural fusion, KAMERA∞ rooms are also a generous and modern exhibition space that will be used to show carefully curated collections and pieces from Irish and international artists with a focus on photography and related visual art.
From classic Photojournalism, film shooting and processing to the modern days, fast paced visual storytelling and techniques of the “digital revolution”.
Claudio Nego holds a Honours Degree in Photojournalism and Visual Communications and with over two decades of working in mass media he has extensive experience in the visual documenting of stories, events, places and people. Starting his journey in the days of film shooting and darkroom processes and progressing with the transition into the digital technologies, he has worked on methods of merging classic, analog techniques with the latest digital editing processes, with the purpose of preserving the essence and qualities of classic photography but insuring its continuity into the “digital age”.
After being involved in several Television and Radio projects abroad, Claudio Nego moved to Ireland in 2015 where he focused on new photojournalistic projects, both local and abroad. In 2016 he begins the initial planning for a photography co-operative and an Exhibition and Education Centre for Photography and related Visual Arts. In 2017, with the involvement and partnership of art curator Anya von Gosseln and photographer Michael Snoek, he co-founded KAMERA∞ in Wexford, Ireland.
Anya von Gosseln
Anya von Gosseln is a curator working in Ireland,and previouslyThe United States and Germany. She is a former Board member and director of carriage trade gallery, a not-for-profit space in New York City, a former administrator of ROSC 84 in Dublin and a current member of the Visual Arts Committee Wexford Arts Centre.
From 1971-81 she was co-owner of De Gestlo Gallery Hamburg and Cologne (with steady representation at the Basel and Cologne art fairs since 1972)
She operated art in progress gallery with her partner Gordon Campbell in Dublin from 1992-2000.
Anya has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Visual Artists Ireland VAI (2004-10) and was a founder of Printed Project, a magazine published by Visual Artists Ireland(VAI).
She has, since 1987, worked on creating bridges culturally between Germany and Ireland and on occasion with the US.
Anya is currently involved in a budding exchange program between the Rhineland and 4 counties in Ireland. In 2017 she became co-founder of KAMERA∞.
Dr. Michael Snoek
In the early nineteen sixties Michael began documenting his world on grainy/Kodak TRI-X b&w film. In his photos he recorded people, events and sites/views of interest to him in Belgium. Bolivia, Canada, Greece, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Ireland, Mali, Morocco, Peru and Spain.
In 2004 photography became a more important part of his life. He has since shown his works in Galleries/Museums in Germany, Belgium, Italy and Ireland and in self-published books.
In mid 2017 together with Anya von Gosseln and Claudio Nego he started the photographic space KAMERA∞.