The curators of Photo North, Sharon Price and Peter Dench, secured the participation of iconic names, such as Tish Murtha, Harry Borden, Jane Hilton, Tom Oldham, Tom Stoddart, Paula Bronstein, Jenny Matthews, Anastasia Taylor Lind and Dean Belcher.
Their full scale, Olympus-sponsored event brought together hands-on professional workshops, previously unseen imagery and dazzling, often haunting content with a live music social and a dynamic, accessible vibe that throbbed and buzzed all weekend.
With a backdrop of street food vendors, performers and licensed bars, the host of exhibitions, book and magazine stalls, photo walks, portrait salons, workshops, portfolio reviews, film screenings and chat ? all championing photography to the public across the three-day festival.
The music themed line-up included 12-year-old breakthrough acoustic artist, Poppy Eaglesham, currently featuring on the BBC?s ?Got What It Takes?, playing alongside Keeper of Bees and local classical pianist, Karen Singleton.
The harmonics continued with the co-founder of the Global Underground movement, Dean Belcher. His ?My First Vinyl? show saw sitters for his portrait salons with their first ever 45 or album serenaded by an old school turntable record player.
Despite its life-enhancing vibrancy, though, the photo collections on display also addressed sober themes, including austerity, poverty and homelessness, drug addiction and urban decay.