Piotr Wójcik @ The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography

Adrian Jurszczyk, 2015

Adrian Jurszczyk, 2015

Polish Institute in Moscow and The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography present a multimedia “portrait” of the dynamic Katowice city that celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding last year.

Katowice is the capital of Silesia, industrial centre of Europe in the 19-20th centuries. Together with 13 neighbouring towns Katowice constitute the largest metropole in Poland and the unique agglomeration in Europe – Upper Silesian Industrial Region - which accounts for over 3 million people. Katowice is one of the brightest examples of a European city that underwent successful transformation from an industrial and mining province into a cultural, science and business centre. It is an actively developing city with one of the lowest unemployment rates in Poland. Katowice is the most multinational city in Poland boasting rich history and unique architecture.

Bartosz Ziecina, 2015

Bartosz Ziecina, 2015

Piotr Wójcik made 150 portraits/interviews of Katowice inhabitants. The exhibition also includes Tomasz Sinek’s 15 colour landscapes photographs and Monika Próba’s videos of the places chosen by the citizens. The contrast between the industrial past of Katowice and its present life shows through versatile stories told by the heroes. They appear surprising and their thoughts and ideas reveal new vision of the city and its inhabitants.

Portraits were taken in different parts of Katowice, each connected with the main characters of the projects and chosen by them. These photographs show people in urban and home environments. Portraits share common stylistic approach and differ in their content.

Mariola Poddebska, 2015

Mariola Poddebska, 2015

Piotr Wójcik (b. 1967) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | photographer and documentary filmmaker | lecturer at the Łódź Film School’s Photography and TV Production faculties | president of the Picture Doc Foundation | associated with Gazeta Wyborcza (since 1989) | former head of its photo editorial team (2001-2011) | author of documentary projects about the Romani in Europe and social problems of Poland | awarded with the Knight’s Cross of Polonia Restituta medal for his opposition activity for the period until 1989.

Piotr Wójcik – KATOWICE 150+1. WITNESS OF CHANGES
@ The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography (3 Bolotnaya Emb., Building 1, Moscow, Russia)
Opening reception: October 12 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between October 13 and November 5, 2017

Fotodoks – Festival for Contemporary Documentary Photography

Focusing on a different theme and partner region for each edition, Fotodoks festival reflects and discusses contemporary documentary photography. This independent forum, which takes place in Munich (Germany) every second year since its establishing in 2008, is the largest festival for documentary photography in the German-speaking world.

With the topic ME:WE Fotodoks 2017 illuminates, in dialogue with the partner country – the USA, the relationship between the individual and the collective. The projects of the selected photographers tell of the search for security and love, describe exceptional situations, analyse political commitments and positions, observe boundaries and transgressions, and use the medium of photography as an escape ahead.

“For Fotodoks, the exchange between the photographers and the audience is very important and so we are thrilled that this year again a large number of the exhibiting photographers can be present at the festival in Munich,” – says Robert Pupeter, co-founder of Fotodoks. – “From the President of the photographer’s agency Magnum, Thomas Dworzak, to the versatile American photographer and author Tim Davis, to Sofia Valiente, winner of the World Press Photo award, many guests from the USA and German-speaking countries will be here to discuss and reflect with us.”

The ME:WE exhibition shows 17 photographic positions on the relationship between the individual and the collective. Within five days of the festival, photography will be reflected and discussed with photographers from the USA, Austria and Germany. The complete list of photographers and projects to be presented in Munich includes:

Endia Beal – CAN I TOUCH IT?

Christina Taken from the 'Can I Touch It?' series, 2013

Christina
Taken from the ‘Can I Touch It?’ series, 2013

Almost every woman has toiled before the mirror, trying desperately to look “professional.” Endia Beal explored this frustration that occurs so often in the corporate sphere, this feeling of otherness that asks women, quite simply, to change. For minority women this change is often far more difficult, as the ideal corporate appearance remains, in most cases, the white male. In Can I Touch It? Beal approached white women in their forties and gave them a hairstyle typically seen on black women. After the makeover, the revamped women posed in corporate portraits. The most compelling aspect of the photos is not necessarily the physical discrepancy between a white woman and her black hair, but all of the complex histories and assumptions that make such a discrepancy so apparent to the viewer.

Michael Danner – MIGRATION AS AVANTGARDE

Taken from the 'Migration as Avantgarde' series, 2017

Taken from the ‘Migration as Avantgarde’ series, 2017

Losing the home, the intimacy of everyday life, the profession, the language and the naturalness of the reactions and gestures, also the casual expression of feeling. Experiences Hannah Arendt was writing about in her essay Wir Flüchtlinge/We Refugees in 1943 and Michael Danner enters into dialogue with his book project Migration as Avantgarde. He examines the new ways migrants are going in hope for a better life. Through the dedication of their own integrity and driven by the longing to give their lives a perspective, they bring new visions and ideas into our society. Arendt said that our identity changes so often that nobody can find out who we really are. In Migration as Avantgarde, Danner allows us to observe and to interpret what we see and he creates a space for dialogue, with the aim to stimulate a social debate that goes beyond the actual subject.

Tim Davis – MY LIVE IN POLITICS

Abortion protest Taken from the 'My Live in Politics' series, 2004

Abortion protest
Taken from the ‘My Live in Politics’ series, 2004

Tim Davis began My Live in Politics in the post-9/11 tumult. Finding all sides in the suddenly politicised environment impossibly entrenched; he turned to his earliest social mentor, photographing his grandmother’s collection of activist buttons, which sits on a wall fresco painted by his grandfather. From there he pursued any leads that came naturally to him, attending meetings and rallies, and trying to be awake to the subtler ways political imagery leaks into our lives. He allowed himself to photograph only the subjects he could come upon with no special privilege, visiting government buildings and self-defined political institutions, and above all, driving through America in search of the signs and residue of political behaviour. Photographed with a large-format view camera on several trips crisscrossing the Untied States, My Life in Politics is an attempt to ask “What does my political life look like?” searching for pros and cons of visual meaning that are deeper than any party line.

Thomas Dworzak – POKÉMON GO

Taken from the 'Pokémon Go' series, 2016 Courtesy of Clair Gallery, Munich (Germany)

Taken from the ‘Pokémon Go’ series, 2016
Courtesy of Clair Gallery, Munich (Germany)

While returning to Paris in summer 2016, Thomas Dworzak (doc! #40) was intrigued by slow-moving crowds of people hunched into their smartphones, walking with a sense of purpose and then stopping suddenly on seemingly invisible marks. They had discovered the augmented reality video game sensation – Pokémon Go! In order to deepen his understanding, Dworzak downloaded the game himself and allowed it to be his guide. Taking both iPhone screen grabs and using the in-app camera, which is part of the game, Dworzak began to build up a study of the augmented reality game’s relationship with the physical world, and human beings’ changing relationship to their surroundings.

Annie Flanagan – WE GREW UP WITH GUM IN OUR HAIR

Taken from the 'We Grew Up With Gum In Our Hair' series, 2002-2015

Taken from the ‘We Grew Up With Gum In Our Hair’ series, 2002-2015

Annie Flanagan’s work focuses on the deep roots of gender-based violence in the American society as well as mental health and social problems that come along. She tends to begin projects that are informed by experiences she has, or those close to her have, and then she looks at how those experiences exist on a large level and in different situations. We Grew Up With Gum In Our Hair begans when her best friend, Hannah, left her abusive boyfriend. In this relationship Hannah experienced longterm exposure to emotional trauma, where she had little control and there was no hope of escape. The project that is part of the larger work group Deafening Sound and focuses on the correlation between domestic violence and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Gregory Halpern –  ZZYXZ

Taken from the 'ZZYXZ' series, 2016

Taken from the ‘ZZYXZ’ series, 2016

The early settlers dubbed California “The Golden State” and “The Land of Milk and Honey.” Today, there are the obvious ironies – sprawl, spaghetti junctions and Skid Row – but the place is not so easily distilled or visualised, either as a clichéd paradise or as its demise. There’s a strange kind of harmony when it’s all seen together – the sublime, the psychedelic, the self-destructive. Like all places, it’s unpredictable and contradictory, but to greater extremes. Cultures and histories coexist, the beautiful sits next to the ugly, the redemptive next to the despairing, and all under a strange and singular light, as transcendent as it is harsh. The people, places, and animals of ZZYZX did exist before Halpern’s camera, but he has sewn these photographs into a work of fiction or fantasy – a structure, sequence and edit which, like Los Angeles itself, teeters on the brink of collapsing under the weight of its own strangely-shaped mass.

Paul Kranzler –  SYNDICATE18

Girl with American Head Charge T-Shirt. Hollywood, Los Angeles (CA, USA), 2009 Taken from the 'Syndicate18' series, 1990-2013

Girl with American Head Charge T-Shirt. Hollywood, Los Angeles (CA, USA), 2009
Taken from the ‘Syndicate18′ series, 1990-2013

The essential basis of Syndicate18 is the re-examination and evaluation of the archive of Paul Kranzler. The title is derived from the name of the rapper ICE-T, and is also the average age of the persons portrayed and the period of the photographs. For the first time, he combines images he photographed from mid-1990s to 2013. In the early photographs, Kranzler himself still appears in the form of portraits, but also his friends, direct and unreflected in terms of fine art photography. This gives rise to the phenomenon of age equality between photographer and subject, that leaves us with the experience of great openness in the images. Later, he consciously worked on the continuation of the series on youth and youth culture, therefore he also traveled several times to the United States and remained connected with the people he photographed.

Kristin Loschert – MANN OHNE NAMEN

Taken from the 'Mann ohne Namen' series, 2015

Taken from the ‘Mann ohne Namen’ series, 2015

Loose stacking photographs of young men, loose encounters that led to it, yet the work Mann ohne Namen offers intensive encounters on different levels. Kristin Loschert has approached young men who were unknown to her on the street and met with them once or twice for a few hours to portray them. The layers of the pictures reflect the search for an inner, remembered image of a man. It is an interplay between her and her models, exposing on both sides, observation and projection, unspoken. At the same time, she also examines the possibilities of the portrait.

Mike Mandel & Chantal Zakari –  LOCKDOWN ARCHIVE & SHELTER-IN-PLATES

Taken from the 'Lockdown Archive' series, 2015

Taken from the ‘Lockdown Archive’ series, 2015

In the early morning on April 19, 2013 Massachusetts Governor ordered residents of Watertown, home town of Mike Mandel and Chantal Zakari, to “shelter-in-place”, to stay inside their homes. Also surrounding cities and towns were called to do so because of initiating a manhunt for Boston Marathon bomber – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A vast military style manhunt was soon underway: a twenty block area of Watertown was cordoned off by thousands of policemen, and numerous SWAT teams were ordered to search every home in this target area. For 18 hours residents stayed indoors, watching out from their windows as tanks and heavily armed soldiers went from door to door, searched yards, under porches and in some blocks inside homes, as well. The search failed and the “shelter-in-place” was lifted but Tsarnaev was found one and a half hour later by a resident hidden under the cover of his boat in the backyard. Lockdown Archive is a collection of images all found on the web and reorganised chronologically, by category and by location, in order to provide an encyclopaedic overview of the manhunt.

Harris Mizrahi – INSIDE OUT

Scott Taken from the 'Inside Out' series, 2015

Scott
Taken from the ‘Inside Out’ series, 2015

He drove as far as he could from home before tiring, sometimes he stayed on the road for a couple of days, sometimes for a week. Other times he travelled hundred of miles only to return right back home the same day. For Harris Mizrahi, whose work concentrates on vulnerability and portraiture, working on Inside Out was an excuse to escape, battling a deep depression and his seductive mania of his bipolar disorder. Although the images may be created with honest intention, they are neither factual nor they are intended to be. They ride a line between fantasy and reality, never quite falling to either side of that line. The end result is a story of a place and people that do not truly exist outside of these photographs.

Stefanie Moshammer – VEGAS AND SHE

Gorgeous Taken from the 'Vegas and She' series, 2014-2015

Gorgeous
Taken from the ‘Vegas and She’ series, 2014-2015

Las Vegas, set in the Mojave Desert, is a sort of brightly coloured parallel universe alongside the rest of America. Bereft of evolved urban culture or traditional legacy, it’s a settlement agglomeration doubling up as a gigantic amusement park. In this ambiguous world, Stefanie Moshammer spent a few months working on Vegas and She, a portrait of this art(ificial) city and its inhabitants. It depicts the glaringly garish night-shade world of adult entertainment, strippers, and the twilight zones that exist there. Her approach was to portray them in a metaphoric way, to represent the atmosphere and mood in that world they live in. For that, Stefanie is using the body and the surroundings to invite a narrative and to model a certain reality, showing how people, interior and landscape are blending together in a place like Las Vegas. The places she takes her camera to are shiny dreamworlds, they take us away from reality and adrift somewhere between illusion, desire and fantasy.

Andrea Ellen Reed –  UNSIGHTED

Film still taken from the 'Unsighted' film, 2015

Film still taken from the ‘Unsighted’ film, 2015

The experimental short film Unsighted was created in 2015 in direct response to race riots in Baltimore (MD, USA) and Ferguson (MO, USA) – both the result of the deaths of unarmed Black men. Andrea Ellen Reed created a soundscape of edited audio clips of pundits, civil rights activists, educators and newscasters to comment on how Black people internalise White supremacist culture. Reed herself is a subject of the film and she confronts the viewer as she watches clips of riots on a computer screen. At first glance, this piece appears to be a self-portrait, but as the film goes on, she becomes a representative of the Black community – illustrating the slow, steady deterioration of a soul bludgeoned by circumstances.

Richard Renaldi –  TOUCHING STRANGERS

Nathan and Robyn. Provincetown (MA, USA), 2012 Taken from the 'Touching Strangers' series, 2007-ongoing

Nathan and Robyn. Provincetown (MA, USA), 2012
Taken from the ‘Touching Strangers’ series, 2007-ongoing

Since 2007, Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs that involve approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. He pairs them up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in the ways that people are usually taught to reserve for their close friends and loved ones. Renaldi creates spontaneous and fleeting relationships between strangers for the camera, often pushing his subjects beyond their comfort zones. These relationships may only last for the moment the shutter is released, but the resulting photographs are moving and provocative, and raise profound questions about the possibilities for positive human connection in a diverse society.

Ruddy Roye –  WHEN LIVING IS A PROTEST

Taken from the 'When Living Is a Protest' series, 2016

Taken from the ‘When Living Is a Protest’ series, 2016

Sixty years ago, marching was considered an act of protest. Ruddy Roye is thankful he had been able to grow up on the backs of those who made strides and steps in the direction that enabled him to do something other than pick cotton and chop sugar cane. However, this life is not without its scars, memories and vestiges of the toll “the struggle” had on a race of people. In 2015, he walked around Brooklyn, Mississippi, Memphis, Manhattan, and Ferguson reading the tales of those living is a testimony to this ongoing struggle. The When Living Is a Protest series is his attempt to show a glimpse into what it means to live in “the struggle.”

Lisa Riordan Seville, Zara KatzZora J. Murff – WOMEN ON THE OUTSIDE

Kristal Bush Taken from the 'Women on the Outside' series, 2015-ongoing

Kristal Bush
Taken from the ‘Women on the Outside’ series, 2015-ongoing

When someone is incarcerated, female family members often pick up the pieces. But the financial and emotional strain of having loved ones behind bars can take a toll upon women on the outside. Also long distances make it hard for them to visit their loved ones, often it’s a more than three hours drive each way. One of those families is that of Kristal Bush (28). When she was 3 years old, her father went to prison. Her cousins, brothers, friends and lovers followed. Six years ago, Kristal founded Bridging the Gap, a van service that transports people from Philadelphia to distant prisons for visits. Lisa Riordan Seville, Zara Katz and supporting them photographer Zora J. Murff offer with their ongoing multimedia project Women on the Outside a glimpse into the lives of this group of women on the outside, trying to stay connected to loved ones behind bars.

Sofia Valiente – MIRACLE VILLAGE

Doug Taken from the 'Miracle Village' series, 2014 Courtesy of Daniel Blau, Munich (Germany)

Doug
Taken from the ‘Miracle Village’ series, 2014
Courtesy of Daniel Blau, Munich (Germany)

In Southern Florida, on the southeast corner of Lake Okeechobee, lies a small community called Miracle Village – home to over 100 sex offenders. The community was founded by a Christian ministry that seeks to help individuals reintegrate into society. The residency restriction is the most difficult law to abide by for sex offenders since they must live a minimum of 2,500 feet from any bus stop, school or place where children congregate. Sofia Valiente lived among and photographed the residents of Miracle Village. The men are mixed in age and from various educational and ethnic backgrounds and are all coming to terms with the permanence of living with the label “sex offender.” There is also one woman. Her project addresses issues of trust, the reality of daily life of sex offenders, stigmatisation, misconceptions, family lost and family gained, and overall gratitude to have a place to call home.

Christina Werner – THE BOYS ARE BACK

Taken from the 'The Boys Are Back' series, 2015-2016

Taken from the ‘The Boys Are Back’ series, 2015-2016

Staging and repetition are essential elements in the Christina Werner’s work. Political propaganda reunions are now “events” with a theatrical character, so also stage elements such as heavy curtains are part of her work and the title The Boys Are Back sounds a bit musical-like. Through the act of repeating, which manifests itself not only in the collages, but also in the video loops, Werner composes for herself the thesis that history always repeats itself. In view of the growth of right-wing European networks and their pop-cultural media representation, Christina Werner creates an awareness of visual and staging strategies and is approaching the discourse on socio-political problems and questions in a very conceptual way, which also reflects an existing proximity-distance relationship with politics.

Fotodoks festival also includes workshops and lots of discussion panels.

More info @ www.fotodoks.de

Fotodoks – Festival for Contemporary Documentary Photography
@ Lothringer13 Halle (Lothringer Straße 13, Munich, Germany)
October 11-15, 2017

The Me:We exhibition will be open to the public until November 26, 2017

Opole Festival of Photography is coming!

It is the seventh time Opole will have a pleasure to host leading Polish photographers, the participants of the Opole Photography Festival. The October event will take place under the Look motto, to which the invited exhibitions present different attitude.

„Our goal is to show a man in different cultural relations in the context of  photographic document,” – says Sławoj Dubiel of the 2.8 Foundation, organising the festival. – “The document on which people were captured, their faces forming collective portraits, the record of the epoch. A look at people in various cultural contexts, their journeys through time, dialogue with these phenomena, how deep the roots of our civilisation are.” 

The photographers invited to Opole use different techniques in their work, they have different approaches to the role and attitudes of the photographer and they are at different stages of their careers. That is why the programme of this year’s festival is going to be very interesting. Below we present the five most interesting, according to the doc! photo magazine editors, exhibitions of the 2017 Opole Festival of Photography.

Jacenty Dędek – ELSEWHERE

Taken from the 'Elsewhere' series

Taken from the ‘Elsewhere’ series

Taken from the 'Elsewhere' series

Taken from the ‘Elsewhere’ series

Cross-sectional picture of contemporary provincial Poland. It is a multifaceted story about people living there, their relations, life’s inconvenience, things that are hard to them. In spite of the fact that the project is focused on local societies, the photographs speak about universal issues that can affect any of us.

Dominika Gęsicka – THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE

Taken from the 'This Is Not Real Life' series

Taken from the ‘This Is Not Real Life’ series

Taken from the 'This Is Not Real Life' series

Taken from the ‘This Is Not Real Life’ series

“There is a place where no one is born and no one dies,” – it is how the description of Dominika Gęsicka’s project, that won this year’s Łódź FOTOFESTIWAL Grand Prix, begins. Her material from Spitsbergen is an amazing story about the people who try to find their place in the world far away from the world. You can find This Is Not a Real Life project and an extensive interview with Dominika Gęsicka @ doc! photo magazine vol. Q1 #36.

Krzysztof Gierałtowski – RING

Taken from the 'Ring' series

Taken from the ‘Ring’ series

Taken from the 'Elsewhere' series

Taken from the ‘Elsewhere’ series

Master of portrait photography in action. A lesson on the history of communist Poland. The exhibition presents pictures of artists, scientists, writers, activists, workers and socialist managers. You can find here portraits of the then oppositionists, Marxist experts and communist ideologues.

Tymon Markowski – FLOW

Taken from the 'Flow' series

Taken from the ‘Flow’ series

Taken from the 'Flow' series

Taken from the ‘Flow’ series

The Brda, a river connecting Bydgoszcz with Bydgoszcz that are 106 kilometres away from each other. Markowski’s project is a record of one year lasting trip along the Brda River. Simultaneously, it also shows the river’s neighbourhood with its astonishing and unusual situations.

Piotr Zbierski – PUSH THE SKY AWAY

Taken from the 'Push the Sky Away' series

Taken from the ‘Push the Sky Away’ series

Taken from the 'Push the Sky Away' series

Taken from the ‘Push the Sky Away’ series

Piotr Zbierski comes back to Opole with the exhibition accompanying a book with the same title. It is a multifaceted, visually unusual story about man in different cultural contexts. It is also a summary of Piotr Zbierski’s (doc! #8 and cd! #5) hitherto photographic work put in three projects – Dream of White Elephants, Love Has To Be Reinvented and Stones Were Lost from the Base.

The programme of the festival also includes three group exhibitions (by students of the Łódź Film School’s Photography Faculty and the University of Opole’s Faculty of Art as well as members of the Opole Photographic Society) and an exhibition of the winner of this year’s edition of the Show Yourself! competition – Good Life by Paweł Piotrowski (doc! #1).

“We wanted each presentation to be a closed whole and the festival to show the diversity of attitudes in relation to the main theme,” – added Dubiel.

Traditionally, apart from the exhibitions, the Opole Festival of Photography also includes numerous artist’s talks and workshops.

More info @ www.offoto.pl (website in Polish language version only)

Opole Festival of Photography
@ Opole (Poland)
October 6 – November 11, 2017

The 2017 Opole Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

All pictures courtesy of the 2017 Opole Festival of Photography.

Andrzej Tobis @ Foto-Gen Gallery

Inland sea

Inland sea

Inspired by the German–Polish Illustrated Dictionary published in East Germany in 1954, the A-Z project has been running for over ten years. Like any other dictionary of this kind, it constitutes an attempt to depict the world in its entirety. Some of the categories in it may appear astounding or completely outdated today; they seem absurd or amount to an intriguing illustration of a past epoch. Errors in translation and archaisms heighten the impression that the practical aspect and the sense of the original Illustrated Dictionary have been suspended.

Andrzej Tobis’ work follows a number of rules: photographs are taken exclusively in Poland, portrayed people or objects/events are never arranged, and the final result (unprocessed photograph) is accompanied by the original Polish and German entry with the caption from the original index.

Parts of the world

Parts of the world

So far, the artist has found representations for more than 700 entries (the dictionary contains between 10 and 20,000 definitions). The photographs form a peculiar ‘language,’ with every single piece as a single word/concept; as a result, this collection of ‘words’ opens up a possibility of creating visual/linguistic metaphors.

The A-Z project is a complex and personal picture of reality, a journey based on intuition and chance, when popular truths and standard meanings are bluffed by subjective, individual ‘reading’ of space. Entries from the original dictionary provide a vital impulse and a preliminary instrument for a reconnaissance of the terrain and intuitive creation. The project is focused on uncovering senses, hidden underneath the calcified system of enforced rhetoric.

Column

Column

In the process of linguistic classification every object or situation becomes a living organism, revealing the diversity of its content. We catalogue the world on the one hand and, on the other, we deform the images of time and place, imposing clichés of our own personality upon them: private memories or sentiments. Andrzej Tobis’ photographs are individual equivocal creatures, coming together to form never-ending semantic sequences. The work as a whole is a complex linguistic ‘body,’ with its content proliferating in relation to context, surroundings and place of exposition.

It is the language indeed that is the key to interpreting Andrzej Tobis’ A–Z series, a compulsive and endless story of the world and its many layers, objects and spaces which have not been fully clarified and remain ambiguous. The artist plays a game with the image, the symbol, the riddle, but his wit is always lined with sensitivity, insight, also sociological observations at times. In Tobis’ pictures we discover familiar shadows of the past era – some persist against common sense, others dissolve in the present day. On the other hand, this world looks like a staged, unreal scene of events, intentionally created of absurd combinations. Awareness of the fact that the artist does not interfere with the situations he comes across makes laughter and jest turn into bitter conclusions.

Implication mark

Implication mark

A-Z (Ten Years After the Premiere) is going to be a syncretic presentation of Andrzej Tobis’ cycle A-Z (Educational Cabinets), started in 2006; the exhibition unites all forms the project has assumed over the years: alphabetical (dictionary) order, a synthesis of the whole as a private view of the world, cabinets arranged according to subjective categories.

Andrzej Tobis (b. 1970) | based in Katowice (Poland) | painter, lecturer, photographer and graduate of the Katowice Academy of Fine Arts (1995) | has presented his works at solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain, among others.

Andrzej Tobis – A-Z (TEN YEARS AFTER THE PREMIERE)
@ FOTO-GEN Gallery (8 Bpa. Nankiera Square, Wrocław, Poland)
Opening reception: October 6 at 5.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until November 3, 2017

The Andrzej Tobis exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Sebastian Copeland @ The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography

Pampa Bay. Antarctica Peninsula, 2007

Pampa Bay. Antarctica Peninsula, 2007

Ever since photography began, it has served as a tool for spreading knowledge about the world. Before the arrival of transport and means of communication, it allowed people to see the most remote places on Earth. Surprising as it may seem, even today photographers often assume the role of visual pioneers, not only by discovering the world, but also by addressing topical issues. The upcoming exhibition at the Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography traces Sebastian Copeland’s journeys to both, the North and South Poles, focusing on the photographer’s most extensive Arctic series, to which he dedicated over 10 years of travelling.

Copeland’s grandiose icy “canvases,” distant and poetic, are an extraordinary example of polar photography.

“As with landscape photography, the Arctic’s visual payoff is commensurate with the time invested there,” – says Copeland, describing the particular conditions of shooting in the Arctic. – “For visitors like me seeking immersive experiences, the ice can be especially rewarding when everything lines up. The dominance of water, in either frozen or liquid form, and the sun’s low angle makes for a limited colour spectrum; while the stripped down landscape imposes focus. Visually, clouds and ice are kindred spirits: heavy skies and low contrast extract the best of the blues, and ice will acquire an iridescence that is unique to polar photography.”

Iceberg XIX. Greenland, 2010

Iceberg XIX. Greenland, 2010

Aside from exposing the austere and fragile beauty of the pristine nature of the Polar Regions, Sebastian Copeland’s photographs have also a pragmatic aim – to use the art of photography to raise awareness of climate change on the planet and to campaign for a sustainable future: “Helping people fall in love with their world is a catalyst to wanting to save it.”

The melting of glaciers and thinning of the ice sheet in the Arctic and the Antarctic is happening faster than anywhere else on the Earth, and this is a clear sign of the changing climate.

“What happens in the Arctic, doesn’t stay in the Arctic!”- Copeland points out.

Iceberg XI. Ellesmere Island (Canada), 2008

Iceberg XI. Ellesmere Island (Canada), 2008

Having been an environmental activist since 1999, he has spoken at the UN and at international conferences around the world; he is on the Board of Directors of Global Green (the US arm of NGO environmental organisation Green Cross International, founded by Mikhail Gorbachev). In the foreword to Copeland’s book on Antarctica, Mikhail Gorbachev writes:

“It is in this essence of hopefulness that ‘Antarctica: The Global Warning’ came to life. It depicts the ephemeral and austere beauty of Antarctica through stunning photographs of the largest remaining wilderness on Earth.”

Copeland has travelled a total of almost 8,000 kilometres on his journeys to the coldest regions of the world. He took part in several Arctic expeditions in 2005, 2008 and 2010 and led a team of nine young people to the northernmost Canadian Arctic as Young Ambassadors of the Arctic. In 2009, he repeated Robert Edwin Peary’s 700-kilometre-long journey (1909) on foot to the geographical North Pole, which is considered one of the most difficult routes in the world. In 2010, he spent 43 days crossing the Greenland ice sheet using skis and kites, travelling a distance of 2,300 kilometres. He spent the seasons of 2006 and 2007 aboard a scientific research icebreaker in the Antarctic Peninsula, and during the winter of 2011-2012 he led the East/West transcontinental crossing of Antarctica on skies and kites, setting three world records over 4,100 kilometres.

Iceberg's reflection. Greenland, 2010

Iceberg’s reflection. Greenland, 2010

In addition to the photographs, unique video footage from the expeditions will also be shown at the exhibition, as well as Copeland’s feature-length documentaries: Into the Cold: The Journey of the Soul (2010), which was selected by the Tribeca Film Festival, winner of the Indie Spirit Film Festival and the Los Angeles Reel Film festival), and Across the Ice (2015), which was a finalist at many international festivals.

Sebastian Copeland will also give the artist’s talk at The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography and will present his two famous books: Arctic: The Vanishing North, Best Book at the Global Arctic Awards (2016), Tokyo International Photography Awards (2016), ITB Book Awards (2016) and Antarctica: The Global Warning, for which he was awarded the title of Best Professional Photographer of the Year at the International Photography Awards, IPA (2007).

Sebastian Copeland – PURE ARCTIC
@ The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography (Bolotnaya emb. 3, b.1, Moscow, Russia)
Opening reception: September 22 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until January 7, 2018 

International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO is coming!

 

Untitled. Taken from the Field Trip series. Courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO

Untitled
Taken from the Field Trip series

The 3rd edition of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO biennale starts at the beginning of September. This year’s event, titled The Limits of Tolerance, includes not only exhibitions, but also meetings, lectures, workshops, multimedia presentations, school competitions, activities combining photography with music or literature, and city games. This year, in addition to artists from different countries, the event will host reviewers, curators and critics responsible for similar events in other European cities that make up the international opinion of the environment. Thanks to them, the festival is enriched with INTERPHOTO Grand Prix and International Portfolio Review.

The festival is a place where Eastern European photography can meet with the Western one, where photographers – focused on important social identity and formal issues in the field of contemporary media as artistic expression – may exchange their experiences and start new joint projects.

Untitled. Taken from the Site - Specific series. Courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO

Untitled
Taken from the Site – Specific series

Jack J. Diamond, Miami (FL, USA). Taken from the Veterans series. Courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO

Jack J. Diamond, Miami (FL, USA)
Taken from the Veterans series

Although the festival officially starts on September 14, a part of its extensive programme opens before that day. Within the framework of the festival there will be 34 individual and group exhibitions. There will be over 50 different accompanying activities, including workshops (eg rare European daguerreotype workshops run by Lithuanian artists), film screenings, meetings, lectures and other forms of talks about photography. More than 200 artists will come to Białystok to participate at exhibitions and in workshops, lectures and meetings. More than 30 organisations and institutions are involved into the festival, and the festival events will take place in more than 23 venues: from galleries, through universities and coffee houses to streets.

Rome (Italy), 2015. Taken from the Crossing Europe series. Courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO

Rome (Italy), 2015
Taken from the Crossing Europe series

Callsign Boha was killed. Original photo was taken in Artemivsk (Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine) on July 18, 2014. Taken from the Commemorative Photo series. Courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO

Callsign Boha was killed. Original photo was taken in Artemivsk (Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine) on July 18, 2014
Taken from the Commemorative Photo series

This year’s edition theme is Limits of Tolerance. It will be answered by such artists as Martin Kollar, István Halas, Andriy Boyarov, Arnis Balčus, Maria Kapajeva, Jan Pohribný, Alexander Vasukovich and Bogdan Konopka (cd! #3). The festival will also present numerous group exhibitions, including Zero-61” (curated by Lech Lechowicz), Central by East Central (curated by Adam Mazur) and post-competition presentation of the most talented emerging Polish photographers DEBUTS (edition 2017).

More info @ www.interphoto.pl

International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO 2017
@ Białystok (Poland)
September 14 – October 18, 2017

The 3rd edition of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

All pictures courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO.

W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

 

Courtesy of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

Courtesy of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

The third edition of the W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography will transform the seaside Sopot into a centre of Polish photography once again. Lovers of the art of photography will have an opportunity to see the effects of work of the festival residents – the leading Polish photographers. Artistic residences are typical of Sopot’s festival. The selection of impressive authors, expressing themselves in different kinds of photographic art lets gather enthusiasts of different interests around one event. To this year’s edition of the festival, its Art Director, Tomasz Bergmann, invited artists using different stylistic formula: documentarists who also know the language of abstraction as well as creative authors also expressing themselves in modern documentary forms: Kuba Dąbrowski, Zuza Krajewska, Adam Lach (doc! #18), Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Tadeusz Rolke (doc! #11) and Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7).

The title frames of the festival are taken from the literally meaning while the idea of the organisers expresses the concept from behind the world of limits. The total freedom of creativity, given to artists by the town, encourages to cross the frames. Sopot offers them its physical tissue and the photographs are allowed to use everything that is nonmaterial. According to the organisers, the cyclic formula of the festival will create a multidimensional portrait of the place as well as the changing reality.

 

Courtesy of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

Courtesy of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

The projects done in the frames of the artistic residences will be presented as the main exhibition of the festival (curator: Maja Kaszkur). The exhibition will be supported by many artist’s talks and workshops.

Further attractions of the 3rd edition of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography are:

  • Places. Reconstruction III, monographic exhibition of Tadeusz Rolke curated by Marek Grygiel;
  • Single Shot, collective exhibition originally organised by the Fort Institute of Photography and curated by Krzysztof Miękus;
  • Freefall, individual exhibition of Pszemek Dzienis originally organised by the Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw;
  • DEBUTS (edition 2017), post-competition exhibition of the project organised by doc! photo magazine;
  • outdoor exhibition of Łukasz Gawroński;
  • project by students of the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts curated by Wojtek Wieteska;
  • presentation of works by students of the Sopot School of Photography and Instagrammers.

 

W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography
@ Sopot (Poland)
September 8-10, 2017

www.wramachsopotu.pl

The 3rd edition of the W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Bogdan Dziworski @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1972 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1972
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Bogdan Dziworski’s photographs belong to the canon of Polish post-war photography. His black and white pictures present daily life of common people, just met on the street during long hours walks. Dziworski, outstanding filmmaker and master of street photography, by many considered Polish Cartier-Bresson, whose photos often resemble frames directly taken from films by leading directors of the so called Polish film school, like Andrzej Wajda, Janusz Morgenstern and Wojciech Jerzy Has, perfectly catches reality, thanks to which the situations shown in his pictures have specific aura. In effect, each picture is a short story in a form of poetic or funny anecdote

“My pictures from those years are never staged,” - says Dziworski. – “They are walked-out. Day by day, there were even eight hours of shooting. Zbigniew Rybczyński used to say: ‘Wherever I go, something interesting happens.’ It was like that with me. At the beginning – nothing. Some time later, if you are patient enough, you start your dancing with reality. It seems that everything is over, a normal man says ‘Goodbye,’ but it is just this moment to start shooting! And then that Bresson’s decisive moment appears. After long workouts it can be overtaken by fractions of a second. Photographing is waiting for this moment, when the reality will set itself. But you must be lucky. And I am. I watch two plans and put them together. Three plans would be incredible luck, that gets into your frame. A film director could stage it, I wait.” 

Skierniewice (Poland), 1986 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

Skierniewice (Poland), 1986
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1966 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1966
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Bogdan Dziworski’s work is something more than street photography and photo stories from the second part of the 20th century. There is also a consequently, for decades realised project with a huge emotional load. Dziworski’s photographs have significant historical and cognitive value.

Many frames from his photographic record, created a little as if by chance, have never been presented. His first album titled My View was published in 1981 in Vienna (Austria). Not sooner did the second one appear than in the 1990s. It was the time when his intimate exhibitions took place in Warsaw, Cracow, Wrocław and Częstochowa (all in Poland). The f/5.6 exhibition at the Leica 6×7 Gallery Warszawa will be the first comprehensive, cross-sectional retrospective, representing the whole of Bogdan Dziworski’s many years of photographic work. Many of the never published before works, carefully selected from the photographer’s large archive, will be presented during the exhibition.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an album of the same title, artist’s talks and screening of Bogdan Dziworski’s documentary films.

Łódź (Poland), 1965 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1965
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Bogdan Dziworski (b.1941) | based in Warsaw and Szczecin (Poland) | photographer, cameraman, film screenwriter and lecturer | graduate of the Łódź Film School’s Direction of Photography faculty (1965) | awarded with the Gloria Artis Gold Medal (2014) | has cooperated with Polish Film Chronicle, Educational Film Studio in Łódź and Film Production Company Zespoły Filmowe | author of numerous documentary films awarded at major festivals, including Fencer (1980) and Olympiad (1978) | founder and the longtime Dean of the Radio and Television Faculty of the University of Silesia in Katowice | has presented his photographs at individual exhibitions in Poland and in the USA | author of the books My View. Polish Impressions in Photography (Hannibal Verlag, Vienna, 1981) and 1/250 second (Wydawnictwa Artystyczne i Filmowe, Warsaw, 2000) | the first part of the Polish Photography cycle was devoted to his work (TERRA NOVA Krzysztof Heike, Warsaw, 1999).

Bogdan Dziworskif/5.6
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: September 7 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between September 8 and October 22, 2017

Accompanying events:

  • artist’s talks: September 25 and October 9 @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw at 6.00 PM
  • film screenings and talks: September 30 @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw at 4.40 PM and October 15 @ Elektronik Cinema (7 Gen. Zajączka St., Warsaw, Poland) at 6.00 PM

The Bogdan Dziworski exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska @ Stara ZPAF Gallery

© Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska_04

Usama, Muhammad, Ammar, Yasser, Kamil, Jarob, Ismail, Aminullah, Ahmed, Muhammad, Mortaza, Abdullah, Mustafa, Abdullah, Mazzin, Hezha, Maria, Mohand, Mahmude, Luay, Abdulkrem, Fazlullah, Sdiga, Ahmed, Youssef, Rafat, Hamid, Zabit, Elham, Omid, Nabas, Ktebalasaf, Zain…

IT specialist, office worker, pupil, mother, businessman, nurse, civil engineer, student,  lawyer, journalist, architect…

Syria, Iraq, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Syria, Syria, Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Syria, Iraq, Syria, Syria, Syria, Syria, Iraq, Syria, Syria, Syria, Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Iran, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Iraq…

© Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska_01

I met them in Serbia in January 2016. They had been fleeing the world they knew well to the one that seemed to be better to them. They had been on their way for a few, dozen, dozens of days. They had paid a lot for it.

I didn’t go there just to photograph, however, I constantly had my camera with me and whenever I could, I took pictures. Not to forget their faces. But first, those people had to be helped, and if there was some free time left, then to talk to them. Only then was the time to think about taking a picture. They mostly agreed, but the women – they almost never wanted to be photographed, unless with their children. I tried to write down their names, cities, pieces of their stories, but there was no place, no time, no way to do that. Over these five days, 5 to 10 thousand people had crossed that place. Although I only encountered a small fraction of this number, all the facts have mixed up, making it impossible to combine the name with the face.

© Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska_03

There was no time for staging, perfecting a composition, waiting for better light. It would rather be unfair in those circumstances. What only mattered, it was to record those people.

The people like us.

© Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska_02

Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska (b. 1979) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | architect and freelance photographer | member of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers ZPAF | fellow of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2013) | has participated in numerous exhibitions | works on her own photographic projects | deals with portrait, street photography and clay modelling | author of the book I Just Miss My Husband. Meetings with Widows (self-published, 2013) | yoga and factual literature lover | has published in many magazines, including doc! photo magazine (doc! #24).

Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska – CLOSER
@ Stara ZPAF Gallery (8 Zamkowy Sq., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: June 6 at 7.15 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until July 1, 2017

The Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

16th edition of the International Festival of Photography FOTOFESTIWAL ŁÓDŹ

Part of the 'Trash Cans for Hearts and People Have No Soul' exhibition curated by Augustin Rebetez

Part of the ‘Trash Cans for Hearts and People Have No Soul’ exhibition curated by Augustin Rebetez

New realities, quasi-biographies, weird, unbelievable worlds. This year, Fotofestiwal has invited artists who use fiction to comment on ‘here and now.’ They will draw you into a game, where boundaries between the real and the unreal are no longer so obvious. Hence the title of the 16th edition of Fotofestiwal – DASZ WIARĘ? / CAN YOU IMAGINE?

Fotofestiwal is one of the most significant photography events in this part of Europe. It gathers photographers from all over the world, presenting their works at exhibitions visited by thousands of viewers. Fotofestiwal is an opportunity for the audience to discover the most interesting phenomena of contemporary photography, while for photographers – to broaden their knowledge during workshops and the portfolio review.

Taken from the Martin Kollar's 'Provisional Arrangement' series

Taken from the Martin Kollar’s ‘Provisional Arrangement’ series

This year, the viewers will face imagined realities and participate in a game in which they will no longer be just passive observers. The artists who participate in Dasz wiarę? / Can you Imagine? say: don’t believe photography, ask questions, be an attentive observer. Dialogue with the audience of Dasz wiarę?/ Can you imagine? is strengthened by subtle, (un)real installations by Noémie Goudal and the latest project called Provisional Arrangements by Martin Kollar, a renowned absurd seeker.

Part of the 'Trash Cans for Hearts and People Have No Soul' exhibition curated by Augustin Rebetez

Part of the ‘Trash Cans for Hearts and People Have No Soul’ exhibition curated by Augustin Rebetez

The curator’s exhibition will be prepared by one of the most intriguing artists of the young generation – Augustin Rebetez. He is known for his signature – black birds, human-like creatures and incredible structures that have made appearance in the minimalist gallery halls of Berlin, Paris, Lausanne, Arles, Mexico City or Montreal, among others. Trash Cans for Hearts and People Have No Soul, a chorus exhibition curated by Augustin Rebetez, is more than a photography exhibition – it is a total artistic universe, which Rebetez creates together with sixteen other artists, including David Favrod (winner of the 2014 Grand Prix Fotofestiwal), Christian Patterson, Birthe Piontek, Reiner Riedler and Yumiko Utsu.

Taken from the Joan Fontcuberta's  'Fauna' series

Taken from the Joan Fontcuberta’s ‘Fauna’ series

The team of curators will present the set of works authored by the master of artistic mystification – Joan Fontcuberta. This will be the first in Poland presentation of such a large collection of works by one of the best known artists, curators and theoreticians of photography. Fontcuberta’s works have been presented in the most renowned arts institutions in the world. In Łódź, we will see three of his projects: Fauna, Herbarium and Constellations, which have significantly influenced the understanding of contemporary photography. Herbarium and Constellations take us to the fantasy world of quasi-botany and pseudo-astronomy. Fauna is a seemingly documentary project about research conducted by an unknown biologist, who discovers new animal species. A snake with centipede’s legs or a monkey having a body of a horse are only examples of what Fontcuberta ‘captured.’ It could change the history of science… if only it was real.

© Francesco Zizola | NOOR

This year’s Fotofestiwal theme will also be reflected at the photo book exhibition and selected film screenings. However, Fotofestiwal is not only about the world of fiction – the NOOR agency (doc! #7), known for its strictly documentary photography, will organise workshops for photographers and the celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Taken from the Oliver Tooke's 'Untitled Syria Project' series

Taken from the Oliver Tooke’s ‘Untitled Syria Project’ series

Traditionally, the festival will begin with announcement of the results of Grand Prix competition, presenting the most interesting phenomena of contemporary photography. One out of ten finalists – Loulou d’Aki, Andrea & Magda, Zeng Ge, Dominika Gęsicka (doc! #26), Wojciech Grzędziński (doc! #11), Vittorio Mortarotti & Anush Hamzehian, Alexandra Lethbridge, Jerome Ming, Viacheslav Poliakov and Oliver Tooke – will receive the prize of PLN 10,000. The competition works will be presented at the exhibitions and slideshows in the urban space.

The main programme of the 2017 Fotofestiwal Łódź is enriched with:

Tomasz Schimscheiner Taken from the Adrian Vozny's 'Creations of Personality' series

Tomasz Schimscheiner
Taken from the Adrian Vozny’s ‘Creations of Personality’ series

  • lots of accompanying exhibitions, including the premier show of the DEBUTS (edition 2017)’s laureates as well as individual exhibitions of Viviane Sassen (doc! #5) or Rafał Milach (doc! #19);
  • photobook exhibitions (Kassel Dummy Award 2017 and Photo Publication of the Year);
Saint Louis, 2011

Saint Louis, 2011

Fotofestiwal Kids, a series of workshops for the youngest ones, guided walks around exhibitions and a playground where parents may leave their children under care, while they themselves can see the exhibitions.

Next to the photo exhibitions, events, evening slideshows, artist’s talks and guided walks, the festival will also include film screenings (thanks to partnership with Transatlantyk Film Festival): premieres of most interesting documentaries about photography and photographers (i.e.  Josef Koudelka and Robert Frank), some works that are a result of the search for a new film form that includes photography, and short photo-films presented earlier at the Les Nuits Photographie Festival.

More info @ www.fotofestiwal.com

FOTOFESTIWAL ŁÓDZ
@ Łódź (Poland)
June 1-11, 2017

The International Festival of Photography FOTOFESTIWAL ŁÓDŹ is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.