Finalists of the 2015 Grand Prix Lodz Fotofestiwal


Fotofestiwal Lodz announced all finalists of its Grand Prix contest. Some familiar names among them!

The finalists who will have their exhibition during the festival includes Sarker Protick (Bangladesh; doc! #25, pp. 181-205) and Mateusz Sarello (Poland; doc! #2, pp. 107-127 & doc! #18, pp. 187-199).

The list of finalists who will take part in special slideshow during the festival opening night, includes: Ciril Jazbec (Slovenia; doc! #20, pp. 41-87), Wojtek Moskwa (Poland; doc! #8, pp. 183-203), Borut Peterlin (Slovenia; doc! #21, pp. 149-169), and Pawel Zak (Poland; cd! #1, pp. 131-149 & cd! #6, pp. 43-65).

And among finalists who will take part in portfolio review are: already mentioned Borut Peterlin (Slovenia) and Werner Mansholt (Germany; doc! #23, pp. 189-209).


All lists of finalists @ Fotofestiwal’s website.

DEBUTS 2015 jury – Francesco Zizola

© Leo Carbotta

© Leo Carbotta

Francesco Zizola – based in Rome (Italy) | an Italian photojournalist and a founding member of Noor Images agency (doc! #7, pp. 33-75) | has documented the world’s major conflicts and their hidden crisis, focusing on the social and humanitarian issues that define life in the developing world as well as in western countries | his pictures characterize with a strong ethical commitment and a distinctive aesthetic eye | his assignments and personal projects have taken him around the world, giving him the opportunity to carefully portray forgotten crises and relevant issues often disregarded by the mainstream media | founder of 10b Photography, a multipurpose centre for digital photography promoting photography culture through exhibitions, workshops, and lectures | has received several awards, e.g. 9 awards in World Press Photo contests (including World Press Photo of the Year 1996) and 4 Picture of the Year International awards (POYi) | has published 7 books.

DEBUTS 2015 jury – Luca Desienna

© Luca Desienna

© Luca Desienna

Luca Desienna – based in London (United Kingdom) | director of Gomma Books Ltd., a bijou publishing house specialising in high-quality collectible photo books, incl. MONO – a trilogy showcasing the best contemporary B&W photographers | art director of Gomma Magazine | juror of the Gomma Photography Grant | an award-winning photographer (3rd place winner at PX3, 1st prize winner at Simulacrum Photo Contest, an official selection at the 2011 Voies Off, and a honourable mention at Lens Culture Exposure Awards, among others) | shortlisted for the prestigious European Publishers Award for Photography with the upcoming book My Dearest Javanese Concubine | took part at the renowned PhotoVoice Auction in London | has exhibited throughout Europe and has taken part in numerous art fairs and collective exhibitions. 

DEBUTS VOL. 1 @ doc! #27/28

The first part of presentation with selected images by photographers featured in DEBUTS album (edition 2014), including Mateusz Baj, Magdalena Borowiec, Tomasz Laptaszynski, and Olga Swiatecka.

DEBUTS 2015 jury – Regina Maria Anzenberger

© Regina Maria Anzenberger

© Regina Maria Anzenberger

Regina Maria Anzenberger – based in Vienna (Austria) | artist, curator, founder, and director of the AnzenbergerAgency (est. 1989) and owner of the AnzenbergerGallery (est. 2002) and bookshop (est. 2011) | director of the ViennaPhotoBookFestival | member of the Nominating Committee of the Joop Swart Masterclass and the Prix Pictet | curator of many exhibitions and editor of books like 22 Photographers (Edition Stemmle, 1997), Austrian Documentary Photography and Ferdinand Schmutzer – A Photographic Discovery (Photographers International Taiwan, 1999 and 2004), east (moser Verlag, 2008), west (Kehrer Verlag, 2009), Ferdinand Schmutzer – Photographic Works 1894-1928 (moser Verlag, 2008) | her artistic works include publications like Philodendron (exhibition catalogue with paintings, drawings and B&W photographs, 2006), books like All about Golf, The Dog Shakeera (AnzenbergerGallery, 2010), and My Golf Diary (AnzenbergerGallery, 2011), series Extended (2012), and Bond – mixed media of photography, ink, and found objects (2014).

PERFORMERS VS. PERFORMING GROUNDS by Patrick Morarescu @ doc! #27/28

© Patrick Morarescu

© Patrick Morarescu

Performers is an archive collating portraits of performance artists active worldwide. The goal of this series is to capture the personalities that are behind the artist. In most of the cases, the photographs were taken right after a performance with the purpose of retaining the energy that a live presentation imbues in the artist. Performing Grounds deals with the dynamically visual and accidental remains of human interventions in the public and private spaces. The visual impressions show the duality of the present, tense and absence, a dichotomy, which questions human reality. In this manner the photos want to give no answer, but put the proof of this reflection about our existence…

by Patrick Morarescu

doc! #27/28 (pp. 167-187)

MARGINAL TRADES by Supranav Dash @ doc! #27/28

Ear-cleaner and perfumer. USD 28.00 weekly. (2011) © Supranav Dash

Ear-cleaner and perfumer. USD 28.00 weekly. (2011) © Supranav Dash

Trades and professional practices have always been intertwined with the Caste System in India. The tradition of professions and trades being passed down the line from father to son, continued for generations until recently when globalisation and rapid socioeconomic change resulted in the problem of enculturation and automation. At that point, many of the age-old practices faded out, while others are currently on their way to extinction. The modern Indian generation refuses to stick to their ancestral professions and trades. Global trends are constantly changing, therefore, in these frantic times, it’s very easy to forget our past, culture, and traditions. I am not opposed to modernisation, but at the same time, I want to slow things down and force one’s self to recognise and remember the beauty of these analog practices…

by Supranav Dash

doc! #27/28 (pp. 111-139)

Arkadiusz Gola @ Gallery 5

© Arkadiusz Gola

© Arkadiusz Gola

under doc! photo magazine patronage:

The title of Arkadiusz Gola’s exhibition @ 5 Gallery refers to the title of one of the most famous paintings by Giorgio de Chirico – Mystery and Melancholy of a Street. The Girl with a Hoop. Atmosphere of the painting, subcutaneous anxiety, melancholy, loneliness are also visible in photographs by Arkadiusz Gola, who in contrast to the Greek artist painting metaphysical and dreamy landscapes, catches close to his heart Silesia.

Arkadiusz GolaThe Girl with a Carpet
5 Gallery (CKK, 2 Silesian Parliament Sq., Katowice, Poland). The grand opening: January 16 at 5:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until February 22, 2015.




Second edition of DEBUTS started! 

If you are emerging Polish photographer who debuted* between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014, then take part in the second edition of DEBUTS!

All portfolios will be evaluated by international jury (Regina Maria Anzenberger, Luca Desienna, Ron Haviv, Grzegorz Kosmala, and Francesco Zizola) who will decide which photographer should be invited to the book.

There is no entry fee! However, if invited to the book, you will participate in printing cost (PLN 450). Thanks to this contribution you will receive:
-> 2 copies of DEBUTS 2015
-> a promotion in doc! photo magazine or contra doc!
-> a group exhibition during the 2015 Lodz Fotofestiwal
-> a book mailing to the world’s top 100 institutions operating in the photography

DEADLINE: February 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM CET

Don’t wait to long! Send your portfolio to NOW!

For more details go to DEBUTS!