Waldemar Zdrojewski @ Ethno Museum

The Dead Sea, the Sea of Salt, the Sea of Death – they are all names of the same sea, associated with the lowest located place on the planet and the salt concentration preventing any life in this area. What is a photographer to do facing this place escaping any definition? Facing the place whose deadliness is apparent, but which attracts and vibrants its hidden vitality but simultaneously undergoing processes threatening its existence?

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Waldemar Zdrojewski proposes to look at this place directly. He allows the viewer to dwell on its silence, weaving threads disrupting “the established order of things” into the exhibition space. For instance, the coastal erosion whose scale surprises. He does not search for metaphors – the literal, seemingly quiet frames extract from that a universal story about the eternal life and death struggle. Thus the exhibition title is Dead Sea. A Story on Delusion of Death.

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On the one hand, we see the pictures saluting the peaceful nature, on the other one – there are dramatic frames indicating destructive human presence, mercilessly exploiting its unique sources. The Dead Sea. A Story on Delusion of Death is the dialectic between life and lack of concern for it, between naturalness of a place and its centuries-old cultural layers. The dispute between the cracked by sun earth and irrigated with historic tensions civilisation. The question about the human’s place and role in nature.

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The pictures were taken in Israel, nearby Ein Bokek, Ein Gedi, Masada, Mitzpe Shalem and Neve Zohar within 8 years.

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Waldemar Zdrojewski (b. 1963) | based in Zalesie (Poland) | a graduate of the Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design | a photography lecturer at the University of Warsaw | creator of the Warsaw’s Obserwacja Gallery | an author of numerous exhibitions and publications | a juror in photographic competitions | a curator of exhibitions | a winner of the Zbigniew Roszewski Theatre Institute’s photo contest | focused on documentary photography and photojournalism | interested in expressive and experimental photography.

Waldemar Zdrojewski – DEAD SEA. A STORY ON DELUSION OF DEATH
@ Ethno Museum (1 Kredytowa St., Warsaw, Poland)
The exhibition is open to the public until June 10, 2016

f/stop Festival for Photography in Leipzig is coming

Taken from the McHotel series (2012)

Taken from the McHotel series (2012)

The 7th edition of f/stop Festival for Photography, one of the most important photography festivals in Germany, will take place under the title the end of the world as we know it, ist der Beginn einer Welt, die wir nicht kennen and will explore today’s potential of narrative photography. f/stop 2016 will look back at the history of the genre of reportage and attempt to find out which of media presentations are best suited to portray the events of a chaotic world.

In the last few decades digitalisation has quickly brought the world closer together and created a society of images: online, on mobile phones, in the daily news. Everything is simultaneously there and not there. The festival main exhibition, curated by Anne König and Jan Wenzel, takes the term “experience” as a point of departure. How should we use the medium of photography to explain and understand the globalised world in all its complexity? The exhibition features works by Ruth Berlau, Khaled Barakeh, Bertolt Brecht, Robert Capa, Thomas Härtrich, Johann Peter Hebel, Sven Johne, Dagmar Keller & Martin Wittwer, Kenji Kawamoto, Andreas Langfeld, Bettina Lockemann, Ute Mahler, Lee Miller, Gilles Raynaldy, Erich Salomon, George Strock, Olivier van Breugel & Simone Mudde, Erik van der Weijde, Jonas Zilius, Tobias Zielony and other artists.

Taken from the Olympia series (2012-2016)

Taken from the Olympia series (2012-2016)

Quatre élèves de troisième à la fenêtre (2010). Taken from the Cité scolaire Jean-Jaurès, Montreuil series (2008-2012)

Quatre élèves de troisième à la fenêtre (2010). Taken from the Cité scolaire Jean-Jaurès, Montreuil series (2008-2012)

In three further exhibitions, national and international guest curators will present their perspectives on current forms of narrative photography: the theorist and film maker Ariella Azoulay for f/stop Solo, the American artist Monica Haller for f/stop Print and students of Anastasia Khoroshilova (Rodchenko Art School Moscow), Armin Linke & Michael Clegg (Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design) and Gilles Saussier (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie Arles) for f/stop Plattform.

Taken from the État d’Urgence series

Taken from the État d’Urgence series

An Episode. Americans Still Died by Robert Capa @ Life Magazine, May 14, 1945

An Episode. Americans Still Died by Robert Capa @ Life Magazine, May 14, 1945

For the first time, f/stop Festival exhibitions will go outside traditional exhibition space – Baumwollspinnerei and conquer the city of Leipzig. In the framework of f/stop In Situ, reportages will be presented in the places where they were created. The 1945 works by Robert Capa, Margaret Bourke-White and Lee Miller will be shown in public areas. The work of Gerda Taro will also be presented for the first time in Leipzig, the city from which she fled in 1933 to live in Paris. Together with Robert Capa, she became a pioneer of modern war photography in the course of the Spanish Civil War. On the property of the German-French Education Centre photographs by the French photographer Gilles Raynaldy will be on display. The images show everyday life at a school in the Parisian suburb of Montreuil, which the artist documented over the course of several years. The photographer Andreas Langfeld and a family from Aleppo examine the role that photography played in their flight from war.

7th f/stop International Festival for Photography
the end of the world as we know it, ist der Beginn einer Welt, die wir nicht kennen
Leipzig (Germany)
June 25 – July 3, 2016

More info @ f-stop-leipzig.de

DEBUTS (edition 2016) @ Fotofestiwal Łódź

 

Taken from the After the Season series

Taken from the After the Season series

This is already the third DEBUTS final, the initiative which aims to discover and promote the most talented emerging Polish photographers. In these days where images surround us everywhere choosing people has not been an easy task. Additionally, the majority of these images are bland and are instantly forgotten as we flick through the pages of a newspaper or skip between television channels and websites. How do we find the best images in this ocean of mediocrity? How to ensure the good pictures reach a wider audience?

“To find an answer these questions is why we started our project,” – says Grzegorz Kosmala, editor-in-chief of doc! photo magazine. – “We want to present the photography enthusiasts, who care, who are worth watching, despite the fact that they are at the beginning of their artistic roads, in the hope that with our support their careers will flourish and not trundle into a blind alley.”

Taken from the Little Princess series

Taken from the Little Princess series

What do the emerging Polish photographers tell us in their pictures? What preoccupies their minds? They discuss the issues that, at certain moments, are important in everybody’s life: the joy of experiencing childhood, loneliness after the loss of a loved one, anxiety about the future. They observe and document their nearest surroundings; comment on the reality around them. Sometimes photography helps them accept themselves, and sometimes it lets them take refuge in ideal world they themselves have created.

“As I dived deeper and deeper into the stories, the images, the portfolios the intensity raised,” – says Mads Nissen, member of the DEBUTS (edition 2016) jury. – “All of a sudden, I realised that I was not just staring into a screen – I was staring out. Out through the eyes of a young and talented Polish man or woman. Out on the world that surrounds him – but even more interesting than the naked facts – I was looking at his surroundings through the intriguing gaze of his mysterious mindset. That is photography for me. The photography I was looking for. The photography that tells us important stories about people and the realities that surround them, but always told with the photographers engaged and distinct voice. Because, if we don’t feel much when we take the picture – for sure – neither will anyone else when they see the image. And if the images are too sharp – too precise – then there is no room for thoughts. In the portfolios that I selected, I found just that, that magic that makes photography something much bigger than pictures.”

Taken from the Input/Output series

Taken from the Input/Output series

Despite of the range of photography we have to deal with – documentary, travel, street, fashion or fine art – all the portfolios are combined by the conscious use of the medium. The 40 people, whose photographs are presented at the exhibition and in the book, prove that the photography is something more than just pictures. It is about capturing forever emotions and life’s experiences. It is a joyful moment and a link between the present and the past, as well as a great gift for the future. It is a commentary on the photographer’s “here” and “now”, and it is up to us, the recipients, how we will decode this commentary. It requires us to open our minds to these pictures and to take the photographer’s point of view. Only then we will be able to decode his/her message. Only then we will understand his/her way of thinking. Only then we will be able to see ourselves in these pictures. So little and at the same time so much.

Jury: Calin Kruse (Germany), Petra Leene (the Netherlands/USA), Mads Nissen (Denmark), Moshe Rosenzveig (Australia), Grzegorz Kosmala (Poland)

Photographers: Basia Abramowicz, Joanna Bałaś, Adam Biernat, Katarzyna Bojko-Szymczewska, Alicja Brodowicz, Patryk Bułhak, Katarzyna Czerniak, Natalia Dołgowska, Kamil Domański, Tytus Grodzicki, Małgorzata Gwiazdonik, Edyta Jabłońska, Marta Kaczmarek, Julia Kaczorowska, Marta Kiela-Czarnik, Barbara Kosakowska, Katarzyna Kubiak, Magdalena Kuca, Artur Kucharczak, Dominika Kucner, Jacek Laube, Anna Lemke, Paweł Malinowski, Michał Matejko, Jakub Michalec, Maciej Narożny, Ola Nguyen Van, Laura Ociepa, Michał Orliński, Arkadiusz Pisarek, Arek Rataj, Sandra Recka, Marta Rybicka, Wojciech Ryziński, Małgorzata Skrzypczyk, Kamil Śleszyński, Weronika Twardowska, Dominik Witaszczyk, Weronika Woźniak, Aleksandra Zinkiewicz

DEBUTS (edition 2016) – exhibition + book launch
@ andel’s Hotel Łódź (17 Ogrodowa St., Łódź, Poland)
Opening reception: June 9 at 5.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until July 6, 2016

2016 Fotofestiwal Łódź
HIT THE ROAD: Photographers’ Travel
Łódź (Poland)
June 9-19, 2016

More info @ www.fotofestiwal.com

The 15th International Festival of Photography FOTOFESTIWAL Łódź is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Revolutionaries of Visual Arts at the 2016 Fotofestiwal Łódź

The 2016 Fotofestiwal Łódź is going to feature the works of two photographers who revolutionised visual arts: David “Chim” Seymour and Robert Rauschenberg.

CHIM: David Seymour, Citizen of the World, Fotofestiwal 2016

CHIM: David Seymour, Citizen of the World, Fotofestiwal 2016

David “Chim” Seymour, the son of a prominent publisher of books in Yiddish and Hebrew, was born as Dawid Szymin in Warsaw in 1911. In the early 1930s, he went to Paris as a student but his interest in photography led him to a freelance career, first in France and in Spain where he covered Spanish Civil War. He travelled to the United States in 1939, enlisted in the US Army as the World War II began, and became a US citizen in 1942, the same year his parents were killed in Poland by the Nazis. Following the war, he worked for such major picture magazines as LIFE or Paris Match and for UNESCO in Austria, Hungry, Italy, Poland and Germany. Not surprisingly, Seymour took a great interest in refugees, documenting the Republicans fleeing to Mexico after Franco’s victory in Spain, and the plight of refugee children across war-shattered Europe in moving B&W photographs that remain some of his best-known and best-loved work.

CHIM: David Seymour, Citizen of the World, Fotofestiwal 2016

CHIM: David Seymour, Citizen of the World, Fotofestiwal 2016

In 1947, along with friends and fellow photographers, George Rodger, Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Seymour co-founded the Magnum Photos agency. He became president of Magnum in 1954 and held that position until his death in Suez in 1956. In his last years, Chim made his home in Italy. He photographed the first years of the newly established state of Israel and became known for his portraits – often in colour – of such celebrities as Pablo Picasso, Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn.

CHIM: David Seymour, Citizen of the World, Fotofestiwal 2016

CHIM: David Seymour, Citizen of the World, Fotofestiwal 2016

Chim is often cited under the rubric of “The Concerned Photographer” and his humanism and compassion form most of his work and make it particularly relevant today. The CHIM: David Seymour, Citizen of the World exhibition will allow the viewers to embark on a journey through various, often breakthrough, moments in the world history. It will be divided into three sections: an introduction, a focus on his Polish photographs and a special selection of rarely seen portraits of film stars. The exhibition will be accompanied by screening of the Trisha Ziff’s The Mexican Suitcase, a documentary film about discovery of Chim’s, Capa’s and Taro’s negatives. After the screening, there will be a meeting with the director of the film.

CHIM: DAVID SEYMOUR, CITIZEN OF THE WORLD
@ Film Museum (1 Zwycięstwa Sq., Łódź, Poland)
Grand opening: June 11 at 7.00 PM

THE MEXICAN SUITCASE directed by Trisha Ziff (Mexico, Spain, USA 2011, 86’)
@ Art_Inkubator Theatre (3 Tymienieckiego St., Łódź, Poland)
Start: June 13 at 6.00 PM

One of the most important places on the Fotofestiwal roadmap will be Atlas Sztuki Gallery and the exhibition of works by Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), often referred as the first postmodern artist, whose oeuvre and innovative techniques influenced the global history of art.

Cuba

Cuba

The Robert Rauschenberg Travels exhibition will feature the complete seven-print series of oversize photogravures Soviet/American Array, that he began in the USSR in 1988. These large and dramatic works are complemented by 37 B&W photographs, made mostly in the 1980s and selected from the Rauschenberg Archive, and by enlargements of contact sheets from the artist’s 1989 visit to Moscow and Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg.

Bathroom Window (Broadway Studio)

Bathroom Window (Broadway Studio)

The exhibition concentrates on a small slice of Rauschenberg’s prodigious and wildly varied oeuvre – the Rauschenberg Overseas Intercultural Exchange, a program of exhibition and performance in the 1980s that took the artist to Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, China, Tibet, Japan, Cuba, the USSR, Malaysia and then divided Germany. The project took its final configuration as a continually evolving selection of works, including the new work made in response to the artist’s experience of his host country, and work made in previously visited sites to be shared with the next country in line.

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

Rauschenberg’s photographs have generally been studied as highly manipulated source material for his works on paper, but as the selection of B&W images reveals, he captured the eye-catching details of the world with his camera, producing quirky, intelligent, brilliantly composed images of great value in their own right.

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG TRAVELS
@ Atlas Sztuki Gallery (114/116 Piotrkowska St., Łódź, Poland)
Grand opening: June 10 at 7.00 PM

2016 Fotofestiwal Łódź
HIT THE ROAD: Photographers’ Travel
Łódź (Poland)
June 9-19, 2016

More info @ www.fotofestiwal.com

The 15th International Festival of Photography Fotofestiwal Łódź is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Sebastião Salgado @ Jakopič Gallery & City Museum of Ljubljana

Iceberg between Paulet Island and the South Shetland Islands in the Weddell Sea. Antarctic Peninsula, 2005. © Sebastião Salgado | Amazonas Images

Iceberg between Paulet Island and the South Shetland Islands in the Weddell Sea. Antarctic Peninsula, 2005.
© Sebastião Salgado | Amazonas Images

As one of the main cultural projects of the 2016 European Green Capital, the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana is presenting the momentous exhibition Genesis, a project by the world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado.

The exhibition, curated and designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado, is the result of the photographer’s multi-year survey and draws together 245 spectacular B&W photographs of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes and indigenous people, raising public awareness about the pressing issues of environmental and climate change.

Genesis, Salgado’s third long-term series, can be viewed as a response to its predecessors – Workers and Migrations – which explored displaced populations and the relentless working conditions endured by men and women around the world. In Genesis, Salgado has chosen to move his main interest away from people and to focus on the pristine beauty of the earth and those living in harmony with it. During his travels across the globe between 2004 and 2011, he documented Arctic and desert landscapes, tropical rainforests, marine and other wildlife, and communities still living according to ancestral traditions. Through these photographs, Salgado pays homage to the fragile planet he believes we all must protect.

“Genesis is a quest for the world as it was, as it was formed, as it evolved, as it existed for millennia before modern life accelerated and began distancing us from the very essence of our being” – says Lélia Wanick Salgado. – “It is testimony that our planet still harbours vast and remote regions where nature reigns in silent and pristine majesty.” 

In the Upper Xingu region of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state, a group of Waurá fishing in the Piulaga Lake near their village. The Upper Xingu Basin is home to an ethnically diverse population. Brazil, 2005. © Sebastião Salgado | Amazonas Images

In the Upper Xingu region of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state, a group of Waurá fishing in the Piulaga Lake near their village.
The Upper Xingu Basin is home to an ethnically diverse population. Brazil, 2005.
© Sebastião Salgado | Amazonas Images

Salgado’s photographs captivate viewers with their delicate tinges of colour and shades of grey, together with sharp contrasts between light and dark areas. The photographs’ strong appeal is particularly due to the intentionally calm compositions made up of clear structures, lines and forms.

The exhibition is divided into five geographical regions: Planet South, Sanctuaries, Africa (on view at the City Museum) and Northern Spaces along with Amazonia and Pantanal (on view at Jakopič Gallery).

Sebastião Salgado (b. 1944) | based in Paris (France) | began his career as a professional photographer in 1973 | before establishing Amazonas Images (1994), had worked for Sygma, Gamma and Magnum Photos agencies | has travelled to over 100 countries for his projects | author of several books, including Other Americas (Contrejour, 1985), Sahel, l’Homme en Détresse (Prisma Presse, 1986), An Uncertain Grace (Aperture, 1990), Workers (Phaidon, 1993), Terra (Phaidon, 1997), Migrations (Aperture, 2000), Africa (Taschen, 2007) and Genesis (Taschen, 2013), among others | has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments | through his Instituto Terra (established in 1998), involved in reforestation, conservation and education in Brazil | together with his wife Lélia, received an award from UNESCO Brazil and the Rio de Janeiro Municipality as well as the Personalidade Ambiental Prize from the World Wildlife Fund, Brazil in recognition of their work with Instituto Terra (2012) | a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and an honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States.

Sebastião Salgado – GENESIS
@ Jakopič Gallery (9 Slovenska cesta St., Ljubljana, Slovenia)
@ City Museum of Ljubljana (15 Gosposka St., Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Grand opening: May 31, 2016
The exhibition will be open to the public until August 31, 2016

For detailed list of all accompanying events and initiatives, go to www.mgml.si.

Monika Walecka @ GWL Gallery

© Monika Walecka_01

She is a professional baker and always carries her camera with her. Many call her the queen of food porn, she runs the Gotuje, bo lubi blog, where she gives vent to her culinary and photographic fantasies. After three years in San Francisco (CA, USA), she has just come to Poland to present her landscape photography at her first exhibition – Mists of Yosemite.

She developed her passion for cooking during the internship in the Las Studio, to which she came with the aim of improving her photographic skills. Her culinary interests and talent came out to light, earning recognition of the whole staff of the Studio. As she admits, the most crucial factor in her self-improvement was her travels – first to Prague, then to San Francisco, thanks to which she was made herself as a cook and photographer.

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“We are very pleased that Monika has made such a progress  and that our GWL Gallery is the very place of her photographic debut“ - says Robby Cyron, co-owner of the gallery.

Mists of Yosemite is a wonderful and expressive series of photographs telling different stories about this iconic Californian park. It is not difficult to notice inspiration of photographs by Ansel Adams, an American photographer and pianist, who became famous for his black and white photographs of national parks. The exhibition will consist of 16 B&W pictures in classic 24×30 format.

© Monika Walecka_03

The GWL Gallery was established to present and promote good fine art photography. The gallery ambition is to participate in creating a collector’s photography market in Poland. The gallery has already hosted exhibitions of Szymon Szcześniak, Kasia Bobula, Tomasz Albin, Marlena Bielinska and Robby Cyron (doc! #10), among others.

Monika Walecka – MISTS OF YOSEMITE
@ GWL Gallery (6/8 Racjonalizacji St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: May 25 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until August 31, 2016

The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Alternative and Archaic Photography @ DCF ‘Roman House’

© Robert Pawłowski

The Contemporary Overview of Alternative and Archaic Photo Techniques exhibition is a collection of unique works by Polish and foreign photographers, created according the 19th century photographic recipes. Most of the recipes, the presented works are created according to, was the result of the efforts of very many experimenting photographers supported by chemists and pharmacists.

Among the pictures there are photos being a kind of continuation of pictorialism, the trend initiated in the photographic art after 1890, as well as works presenting their authors’ innovative approach to fine art photography.

© Martina Biccheri

In addition to its artistic values, the exposition also has educational and historical advantages, referring to the legacy of Polish and foreign photographers from the turn of the 19th century. It gives the possibility of re-discovery, continuity and preservation of old traditional photographic methods, involving the creation of their authors’ own unique works on the borderline of graphic and photography.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a lecture of Professor Andrzej Pytliński about old photographic techniques.

© Greg Ostrowski

Photographers: Massimo Attardi (Italy), Martina Biccheri (Italy), Misha Burlatsky (Russia), Jakub Byrczek (Poland), Tomasz Dembny (Poland), Krzysztof Dobrowolski (Poland), Henrik Fauro (Germany), Marek Gardulski (Poland), Łukasz Gietka (Poland), Grzegorz Gorczyński (Poland), Milos Kral (Slovakia), Roman Kravchenko (Ukraine), Piotr Kwasiżur (Poland), Ewa Kutylak (Poland), Lech Lipiec (Poland), Janusz Marynowski (Poland), Roman Michalik (Poland), Aleksander Mitka (Poland), Tomasz Mościcki (Poland), Greg Ostrowski (Poland), Robert Pawłowski (Poland), Maciej Plewiński (Poland), Konrad Pollesch (Poland), Krzysztof Pruszkowski (cd! #1; Poland), Andrzej Pytliński (Poland), Janusz Sochacki (Poland), Marcin Szwaczko (Poland), Wiesław Szymaniak (Poland), Ricky Tomar (India), Carina Wachsmann (Germany), Zbigniew Wielgosz (Poland), Andrzej Wiktor (Poland), Maciej Wojtak (Poland) and Renata Zarzyka (Poland).

CONTEMPORARY OVERVIEW OF ALTERNATIVE AND ARCHAIC PHOTO TECHNIQUES
@ DCF ‘Roman House’ (8 Bp. Nankiera Sq., Wrocław, Poland)
Grand opening: May 12 at 6:00 PM
Prof. Andrzej Pytliński’s lecture: May 12 at 5:00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until June 4, 2016

The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.