4th Edition of Photographic Nights of Selma Festival
November 3rd to 5th 2023

Message from the Festival President: Stéphane Kossmann


On behalf of the entire team, Joanne and I are very proud to announce the fourth edition of Photographic Nights of Selma, which we believe will become an international cultural event not to be missed! As with the sister festivals in Pierrevert, France and Essaouira, Morocco, it is always a joy to witness the inspiration given to the team as new talents are discovered and as people come together in harmony, with photography as the great connector.

Stephane Kossmann

Message from the Festival Vice President: Joanne Bland


When my friend Stephane approached me the with idea of starting a photography festival in Selma, I knew instantly it was an event that could help to bring our community together.  This event will allow people who love Selma to come together and work toward its success regardless of race or religion.  It will also allow us to showcase our hometown and show others what we have to offer.  I am excited to be a part of this venture.

Members of the Jury


Friday november 3rd 2023

  • 8 > 12AM | Registration at the Coffee Shoppe (308 Broad St, Selma)
  • 10:30 > 12 AM | Introduction and Q & A with Joanne Bland, CoFounder of Festival
  • 12 > 1:30 PM | Lunch: Food Truck will be at ArtsRevive
  • 2 > 3 PM | Conference by Sue Dorman
  • 3 > 4 PM | Conference by Gus Bennett
  • 4 > 5 PM | Conference by Will Jacks
  • 6:30 PM | Screening
  • 8:30 PM | Post Screening Reception

Saturday november 4th 2023

  • 10 > 11:30 | Round table with photographers
  • 12 > 13:30 | Lunch: Food Truck will be at ArtsRevive
  • 2 > 3 PM | Conference by Laurent Elie Badessi
  • 3 > 4 PM | Conference by our guest of honor, Fred Watkins
  • 4 > 5 PM | Conference by Scott Thode about Stanley Greene
  • 6:30 PM | Screening

Fred Watkins: Guest of honor 2023

Fred Watkins has been a professional photographer for over 35 years, has traveled worldwide and photographed celebrities and heads of state from Nelson Mandela to Muhammad Ali. He is the only African American photographer to capture all the United States Presidents from George H. W. Bush to Donald Trump…


2023 Tribute to Stanley Greene

Greene was born to middle class parents in Brooklyn. Both his parents were actors. His father, who was born in Harlem, was a union organizer, one of the first African Americans elected as an officer in the Screen Actors Guild, and belonged to the Harlem Renaissance movement. Greene’s father was blacklisted as a Communist in the 1950s and forced to take uncredited parts in movies. Greene’s parents gave him his first camera when he was eleven years old…

Scott Thode : our jury chairman 2023 edition

Scott Thode is an independent curator, editor, teacher and photographer. He previously was the Residency Program Director and curator at NYCSALT. He has cocurated numerous exhibitions with Kathy Ryan, including Look3 Festival of the Photograph, The School of Visual Arts and The Cortona On the Move Photo Festival; and independently, at the Photofest Querétaro in Mexico. As a visual editor, Scott has worked for E.O. Wilson’s Life On Earth and was the editor of VII The Magazine

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