Tomasz Stańko @ NEY Gallery&Prints

© Wojciech Kukla

The next exhibition at the NEY Gallery&Prints – Wild Years of the 1980s –  will be about Tomasz Stańko, one of “the most original and innovative jazz trumpeters in the world” (as The New Yorker weekly writes about him). The exhibition will present photographs by Krzysztof Gierałtowski, Ryszard Horowitz, Andrzej Tyszko and Wojciech Kukla.

“The exhibition is devoted to the wild years of the 1980s. That was the time of freedom, jazz, moments of oblivion. Wojciech Kukla was a colleague of Lakis (Anthimos Apostolis). We were together in Kraków then and spent time talking on art, exchanging views, playing and having a great time together. Wojtek really accurately illustrated those days in his photos – very personal and romantic. He recorded those wild days of my life,” – says Tomasz Stańko.

While the photographers recall him saying:

© Krzysztof Gierałtowski

“I took a picture of Tomasz Stańko in the middle of the 1980s for a poster of PAGART. Apparently he liked the poster because he asked for more photographs. If I had only been physically strong enough, I should have taken pictures of him from the perspective of sounds coming out from his instrument, while hanging over him,” - Krzysztof Gierałtowski.

“Tomasz Stańko is one of the few European jazz musicians accepted in the USA. No matter where he is from, what matters is how he plays – and he plays brilliantly. He has made his name a tremendous success in the world as a jazz musician, which confirms his universal talent,” - Ryszard Horowitz.

© Andrzej Tyszko

“I got to know Tomasz Stańko and took the first picture of him in 1982. Since then we have had a countless number of individual sessions. Each of them was a challenge for me. I always tried to take a unique picture, different from the previous ones. Tomasz is a very interesting and pleasant ‘object’ for photographing and his understanding of the world and reality is extremely inspiring. I am proud and happy that Tomasz gave me his trust and friendship that had and still  have an impact on my work and life,” – Andrzej Tyszko.

WILD YEARS OF THE 1980S
Tomasz Stańko in the lens of Krzysztof Gierałtowski, Ryszard Horowitz, Wojciech Kukla and Andrzej Tyszko
@ NEY Gallery&Prints (5 Spokojna St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: December 3 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until February 19, 2017

The Wild Years of the 1980s exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC

Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013)

Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013)

The upcoming 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is a three-day-long event during which 18 films telling stories from different places in the world will be screened. Next to the films, unusual atmosphere of the event will be created by the meetings with socially involved directors and reporters. The festival programme also includes artist talks as well as debates on contemporary challenges.

Undoubtedly, in the times of migration, one of them is to ensure solidarity crossing national boundaries. One of the festival categories – Different Faces of Migration – is devoted to this problem. The category includes 6 films presenting different stages of the journey and confronting dreams with the reality faced in Europe: The Crossing (directed by George Kurian, Norway 2015, 55 min), Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013, 90 min), A Requiem for Syrian Refugees (directed by Richard Wolf, USA 2014, 71 min), A Syrian Love Story (directed by Sean McAllister, UK 2015, 76 min), The Great Wall (directed by Tadhg O’Suvillan, Ireland 2015, 74 min) and On the Bride’s Side (directed by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande and Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry, Italy/Palestine 2014, 98 min).

The second festival category – Unfinished Stories – consists of the films that draw attention to the social divisions leading to wars or which appear as a result of them, that determine functioning of society for years thus bringing peace back often seems to be impossible. Wars are still in people’s minds for a long time after their ending: Unforgiven: Rwanda (directed by Lukas Augustin, Germany/Rwanda 2014, 75 min), State of Mind (directed by Daria Lipko, Poland 2016, 53 min).

The third festival category – Personalities – will present common people facing serious choices, observing changes in their direct reality or struggling with the severity of the place  they came to live: Monk of the Sea (directed by Rafał Skalski, Poland 2016, 68 min), Anoranza (directed by Flo Flamme, Belgium 2016, 71 min) and 24 Snow (directed by Mikhail Barynin, Russia 2016, 90 min).

The two remaining festival categories focus on problems of today’s Africa – Their Africa – and America – Unknown America. The first one consists of 4 films: 2 Girls (directed by Marco Speroni, Italy 2016, 52 min), The Other Kids (directed by Pablo de la Chica, Spain 2016, 84 min), Ghost People (directed by Marek Kłosowicz and Martyna Wojciechowska, Poland 2014, 45 min), Small People. Big Trees (directed by Vadim Vitovtsev, Russia 2016, 45 min), while the second one – three: Unbranded (directed by Philip Baribeau, USA 2015, 106 min), Gold Fever (directed by  J.T. Haines,  Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne, Canada/Guatemala/USA 2013, 83 min) and Cartel Land (directed by Matthew Heineman, Mexico/USA 2015, 99 min).

Besides the films, the festival offers the viewers a chance of active participation in inspiring meetings, debates and workshops. Between presentations, they will have the opportunity to talk to Polish and foreign directors, well-known experts and activists. The participation has been confirmed by Mikhail Barynin, Piotr Brysacz, Pablo de la Chica, Artur Domosławski, Flo Flamme, Sean McAllister, Jędrzej Morawiecki and Marco Speroni, among others. The guests of the festival will also have an opportunity to improve their skills at filmmaking workshops run by two artists repeatedly awarded for their social and film activity – Lukas and Salome Augustin.

Winners of the HumanDOC Proclub Camera photo contest will be announced during the festival and the winning photos will be presented in Kinoteka, the festival main cinema. Additional screenings will be organised in the Staromiejski Dom Kultury, while the selected films will be available on the web film platform IPLA (only on Polish territory).

The 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is co-financed within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Polish Development Cooperation Programme.

The detailed programme of the festival is available @ www.festival.humandoc.pl

7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC
@ Kinoteka (Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq., Warsaw, Poland)
November 25-27, 2016

The 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Single Shot @ IFF Gallery

© Anita Andrzejewska

The Single Shot exhibition, presenting works of thirty Polish contemporary photographers, aims to show the relationship between the photographer, picture and its description. All photographs have only one thing in common – there is a story behind each of them, a story on the photographer and on what is in front of him – what is in front of the camera. The exhibition reveals contexts and the stories hidden behind the pictures. How did they come into being? What was hidden? What inspired the creation of this photo? What is in the photo?

“There may appear a tension, dissonance between the picture and the text, which demands solution,” - says Krzysztof Miękus, curator of the exhibition. – But the text and the picture belong to different records and it is not easy to solve this dissonance. When there is a conflict between them, we start to juggle with included in them meanings and hidden symbols to set them in one line in order to harmonise them. Such an attempt is often destined to fail.” 

The Single Shot exhibition opens the Institute of Photography Fort’s Gallery located in a renovated industrial building from the 1950s. The gallery goal is to present the works of established artists as well as introduce new talents and support their artistic development.

“We want this space to meet the expectations of both, collectors of photography and those for whom photography is still unfathomable field of art,” – says Olga Łacna, President of the IFF Foundation acting to support and promote Polish photography.

© Bart Pogoda

Artists: Anita Andrzejewska (cd! #1), Robby Cyron (doc! #10), Kuba Dąbrowski, Przemek Dzienis, Paweł Fabjański, Mariusz Forecki, Jacek Fota, Dominika Gęsicka (doc! #26), Paweł Jaszczuk (doc! #29/30), Monika Kmita, Jacek Kołodziejski, Zuza Krajewska, Adam Lach (doc! #18), Diana Lelonek, Michał Łuczak, Igor Omulecki, Maciej Nabrdalik (doc! #15), Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), Adam Pańczuk (doc! #15), Jacek Piotrowski, Bart Pogoda, Jacek Poremba (doc! #8), Maksymilian Rigamonti (doc! #1), Michał Siarek, Filip Skrońc (doc! #22), Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7), Michał Szlaga, Tomasz Tomaszewski (doc! #21), Magda Wunsche and Łukasz Ziętek.

The gallery opening will be accompanied by photographic workshops for children aged from 7 to 13. Their detailed programme and more information on the foundation is available on instytutfotografiifort.org.pl.

SINGLE SHOT
@ IFF Gallery (Fort Mokotów, 99 Racławicka St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: November 25 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between November 26 and January 22, 2017

James Arthur Allen wins the first Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award

James Arthur Allen

James Arthur Allen

The Rebecca Vassie Trust announces James Arthur Allen as the winner of the first Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award for emerging photographers for his project documenting the lives and traditions of the ethnic Circassian population in Israel.

The award is a bursary of GBP 1,200, plus printing, exhibition and mentoring, for an emerging photographer to complete a narrative photography project with a strong social or political context. It has been created in memory of the British photojournalist Rebecca Vassie, who died suddenly last year, aged 30, while on assignment in a refugee camp in Uganda.

Judges for the award included Karen McQuaid, senior curator at the Photographers’ Gallery, Matthew Tucker, UK Picture Editor at BuzzFeed, photographer Ben Bird and Janet Vassie, Rebecca’s mother. The judges were impressed by Allen’s detailed knowledge of the complex history of the Circassians, who were expelled from their country in the nineteenth century after the Russian-Circassian War, and the contacts he’d developed in the region.

Allen will be mentored by Bette Lynch, Director of Photography, News, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Getty Images, who was also part of the judging process. He also receives access to premier printing services at Metro Imaging, print partner to the award.

The capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi looking towards the great Mountains of the South Caucasus. Lying on the banks of the Kura River the city was founded in the 5th century. Tbilisi's proximity to vital trade routes between East and West has made it a prize fought over by rival empires through out history. Taken from the 'Land of Wolves - Nationalism, Culture, Identity in the South Caucasus Republic of Georgia' photo essay.

The capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi looking towards the great Mountains of the South Caucasus. Lying on the banks of the Kura River the city was founded in the 5th century. Tbilisi’s proximity to vital trade routes between East and West has made it a prize fought over by rival empires through out history.
Taken from the ‘Land of Wolves – Nationalism, Culture, Identity in the South Caucasus Republic of Georgia’ photo essay

Two further applications were highly commended: David Shaw for his proposal exploring racial divides in Oldham, and Tracey Paddison for her project following a non-binary person through gender reassignment.

“It is a huge privilege to be selected for the inaugural Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award,” – says James Arthur Allen. – “I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to make new work and collaborate with the Trust over the coming months. One of the first stateless people in modern history, the Circassians of Israel are unique in retaining their traditions and identity while being among the only Muslims serving in the Israel Defence Force. This proposal aims to explore and document an ancient nation and its place in the modern world.”

Roland Abdushelishvili, an activist and mineworker, stands outside the manganese plant in the northern town of Chiatura. Manganese is Georgia's second biggest export. Accidents are common in the mines and the town suffers heavy pollution and high cancer rates. Roland campaigns for better conditions while recognising vast investment is needed to bring the Soviet era mines in line with EU regulations. Taken from the 'Land of Wolves - Nationalism, Culture, Identity in the South Caucasus Republic of Georgia' photo essay.

Roland Abdushelishvili, an activist and mineworker, stands outside the manganese plant in the northern town of Chiatura. Manganese is Georgia’s second biggest export. Accidents are common in the mines and the town suffers heavy pollution and high cancer rates. Roland campaigns for better conditions while recognising vast investment is needed to bring the Soviet era mines in line with EU regulations.
Taken from the ‘Land of Wolves – Nationalism, Culture, Identity in the South Caucasus Republic of Georgia’ photo essay

Allen studied Press and Editorial Photography at University College Falmouth, graduating in 2012. His work was selected for the Best Emerging Graduate Talent feature in the British Journal of Photography, and has appeared in numerous publications including the Financial Times Magazine, Huck Magazine and The Guardian. He has completed commissions for the Rory Peck Trust, is a contributing photographer to Institute Artist Management and lectures on the BA Photography course at Bath Spa University. He has a long-term interest in the peoples of the Caucuses and has previously documented ethnic groups in Georgia and Abkhazia.

“We are delighted to grant our first award to James,” – say Janet and Kelly Vassie. – “Like Rebecca, he has found both a region and people he is passionate about photographing. James’s passion is infectious, and we feel he is at the right point to make the most of this opportunity.”

Young girls at an orthodox rally in central Tbilisi. The Georgian Orthodox Church has around 3.6 million members out of a total population of 4.6 million. The church holds vast power and influence in a secular republic after years of Soviet oppression. Taken from the 'Land of Wolves - Nationalism, Culture, Identity in the South Caucasus Republic of Georgia' photo essay.

Young girls at an orthodox rally in central Tbilisi. The Georgian Orthodox Church has around 3.6 million members out of a total population of 4.6 million. The church holds vast power and influence in a secular republic after years of Soviet oppression.
Taken from the ‘Land of Wolves – Nationalism, Culture, Identity in the South Caucasus Republic of Georgia’ photo essay

The Rebecca Vassie Trust is an unincorporated charitable foundation, set up in 2016 in memory of Rebecca Vassie, to create career development opportunities for emerging photographers and to promote the art of narrative photography.