HumanDOC film festival starts today!

25 films will be screened during the 8th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC, which starts today in Warsaw (Poland). The festival is the first in Central and Eastern Europe and the world’s third innovative event combining world-class cinema with global reflection. Films presented at the HumanDOC Festival are real gems of documentary films showing global interdependencies, problems and challenges. The festival is a world in a nutshell: living for less than one dollar a day, fighting against social exclusion, the effects of climate change, international aid, conflicts…

The festival is a unique combination of pleasurable and useful: world-class documentaries, social campaigns, debates and discussions – HumanDOC presents original, full of passion and emotions films, which are sensitive to social injustice and above all – inspire action, thinking and discovering the world anew!

Globalisation has heavily influenced societies in different parts of the world, causing the problems of underdeveloped countries to rise to the level of global ones. At the same time, however, the economic divide between the rich North (the so-called Global North) and the poor South (Global South) is continuing to deepen. The uncontrolled growth of the world population and the accompanying unemployment are causing extreme poverty, epidemics of hunger and infectious diseases. There are further conflicts that force more costly interventions on richer countries. Excessive consumption causes the depletion of natural resources and dramatically worsens condition of the environment. These problems are just a small part of a very long list of challenges facing the world today.

All films featured during the 8th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC are grouped in six categories:

  • KILOMETRES – close and far journeys;
  • FREE UKRAINE – the geographically closest conflict;
  • REFLECTION – meditations about the yesterday, today and tomorrow;
  • UNIQUE – unknown communities;
  • CHANGE – what is worth to work on;
  • IMPORTANT MISSION – superheroes of modernity.

This year, the jury will award three prizes: The Best Polish Film, The Best Foreign Film and Special Award for The Best Film Online.

More info and detailed programme of the festival @ festival.humandoc.pl (website in Polish language version only)

 

International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC
@ Warsaw (Poland)
November 24-26, 2017

The HumanDOC film festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

X.PRINT #2 photobook festival

Taken from the Grimaces of the Weary Village series

Taken from the Grimaces of the Weary Village series

-> Long-term photo strategies / long-term projects

The second edition of the photobook festival X.PRINT looks into the time-consuming activities related to the publication process. In the realm of a photo document, time is necessary for the rectification of initial assumptions, for changes of the original strategies of analysing the reality around us, for the construction of visual narratives about ever-changing issues or for attempts to account for reality on the basis of the many and varied personal relations, which photographers build consistently and consciously.

Such long-term documentary projects seem to naturally make use of the medium of the photo book. In the areas of edition, design and curatorial projects, the time we want to talk about, offers an opportunity for certain ideas to develop. This time assures distance.

Because of the time, the evaluation and interpretation of events (historical, from the realm of photography, exhibitions or art) acquire a new meaning by virtue of re-interpretation. We will therefore try to demonstrate such areas of the photobooks world which must take longer to hatch, at each stage: of picture-taking, edition and design.

New Brighton (England, UK) Taken from the The Last Resort series, 1983-85

New Brighton (England, UK)
Taken from The Last Resort series, 1983-85

The prime focus of the festival is a series of meetings connected with an exhibition of photographs by Martin Parr and Rimaldas Vikšraitis – The Real World.

Between November 14 and December 10, 2017, Arsenał Municipal Gallery presents a comprehensive exhibition The Real World, grouping together photographs by Martin Parr (from The Last Resort and Small World series) with those by a Lithuanian author Rimaldas Vikšraitis (Grimaces of the Weary Village). The exhibition, originally prepared by Gintaras Česonis, a curator of the Kaunas Photography Gallery, has to date been shown in Kaunas, Vienna, Minsk, and Tbilisi. A juxtaposition of the works by Martin Parr, one of the most eminent contemporary photographers, a member of the Magnum Photos agency, publisher, collector and an authority on photobooks, with powerful, artistic works by Rimaldas Vikšraitis, who portrays the Lithuanian province, is a narrative which treats social everyday reality both personally and ruthlessly. Both authors will be the guests of the festival. On November 25 and 26, during meetings held at the Arsenał Municipal Gallery, they will talk about their work and will present selected publications.

It is during the meetings at Arsenał Municipal Gallery on November 25 and 26 that invited guests, distinguished representatives of Polish and European documentary photography, editors and curators, will talk about their own strategies of working on photography books and will hold small exhibits of their publications. Ten open meetings will be held on the festival weekend and will help confront the approaches represented by our guests, browse through their books, supposed to illustrate their artistic or editorial assumptions. These meetings will likewise help to compare methods of work on photo publications, the common denominator of all of which is a long-term analysis of a certain reality.

Venues of the festival:

More info and detailed programme of the festival @ pix.house/xprint-2017-eng

X.PRINT #2
@ Poznań (Poland)
November 24-26, 2017

The X.PRINT photobook festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Warsaw Photo Days 2017

© Valentyn Odnoviun

On November 17, Warsaw Photo Days festival organised by Warsaw division of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers ZPAF will open under the theme POST SOVIETICUS. Sixteen exhibitions presenting the works of forty two authors will be shown in Warsaw galleries.

The theme of this year’s edition of the festival has been formulated for the presented photographic projects to serve as an artistic reference to the history and modernity of the post-Soviet countries. The traces of the past in both the people and places turned out to be an interesting area for artistic expression, but also an opportunity to present important historical photographs depicting the shape of the past world.

© Maciej Osiecki

The opening day will include a series of exhibitions in various locations in Warsaw, including:

  • Country on the Rise. 1960-89 @ Stara ZPAF Gallery & Obok Gallery (8 Zamkowy Sq. Warsaw, Poland); opening at 6.00 PM
  • Roadtrip @ Nowe Miejsce Gallery (51/2 Jerozolimskie Av., Warsaw, Poland), opening at 7.00 PM
  • DEBUTS (edition 2017) @ Sinfonia Varsovia (272 Grochowska St., Warsaw, Poland); opening at 8.00 PM

Tomasz i Marta 1012.05.19

The Open Programme exhibitions opening and announcement of the Grand Prix winner will take place @ Sinfonia Varsovia (272 Grochowska St., Warsaw, Poland) at 8.00 PM.

Open Programme exhibitions include:

  • Alexander Anufriev (Russia) – New Moscow
  • Andrei Liankevich (Belarus) – Goodbye, Motherland
  • Andrei Nacu (Romania) – Encircled by the Motherland
  • Doina – Domenica Cojocaru (Romania) – Remnants
  • Irene Jonas (France) – The End of the Red Man
  • Jovana Mladenovic (Serbia) – Monumental Fear
  • Karol Pałka (Poland) – Building
  • Kirk Ellingham (United Kingdom) – Georgian Stranger
  • Lorraine Turci (France) – Pyramiden, Polar Epitaph of an Utopia
  • Masha Svyatogor (Belarus) – Kurasoushchyna, My Love
  • Tatyana Palyga (Russia) – Cherepovets
  • Triin Kerge (Estonia) – Kodukoht (Place of Home)
  • Urszula Janoszuk (Poland) – Vilnius Post Sovieticus: Autopresentation
  • Valentyn Odnoviun (Lithuania) – Surveillance

© Bartłomiej Maślak | DEBUTS (edition 2017)

Artist’s talks of photographers presented in pen Programme will take place on November 18 @ Stara Galeria ZPAF Gallery (8 Zamkowy Sq., Warsaw, Poland).

More details @ www.warsawphotodays.com

Warsaw Photo Days 2017
POST SOVIETICUS
@ Warsaw (Poland)
November 17 – December 15, 2017

The 2017 Warsaw Photo Days festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

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.

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.

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.

 

Chobi Mela IX is coming!

 

Taken from the Open Wound series

Taken from the Open Wound series

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.

Taken from the Native Women of South India Manners and Customs (2000-2004) series

Taken from the Native Women of South India Manners and Customs (2000-2004) series

Taken from the Interrogations series

Taken from the Interrogations series

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.

Taken from the Deceitful Reverence series

Taken from the Deceitful Reverence series

Taken from the A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World series

Taken from the A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World series

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.

Taken from the Algeria, Scrapbooks series

Taken from the Algeria, Scrapbooks series

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.

Taken from The Poet with the Camera. Photographs of Nasir Ali Mamun @ Photoseum (1972- 1982) exhibition

Taken from The Poet with the Camera. Photographs of Nasir Ali Mamun @ Photoseum (1972- 1982) exhibition

Taken from the Red String series

Taken from the Red String series

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

 

Chobi Mela IX – International Festival of Photography
TRANSITION
Dhaka (Bangladesh)
February 3-16, 2017

Press Photo Expo 2017

A horse fair is held on the first day of the Puck Fair, one of Ireland’s most unusual and oldest street festivals. It takes place in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, and it runs annually for three days beginning on August 10. It is a sort of organised chaos and it is hard to see a pattern in it. However the people involved know exactly what’s going on. Deals are done the old way with hands shaken to seal the bargain. It is like a brief glimpse into the past as nowadays few animals are sold this way in Ireland. Killorglin, Co. Kerry (Ireland), 2015
Taken from the Horse Fair – Puck Fair series

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.

The underground in Warsaw is a temporary place where people hide from the world outside…
Taken from the Underground People series

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.