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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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);
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
@ Łódź (Poland)
June 1-11, 2017
The International Festival of Photography FOTOFESTIWAL ŁÓDŹ is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
The ninth edition of Chobi Mela – International Festival of Photography in Bangladesh, one of the most prestigious photography festivals in Asia, launches on February 3 and will run until February 16, 2017. The festival is organised biannually by Drik Picture Library Ltd. and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Since its inception in 2000, Chobi Mela has become the most significant photography event in Asia.
The Chobi Mela IX is organised under the Transition subject. The festival will feature over 30 exhibitions with work from 27 artists spanning 16 countries accompanied by workshops, portfolio reviews and artist talks. The list of exhibited photographers includes Kanu Gandhi, Stanley Greene, Nasir Ali Mamun, Naeem Mohaiemen, Pushpamala N., Igor Pisuk (DEBUTS 2014), Robert Zhao Renhui (doc! #26) and Donald Webber, among others.
Chobi Mela IX also commissions ten Bangladeshi artists as Chobi Mela Fellows to produce site-specific artwork for the festival. To investigate the theme Transition, artists from different backgrounds of painting, drawing, animation, sculpture, photography, video, sound and installation will stretch the medium physically and conceptually. Through this novel initiative, Chobi Mela aims to support new media artists of Bangladesh to develop independent projects with freedom rarely provided in formal art events.
Chobi Mela IX continues its tradition of recognising individuals who have dedicated their lives to the growth of Bangladeshi photography. We are honoured to announce that the Chobi Mela IX Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Nasir Ali Mamun and Sayeeda Khanom. Nasir Ali Mamun’s passion for portraiture gave us engaging, thought-provoking images of writers, poets, musicians, and artists, and Sayeeda Khanom continues to be a torch bearer for women in the field of photojournalism, which men have long tried to monopolise.
Ensuring access for the general public, which has always been an important part of the festival, mobile exhibitions on ricksha vans (a trademark of the festival) will travel all over Dhaka city including remote locations. The festival is free and open to the public.
More info @ www.chobimela.org
The 4th edition of Press Photo Expo will take place in one of the oldest Warsaw’s trade houses, built in 1914 – The Jabłkowski Brothers – on January 16. The event, whose goal is to share photographic knowledge and experience, gathers professionals and photography lovers. This year’s edition of Press Photo Expo will consist of photo exhibitions, products presentations, legal consultations, lots of workshops and lectures, including this by special guest of the event – Joe Klamar, photojournalist of the Agence France Presse known for his controversial images of the US Olympics team.
“During this event professionals meet each other in one place to focus on offering designed specifically for them,” – says Adam Nurkiewicz, organising the event. - “The list of companies presenting their equipment for photographers covers all leading brands producing cameras, lenses and peripheries.”
The event is addressed primarily to professional photographers, freelancers, photo agencies and information services, photographic associations, journalists’ associations, editorial staff, students and all people interested in good photography.
One of the accompanying events of the 2017 Press Photo Expo will be Warsaw presentation of the most talented emerging Polish photographers, laureates of DEBUTS (edition 2016), selected by international jury, consisting of photographers, publishers and gallery owners.
More info @ www.pressphotoexpo.com
Press Photo Expo 2017
@ The Jabłkowski Brothers Trade House (25 Bracka St., Warsaw, Poland)
January 16, 2017
10.00 AM – 9.00 PM
The 2017 Press Photo Expo is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
For the 6th edition of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend more than 70 galleries, museums, institutions and off-spaces will be presenting a varied programme about the medium of photography. The exhibitions will range from classic photography to current trends with the new media. Following the great success of recent years, the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend has become a popular feature of Düsseldorf’s arts and cultural scene and also attracts more and more international interest.
The Duesseldorf Photo Weekend traditionally opens at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. This year, the Forum will host three exhibitions:
- Peter Lindbergh & Garry Winogrand’s Women on Street, with rare colour photographs taken by Garry Winogrand from the 1950s and 1960s.
- Thomas Mailaender’s The Fun Archive – the Germany’s first retrospective of the artist. Thomas Mailaender collects artefacts of cyber culture – anonymous amateur photographs, Internet memes and cyber trash – which he archives, processes and channels into the world of high culture. During the exhibition, Thomas will also construct spectacular room installations such as the Fun Archive Headquarter and the Chicken Museum.
- Perfect Storm, an exhibition summarising the 5th edition of the Portfolio Review section. It will include presentations of the 15 short-listed artists plus works by nine artists from the previous editions of the Portfolio Review. The exhibition will showcase the current themes and approaches that are influencing the young generation of photographers. The works will be united by the idea of posing the question regarding the limitation and legitimisation of the expansion of image space and the productivity that ensues from this floating state.
The Benrath Palace and Park Foundation will present the works of Marcus Schwier -> Photography. His multifaceted work comprises series from the fields of architectural and landscape photography. The thematic blocks in the exhibition include, in particular, a series of night-time images from North and South American cities in which the light spaces have been artistically arranged by Schwier. The theme for another series is the greenhouse as a model of industrialised agriculture. Two groups of works are based on the use of a long tripod that makes it possible to take voyeuristic photographs of people and, by the same token, reflects the images of the world that are generated through surveillance technology.
The Philara Collection, with its new premises in Flingern, will show works by Sabine Dusend and Alex Grein, two young graduates of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, -> Stille Kammer. Both of the artists use photography to draw closer to the essential features of traditional picture production, the difference between man and machine as well as between an object and its representation.
In Number Thirteen, two exhibition concepts, will be combined in the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf. At the hub of the presentation will stand the large-format video installation Factory of The Sun by Hito Steyerl. In parallel to this, but in a separate space on the first floor, will be the Missed Connections, a group exhibition curated by Jennifer Chan at the invitation of Hito Steyerl and in cooperation with the Julia Stoschek Collection.
The Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Düsseldorf (a memorial site to the victims of the Nazi regime) will present an exhibition dedicated to the artist and lawyer Fred Stein -> Auf dem Weg. Dresden Paris New York. In 1933, as a socialist and a Jew, he had to flee from the National Socialists in Dresden. As an exile in Paris, out of necessity, he turned his hobby into a profession. He opened a photo studio and, in the course of this, revealed his outstanding talent. He turned out to be a master of portraiture and spontaneous street photography.
At the Haus der Universität, the Open Loop exhibition will present unpublished documents and photographs – from the estate of the Berlin film-maker Hansjürgen Pohland – of Will McBride, Michael Marton and Jean-Gil Chodziesner-Bonne.
As previously, this year’s edition of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend will be accompanied by Photo Book Salon, which will take place in the historic library on the newly built campus of the Hochschule Düsseldorf (HSD). In addition to an exhibition of the short list for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, an invitation to participate in the Salon has also be extended to European book publishers (including us ) that focus mainly on the production of photo books.
The 2017 Duesseldorf Photo Weekend schedule also includes lectures, symposiums, discussion rounds and film screenings at the Haus der Universität and at the Hochschule Düsseldorf.
More info and detailed programme @ www.duesseldorfphotoweekend.de
Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2017
February 3 – 5, 2017
@ Düsseldorf (Germany)
Official opening @ NRW-Forum Düsseldorf on February 2 at 7.00 PM
Opening hours of the exhibitions:
February 3 – 6.00 PM – 9.00 PM
February 4 – 12.00 PM – 8.00 PM
February 5 – 12.00 PM – 6.00 PM
The upcoming 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is a three-day-long event during which 18 films telling stories from different places in the world will be screened. Next to the films, unusual atmosphere of the event will be created by the meetings with socially involved directors and reporters. The festival programme also includes artist talks as well as debates on contemporary challenges.
Undoubtedly, in the times of migration, one of them is to ensure solidarity crossing national boundaries. One of the festival categories – Different Faces of Migration – is devoted to this problem. The category includes 6 films presenting different stages of the journey and confronting dreams with the reality faced in Europe: The Crossing (directed by George Kurian, Norway 2015, 55 min), Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013, 90 min), A Requiem for Syrian Refugees (directed by Richard Wolf, USA 2014, 71 min), A Syrian Love Story (directed by Sean McAllister, UK 2015, 76 min), The Great Wall (directed by Tadhg O’Suvillan, Ireland 2015, 74 min) and On the Bride’s Side (directed by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande and Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry, Italy/Palestine 2014, 98 min).
Winners of the HumanDOC Proclub Camera photo contest will be announced during the festival and the winning photos will be presented in Kinoteka, the festival main cinema. Additional screenings will be organised in the Staromiejski Dom Kultury, while the selected films will be available on the web film platform IPLA (only on Polish territory).
The 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is co-financed within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Polish Development Cooperation Programme.
The detailed programme of the festival is available @ www.festival.humandoc.pl
7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC
@ Kinoteka (Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq., Warsaw, Poland)
November 25-27, 2016
The 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
Diffusion and disappearance are both gentle movements, often hardly noticeable. Nothing concrete is happening, it is going on slowly, not quite to the end and it continues. They are processes which often complement each other. Diffusion/Disappearance is the motto of the 6th Opole Festival of Photography.
The programme of this year’s festival includes exhibitions which focus on man’s issues, his associates with other man, with the space and memory. They are stories of relations and their dynamism, actually of these leading diffusion and disappearance. Sometimes blurred and difficult to define. What is more, in terms of the form, they can be found on the borders of genres, making them disappear.
Certainly, the most important presentation of this year’s edition of the OFFoto is the exhibition of Zofia Rydet’s monumental Sociological Record project, including some thousands of photographic negatives. Realised by Zofia Rydet from 1978 up to almost the end of her life, it permanently astonishes and impresses. It is so monumental, that can’t be shown as a whole during one exhibition, though any selection is extremely difficult. Zofia Rydet used to visit the inhabitants in their homes and portrait them sitting in their most representative place in their house. As the result, we have a picture of everyday life and thousands of faces. On one hand, they are common, repeatable and similar, on the other one – wonderfully different in outfits, poses, surroundings and decoration. The title suggests research material. So does Rydet’s approach – methodological and typological. However, the result of Sociological Record seems scientifically elusive. There are no clear classifications and divisions, no definitions and standards. There is man and his relationships.
Karolina Jonderko (doc! #1 & #18) used a very similar approach. Her Lost project consists of specific portraits of rooms belonging to the people, who haven’t come back to their places. They went to their jobs, schools, walks or shopping, leaving their rooms just for a while. Their beloved keep their spaces for them, hoping that one day their missing will come back to them. Jonderko took pictures of 15 rooms throughout Poland. She illustrated the history of the missing persons, determination of the loved ones, and the slow process of disappearance under the pressure of everyday life.
Maksymilian Rigamonti (doc! #1) in his Places that Do Not Exist project also focuses on memory and inevitability of its disappearing. He tries to find out how much one can learn about the old events just by looking at the space. His photographic travels to the Volhynia also use to listen to human stories. They are about everyday life that penetrated history and pushed it aside. We can see it taking over the space. Just a reflection on the frailty of human memory.
In turn, Spring, which Didn’t Bloom by Maciej Moskwa (doc! #12 & #32) is a story about quite recent events. Moskwa tells about Syria’s everyday life – from the beginning of the Arab Spring up to the present refugee exodus. He shows the literal disappearing of the world and how ordinary people deal with it.
A method, repeatedly proven in history of photography, is a record for remembering. Although it can’t replace our memory and is subjective, it still protects from disappearing, forgetting. Both, Paweł Frenczak (Noir) and Małgorzata Sajur (DEBUTS 2015; My Anxieties), record their own personal stories of their own everyday life. Another method is an attempt to reconstruct events from memory. Their repetition leaves ever-lasting record of photographic image. This is the method used by the winner of the Show up contest – Piotr Pardiak (Heritage).
The passage of time is the primary motive of the First Haircut exhibition. Michał Stolarski and Tomasz Liboska are reconstructing their memories from their youth. They invited Dominik and Marek to play their stories that took place 20 years before. “We are trying to recall everything that is possible: real places, details, gestures. We have to improvise. Lots of the places we remember either don’t exist any more or changed their character. Our memories are not the same as they used to be either,” – they say. Intertwining worlds of actors and authors, fading of memories, giving way to changes and yet it is all going on at the document happening today.
In many single photographs as well as in full stories and exhibitions of this years’s edition of the OFFoto we will find this intertwining of worlds, memories, reflexions on disappearing. Actually that is the purpose of photography. A photo is a trace of a certain event, authentic one or created. If authentic one – it is still subjective and as such it can be remembered in a different way by somebody standing just some centimetres away. The leading motto doesn’t explain the sense of every presentation literally and accurately, but, as usual, encourages to find one’s own interpretations and add their own stories and associations.
More info and detailed programme @ www.offoto.pl (website in Polish language version only).
6th Opole Festival of Photography
September 29 – November 13, 2016
The 6th Opole Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
For 10 days between September 1 and 11, due to the 6th edition of the TIFF Festival, Wrocław will become the Polish capital city of photography. This year the festival will be held under the theme Rivers & Roads and will focus on travel. Ten intense days of the festival will be an unusual photographic expedition with exhibitions, slide shows, debates, workshops and meetings with artists and curators.
The main programme of the festival consists of three thematic cycles referring to the festival theme. The first one – On the Road - is devoted to the most classical sense – photographers on the road – and includes the following exhibitions: Moving Photography Studio by Agnieszka Pajączkowska, Effortless Exercise by Łukasz Filak, Aleksandra Gach, Alicja Kielan and Anna Orłowska, On the Road with Photosphere Collective by Kamila Buturla, Paweł Giza, Katarzyna Maluga and Krzysztof Światły, and European Eyes on Japan with two photographic series by Jon Cazenave (Omaji) and Łukasz Rusznica (Sometimes the Border Is Thin).
The second cycle of the main programme – Imagined Journeys - refers to the imaginary, metaphoric pilgrimage. It consists of two exhibitions: Munemasa Takahashi’s Lost & Found and Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese’s Found Photos in Detroit.
The main programme’s last section – Immigration/Emigration – deals with migrant-photographers recording their new surroundings. The section will present three exhibitions: “Now, I Am Here. Or Rather, Perhaps, Nowhere.” Emigration Photographs of Stanisław Cat-Mackiewicz, *** (“Because I Live on a Couch in a Kitchen in My Friends’ Place”) by Marta Zdulska, and Territorium Novum, a group exhibition of students of the University of Arts in Poznań: Magdalena Andrynowska, Katarzyna Bojko-Szymczewska (DEBUTS 2016), Joanna Chwiłkowska, Anna Cywińska, Justyna Dryl, Jędrzej Filuś, Aurelia Frydrych-Zdanowska, Michalina Hendrys, Katarzyna Hoffmann, Ewelina Kamińska, Ewa Kasperek, Violetta Łuba, Bartosz Partyka, Bartłomiej Ponikiewski, Oliwia Rogalska, Piotr Szapel, Paweł Wawrzyniak, Izabela Wasiak, Katarzyna Wąsowska and Weronika Wronecka.
Traditionally, the festival will also include a special section devoted to photographic publications. This year’s edition of this section will try to present the complicated process of creating photobooks. It will consists of three exhibitions, presenting photozines culture (Zines of the World), works of independent publishers (Meet the Publisher), and a selection of photobooks referring to the festival theme (Roads Less Travelled). The section will be supported by such projects as Open Photobook Reading Room, TIFF x FFP Photobook Dummy Review, and panel discussion dedicated to impact of photobooks on the medium of photography.
TIFF HUB is another part of the festival taking place in the festival centre. Its goal is to enable meet-ups, thought sharing and widening of horizons, not just the photographic ones. Casual encounters of friends and strangers, author meetings, confrontation of opinions, activities which resulted in TIFF Festival 2016.
ProfiLab TIFF Open, new concept of the section previously named Debuts, is dedicated to emerging photographers selected in a competition. This year’s edition of the section will presents five photographers: Alicja Brodowicz (DEBUTS 2016), Rebbeka Deubner, Marcin Fajfruk, Mateusz Kowalik and Mateusz Skóra.
TIFF Festival 2016 – RIVERS & ROADS
September 1-11, 2016
46 Ruska Str. (backyard)
More info & detailed programme @ tiff.wroc.pl
The 7th edition of f/stop Festival for Photography, one of the most important photography festivals in Germany, will take place under the title the end of the world as we know it, ist der Beginn einer Welt, die wir nicht kennen and will explore today’s potential of narrative photography. f/stop 2016 will look back at the history of the genre of reportage and attempt to find out which of media presentations are best suited to portray the events of a chaotic world.
In the last few decades digitalisation has quickly brought the world closer together and created a society of images: online, on mobile phones, in the daily news. Everything is simultaneously there and not there. The festival main exhibition, curated by Anne König and Jan Wenzel, takes the term “experience” as a point of departure. How should we use the medium of photography to explain and understand the globalised world in all its complexity? The exhibition features works by Ruth Berlau, Khaled Barakeh, Bertolt Brecht, Robert Capa, Thomas Härtrich, Johann Peter Hebel, Sven Johne, Dagmar Keller & Martin Wittwer, Kenji Kawamoto, Andreas Langfeld, Bettina Lockemann, Ute Mahler, Lee Miller, Gilles Raynaldy, Erich Salomon, George Strock, Olivier van Breugel & Simone Mudde, Erik van der Weijde, Jonas Zilius, Tobias Zielony and other artists.
In three further exhibitions, national and international guest curators will present their perspectives on current forms of narrative photography: the theorist and film maker Ariella Azoulay for f/stop Solo, the American artist Monica Haller for f/stop Print and students of Anastasia Khoroshilova (Rodchenko Art School Moscow), Armin Linke & Michael Clegg (Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design) and Gilles Saussier (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie Arles) for f/stop Plattform.
For the first time, f/stop Festival exhibitions will go outside traditional exhibition space – Baumwollspinnerei and conquer the city of Leipzig. In the framework of f/stop In Situ, reportages will be presented in the places where they were created. The 1945 works by Robert Capa, Margaret Bourke-White and Lee Miller will be shown in public areas. The work of Gerda Taro will also be presented for the first time in Leipzig, the city from which she fled in 1933 to live in Paris. Together with Robert Capa, she became a pioneer of modern war photography in the course of the Spanish Civil War. On the property of the German-French Education Centre photographs by the French photographer Gilles Raynaldy will be on display. The images show everyday life at a school in the Parisian suburb of Montreuil, which the artist documented over the course of several years. The photographer Andreas Langfeld and a family from Aleppo examine the role that photography played in their flight from war.
More info @ f-stop-leipzig.de
This is already the third DEBUTS final, the initiative which aims to discover and promote the most talented emerging Polish photographers. In these days where images surround us everywhere choosing people has not been an easy task. Additionally, the majority of these images are bland and are instantly forgotten as we flick through the pages of a newspaper or skip between television channels and websites. How do we find the best images in this ocean of mediocrity? How to ensure the good pictures reach a wider audience?
“To find an answer these questions is why we started our project,” – says Grzegorz Kosmala, editor-in-chief of doc! photo magazine. – “We want to present the photography enthusiasts, who care, who are worth watching, despite the fact that they are at the beginning of their artistic roads, in the hope that with our support their careers will flourish and not trundle into a blind alley.”
What do the emerging Polish photographers tell us in their pictures? What preoccupies their minds? They discuss the issues that, at certain moments, are important in everybody’s life: the joy of experiencing childhood, loneliness after the loss of a loved one, anxiety about the future. They observe and document their nearest surroundings; comment on the reality around them. Sometimes photography helps them accept themselves, and sometimes it lets them take refuge in ideal world they themselves have created.
“As I dived deeper and deeper into the stories, the images, the portfolios the intensity raised,” – says Mads Nissen, member of the DEBUTS (edition 2016) jury. – “All of a sudden, I realised that I was not just staring into a screen – I was staring out. Out through the eyes of a young and talented Polish man or woman. Out on the world that surrounds him – but even more interesting than the naked facts – I was looking at his surroundings through the intriguing gaze of his mysterious mindset. That is photography for me. The photography I was looking for. The photography that tells us important stories about people and the realities that surround them, but always told with the photographers engaged and distinct voice. Because, if we don’t feel much when we take the picture – for sure – neither will anyone else when they see the image. And if the images are too sharp – too precise – then there is no room for thoughts. In the portfolios that I selected, I found just that, that magic that makes photography something much bigger than pictures.”
Despite of the range of photography we have to deal with – documentary, travel, street, fashion or fine art – all the portfolios are combined by the conscious use of the medium. The 40 people, whose photographs are presented at the exhibition and in the book, prove that the photography is something more than just pictures. It is about capturing forever emotions and life’s experiences. It is a joyful moment and a link between the present and the past, as well as a great gift for the future. It is a commentary on the photographer’s “here” and “now”, and it is up to us, the recipients, how we will decode this commentary. It requires us to open our minds to these pictures and to take the photographer’s point of view. Only then we will be able to decode his/her message. Only then we will understand his/her way of thinking. Only then we will be able to see ourselves in these pictures. So little and at the same time so much.
Jury: Calin Kruse (Germany), Petra Leene (the Netherlands/USA), Mads Nissen (Denmark), Moshe Rosenzveig (Australia), Grzegorz Kosmala (Poland)
Photographers: Basia Abramowicz, Joanna Bałaś, Adam Biernat, Katarzyna Bojko-Szymczewska, Alicja Brodowicz, Patryk Bułhak, Katarzyna Czerniak, Natalia Dołgowska, Kamil Domański, Tytus Grodzicki, Małgorzata Gwiazdonik, Edyta Jabłońska, Marta Kaczmarek, Julia Kaczorowska, Marta Kiela-Czarnik, Barbara Kosakowska, Katarzyna Kubiak, Magdalena Kuca, Artur Kucharczak, Dominika Kucner, Jacek Laube, Anna Lemke, Paweł Malinowski, Michał Matejko, Jakub Michalec, Maciej Narożny, Ola Nguyen Van, Laura Ociepa, Michał Orliński, Arkadiusz Pisarek, Arek Rataj, Sandra Recka, Marta Rybicka, Wojciech Ryziński, Małgorzata Skrzypczyk, Kamil Śleszyński, Weronika Twardowska, Dominik Witaszczyk, Weronika Woźniak, Aleksandra Zinkiewicz
2016 Fotofestiwal Łódź
HIT THE ROAD: Photographers’ Travel
June 9-19, 2016
More info @ www.fotofestiwal.com
The 15th International Festival of Photography FOTOFESTIWAL Łódź is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
The 2016 Fotofestiwal Łódź is going to feature the works of two photographers who revolutionised visual arts: David “Chim” Seymour and Robert Rauschenberg.
David “Chim” Seymour, the son of a prominent publisher of books in Yiddish and Hebrew, was born as Dawid Szymin in Warsaw in 1911. In the early 1930s, he went to Paris as a student but his interest in photography led him to a freelance career, first in France and in Spain where he covered Spanish Civil War. He travelled to the United States in 1939, enlisted in the US Army as the World War II began, and became a US citizen in 1942, the same year his parents were killed in Poland by the Nazis. Following the war, he worked for such major picture magazines as LIFE or Paris Match and for UNESCO in Austria, Hungry, Italy, Poland and Germany. Not surprisingly, Seymour took a great interest in refugees, documenting the Republicans fleeing to Mexico after Franco’s victory in Spain, and the plight of refugee children across war-shattered Europe in moving B&W photographs that remain some of his best-known and best-loved work.
In 1947, along with friends and fellow photographers, George Rodger, Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Seymour co-founded the Magnum Photos agency. He became president of Magnum in 1954 and held that position until his death in Suez in 1956. In his last years, Chim made his home in Italy. He photographed the first years of the newly established state of Israel and became known for his portraits – often in colour – of such celebrities as Pablo Picasso, Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn.
Chim is often cited under the rubric of “The Concerned Photographer” and his humanism and compassion form most of his work and make it particularly relevant today. The CHIM: David Seymour, Citizen of the World exhibition will allow the viewers to embark on a journey through various, often breakthrough, moments in the world history. It will be divided into three sections: an introduction, a focus on his Polish photographs and a special selection of rarely seen portraits of film stars. The exhibition will be accompanied by screening of the Trisha Ziff’s The Mexican Suitcase, a documentary film about discovery of Chim’s, Capa’s and Taro’s negatives. After the screening, there will be a meeting with the director of the film.
One of the most important places on the Fotofestiwal roadmap will be Atlas Sztuki Gallery and the exhibition of works by Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), often referred as the first postmodern artist, whose oeuvre and innovative techniques influenced the global history of art.
The Robert Rauschenberg Travels exhibition will feature the complete seven-print series of oversize photogravures Soviet/American Array, that he began in the USSR in 1988. These large and dramatic works are complemented by 37 B&W photographs, made mostly in the 1980s and selected from the Rauschenberg Archive, and by enlargements of contact sheets from the artist’s 1989 visit to Moscow and Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg.
The exhibition concentrates on a small slice of Rauschenberg’s prodigious and wildly varied oeuvre – the Rauschenberg Overseas Intercultural Exchange, a program of exhibition and performance in the 1980s that took the artist to Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, China, Tibet, Japan, Cuba, the USSR, Malaysia and then divided Germany. The project took its final configuration as a continually evolving selection of works, including the new work made in response to the artist’s experience of his host country, and work made in previously visited sites to be shared with the next country in line.
Rauschenberg’s photographs have generally been studied as highly manipulated source material for his works on paper, but as the selection of B&W images reveals, he captured the eye-catching details of the world with his camera, producing quirky, intelligent, brilliantly composed images of great value in their own right.
2016 Fotofestiwal Łódź
HIT THE ROAD: Photographers’ Travel
June 9-19, 2016
More info @ www.fotofestiwal.com
The 15th International Festival of Photography Fotofestiwal Łódź is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.