New photo gallery in Poznan

© Mariusz Forecki

© Mariusz Forecki

Over 4,500 people supported the idea of creating a photo gallery in Poznan (Poland). Now, it is time to say THANK YOU to all of them!

The opening of the gallery (yes, they did it!) will take place on March 13 and as in case of all galleries over the world, it will be merged with the first exhibition of very unusual artist. Or rather artists as all fans of photography are invited to present their photographs.

What to do to be exhibited there and participate in this feast of photography? Send up to 3 pictures to zpaf@zpafpoznan.pl until March 11. 200 best pictures will be printed and presented on the gallery’ walls, while all submitted images will be presented in a slide show. Just make sure your pictures have at least 3000 pixels along a longer side and your e-mail is titled TRANSFORMACJA.

Organisers prepared a lot of attractions for the opening day and more details about them may be found @ Co z ta fotografia blog (the blog is in Polish language version only).

TRANSFORMACJA
new photo gallery (35 Glogowska St., Poznan, Poland). Grand opening of the gallery on March 13, 2015. Start at 10:00 AM, the end at 8:00 PM. The opening and the first exhibition are organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Wojtek Wieteska @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

© Wojciech Wieteska

© Wojciech Wieteska

Wojtek Wieteska (doc! #17) is one of the most famous Polish photographers. Although he comes from a European school of photojournalism, his style is distinguished by a conceptual approach to reality. In Nailing Love he is still mach closer to the conceptual use of photography, creating an authentic project by using the photographs that were made during the last three decades.

Are concepts or words photogenic? What inspires me to photograph, and what is the fact or object ready to take a picture of?“ - says Wieteska about his exhibition. – I use the photography, moving pictures, objects. I think about their mutual relations. What interests me in the way of selection of photos and their exposition is the question of the meaning of singularity and originality, copy and replication, durability and destruction. What seems to be most interesting for me is just wandering on the outskirts of photography and encountering there these new connections.  

There are not only photographs on the Nailing Love exhibition. There is an archival tray with 12 photographs, which – in the course of more than a monthly process – will degrade instead of archiving. There are photos printed in different ways and of different sizes with contact sheet appearing next to the wallpaper. All of them create an intriguing, not obvious, and unusual exhibition.

Wojtek Wieteska (b. 1964) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | lecturer at the Lodz Film School where studied Cinematography | graduate of History of Art at the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Warsaw | his works are filled with an atmosphere of contemplation, giving the viewer a sense of understatements and emotions enclosed in photographs | the first photo camera was a gift from his father | author of individual exhibitions presented in galleries and museums, publications in press and books, social and advertising campaigns | has lived in Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, and NYC | runs his group WWPHOTO.

Wojtek Wieteska – Nailing Love
Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: March 20 at 8:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public between March 21 and May 3, 2015. The exhibition is organised under contra doc! patronage.

More info @ Facebook (website in Polish language version only)

Ada Zielinska @ NEY Gallery&Prints

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The Automotive Stills series has been inspired by visual enchantment to cars. The car, and the car accident in particular, has become an object of the author’s unique fascination. This controlled by a man machine is the most common cause of tragic death. According to statistics, about 4,000 people die and 45,000 get injured on Polish roads each year.

To seek a beauty in a cause of death (the car) refers to J.G. Ballard’s Crash, but in this case, it is devoid of erotic context. The goal of each car accident staged for the purpose of this series is a photo. The characters in the pictures have been removed from a modern world, their attitude to the situation and space, in which they occurred, have been given to the viewer’s interpretation.

Ada Zielinska (b. 1989) | a graduate of Classical Animation at the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology (2011) | currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts’ Faculty of Media Arts in Warsaw, where participates in the Photographic Narration Workshop | her pictures were shown at a group Accommodation exhibition in the Museum of Modern Fine Art in Minsk (Belarus, 2014).

Ada Zielinska – Automotive Stills
NEY Gallery&Prints (7 Spokojna St. 2, Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: March 2 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until March 17, 2015.

The exhibition is organised under contra doc! patronage.

Anna Bedynska @ 5 Gallery

© Anna Bedynska

© Anna Bedynska

under doc! photo magazine patronage:

Anna Bedynska’s White Power (doc! #11) is a project on widely considered diversity. It makes us aware there are many varieties of beauty.

Albinos are the characters of White Power. Nobody knows how many of them live in Poland. They spend their everyday life aside, in the shadow, and Bedynska presents them in ‘spotlight,’ which they commonly avoid, pulls them out from the shadow, literally and metaphorically. And when faced with lens, they redefine the sense of beauty.

Albinism is a disease affecting 1:10,000 people, but it is not the disease that matters here, only the widely considered dissimilarity. Exceptionality, beauty, and uniqueness – are like distinguishing mark of people with absence of pigment.

Anna Bedynska – White Power
5 Gallery (CKK, 2 Silesian Parliament Sq., Katowice, Poland). Grand opening: February 25 at 6:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until March 22, 2015.

More info @ www.facebook.com/events/1556397444598501 (website in Polish language version only)

Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska @ DCF ‘Roman House’

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under doc! photo magazine patronage:

Four Years, Three Months, Six Days – this is a title of the next exhibition in Wroclaw’s ‘Roman House’ whose protagonist is the father of Magdelena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska (doc! #24). The title refers to the time which will have passed since his death by the exhibition opening day.

The exhibition will consist of pictures from three series: Dad, I Just Miss my Husband. Meeting with Widows and Dad (2015). The first one is a personal record of transitory moments, which the photographer spent with terminally ill father in the last months of his life. The second series is a set of portraits of women who try to find themselves after the loss of their husbands. It starts with a photo of the artist’s mother. Presented for the first time Dad (2015) series is a set of pictures that were also taken during the father’s illness but their tone is much more cheerful. As the author says: “I created something, which to me is a combination of family album and diary without words. About the man to whom I owe so much. Life.”

Although extremely personal, the exhibition is narrated in such a way that it becomes universal. It perfectly captures emotions of someone who is faced with a terminal illness of a loved one, then with death, and finally has to learn to live with a feeling of emptiness and absence. The final stage includes acceptance of the loss and searching for the good and happy moments in the memory. It is the stage where Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska is.

Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska – Four Years, Three Months, Six Days
Lover-Silesian Centre of Photography ‘Roman House’ (8 Bp. Nankier Square, Wroclaw, Poland). Grand opening: February 26 at 5:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until March 28, 2015.

Buy Magdalena’s book I Just Miss my Husband in our doc! store.

Students of the Warsaw School of Photography @ Skwer

© Mila Mindykowska

© Mila Mindykowska

In June 2014, students of the Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design boarded a train and went to Amsterdam for an open-air photography workshop. The exhibition in Warsaw’s Skwer is a record of this expedition.

The daily life of the street, carelessness, transitory moments, rituals, but also social contrasts, and interpersonal conflicts – this is Amsterdam in a nutshell. It is also Amsterdam, which we pass by without paying attention, having our minds focused on other matters, quickly moving from one place to another. It is Amsterdam, which attracts, enchants, and absorbs. This is also Amsterdam and its inhabitants that we see in the pictures taken by WSFoto’s students.

The exhibition is organised under honorary patronage of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Olgierd Chodyniecki, Rafal Dadej, Kamil Domanski, Tomasz Filipowicz, Anna Maria Jastrzebska, Mila Mindykowska, Krzysztof Mindykowski, Waldemar Ostrowski, Ewa Przygodzka & Aleksandra Schonthaler – 11:15 AM TO AMSTERDAM
Skwer (60a Krakowskie Przedmiescie St., Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: February 23 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until March 15, 2015. 

The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

DEBUTS 2015 jury – Grzegorz Kosmala

© Mirosław Kania

© Mirosław Kania

Grzegorz Kosmala – based in Warsaw (Poland) | founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of two online magazines dedicated to contemporary documentary (doc! photo magazine) and fine art (contra doc!) photography | originator of the DEBUTS project | juror in international photo contests | coordinator of the 7th and 8th editions of BZ WBK Press Foto, one of the Poland’s largest press photography contests | graduated from the Media Management and International Relations and Diplomacy faculties at the Nowy Sacz School of Business.

Szymon Brodziak @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

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under contra doc! patronage:

Szymon Brodziak (“the 2013 world’s best photographer of black-and-white advertising campaigns” by FashionTV) takes pictures mainly ordered by companies, for advertising, and image campaigns. BRODZIAK ‘ONE’ is asummary of the last ten years of Szymon’s photographic work, whose artistic credo is: “You are what you see.”

In most of the cases, Brodziak photographs women. It happens that his works are controversial, because the models appear in unusual poses and places, and even unusual roles. But there are also classic or even romantic photos, portraits catching our attention with play of light.

Leica Gallery Warsaw exhitbiotn will be accompanied by author’s meeting (February 8 at 5:00 PM) and workshop with Szymon Brodziak.

More info @ Leica Gallery Warsaw (in Polish language version only)

Szymon BrodziakBrodziak ‘ONE’
Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). The grand opening: February 6 at 8:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public from February 7 to 15 March 2015.

Hybridity of the Subject @ andel’s Hotel Lodz

© Jacek Kolodziejski, Jan Mioduszewski, Agata Uchman & Ola Winiarska

© Jacek Kolodziejski, Jan Mioduszewski, Agata Uchman & Ola Winiarska

under contra doc! patronage:

Four different artisitic personalities (photographer – Jacek Kolodziejski, painter – Jan Mioduszewski, and fashion designers – Ola Winiarska & Agata Uchman) in one project being a compilation of fashion desing, photography, painting, and installation – Hybridity of the Subject. What came from the combination of their creativity? Come and check it yourself!

More info @ Facebook

Jacek Kolodziejski, Jan Mioduszewski, Agata Uchman & Ola Winiarska – Hybridity of the Subject
andel’s Hotel Lodz (17 Ogrodowa St., Lodz, Poland). Grand opening: February 6 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until March 7, 2015. The exhibition takes place within the ANDEL’S PRESENTS series.

DEBUTS 2015 jury – Ron Haviv

© John Stanmeyer | VII

© John Stanmeyer | VII

Ron Haviv – based in New York City (NY, USA) | an Emmy nominated and award-winning photojournalist | co-founder of the VII Photo agency | author of 3 monographs – Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, (called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek), Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul, and Haiti: 12 January 2010. | has produced a record of the injustices of war | his work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague | President H.W. George Bush cited his photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention | central character in 6 documentary films, including National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk | has provided expert analysis and commentary on ABC World News, BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and The Charlie Rose Show.