New realities, quasi-biographies, weird, unbelievable worlds. This year, Fotofestiwal has invited artists who use fiction to comment on ‘here and now.’ They will draw you into a game, where boundaries between the real and the unreal are no longer so obvious. Hence the title of the 16th edition of Fotofestiwal – DASZ WIARĘ? / CAN YOU IMAGINE?
Fotofestiwal is one of the most significant photography events in this part of Europe. It gathers photographers from all over the world, presenting their works at exhibitions visited by thousands of viewers. Fotofestiwal is an opportunity for the audience to discover the most interesting phenomena of contemporary photography, while for photographers – to broaden their knowledge during workshops and the portfolio review.
This year, the viewers will face imagined realities and participate in a game in which they will no longer be just passive observers. The artists who participate in Dasz wiarę? / Can you Imagine? say: don’t believe photography, ask questions, be an attentive observer. Dialogue with the audience of Dasz wiarę?/ Can you imagine? is strengthened by subtle, (un)real installations by Noémie Goudal and the latest project called Provisional Arrangements by Martin Kollar, a renowned absurd seeker.
The curator’s exhibition will be prepared by one of the most intriguing artists of the young generation – Augustin Rebetez. He is known for his signature – black birds, human-like creatures and incredible structures that have made appearance in the minimalist gallery halls of Berlin, Paris, Lausanne, Arles, Mexico City or Montreal, among others. Trash Cans for Hearts and People Have No Soul, a chorus exhibition curated by Augustin Rebetez, is more than a photography exhibition – it is a total artistic universe, which Rebetez creates together with sixteen other artists, including David Favrod (winner of the 2014 Grand Prix Fotofestiwal), Christian Patterson, Birthe Piontek, Reiner Riedler and Yumiko Utsu.
The team of curators will present the set of works authored by the master of artistic mystification – Joan Fontcuberta. This will be the first in Poland presentation of such a large collection of works by one of the best known artists, curators and theoreticians of photography. Fontcuberta’s works have been presented in the most renowned arts institutions in the world. In Łódź, we will see three of his projects: Fauna, Herbarium and Constellations, which have significantly influenced the understanding of contemporary photography. Herbarium and Constellations take us to the fantasy world of quasi-botany and pseudo-astronomy. Fauna is a seemingly documentary project about research conducted by an unknown biologist, who discovers new animal species. A snake with centipede’s legs or a monkey having a body of a horse are only examples of what Fontcuberta ‘captured.’ It could change the history of science… if only it was real.
This year’s Fotofestiwal theme will also be reflected at the photo book exhibition and selected film screenings. However, Fotofestiwal is not only about the world of fiction – the NOOR agency (doc! #7), known for its strictly documentary photography, will organise workshops for photographers and the celebration of its 10th anniversary.
Traditionally, the festival will begin with announcement of the results of Grand Prix competition, presenting the most interesting phenomena of contemporary photography. One out of ten finalists – Loulou d’Aki, Andrea & Magda, Zeng Ge, Dominika Gęsicka (doc! #26), Wojciech Grzędziński (doc! #11), Vittorio Mortarotti & Anush Hamzehian, Alexandra Lethbridge, Jerome Ming, Viacheslav Poliakov and Oliver Tooke – will receive the prize of PLN 10,000. The competition works will be presented at the exhibitions and slideshows in the urban space.
The main programme of the 2017 Fotofestiwal Łódź is enriched with:
- lots of accompanying exhibitions, including the premier show of the DEBUTS (edition 2017)’s laureates as well as individual exhibitions of Viviane Sassen (doc! #5) or Rafał Milach (doc! #19);
- photobook exhibitions (Kassel Dummy Award 2017 and Photo Publication of the Year);
Fotofestiwal Kids, a series of workshops for the youngest ones, guided walks around exhibitions and a playground where parents may leave their children under care, while they themselves can see the exhibitions.
Next to the photo exhibitions, events, evening slideshows, artist’s talks and guided walks, the festival will also include film screenings (thanks to partnership with Transatlantyk Film Festival): premieres of most interesting documentaries about photography and photographers (i.e. Josef Koudelka and Robert Frank), some works that are a result of the search for a new film form that includes photography, and short photo-films presented earlier at the Les Nuits Photographie Festival.
More info @ www.fotofestiwal.com
@ Łódź (Poland)
June 1-11, 2017
The International Festival of Photography FOTOFESTIWAL ŁÓDŹ is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
Mark Twain once said: “The report about my death was an exaggeration.” This statement perfectly matches doc! photo magazine, whose latest edition has just seen the light of day.
The ongoing Fotofestiwal in Łódź is not only a large presentation of outstanding photography and its creators, it is also a perfect opportunity for the premiere of reworked doc! photo magazine, which came from the vastness of the Internet on… the paper and has become a quarterly publication.
“Just after the first online edition in 2012 the readers asked us about a paper version of our magazine,” - says Grzegorz Kosmala, its Editor-in-Chief. - “Now we fulfil their requests. The paper edition required some changes. We hope they will make our magazine more attractive as a printed photo provides additional emotions. It is a completely different dimension of the photography.”
The first regular paper version of doc! photo magazine is entirely dedicated to this year’s edition of the Fotofestiwal. It consists of selected projects that are presented in Łódź. Part of them refers to the main theme of the festival – Photographers’ Travel, while others represent projects taking part in the Grand Prix competition.
The travel can be interpreted in different ways. Generally we associate it with something nice and done on our own. We travel to enjoy the sun, to relax far away from our everyday hectic life and work. However it is only one side of the matter. There is also another one – a bit darker that makes people leave their homeland to search for a better life, for an asylum. The first kind of travels result in funny photographs of smiling sunbathing and playing in the water people whereas the other ones are the moving pictures of bodies thrown out on the beach by the waves or retrieved by rescue teams.
This issue starts with the essay Photography and Travel by Alison Nordström, Art Director of the festival, that is a historical view talking about connections between photography and travel and the role played by photographs depicting the trip.
The variously understood travel is discussed by projects by Kadir van Lohuizen (Via PanAm: Tierra del Fuego), Michelle Frankfurter (Destino), Seba Kurtis (Drowned), Yurian Quintanas Nobel (Happy Nothing), Qian Zhao (offcut, the edge) and Nick Hannes (Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man). They are complemented by François Deschamps’ Photo-Rapide and Shadman Shahid’s Ajna projects that cover the travel in a more indirect way.
The magazine also includes three interviews with David Fathi – winner of the main prize of the Grand Prix Fotofestival 2016 contest (material Wolfgang and the interview Jokes and Anecdotes Can Be a Weapon), Adél Koleszár – presented in the festival’s Discovery section (material New Routes of Faith and the interview Transforming the Reality into a powerful Visual Experience), and with Kadir van Lohuizen about the making of the Vía PanAm project (Very Long Days, Very Short Nights).
“With this edition we start a completely new chapter of our travel,” - says Kosmala. – “We feel a little like those old explorers discovering new lands. That is why the premiere during the Fotofestiwal, which is devoted to travels this year, takes on additional meaning.”
The paper edition of doc! photo magazine is available @ doc! store online shop and in selected retail outlets.
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.”
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.”
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
2016 Fotofestiwal Łódź
HIT THE ROAD: Photographers’ Travel
June 9-19, 2016
More info @ www.fotofestiwal.com
The 15th International Festival of Photography FOTOFESTIWAL Łódź is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
The 2016 Fotofestiwal Łódź is going to feature the works of two photographers who revolutionised visual arts: David “Chim” Seymour and Robert Rauschenberg.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 Fotofestiwal Łódź
HIT THE ROAD: Photographers’ Travel
June 9-19, 2016
More info @ www.fotofestiwal.com
The 15th International Festival of Photography Fotofestiwal Łódź is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
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.
Paper Beats Rock launches Photobook Club Poland, the Poland’s first place entirely dedicated to photobooks. Its opening will take place during the 2015 Fotofestiwal Lodz. Your book may contribute to this unique collection!
If you submit your book, it will be reachable by hundreds of eyes hungry for visual experiences. It will be presented in Poland and internationally, everywhere where Paper Beats Rock will come.
You can submit physically existing photobooks, zines, dummies, papers; hand-made, limited and short-run treasures, as well as commercial publications and sketches. There are no limits for number of submissions.
Materials should be sent by mail, courier or delivered in person. You will receive all necessary information when completing the submission form @ www.paperbeatsrock.org/index.php/pbcocform. Read the rules carefully, because you accept them by registering your application.
Submission deadline: May 17th 2015 (date of postmark counts)
Opening: Art_Inkubator (3 Tymieniecki St., Lodz, Poland) on May 28, 2015 at 6:00 PM
And in case of further questions, contact Paper Beats Rock directly: email@example.com
Landscape has been a source of endless inspirations in Polish photography, and has been, over the years, subject to a variety of interpretations by Polish artists. Some of them have been enraptured with the beauty of the surroundings, while others have focused on giving landscape a new dimension by re-creating it in their own imagination. Landscape has been explored by many notable Polish photographers who will be presented during the unique 14th edition of the Fotografia Kolekcjonerska project entitled VIEWS. Landscape in Polish Photography.
The exhibition will open in Warsaw to be later moved to a venue of the International Festival of Photography Fotofestiwal in Lodz, where it will be rounded off with an auction of all the photographs, including a rare picture by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), who photographed surroundings of Gubałówka Mount in Zakopane in the early 20th century. The Tatras Mountains will also appear several times in pictures by Stefan Arczyński, Edward Hartwig, Henryk Poddębski, and Antoni Wieczorek.
The exhibition will guide viewers through different places and times. It will end with the works of the photographers who have been successful in recent years: Kacper Kowalski, Filip Springer, Rafał Milach, and Ilona Szwarc.
The works presented at the pre-auction exhibitions will be rare prints made by a variety of techniques. The show will give viewers a unique opportunity to see a rich body of works by Polish photographers.
Full list of featured artists: Ewa Andrzejewska, Stefan Arczyński, Zdzisław Beksiński, Janusz Buczkowski, Jan Bułhak, Michał Cała, Tadeusz Cyprian, Zbigniew Dłubak, Benedykt Jerzy Dorys, Jan Dziaczkowski, Marek Gardulski, Anna Grzelewska, Eugeniusz Haneman, Edward Hartwig, Magda Hueckel, Marcin Jastrzębski, Krzysztof Kamiński, Jerzy Kosiński, Kacper Kowalski, Andrzej Kramarz (cd! #4), Andrzej Lachowicz, Kobas Laksa, Jerzy Lewczyński, Jerzy Łapiński, Bogdan Łopieński, Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), Fortunata Obrąpalska, Paweł Pierściński, Wojciech Plewiński, Henryk Poddębski, Bart Pogoda, Grzegorz Przyborek (cd! #2), Tadeusz Rydet, Zofia Rydet, Zygmunt Rytka, Mateusz Sarełło (doc! #2 & #18), Bronisław Schlabs, Tomek Sikora, Filip Springer, Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7), Tadeusz Wański, Jerzy Wardak, Antoni Wieczorek, Wojtek Wieteska (doc! #17), Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), Stanisław J. Woś, Wiesław Mariusz Zieliński, Ireneusz Zjeżdżałka, and Paweł Żak (cd! #1 & #6).
The exhibitions are supported by a detailed bilingual (Polish and English) catalogue with artist bios, photo descriptions, and reproductions of all the works.
VIEWS. Landscape in Polish Photography
Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). Exhibition opening: May 6 at 8:00 PM. The exhibition will be open until May 12, 2015.
Art_Inkubator (3 Tymieniecki St., Lodz, Poland). Exhibition: May 28 – June 7, 2015. Auction: May 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM.
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).
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FINALISTS!
All lists of finalists @ Fotofestiwal’s website.