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Seth Kubersky walks you through the highlights of this year's Snap! Orlando photography festival

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Opening Night (May 6, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at the GAI Building): The public grand opening doesn't include food and drinks like the VIP event does, but the passes are only $20 ($10 for students). On Friday night you have the chance to interact with Snap's featured photographers, like Jerry Uelsmann - the godfather of old-school analog photomontage - and his wife, Maggie Taylor, who is a master of digital image manipulation. Images from 100 Portraits, an online exhibition curated by Andy Adams and Larissa Leclair, will be projected during the reception and accompanied by spoken-word performances led by local poet Tod Caviness.

Fashion Show (May 7, 7 p.m.-midnight at the GAI Building): Kahn claims that the surreal and arresting images created by 30-year-old Russian artist Elena Vizerskaya are "so provocative" that he "can't put some of them in the show." The pictures that did make the cut were still sufficiently stimulating to inspire a collection of couture curated by Fused Fashion. Snap will host a runway show of designs patterned after Vizerskaya's photos, preceded by interactive video projection displayed on models' bodies.

Youth Art Reception (May 8, noon-
5 p.m. at the GAI Building): After photojournalist Dan Eldon was stoned to death in Somalia, his mother, Kathy, posthumously published his elaborate travel scrapbooks, kicking off a craze in creative art journaling. Kathy Eldon, who recently executive produced an Extraordinary Mothers television special with Julia Roberts for Oprah's network, will spend Mother's Day encouraging young artists who are inspired by her son's work. For $5, you can join Eldon for her family-friendly showcase and get a "Mom & I" portrait from photographers 
Kinzie Riehm.

While Kahn feels Snap pulled off a good event last year, this time he's aiming for "beyond great." In his words, he's "trying to make a difference" in our community by building an "overstimulating" celebration of photography on the order of Miami's Art Basel or Washington, D.C.'s FotoWeek. But Khan insists Snap isn't just a photography show, but a cultural event for the city. In other cities, Patrick says, this would be just another event because we'd be "exposed to photography all the time." Snap is "trying to change [people's] perception of art in Orlando ... . We don't have to go to New York or L.A. to get it." Whether Snap returns for year three or not will be determined by how many photography fans pay up this weekend to support Kahn's premise.

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