Early bird tickets have gone on sale for the 2023 Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB), which takes place between 26 August and 22 October this year.

The core program of this year’s festival is the World Premiere of People Power – Platon, an exhibition of arresting portraits of some of the most significant people of our time created in partnership with Platon Studio. Platon’s iconic work has featured on the covers and pages of global magazines including Time, George, Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, New York Times, and Sunday Times Magazine. In 2007 he produced more than twenty covers for Time magazine including Russian President Vladimir Putin for Time Magazine’s Person of The Year. Platon will captivate audiences in Ballarat with his keynote presentation The Power of Unity: Rekindling The Spirit of Optimism as part of the festival launch weekend.

Another exhibition likely to attract attention is Instant Warhol, a display of a series of 56 Polaroid photographs of people in the spotlight, taken in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Many of these images were later translated into Warhol’s iconic screen prints. Another core program exhibition is How To Fly, which displays the works of Swedish artist Erik Johansson, who  combines photographic elements to create images that seem real, but the logical inconsistencies make us question what we see. Influenced by his childhood memories of the Swedish countryside, Johansson’s work incorporates Nordic nature, wide open landscapes, and small red houses. This exhibition is presented across two locations, the Ballarat Mining Exchange and RACV Goldfields Resort at Creswick.

Click here for full details of this year’s programs and links to ticket sales. Early bird purchasers can receive up to 50% off festival tickets for purchases made before 28 July by applying this code at checkout: 50OFF.