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!


STAY by Nina White @ doc! #27/28

© Nina White

© Nina White

Stay originated from a personal need to understand and overcome traumatic events that transpired within my life. The events that initially triggered this body of work surrounded the rapid decline in health of both my grandparents from age-related conditions and their urgent need for medical intervention. During this period I compulsively documented my family; both as a cathartic exercise, and in a desperate effort to record my grandparents, having been reminded of their impending mortality. With this work I hope to present these experiences from a personal and emotive perspective whilst exploring universal themes such as aging, mortality, loss, and memory…

by Nina White

doc! #27/28 (pp. 141-165)

THE EUROPEANS – ITALY @ doc! #27/28

Italian street photography emerged after the WW2 with the explicit aim to suppress the obsolete canons of pictorialism and of celebrative photography. Those were tied with the propaganda instances and aesthetics of the past regime and, as such, had to be obliterated. This was a fertile context for documentary photography, photojournalism, or even for the efforts of photo artists in describing the various aspects of post war’s Italy. It was a fertile context for street photography. Various authors, stimulated by the neorealism of Rossellini and Visconti, were able to embed intimate perceptions and moods in the container of an ethnographically and sociologically rigorous document. Names, as those of Barzini, De Biase, Giacomelli, Migliori, mix up with the names even of amateurs, less known but well dedicated to document the re-conquer of life and dignity in a country so heavily hit by the war. The fine street photographs, and the photographers, here selected among many others, bear witness of just this. Welcome to street photography in Italy.

by Giovanni Mattia Porcelli

doc! #27/28 (pp. 224-243)

SREBRENICA – TO GIVE THEM THEIR NAMES BACK by Michael Biach @ doc! #27/28

The last goodbye after 19 years. © Michael Biach

The last goodbye after 19 years. © Michael Biach

On July 11, 1995, Bosnian Serb troops led by Ratko Mladić stormed through the UN peacekeeping enclave into the city of Srebrenica, executing over 8,000 Bosniaks, mostly men and boys. Labeled a genocide, the event is considered the worst episode of European mass murder since the World War II, and was a wake-up call for the West to push for the cease-fire that ended the three-year Bosnian conflict. Today, 19 years after the event, pieces of the bodies are still being found in over 300 mass graves, often in several different locations due to the perpetrators’ attempt to cover up the crime. 6,066 victims have been buried so far during the annual anniversaries of the massacre in Potočari (Bosnia and Herzegovina)…

doc! #27/28 (pp. 71-89)


See previous story by Michael BiachSlum Life of Roma Kids in LunÍk IX – published in doc! #9 (pp. 107-125)

Chris Niedenthal @ NEYGallery&Prints

Before Christmas Eve. Warsaw (Poland), the 1980’s. © Chris Niedenthal

Before Christmas Eve. Warsaw (Poland), the 1980’s. © Chris Niedenthal

under doc! photo magazine patronage:

1973-1989. Selected Photographs is a review of Chris Niedenthal’s (doc! #6) works taken between his arrival to Poland and democratic changes in this part of Europe. We can find there photographs taken in countries which then were called Polish People’s Republic, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Socialist Republic of Romania, Hungarian People’s Republic, and German Democratic Republic. As a photojournalist working for Western magazines, Chris Niedenthal reported about political events happening in the Eastern Bloc. But there is something more than politics that keeps man alive. What is this? Come to the gallery and see it yourself!

Chris Niedenthal – 1973-1989. Selected Photographs
NEYGallery&Prints (7 Spokojna 2 St., Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: January 10 at 6:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until February 10, 2015.


Read the interview with Chris Niedenthal and see his material published in doc! #6 (pp. 33-69)

ShowOFF @ Photomonth in Cracow – OPEN CALL


Open call for the 7th edition of the ShowOFF Section at Photomonth in Cracow continues! The contest is dedicated to debuting artists from Poland and CEE region. This year, all submissions will be evaluated by: Michael Ackerman, Marta Kolakowska, Martin Kollar, Anna Nalecka, and Igor Omulecki. 

To submit your project (ready or ongoing, photographic or multimedia), send it along with the completed application form to by midnight on January 18, 2015.

More info @


CHINA DOLLS by Nathalie Daoust @ doc! #27/28

© Nathalie Daoust

© Nathalie Daoust

China Dolls forms a body of work that serves as a perspective on the young women of China, struggling to find their identity in their rapidly changing country. Caught in a transitory state, the women are now uprooting themselves from their former constraints. Up until the Communist Revolution, there was a prominent male domination in Chinese society while women maintained a subservient, dutiful role. Despite Mao Zedong lifting the oppression of women during the tumultuous revolution, women’s liberation in China has remained very much an ideology as Confucian culture and its strict obligatory gender roles remain deeply rooted among the people. In this series of portraits Daoust has sought to pay homage to these women who have long remained in the shadows. The duplicitous elements indicative of her work are evident; strength/weakness, fantasy/reality, beauty/vulgarity, past/future – her subjects wrestle with both notions settling somewhere in-between…

doc! #27/28 (pp. 91-109)


See previous story by Nathalie DaoustTokyo Hotel Story – published in doc! #6 (pp. 95-111)