This year’s anniversary edition of Fotofestiwal will begin on June 9 and last until June 19, 2016. The main theme of the fifteenth festival will be the experience intrinsically linked to photography from its very beginning – travel and the various forms of its recording and presentation. The main theme, HIT THE ROAD: Photographers’ Travel will comprise not only generic postcard photography, but also the forms that transcend it – conceptual, press and documentary photography.
The festival will take a look at the works of Robert Rauschenberg, co-creator of pop-art, and at the photographs of David “Chim” Seymour, one of the originators of the world famous Magnum Photos agency. The exhibitions under the HIT THE ROAD scheme are curated by Alison Nordström, the art director of the Fotofestiwal and former curator of George Eastman House at Rochester (NY, USA).
One of the regular sections of the festival is the Grand Prix. It begins with the photo contest and ends with the publication of its results as well as the opening of the final exhibitions. The winner of the Grand Prix, amounting PLN 10,000, will be announced during the festival opening ceremony. It will be one of the following artists:
Carlos Alba – The Observation of Trifles
The Observation of Trifles is a documentary photography project about how a foreigner finds his way in a new country and a new neighbourhood. The objects found in the street – details of letters with notes, drawings, urban furniture reproductions – are the key to an unexplored world and to new life stories.
David Fathi – Wolfgang
Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, one of the founders of quantum physics, was nicknamed the “Conscience of Physics”. But he was also known among his peers for something a bit less “scientific”. Legend says that when Pauli entered a room, experiences would fail and machinery would break down. His colleagues jokingly called this phenomenon The Pauli Effect. This series is a semi-fiction where the Pauli Effect continues to haunt everyday life at CERN. The observer is the actor in establishing what is science and what is a myth.
Nick Hannes – Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man
Over 100 million tourists flock to the Med every year. Thousands of desperate immigrants from Africa and Asia continuously attempt to cross its water in shabby boats. The project comprises pictures of the 20 countries, documenting contemporary issues such as tourism, urbanisation, migration, crisis and conflict.
Patryk Karbowski – Halfway
A middle-sized city in the centre of Poland, halfway between the mountains and the Baltic Sea. Neither rich, nor really poor, with a typical history of the region’s industrial capital which blossomed in the times of state socialism and lost that position after 1989. A halfway state, in between present and past, between East and West, between here and now.
Birte Kaufmann – The Travellers
The Travellers project gives insight into the everyday life of Ireland’s largest minority group. This group has a nomadic origin, stemming from the tradition of migrant workers. As this tradition no longer exists, the travellers are looking for a new identity within the Western European society of the 21st century.
Karolin Klüppel – Mädchenland (Kingdom of Girls)
In the state of Meghalaya in India, the indigenous people of the Khasi with 1,1 million members form the majority of the population. Here, traditionally it is the girls who are of particular importance and who play an exposed role in the family. The succession in the maternal line guarantees girls and women in Meghalaya a unique economic and social independence in contrast to the general conditions in India.
Yurian Quintanas – Happy Nothing
For some people the desert represents decay and death. There is scarcity of water and shade, extreme temperatures and a lack of resources for humans to survive. But at the same time there is a long tradition of the desert as a place of healing, both physically and spiritually. With the Californian desert as background, Happy Nothing is a personal journey that delves into the lives of its inhabitants and its secrets.
Jewgeni Roppel – Magnit
Today, Russians are talking about Siberia, especially in esoteric and spiritual societies, as a magical place on the Earth that attracts people who are seeking spiritual or mystic experience. The phenomenon of the new desire in Siberia, and its growing interest is the topic of Magnit.
Shadman Shahid – Ajna
Shadman Shadid’s journey has a slightly different character. The word Ajna is Sanskrit means the eye that one uses to see the immaterial, to observe that which is formless. In Ajna, the author of the photographs explores human existence, looking for answers to basic questions about self-fulfillment.
Sanne De Wilde – The Island of the Colourblind
Over 250 years ago, a catastrophic typhoon swept over the island Pingelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean, leaving only 20 survivors. One of the survivors was the king, the ruler at that time, who carried the rare achromotopsia gene that causes complete colourblindness. The king went on to have many children and by the time the island reached the 4th generation of Pingelapese after the typhoon. Most of them see the world in black and white. What would colour look like, how would they colour the world, the trees, themselves?
The International Photography Festival in Łódź will also feature slideshows, over 30 exhibitions in the OFFROAD section (including the first public presentation of the DEBUTS 2016 laureates), portfolio review, photographic workshops and photowalks as well as a large section devoted to photobooks. The festival also returns – in cooperation with Transatlantyk – to a film programme containing the freshest and the most interesting films on photographers and photography.
2016 Fotofestiwal in Łódź
HIT THE ROAD: Photographers’ Travel
June 9-19, 2016
More info @ www.fotofestiwal.com
The 15th International Festival of Photography FOTOFESTIWAL in Łódź is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
The possibilities of depicting a person in a photograph seem endless. The topic keeps being refined and re-interpreted, ranging from portraiture, through press photography, which shows people in their natural surroundings, pictures of traces of human activity, to conceptual analyses of human existence.
Many artists stress that the essence of portrait photography lies in the meeting and establishing a relationship with the model. Thanks to this, the picture does not only show the likeness of a person, but also – more importantly – his/her character. The 16th edition of Collector’s Photography will show how the approach to portrait photography has changed over the years. As always, the Collector’s Photography exhibition will be a combination of works by very prominent and emerging Polish photographers showing portraits of well-known personalities, self-portraits and conceptual works, among others.
Photographers: Krystyna Andryszkiewicz, Karol Beyer, Dorota Buczkowska, Agata Bogacka, Jan Bułhak, Michał Cała, Wiktor Dąbkowski, Kuba Dąbrowski, Marta Deskur, Zbigniew Dłubak, Benedykt Jerzy Dorys, Jan Dziaczkowski, Marek Gardulski, Andrzej Georgiew, Edward Hartwig, Helena Hartwig, Magda Hueckel, Krzysztof Kamiński, Marek Konieczny, Jan Kosidowski, Andrzej Kramarz (cd! #4), Zofia Kulik, Paweł Kwiek, Andrzej Lachowicz, Janusz Leśniak, Jerzy Lewczyński, Zbigniew Libera, Natalia LL, Bogdan Łopieński, Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Katarzyna Mirczak, Maciek Nabrdalik (doc! #15), Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), Roman Opałka, Marek Piasecki, Paweł Pierściński, Joanna Piotrowska, Igor Pisuk (DEBUTS 2014), Jacek Poremba (doc! #8), Józef Robakowski, Tadeusz Rolke (doc! #11), Sławomir Rumiak, Tadeusz Rydet, Zofia Rydet, Zygmunt Rytka, Bronisław Schlabs, Karol Szczeciński, Andrzej Świetlik (cd! #7), Zbigniew Warpechowski, Ryszard Waśko, Witold Węgrzyn, Wojtek Wieteska (doc! #17), Stanisław Ignacy “Witkacy” Witkiewicz, Joanna Zastróżna, Ireneusz Zjeżdżałka, Paweł Żak (cd #1 & #6).
Collector’s Photography is the only regular auctioning event in Poland dedicated exclusively to photography.
Collector’s Photography – BEYOND A PORTRAIT. THE PERSON IN POLISH PHOTOGRAPHY
@ Mysia 3 (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: May 4 at 7:00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between May 5 and May 15, 2016
Auction: May 15 at 7:00 PM
The 16th edition of Collector’s Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
May 12 – June 12, 2016
Contemporary Austrian photography will be welcomed at the DCF ‘Roman House’ very soon. The Witnesses of the Times – Photography in Austria After 1945 exhibition has been prepared within the framework of the 150th anniversary of the oldest photographic association of German-speaking geographical area – Photographische Gesellschaft – established in Vienna by Anton Georg Martin on March 22, 1861. The works have been selected by Horst Stasny, world-famous photographer, and Prof. Ph.D. Werner Sobotka, President of the association.
The curators of the exhibition wanted to show the images in a different way. The exhibited pictures are not shown linearly but thematically. Their intention was to present the multidimensionality of photography. The exhibition tries to catch the viewer’s attention and keep it by presenting controversial images one next to another.
As Ph.D. Werner Sobotka emphasises, photographers are witnesses of times, and in this case – of one whole generation, the whole era. 65 years of photography has been documented by over a hundred most significant Austrian photographers. This is a particular mix of the old and the new, press photography, portraits and many, many more, that lets the viewers have a look at the era.
The exhibition consists of both, classic B&W portraits and reportage photos as well as contemporary creations using the latest digital techniques. There are works by such artists as photojournalist and portrait photographer Inge Morath, documentary photographer Erich Lessing or perfoming photographer Heinz Cibulka, among others.
Photographische Gesellschaft brings together personalities from the world of art and science, forming an organisation which aims to support photography as art and science as well as a means of communication in a large sense of the word, together with other disciplines and techniques related to the photography.
Photographische Gesellschaft – WITNESSES OF THE TIMES – PHOTOGRAPHY IN AUSTRIA AFTER 1945
@ DCF ‘Roman House’ (8 Bp. Nankiera Sq., Wrocław, Poland)
Grand opening: April 21 at 3:00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until May 7, 2016
NEY Gallery&Prints welcomes the spring with an exhibition of unknown portraits by Ryszard Horowitz, one of the most respected advertising photographers in the world whose works have impressed us since the 1960s. This time Ryszard Horowitz will show these of his works that have never been exhibited so far and which are about Roman Polański, Daniel Olbrychski, Jerzy Kosiński, Jan Lebenstein, Adam Hoffman, Piotr Skrzynecki, Urszula Dudziak, Zuzanna Łapicka, Kropka Gosławska, Andrzej and Magda Dudziński.
The photos presented at the exhibition were made in Poland and in Horowitz’s studio in New York on the occasion of his private meetings with the characters of the images. These unique photos are a kind of photographic diary. All of them are accompanied by Ryszard Horowitz’s memories.
Ryszard Horowitz on photo of Roman Polański: “I caught the moment when Roman, in 1965 in a New York hotel, was offering his love to Frankenstein. Apparently, he was already planning to make ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’, that was made two years later.”
Ryszard Horowitz on photo of Daniel Olbrychski and Jerzy Kosiński: “Two friends of mine, Jerzy Kosiński and Daniel Olbrychski, visited me in my studio in 1984. I was observing them as they were joking. I don’t know who of them was a better actor, I wasn’t able to stop watching their impressive faces, the contrast between the Semitic and Slavic beauty. That meeting resulted in an improvised photo session, which left very many shots of single and double portraits.”
Ryszard Horowitz (b. 1939) | based in New York City (NY, USA) | one of the youngest known survivors of Auschwitz | studied Art at the High School of Fine Arts and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, both in Cracow (Poland) | moved to USA in 1959 and enrolled at New York’s famed Pratt Institute | while still a student, was given a scholarship to be apprenticed to Alexey Brodovitch, one of the most influential figures in the world of editorial design and photography at the time | after graduating from Pratt in 1963, worked for a number of film and design companies and as an Art Director for Grey Advertising | spend his own photography studio in 1967 | his work has been awarded, exhibited, published and collected around the globe | recognised as a pioneer of special effects photography predating digital imaging.
The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
The Berlin Wall, a dramatic symbol of the Iron Curtain dividing Europe into two political blocks for nearly forty years, fell down on November 9, 1989. In his famous Fulton speech of 1946, Winston Churchill introduced the notion of the Iron Curtain as an imaginary borderline between the Communist Eastern Bloc and the Capitalist West: “From Szczecin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.” Today, twenty-seven years later, twelve Dutch photographers look back on the work they made in Central and Eastern Europe between 1979 and 1989.
The Other Side. Twelve Dutch Photographers in the World Behind the Iron Curtain, 1979 – 1989 exhibition brings together visual memories of twelve Dutch photographers who documented the period prior to and during various revolutions in the former Eastern Bloc countries. They were witnesses to historical moments, such as the emergence of the Polish trade union Solidarność in Gdańsk in 1980, the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Romanian revolution of 1989. Yet, they also captured ordinary everyday life. In addition to the heroes of significant events (such as Mikhail Gorbachev or Lech Wałęsa), there were also ordinary people immortalised in the photographs. Working, resting, stallholders and vacationers among the architecture of the past system. The entirety reveals a surprising and multifaceted view of the Eastern Bloc at the time.
The analogue photographs, in black and white and in colour, bear the signature of the photographer, registering the way he or she photographed at the time. This exhibition couples the historical significances of these events with a broad overview of Dutch photojournalism in the 1980s and early 1990s. All of the exhibited photographers are still alive and working, and together they form a mainstay for a new generation of the European documentary and press photographers.
Photographers: Piet den Blanken, Hans van den Boogaard, Ton Broekhuis, Ad van Denderen, Leo Erken, Sabine Joosten, Bertien van Manen, Hans van der Meer, Vincent Mentzel, Ad Nuis, Bert Spiertz and Bert Verhoeff.
- April 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM – open lecture by Ad Nuis @ Academy of Fine Arts’ auditorium (6 Targ Węglowy St., Gdańsk, Poland)
- April 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM – workshops for students @ Academy of Fine Arts’ Mała Zbrojownia (15 Wałowy Sq., Gdańsk, Poland)
THE OTHER SIDE
@ National Museum in Gdańsk’s Gdańsk Gallery of Photography (24 Długi Targ St., Gdańsk, Poland)
Grand opening: April 21 at 7:00 PM.
The exhibition will be open to the public between April 22 and June 26, 2016.
The exhibition is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Warsaw, within the framework of the Presidency of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the European Union in 2016.
John Malkovich is one of the best actors of the contemporary cinema, who does not need any special introduction. The actor likes to astound with his subsequent creations. So there is no wonder that it was him whom Sandro Miller proposed participation in his project. This cooperation resulted in an unique Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage To Photographic Masters series, inspired by the most outstanding portrait photographs of the 20th century. They were carefully “recreated” or rather played again. The light, frame, stylisation and emotions followed the outstanding prototypes but all the main roles were acted by John Malkovich. He flawlessly portrayed Che Guevara, Ernest Hemingway, Albert Einstein, John Lennon and even famous twins by Diane Arbus and Marilyn Monroe herself.
Sandro Miller’s project is complex. On one hand, it reminds of those great works of the last century and pays a tribute to its creators, while on the other – it is a kind of story about the essence of acting and incorporating a role as well as about John Malkovich himself. Unintentionally we refer to the famous film Being John Malkovich (1999).
The exhibition consists of 35 colour and black & white works (including two quadriptychs) of different format, techniques and fitting, inspired by works of Irving Penn, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Bert Stern, Anne Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, Alberto Korda, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bill Brandt, Carl Fischer, David Bailey, Edward Scheriff Curtiss, Eikoh Hosoe, Gordon Parks, Horst P. Horst, Jim Marshall, Pierre et Gills, William Klein, Victor Skrebneski and Yousuf Karsh. The project was first presented at the end of 2014 in the Chicago gallery of Catherine Edelman and since then it has been travelling all over the world.
Sandro Miller (b. 1958) | based in Chicago (IL, USA) | a commercial photographer, also willingly doing artistic projects | known for frequent changing styles and searching for inspiration in history of photography | has been photographing people for over 30 years | his pictures have been internationally published and exhibited | winner of many prestigious awards, including the Lucie Foundation’s International Photographer of the Year (2014 and 2015) | recognised as one of the top 200 advertising photographers in the world.
Sandro Miller – MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH: HOMAGE TO PHOTOGRAPHIC MASTERS
@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: April 21 at 7:00 PM.
The exhibition will be open to the public between April 22 and June 30, 2016.
The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.