5th Opole Festival of Photography

A Chechen is standing in front of the President Dudayev's Palace, seized by Russians. Grozny (Chechnya, Russia), May 4, 1995.(/br) © Krzysztof Miller | Agencja Gazeta

A Chechen is standing in front of the President Dudayev’s Palace, seized by Russians. Grozny (Chechnya, Russia), May 4, 1995.(/br)
© Krzysztof Miller | Agencja Gazeta

It is the fourth time doc! photo magazine has the pleasure to be a media patron of the Opole Festival of Photography whose the fifth edition starts on Friday. This time its watchword is the Sources. As the exhibition, collected by the organisers, indicate (see the detailed programme of the festival below), the watchword cannot be taken literally. It is rather a loosely outlined problem that can be found in various forms in the pictures of this year’s exhibitions. How will the visitors cope with this task? We will find out soon!

Our presence in Opole will be particularly visible this year. Not only does one of the two opening exhibitions the festival presents the winners of the second edition of DEBUTS, but Mariola Jabłońska and Olga Świątecka – both on our last year’s list of the most promising emerging Polish photographers – will present their own cycles. Do not forget about the meeting with our chief and art director that will take place on the opening day of the this year’s OFF. So – let’s go to Opole!

Exhibitions
October 1 12:00 PM Lodz Film School – My 25-year-old @ OMS (open-air exhibition)
5:00 PM Max Glauer – For Friendship and Art @ MOS
October 2 5:15 PM DEBUTS (edition 2015) @ CPL
Marlena Jabłońska (DEBUTS 2014) – REW @ CPL
October 3 3:00 PM Students of the Opole University’s Institute of Art – Sources @ OTPA
4:00 PM Anita Andrzejewska (cd! #1) – Unhurriedly @ GMOS
5:00 PM Jan Brykczyński (doc! #22) – Boiko @ MOS
Wojciech Grzędziński (doc! #11), Łukasz Kamiński, Piotr Molecki, Wojciech Olkuśnik & Eliza Radzikowska-Białobrzewska –
Presidency Through the Photographer’s Lens @ MOS
Piotr Małecki (doc! #18) – Disco Polo @ MOS
Krzysztof Miller – Not Decisive Moment @ MOS
October 6 11:00 AM Maciej Niesłony – W-hour @ CPWM
5:00 PM Piotr Chrobak – 0.9 @ CPL
October 8 6:00 PM Tomasz Wiech – Paraguay @ ACAG
October 9 5:00 PM Opole Photographic Association – #sources @ AKG
October 10 1:30 PM Olga Świątecka (DEBUTS 2014) – No Place Called Home @ DT
6:00 PM Magdalena Franczuk – Butterfly House @ OPH
October 15 6:00 PM MONAR Zbicko – Divine Shades of Grey @ SCC (closing of the exhibition)
© Adrian Jaszczak (DEBUTS 2015)

© Adrian Jaszczak (DEBUTS 2015)

Accompanying exhibitions
June 26 – October 30 Sławoj Dubiel, Michał Grocholski & Sławomir Mielnik – Dress and Folk Costume of Opolean Silesia @ OOMRA
October 1 – October 30 Pola Negri. Cinema Legend @ RPL
© Olga Świątecka (DEBUTS 2014)

© Olga Świątecka (DEBUTS 2014)

Special events, slide shows, screenings, workshops & meetings
October 2 5:00 PM Opening of the 5th Opole Festival of Photography @ CPL
6:00 PM How to debut - meeting with Grzegorz Kosmala & Aneta Kowalczyk (doc! photo magazine@ CPL
October 3 5:30 PM Meetings with Piotr Małecki and Krzysztof Miller @ MOS
October 4 12:00 PM Lightroom Workshops @ CPL
October 6 5:30 PM Meeting with Maciej Niesłony @ CPL
6:30 PM Photosphere Collective Workshops’ slide show @ CPL
October 8 6:00 PM Meeting with Tomasz Wiech @ ACAG
October 16 8:00 PM Wim Wenders – The Salt of the Earth @ WRPKP (film screening)
A push-chair standing in the garden. It was placed there to discard. The trolley is in the same place today. February 2014© Marlena Jabłońska (DEBUTS 2014)

A push-chair standing in the garden. It was placed there to discard. The trolley is in the same place today. February 2014.
© Marlena Jabłońska (DEBUTS 2014)

Venues
ACAG Aneks Contemporary Art Gallery (12 Theatre Sq., Opole)
AKG A-Kwadrat Gallery (10/1 Pasieczna St., Opole)
CPWM Central Prisoners-of-War Museum in Lambinowice (3 Minorytow St., Opole)
DT Dramatic Theatre (Theatre Sq., Opole)
GMOS Gallery of the Museum of Opolean Silesia (10 Ozimska St., Opole)
MOS Museum of Opolean Silesia (Muzealna St., Opole)
OMS Opole Main Square
OOMRA Opole Open-Air Museum of Rural Architecture (174 Wroclaw St., Opole)
OPH Opole Philharmonic Hall (24 Cracow St., Opole)
OTPA Opole Theatre of Puppet and Actor (2a Kosny St., Opole)
RPL Regional Public Library (18 Piastowska St., Opole)
SCC Student Cultural Centre (95 Katowice St., Opole)
WRPKP Opole Glowne PKP Railway Station Waiting Room (48 Cracow St., Opole)
© Magdalena Franczuk

© Magdalena Franczuk

5th Opole Festival of Photography
October 1 – 31, 2015
Opole, Poland

More info @ www.offoto.pl (website in Polish language version only)

Dagmara Radzikowska @ GWL Gallery

© Dagmara Radzikowska

© Dagmara Radzikowska

It all started from sandwiches for friends  and desire to astonish them with their flavour. Then there was a question about their two or three favourite products and a trip to a proven market to get those of the highest quality. That is how The Byk started – Dagmara Radzikowska’s blog documenting all stages of making sandwiches for friends. Dozens of sandwiches.

“Since the beginning, when making a sandwich for a particular person, I was thinking of colours and composition. The cottage cheese was just a white spot, while the chives – simply green stripes” – says Dagmara Radzikowska, the author of the photographs, which will be shown in Warsaw’s GWL Gallery.

© Dagmara Radzikowska

© Dagmara Radzikowska

The exhibition is a natural continuation of The Byk project, which has attracted masses of enthusiasts among epicures of life, good food and art photography. It is the first individual exhibition of culinary photography combined with tasting of personalised sandwiches, from which this artistic project started.

Dagmara Radzikowska – based in Warsaw (Poland) | stylist connected with fashion for 16 years | cooperated with most important fashion magazines in Poland like Viva, Gala, Elle, Twoj Styl, Glamour and Cosmopolitan | involved in advertising campaigns of such companies as Coca-Cola, Atlantic, Franco Feruzzi, Portofino, Avon or Apartament | cooperates with the online magazine VUMAG | author of the culinary blog The Byk for which invented, stylised and photographed sandwiches on her own | as a photographer and food-stylist cooperates with such titles as Twoj Styl, Kukbuk  and La Vie Magazine.

Dagmara Radzikowska – THE BYK
GWL Gallery (6/8 Racjonalizacji St., Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: September 17 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until October 31, 2015.

The exhibition is organised under contra doc! patronage.

Breguła, Drożyńska, Milach & Piotrowska @ andel’s Hotel Lodz

© Karolina Breguła

© Karolina Breguła

Arrival and departure, the beginning and the end. Time is experienced in a particular way when you’re staying at a hotel. Viewed from this perspective, the andel’s Hotel Lodz is a unique place where the past is always visible in the present. The structure and elements of the former Izrael Poznański’s factory have determined the hotel’s present form and influenced its future development. The exhibition We Have Time is a reflection on the meaning of time. The works presented here relate to this concept in various ways. It’s also possible to find in each of them the„threads” that link them with the exhibition site.

© Rafał Milach

© Rafał Milach

The show consists of two parts: the public – displayed in the lobby, and the private – presented in the hotel’s suites. The first one consists of Karolina Breguła’sThe Histories of Art and Rafał Milach’s (doc! #19) Very Beautiful Project series of photographs. The second part of the exhibition is more personal and features Monika Drożyńska’s Half of a Whole and Urban Embroidery 3 series as well as Joanna Piotrowska’s Frowst series and pictures from her untitled project.

© Monika Drożyńska

© Monika Drożyńska

The exhibition is accompanied by an album additionally including a short story Ravens Live the Longest by Filip Zawada.

© Joanna Piotrowska

© Joanna Piotrowska

Karolina Breguła, Monika Drożyńska, Rafał Milach, Joanna Piotrowska – We Have Time
andel’s Hotel Lodz (17 Ogrodowa St., Lodz, Poland). Opening reception: September 10 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public from September 11 to October 10, 2015

The exhibition is organised under contra doc! patronage.

Winners of the 5th Leica Street Photo announced

© Tymon Markowski | Agencja Gazeta

© Tymon Markowski | Agencja Gazeta

19 photographers from Poland and abroad have been awarded during the 5th edition of Leica Street Photo contest organised by Leica Camera Poland. After tempestous discussion, the jury decided to reward the following photographers: Wojciech Abramczyk, Ieva Aust, Maciek Dakowicz (doc! #12), Tytus Grodzicki (doc! #14), Martyna Heller, Maciek Jaźwiecki, Kuba Kamiński, Filip Klimaszewski (doc! #1 & #29/30), Ania Kłosek, Magda Kryjak, Tymon Markowski, Jacek Obloj, Michał Pachniewski, Michał Patycki, Igor Pisuk (DEBUTS 2014), Artur Pławski, Stepan Rudik, Jacek Szust and Krzysztof Wójcik.

© Stepan Rudik

© Stepan Rudik

They photographed fleeting moments, people and their interesting faces, funny repetition, rhythm, forms and light. Their photographs may be used as an illustration for the Elliott Erwitt’s quote: “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

© Wojciech Abramczyk

© Wojciech Abramczyk

See the all winning works at the exhibition in Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). The awarding ceremony and exhibition opening on September 4 at 7:30 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until October 18, 2015.

The Leica Street Photo contest and exhibition are organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.