14th edition of Krakow Photomonth


One armed man. Madrid (Spain), 1989. Taken from the New Europe series. © Paul Graham Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York (USA)

One armed man. Madrid (Spain), 1989.
Taken from the New Europe series.
© Paul Graham
Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York (USA).

Crisis? What Crisis?! is the main theme of the 14th edition of Krakow Photomonth, Europe’s leading photography festival, starting on May 12 in Cracow (Poland). The Main Program, curated by Lars Willumeit (German curator and cultural anthropologist), tries to present crisis not as a transitional phase or an anomaly, but as a characteristic trait of everyday life, a permanent state with which we must cope in practically all spheres of our lives: private, public and global. Political, economic, environmental and migration crises concern us to the same degree as crises of identity, trust, and “individuality” in the globalised world.

Nor has the crisis bypassed photography which, in our epoch of overproduction of images, is trying to find its place. The constantly changing media landscape has forced photographers – journalists, reporters and artists – to turn to new forms of communication with the viewer and creative use of source materials.

“The exhibitions presented during Krakow Photomonth, each alluding in their own way to global, social and political problems, have their own stakes in telling of the problems of the contemporary world; they are reflections upon the function of photography,” – says Lars Willumeit.



The artists invited to take part in the festival use a range of strategies to address these phenomena and to comment on them. The list opens with world-famous photographer Paul Graham, whose New Europe project has become remarkably prescient in the face of the all-too-evident crisis of “European values.” A wider global perspective comes courtesy of Swiss artist Yann Mingard who draws from the notion of the Anthropocene – the first geological epoch in history which has come about through human intervention. His project Deposit, completed between 2009 and 2013, makes visible how humankind collects, stores and classifies both biological specimens and digital information that are usually hidden from public view. To enable this, Mingard brought back images from twenty-one locations, dividing them into four sub-chapters: Plants, Animals, Humans and Data.

Selfie #18b by Aneta Grzeszykowska, 2014. © Aneta Grzeszykowska Courtesy of the artist and Raster Gallery in Warsaw (Poland)

Selfie #18b by Aneta Grzeszykowska, 2014.
© Aneta Grzeszykowska
Courtesy of the artist and Raster Gallery in Warsaw (Poland).

Another, private perspective is adopted by outstanding Polish artist Aneta Grzeszykowska in whose work we find themes of incompatibility of individuals and roles played by human bodies. This exhibition will be displayed at MOCAK where we will also have a chance to see a rising star of world photography, the youngest Magnum nominee in the agency’s history, Max Pinckers. The project presented during this year’s festival is a story about love – of the star-crossed sort, as it is forbidden by the Indian caste culture – and universal aspirations to show happiness. The artist pairs his photographs with newspaper clippings, notes, and artefacts from wedding photography studios, which might be seen as an attempt to go beyond the crisis of classical documentary photography.

Rajnish & Pooja at the Love Commandos shelter. Undisclosed location, India, 2013.  Taken from the Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty series. © Max Pinckers

Rajnish & Pooja at the Love Commandos shelter. Undisclosed location, India, 2013.
Taken from the Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty series.
© Max Pinckers

The search for new forms of visual narrative in the era of the crisis of visual media is the main motif of a collective exhibition curated by Iris Sikking. The six projects presented here take on such difficult subjects as the heroin trade, genocide and migration; they are linked by a desire to go beyond a classical way of telling global histories, which the artists acknowledge to be insufficient. Here photographs on a wall are just as adequate form of response as a radio broadcast, a YouTube film or illustrations from an archive. The #Dysturb Collective speaks directly about the crisis in journalism, using the walls of buildings and advertising media to force Cracow’s inhabitants to face “street news” that seldom appears in newspaper headlines.

The strong showing of photography collectives is a notable feature of this year’s Photomonth with exhibitions of such groups as Sputnik Photos (Poland), Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt (Sweden), Werker Magazine (the Netherlands/Spain) and Discipula (Italy).

Program of the 2016 Krakow Photomonth also includes ShowOFF section with exhibitions of young artists selected through an open competition. This year’s winners include: Martin Errichiello & Filippo Menichetti, Weronika Gęsicka, Katarzyna Hoffmann, Krzysztof Racoń, Constantin Schlachter, Michał Siarek, Kacper Szalecki and Justyna Wierzchowiecka.

As always, the festival is accompanied by such events as:

  • Portfolio Review, providing an opportunity for young artists to submit their works to outstanding reviewers, with exhibition of the 2015 Griffin Art Space Prize for the best portfolio – Wiktoria Wojciechowska (DEBUTS 2014);
  • Master Series meetings with both, the artists presenting their work in the Main Program and specialists to enrich the discussion around the theme of the festival or to speak of the ongoing fashion for photobooks;
  • Krakow Photo Fringe, an independent platform bringing together submissions sent in by artists, animators, activists, galleries, and all those whose passion is photography, including exhibition laureates of the DEBUTS (edition 2015) in andel’s Hotel Cracow.

The program of events is also filled out with book premieres, workshops, presentations, film screenings and guided tours by the curators.

Poppy  by Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong (press materials)

Poppy by Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong (press materials)

But the first exhibition of the 2016 Krakow Photomonth will take place in… Warsaw’s Dom Słowa Polskiego (11 Miedziana St., Warsaw, Poland) already on April 23. The Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong’s Poppy: Trails of Afghan Heroin presentation will be open to the public until May 3 and is a teaser for the festival.

2016 Krakow Photomonth
Crisis? What Crisis?!
Cracow (Poland)
May 12 – June 12, 2016

More info @ photomonth.com & facebook.com/photomonth

6th FotoArtFestival

 Martin Wagner

It is the sixth time the FotoArtFestival will fill the interiors of Bielsko-Biała’s galleries and museums with its exhibitions and events. Within two weeks of October (16-30), the festival guests will see fifteen big exhibitions of world-famous photographers; the exhibition guaranteeing typical of this festival thematic multiplicity and cultural diversity (see the festival programme below for more details).

As always, the exhibitions presented in Bielsko-Biała are characterised by diversity which can absorb these who are interested in documentary or press photography, and those who are more interested in original, art photography as well as in photography resulted from modern digital processing.

„We are proud we managed to bring to Poland such famous artists like Franco Zecchin, David Burdeny, Ernesto Bazan, Zed Nelson, Rafael Navarro and Ruud Van Empel. A very interesting person is Aaron Huey, known for his collaboration with National Geographic, fight for the rights of Indians as well as for his lonely hiking all over the United States,” – says Inez Baturo, Art Director of the festival, about the invited artists.

 Aaron Huey

The festival is accompanied by two additional exhibitions: FotoOpen (being a result of a competition for photographers and giving approx. 100 participants an opportunity to introduce themselves in professional conditions) and Digigraphie by Epson, presenting 18 works by well known Polish photographers printed in the best, collector’s print quality.

As in previous editions, the exhibitions will be accompanied by meetings with the invited artists. During the traditional Authors’ Marathon (October 17-18), which is an distinctive event for the festival, the artists will tell about their work, give lectures, present slide shows connected with photography, and take part in discussions.

What is more, the organisers have prepared workshops for these interested in photography and those who take pictures themselves.

 Petrut Calinescu

Festival exhibitions
October 16-30 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Ernesto Bazan – Cuba @ BWA
David Burdeny – A Decade with the Landscape @ BBM
Petrut Calinescu – Black See Stories @ SG
Enri Canaj – Shadows over Greece @ RCC
Ruud van Empel – World @ BWA
Andreas Horvath – Superpowers Hinterlands @ SG
Aaron Huey – Pine Ridge @ SG
Maciek Nabrdalik (doc! #15) – Faith @ APVA
Rafael Navarro – Body Forms @ OF
Zed Nelson (doc! #17) – Love Me @ BBPG
Irina Popova – Another Family @ SG
Chris Rain – Photography @ APVA
Martin Wagner – East of Eden @ SG
Franco Zecchin – Silesia @ OF
Satelite exhibitions
October 16-30 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Digigraphie by Epson @ ATHG (group exhibition)
FotoOpen @ WKHC (group exhibition)
FotoOpen @ BL (group exhibition)

 Ernesto Bazan

Authors’ Marathon @ BBSA
October 17 10:00 AM Ernesto Bazan
11:00 AM David Burdeny
12:00 PM Petrut Calinescu
1:00 PM Enri Canaj
3:00 PM Ruud van Empel
4:00 PM Andreas Horvath & Monika Moskała (screening of the Views of a Retired Night Porter film)
5:00 PM Aaron Huey
6:00 PM Maciek Nabrdalik
October 18 10:00 AM Rafael Navarro
11:00 AM Zed Nelson
12:00 PM Irina Popova
2:00 PM Chris Rain
3:00 PM Klavdij Sluban
4:00 PM Martin Wagner
5:00 PM Franco Zecchin (presentation: Obligation to Document (Sicily and the Mafia in 1975-1993))
6:00 PM DEBUTS (edition 2015)
Special events & workshops
October 16 5:00 PM 6th FotoArtFestival Opening Gala @ PT (by invitation)
October 21 and 28 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Epson workshops @ NOT
October 22 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Canon & FotoPlus workshops @ WKHC
October 23 7:00 PM Andreas Horvath & Monika Moskała – Arab Attraction @ PIG (film screening)

 Chris Rain

Photographers presented at the Digigraphie by Epson exhibition: Marek Czarnecki, Andrzej Dragan, Krzysztof Gierałtowski, Tomasz Tomaszewski (doc! #21), Wacław Wantuch (cd! #1) and Janusz Wojcieszak.

Photographers presented at the FotoOpen exhibition: Barbara Adamek, Olga Baczak, Danuta Baron, Astrid Bartl (doc! #21), Dalibor Bednar, Filipe Bianchi, Bartosz Brzeziński, Anna Czarnocka-Kanik, Aleksandra Cebo, Teresa Cimała, Kalina Ciszewska, Chiya, Andrzej Chodorowski, Danny Croucher, Agata Curyło, Victor Dia, Jakub Dobek, Maja Dokudowicz, Tomasz Donocik, Yana Feldman, Victor Freney, Katarzyna Gasińska (DEBUTS 2015), Katarzyna Gec, Marcelina Grylowska, Agnieszka Grymowicz, Małgorzata Gwiazdonik, Michał Gwiazdonik, Daria Ilow, Anna Jarosz, Kamil Kak, Maciej Kanik, Gabriela Kapturkiewicz, Szymon Karpiński, Iwona Karwot, Joanna Kawoń, Rafał Kaźmierczak, Paweł Klarecki, Łukasz Kłapyta, Derek Knight, Grzegorz Kobiela, Angelika Kosińska, Dariusz Kosiński, Piotr Kowalski, Halina Krawczyk, Agnieszka Krzywdzińska, Katarzyna Kubik, Anna Kucharska, Paweł Kufel, Anita Kulon, Magdalena Kurzawa, Karl Larsson, Renata Laszczak, Joanna Leśniewska, Anita Lipiec, Grzegorz Łaba, Marcin Łukaszewicz, Monika Maciasz, Iwona Makuch, Bożena Małysiak, Cecylia Markiewicz, Bernadetta Matuła, Rafał Michalak, Witold Mikulski, Joanna Mrówka, Anna Nawrat, Karolina Nikiel, Jakub Ochnio, Aneta Olas, Klaudia Osierda, Michał Pałczak, Agnieszka Panek, Jan Pawelski, Alicja Pietras, Beata Podwysocka, Agnieszka Preiniger, Tomasz Przybylski, Damian Rafacz, Mirosław Rak, Felix Romanos, Patrycja Rusin, Ryszard Ruszkiewicz, Saille, Wojciech Skórka, Dominika Sobczyk, Witold Stachnik, Anastazja Stein, Karolina Stoces, Alicja Stoecker, Sebastian Stokłosa, Krzysztof Strzoda, Alicja Świerczyńska, Francis Tilborghs, Tomasz Trześniowski, Kamila Turek, Emil Wittstock, Janusz Wojcieszak, Sabina Wyskiel and Monika Zając.

Photographers featured in the DEBUTS (edition 2015) slide show: Dariusz Bareya, Marta Berens, Paweł Biedrzycki, Alicja Bloch, Paweł Bogumił, Tomasz Böhm, Kinga Brocka, Michał Czech, Katarzyna Dybowska, Katarzyna Gasińska, Mateusz Grybczyński, Mateusz Grymek, Klaudyna Hady, Nadia Issa, Weronika Izdebska, Jadwiga Janowska, Adrian Jaszczak, Mateusz Jaźwiecki, Klaudia Kaczmarczyk, Tomasz Kajszczarek, Arkadiusz Kikulski, Dominika Komowska, Antonina Konopelska, Yulia Krivich, Monika Krzyszkowska, Wiktor Kubiak, Piotr Kutolowski, Mateusz Leźnicki, Paulina Maciejewska, Katarzyna Maluga, Katarzyna Mazur, Marcin Minasowicz, Marcin Mirosławski, Kuba Mozolewski, Maria Nowakowska, Konstancja Nowina Konopka, Karolina Nowosielska, Anna Osetek, Karol Pantelewicz, Justyna Płaczkiewicz, Marta Pociecha, Kaja Rata, Małgorzata Sajur, Jakub Stanek, Maciej Świstek, Magdalena Świtek, Natalia Szemis, Marta Szewczyk, Paweł Tkaczyk, Magdalena Toborowicz-Kuranda, Weronika Tyrpa, Łukasz Ułanowski, Marcin Urbanowicz, Paweł Wieczorek and Dawid Żuchowicz.

 David Burdeny

APVA - Gallery of the Association of Polish Visual Artists (27 Rynek Sq., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)
ATHG - ATH Academic Gallery (2 Willowa St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)
BBM - Bielsko-Biała Museum – The Sulkowskich Castle (16 Wzgórze St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)
BBPG - B&B Photo Gallery (12 1 Maja St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)
BBSA - Bielsko-Biała School of Administration (12 Modrzewskiego St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)
BL - Beskidy Library (17a Słowackiego St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)
BWA - BWA Bielsko Gallery (11 3 Maja St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)
NOT - NOT (10 3 Maja St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)
OF - Old Factory (8 Żwirki i Wigury St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)
PIG - Pauza in Garden (Małopolska Garden of Art, 12 Rajska St., Cracow, Poland)
PT - Polish Theatre (1 1 Maja St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)
RCC - Regional Centre of Culture (8 1 Maja St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)
SG - Sfera 1 Gallery (5 Mostowa St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)
WKHC - W. Kubisz House of Culture (17 Słowackiego St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)

6th FotoArtFestival
October 16-30, 2015
Bielsko-Biała, Poland

The 6th FotoArtFestival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

More info @ www.fotoartfestival.com

VIEWS. Landscape in Polish Photography

Endlessness of Long Roads. © Zofia Rydet, 1980

Endlessness of Long Roads. © Zofia Rydet, 1980

Landscape has been a source of endless inspirations in Polish photography, and has been, over the years, subject to a variety of interpretations by Polish artists. Some of them have been enraptured with the beauty of the surroundings, while others have focused on giving landscape a new dimension by re-creating it in their own imagination. Landscape has been explored by many notable Polish photographers  who will be presented during the unique 14th edition of the Fotografia Kolekcjonerska project entitled VIEWS. Landscape in Polish Photography.

The exhibition will open in Warsaw to be later moved to a venue of the International Festival of Photography Fotofestiwal in Lodz, where it will be rounded off with an auction of all the photographs, including a rare picture by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), who photographed surroundings of Gubałówka Mount in Zakopane in the early 20th century. The Tatras Mountains will also appear several times in pictures by Stefan Arczyński, Edward Hartwig, Henryk Poddębski, and Antoni Wieczorek.

Landscape. © Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), 1900-1902

Landscape. © Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), 1900-1902

The exhibition will guide viewers through different places and times. It will end with the works of the photographers who have been successful in recent years: Kacper Kowalski, Filip Springer, Rafał Milach, and Ilona Szwarc.

Untitled from the 7 Rooms series. © Rafał Milach, 2008/2014

Untitled from the 7 Rooms series. © Rafał Milach, 2008/2014

The works presented at the pre-auction exhibitions will be rare prints made by a variety of techniques. The show will give viewers a unique opportunity to see a rich body of works by Polish photographers.

Little Universe (Petit univers) from the Memories of Arles (Souvenirs d’Arles) series. © Grzegorz Przyborek, 1991

Little Universe (Petit univers) from the Memories of Arles (Souvenirs d’Arles) series. © Grzegorz Przyborek, 1991

Full list of featured artists: Ewa Andrzejewska, Stefan Arczyński, Zdzisław Beksiński, Janusz Buczkowski, Jan Bułhak, Michał Cała, Tadeusz Cyprian, Zbigniew Dłubak, Benedykt Jerzy Dorys, Jan Dziaczkowski, Marek Gardulski, Anna Grzelewska, Eugeniusz Haneman, Edward Hartwig, Magda Hueckel, Marcin Jastrzębski, Krzysztof Kamiński, Jerzy Kosiński, Kacper Kowalski, Andrzej Kramarz (cd! #4), Andrzej Lachowicz, Kobas Laksa, Jerzy Lewczyński, Jerzy Łapiński, Bogdan Łopieński, Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), Fortunata Obrąpalska, Paweł Pierściński, Wojciech Plewiński, Henryk Poddębski, Bart Pogoda, Grzegorz Przyborek (cd! #2), Tadeusz Rydet, Zofia Rydet, Zygmunt Rytka, Mateusz Sarełło (doc! #2 & #18), Bronisław Schlabs, Tomek Sikora, Filip Springer, Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7), Tadeusz Wański, Jerzy Wardak, Antoni Wieczorek, Wojtek Wieteska (doc! #17), Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), Stanisław J. Woś, Wiesław Mariusz Zieliński, Ireneusz Zjeżdżałka, and Paweł Żak (cd! #1 & #6).

The exhibitions are supported by a detailed bilingual (Polish and English) catalogue with artist bios, photo descriptions, and reproductions of all the works.

VIEWS. Landscape in Polish Photography
Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). Exhibition opening: May 6 at 8:00 PM. The exhibition will be open until May 12, 2015.

Art_Inkubator (3 Tymieniecki St., Lodz, Poland). Exhibition: May 28 – June 7, 2015. Auction: May 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

More info @ www.fotografiakolekcjonerska.pl and www.artinfo.pl (sites in Polish language version only)

Finalists of the 2015 Grand Prix Lodz Fotofestiwal


Fotofestiwal Lodz announced all finalists of its Grand Prix contest. Some familiar names among them!

The finalists who will have their exhibition during the festival includes Sarker Protick (Bangladesh; doc! #25, pp. 181-205) and Mateusz Sarello (Poland; doc! #2, pp. 107-127 & doc! #18, pp. 187-199).

The list of finalists who will take part in special slideshow during the festival opening night, includes: Ciril Jazbec (Slovenia; doc! #20, pp. 41-87), Wojtek Moskwa (Poland; doc! #8, pp. 183-203), Borut Peterlin (Slovenia; doc! #21, pp. 149-169), and Pawel Zak (Poland; cd! #1, pp. 131-149 & cd! #6, pp. 43-65).

And among finalists who will take part in portfolio review are: already mentioned Borut Peterlin (Slovenia) and Werner Mansholt (Germany; doc! #23, pp. 189-209).


All lists of finalists @ Fotofestiwal’s website.

ShowOFF @ Photomonth in Cracow – OPEN CALL


Open call for the 7th edition of the ShowOFF Section at Photomonth in Cracow continues! The contest is dedicated to debuting artists from Poland and CEE region. This year, all submissions will be evaluated by: Michael Ackerman, Marta Kolakowska, Martin Kollar, Anna Nalecka, and Igor Omulecki. 

To submit your project (ready or ongoing, photographic or multimedia), send it along with the completed application form to showoff@photomonth.com by midnight on January 18, 2015.

More info @ photomonth.com/en/show-off