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)

‘Across Drylands, Among Nomads’ by Tanmay Chowdhary @ doc! photo magazine #31

Tanmay Chowdhary

© Tanmay Chowdhary

Across Drylands, Among Nomads attempts to capture the feeling of retrospection on a past, which never existed in reality, only in imagination. Travels to my ancestral state of Rajasthan after fourteen years was marked with an unsuccessful attempt to reproduce the same visuals I vaguely remembered having as a child. In my relentless efforts to produce the visuals, which might help me travel back in time, I started taking photographs of every nook and corner that made me reminiscent even to the slightest degree. What was interesting was that I was using composition to guide my retrospectives in a manner that would allow me to incorporate new elements in it. At the end of it, I had a set of images for myself, which would take me back in time, while keeping me in the present simultaneously…

by Tanmay Chowdhary

doc! #31 (pp. 133-149)

The Independent AIR Residency | Masterclass 2015

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The Independent AIR invites emerging artists using photography and lens based media to apply for a 10 days intense residency|masterclass in Silkeborg (Denmark).

During 10-day-long stay artists from all over the world, together with invited special guests, will share, inspire, discuss, and challenge the concept of contemporary photography and visual art.

This year eight artists will take part in the residency|masterclass. Seven young and emerging artists will be selected via an official public open call. The eighth sit is reserved for outstanding photography student of the Glasgow School of Art (Scotland).

The 2015 confirmed guest artists are Antoine D’Agata, Jacob Aue Sobol and Trine Søndergaard. The founders and directors of Der Greif magazine will join for workshops and lectures.

Duration: July 21-31, 2015
Location: Silkeborg (Denmark)
Outcomes: Artist talk & collective exhibition

Who can apply? Young, emerging, early career artists and students working with photography and/or lens based media.

How to apply? Apply by sending your submission to theindependentair@gmail.com before May 12, 2015 12:00 PM (GMT). Please read carefully the terms and conditions @ The Independent AIR website before starting your submission.

Selected participants will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the residency|masterclass with EUR 400. The price includes all activities, accommodation, food, and transportation during the residency|masterclass. Selected participants can apply for a scholarship up to EUR 400. You should clearly state how the scholarship will be spent (i.e transportation, residency|masterclass costs etc).

More info @ www.theindependentair.com

DEBUTS’ laureates among winners of the 2015 BZ WBK Press Foto

Another great news coming from the 2015 BZ WBK Press Foto gala! Mateusz Baj (DEBUTS 2014), Adrian Jaszczak (DEBUTS 2015), Wiktor Kubiak (DEBUTS 2015), and Katarzyna Maluga (DEBUTS 2015) are among winners of the competition! 

Mateusz won the 2nd award in the Culture and Art – Photo Story category, Adrian – 1st award in the Sport – Photo Story category, Wiktor – 3rd award in the Sport – Photo Story category, and Katarzyna – 2nd award in the Culture and Art – Single Picture category.

Congratulations!

More info @ BZ WBK Press Foto website (website in Polish language version only)

Winners of the 2015 BZ WBK Press Foto announced!

What a great news! Mariusz Janiszewski, our staff photographer, and lots of photographers who have published in doc! photo magazine are among winners of the 11th edition of BZ WBK Press Foto!

Our list of winners includes:

© Tomasz Adamowicz

© Tomasz Adamowicz

Tomasz Adamowicz (doc! #6) – 2nd place in the News – Single Picture category

© Renata Dąbrowska

© Renata Dąbrowska

Renata Dąbrowska (doc! #3) – 1st place in the Daily Life – Single Picture category

© Irek Dorożański for Newsweek Poland

© Irek Dorożański

Irek Dorożański (doc! #1) – 2nd place in the Portraits – Single Picture category

© Daniel Frymark

© Daniel Frymark

© Daniel Frymark

© Daniel Frymark

Daniel Frymark (doc! #23) – 3rd place in the Culture and Art – Single Picture + 1st place in the Culture and Art – Photo Story categories

© Mariusz Janiszewski | doc! photo magazine

© Mariusz Janiszewski | doc! photo magazine

Mariusz Janiszewski (doc! photo magazine staff photographer) – 2nd place in the Sport – Photo Story category

© Maciej Moskwa | Testigo Documentary

© Maciej Moskwa | Testigo Documentary

© Maciej Moskwa | Testigo Documentary

© Maciej Moskwa | Testigo Documentary

Maciej Moskwa (doc! #12 & #32) – 3rd place in the News – Single Picture + 3rd place in the News – Photo Story categories

© Maciek Nabrdalik | VII Photo

© Maciek Nabrdalik | VII Photo

Maciek Nabrdalik (doc! #15) – 2nd place in the Daily Life – Single Picture category

© Adrian Wykrota

© Adrian Wykrota

Adrian Wykrota (doc! #31) – 3rd place in the Daily Life – Single Picture category

The 2015 BZ WBK Press Foto Picture of the Year award winner is Agata Grzybowska (Gazeta Wyborcza) with the picture of weary demonstrators resting by the barricade on Instytutska Street, taken on February 20, 2014 in Kiev (Ukraine) that went down in history as Black Thursday. It was the day of the fiercest fights between demonstrators and Ukrainian security forces in Kiev resulted with nearly 70 people dead.

© Agata Grzybowska

© Agata Grzybowska

Congratulations to all winners!

More info @ BZ WBK Press Foto website (website in Polish language version only)

‘Africa. The World’s Dump’ by Przemysław Kozłowski @ doc! photo magazine #31

© Przemysław Kozłowski | Testigo Documentary

© Przemysław Kozłowski | Testigo Documentary

Once upon a time the Korle Lagoon – Accra (Ghana) – was a pristine wetland. Its waters used to be a home for thousands of fish and sea turtles, its mangroves a refuge for migratory birds escaping European winter.

Nowadays, placed in the heart of Accra Agbogblosie, a shanty town that settled on the banks of the Korle Lagoon in 1980’s, it is a refuge for migrants escaping poverty, drought, hunger and wars in rural areas of Northern Ghana and neighbouring countries. It is also the world’s largest dump for used electronics coming from Europe and other industrialised zones. There are 70,000 people living on a massive pile of a rotting trash – one of the world’s top ten worst polluted places according to the Blacksmith Institute’s index.

Although the Basel Convention forbids export of hazardous waste from developed to developing countries, Ghana imports 215,000 tons of e-waste a year. Globally, about 40-50 million tons of e-waste are generated each year…

by Przemysław Kozłowski

doc! #31 (pp. 105-131)

‘The Sochi Project’ by Rob Hornstra @ doc! photo magazine #31

© Rob Hornstra

© Rob Hornstra

We started The Sochi Project in 2009. Over the course of five years we wanted to map out the extensive region around the Russian resort Sochi – host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. A controversial choice, because this subtropical coastal area lacked any kind of facilities and infrastructure at that time. At USD 51bln, this feast of fair-play sport rivalry became the most expensive Olympic Games ever. But the context in which the Games were taking place was, if possible, even more interesting.

The Games have been called Putin’s pet project, and he was personally in charge of their organisation. They were supposed to place Russia to its place on the world stage, and make the so-called ’humiliation of the 1990’s’ a thing of the past. The Games were organised in Russia’s most unstable region. Just twenty kilometres away is Abkhazia, officially part of Georgia but recognised in 2008 for the first time by Russia and three other countries as independent. A few hundred kilometres away there are the breakaway republics Chechnya, Ingushetia, and Dagestan, all bloodily pacified by the Russian army. And on the coast, old Soviet-era sanatoria stand shoulder to shoulder with the most expensive hotels and clubs of the Russian Riviera.

The Games themselves, but above all the surrounding area, offered a lifetime’s worth of writing and photographing material. That’s how we started The Sochi Project.

by Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen

doc! #31 (pp. 50-77)

Also read interview with Rob Hornstra – We All Have Responsibilities (doc! #31, pp. 37-49)

‘Apaches’ by Magdalena Borowiec @ doc! photo magazine #31

 

© Magdalena Borowiec

© Magdalena Borowiec

Unemployment and poverty in Kyrgyzstan continue to fuel illegal coal mining, a practice which has already taken the lives of scores of victims. After the huge Soviet mines in the region closed in the 1990s, jobless men started their own small operations. The infrastructure is lying in ruins and sadly pollute the environment. Citizens are left to their own devices in this poor mountainous nation of five million that has been in political chaos over the past few years.

Many residents of former mining towns and villages in southern Kyrgyzstan have no choice but to enter abandoned mines and extract what coal they can. To survive miners build a new zabojka – a poor shaft to a depth of 20 to 60 meters or they renovate old shaft left by Russians. Primitive underground corridors supported by thick wooden pegs can accommodate from four to five miners. They work about 10 hours daily equipped only with picks, worn-out helmets and headlights. Lack of proper ventilation is the most common reason of methane poisonings. When a tunnel collapses, there is little hope for rescue. But miners feel they do not have much choice because there are no jobs in the town. Locals call them Apaches for their black faces. The black market of coal dealers is exploiting the poor for labor in return for almost starvation wages. Each bag, that contains about 70 kilograms of coal, is sold for about 3 dollars. If Apaches are able to save any money after years of working in zabojkas they usually buy a popular Korean car – Daewoo Matiz and they become a taxi driver. This is a restful retirement of miners…

by Magdalena Borowiec

doc! #31 (pp. 11-35)

WE ARE ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS vol. 3 – meeting no. 5

Untitled. Negative no. 640_16. © Paweł Żak

Untitled. Negative no. 640_16. © Paweł Żak

Next meeting of the WE ARE ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS vol. 3 series is closer and closer. This time, we will meet with Paweł Żak, who will tell about an impact of selected tool and way of recording the image on generated visual effects. Another area to be covered by the meeting are: how form of picture presentation affects its meaning and power, and why some modern creators choose archaic photographic techniques.

Paweł Żak > From metal plate to screen and back or all about the form in the photography

Paweł Żak (b. 1965) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | studied Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw | graduate from the Academy of Fine Art in Poznan (Multimedia Communication Faculty) | lectures in Photography at the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Journalism and ZPAF Photography College | member of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers | has presented his works at dozens of group and individual exhibitions in Poland and abroad | most known for such works like A Close Acquaintance (cd! #1), Stories, No Title, Sweet Monday and Other Still Lives, and Three Words and Other Still Lives (cd! #6) | his works are in collections of National Library of France in Paris, National Museum in Warsaw, Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Museum of Art in Lodz, and in private collections in Poland, France, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, United Kingdom, and the USA.

barStudio (Studio Theatre @ Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Square, Warsaw, Poland)
April 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM
WE ARE ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS vol. 3’s meetings are organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

More info @ wszyscyjestesmyfotografami.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/wszyscyjestesmyfotografami, and www.facebook.com/events/680842878707914 (all websites in Polish language version only)

Lukas Vasilikos @ NEY Gallery&Prints

© Lukas Vasilikos

© Lukas Vasilikos

If you need our tip for this Friday, here it is! Come to NEY Gallery&Prints and see some of excellent street photography by Lukas Vasilikos, a Greek photographer who will talk about his photography, portraits, and Uncanny – a project on personal life of his family, balancing between anxiety, fear, and mystery.

Lukas Vasilikos (b. 1975) is a member of an international street photography collective VIVO (previously known as Street-photographers). His photographs have been presented in a number of festivals connected with street photography, including the Miami Street Photography Festival and Eastreet, among others.

See more photographs by Lukas @ www.lukasvasilikos.com

Lukas Vasilikos @ NEY Gallery&Prints
5 Spokojna St., Warsaw (Poland)
April 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

The meeting is organised by Polish Street Photography and under doc! photo magazine patronage.