Dominik Tarabański @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Taken from the Roses for Mother series
© Dominik Tarabański
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The new project by Dominik Tarabański Roses for Mother consists of large-format photographs reflecting sensual compositions located somewhere between art installation and the world of nature. The artist dedicates his latest series of photographs to his mother. “I would love to show my mum all the capitols of the world and more. Until I am able to do this, I will continue to share with her my postcards and these images of flowers I collect along the way,” – he says about his new project.

Dominik Tarabański is a well-known fashion photographer. He participated in many exhibitions in Poland and abroad. His works have been published in many art, fashion and photography magazines around the world and can be found in private collections in Poland, Great Britain, France, and in the USA. 

Taken from the Roses for Mother series
© Dominik Tarabański
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

When talking about working on his new project, Tarabański says: “I collect the sticks and flowers, arrange them patiently and in silence. The sticks snap, the flowers bend and die, rubber bands break, tape fails to hold the composition, things fall apart even before I manage to take a picture.”

The nostalgia, memories from childhood, a little faded and unreal afterimages of scenes from the family home – all of them are clearly perceptible in these pictures. It is a world that no longer exists but is strongly present in his memories.  The key figure of these memories is the mother whom – as he says – he owes a lot: “We are  6,000 miles away from each other. What connects us is our shared optimism and the postcards I send her while I travel. She can’t join me, although I would love to take her everywhere with me. It is she who taught me how to be curious and look for the beauty and the positive in all. A part of her continues to push me forward, and, in return, I send her fragments of what I see.”

Taken from the Roses for Mother series
© Dominik Tarabański
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Dominik Tarabański (b. 1982) | based in New York City (NY, USA) | graduated from the Łódź Film School’s Cinematography Faculty | got inspirations from opposites and contrasts | creates very personal works characterised by unique use of colour, tone and composition | his works have been shown in more than 30 galleries across the world | has contributed to art projects organised by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Pratt Institute | finalist of the prestigious Galerie Open Huit Salon in Arles (France) | winner of several photography contests, including Sony World Photography Awards and Adobe Design Achievements Awards, among others | his works are part of private art collections in France, Poland, the United Kingdom and in the USA.

Dominik Tarabański – ROSES FOR MOTHER
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: December 14 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between December 15, 2018 and February 2, 2019

Accompanying events:

  • Artist-led exhibition tour: December 15 at 4.00 
  • Artist’s talk: January 17, 2019 at 6.00 PM (moderated by Marek Szyryk)
  • Artist-led exhibition tour: February 2, 2019 at 4.00 PM

The Dominik Tarabański exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Jacek Maria Stokłosa @ Starmach Gallery

Opening of Zbigniew Gostomski’s ‘James Joyce’s Ulisses’ (December 1, 1970)
Pictured: Maria Stangret and Zbigniew Gostomski,
© Jacek Maria Stokłosa

The Krzysztofory Gallery in Cracow (Poland) was a gallery run by the Cracow Group and the Cricot 2 Theatre. From its inception in 1958 to the first years of the 21st century, it was one of the leading centres of post-war avant-garde and independent artistic thought in Poland.

Jacek Maria Stokłosa has been accompanying the Krzysztofory Gallery continuously since 1961. He photographed exhibitions, theirs openings and café life. Among the events immortalised by the artist, you can find Tadeusz Kantor’s performances, Edward Krasiński’s debut, the first exhibition of Alfred Lenica after his admission to the Cracow Group, Jerzy Bereś‘s manifesto against the invasion of the Warsaw Pact on Czechoslovakia, and even a hippie ball with Olga ‘Kora’ Ostrowska and Ryszard ‘Pies’ Terlecki.

The Hippie Party at the Krzysztofory Gallery (March 15, 1969)
Pictured: Jacek Gulla (dancing) and Henryk Makarewicz (filming)
© Jacek Maria Stokłosa

Over 200 photographs were selected for the exhibitionincluding series of portraits of the Cracow Group members. The exhibition is accompanied by a book containing reproductions of all works shown, a calendar and memories of the Krzysztofory Gallery visitors.

The exhibition is organised to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the opening the Krzysztofory Gallery.

Maria Jarema’s exhibition (November 19 – December 13, 1966)
© Jacek Maria Stokłosa

Jacek Maria Stokłosa (b. 1944) | based in Cracow (Poland) | artist working in the fields of photography, graphics and exhibitions graduated from the Cracow Academy of Fine ArtsIndustrial Forms and Graphic Arts Faculty | actor of the Cricot 2 Theatre (since 1963 ) | co-run the Cracow Second Group with Lesław and Wacław Janicki (1966-1976) | the Main Artist of the City of Cracow (2002-2013) | strongly associated with the Foksal Gallery in Warsaw and the Krzysztofory Gallery in Cracow.

Jacek Maria Stokłosa – THE KRZYSZTOFORY GALLERY
@ Starmach Gallery (5 Węgierska St., Cracow, Poland)
Opening reception: November 6 at 6.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between November 7, 2018 and January 31, 2019

Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen @ La Cité

The Arctic Gate terminal is located in the Gulf of Ob, near Cape Kamenny (Russia). The first oil barrel was shipped out from the terminal in 2014, and winter out-shipments started in 2015. It was launched as part of the Novy Port oil field development.
Yamal Peninsula (Russia), April 2018
© Yuri Kozyrev | NOOR for the Fondation Carmignac

Dedicated to the Arctic, chaired by Jean Jouzel, and under the patronage of the French Ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic Poles, Minister Ségolène Royal, the 9th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award went to Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen (NOOR). Their awarded project Arctic: New Frontier will be exhibited in the Paris based Cité des sciences et de l’industrie.

The Carmignac Photojournalism Award funds annually the production of an investigative photo-reportage on human rights violations, geostrategic and environmental issues in the world. Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen’s project is a pioneering double expedition which explores the effects of climate change on the entire Arctic territory. They want to experience the dramatic transformation of natural landscapes and the demographics in the Arctic, and the impact of these changes on the lives of the region’s inhabitants.

“The photos of Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen are superb,” – says Jean Jouzel, climatologist, winner of the 2012 Vetlesen Award and co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Award as Director of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC. – “Through them, from Siberia, Svalbard and Greenland to Canada and Alaska, we discover the Arctic of today, with its landscapes and wildlife that are drawing a growing number of tourists, as well as its populations who are exposed to extreme climates and who mine resources such as nickel and, increasingly, gas, oil and coal. Protecting the environment does not appear central to their activity, to put it mildly.”

For the very first time, two photojournalists have simultaneously covered the irreversible changes that have taken place in the Arctic, to bear witness to the effects of the melting of the ice-caps.

Yuri Kozyrev (doc! #7 & #37) travelled the route of the Russian maritime ports of the Arctic, accompanying the last remaining Nomadic people of the region, the Nenets, during their seasonal movement known as transhumance. This was interrupted for the first time in the Nenets’ history in 2018, because of the melting of the permafrost. Kozyrev skirted the coast of the Barents Sea in the north of the country, and travelled aboard the Monchegorsk, the first container ship to use the Northern Sea route unassisted. He encountered people who had been made ill by nickel mining in Norilsk, and then travelled to Murmansk, where the first floating nuclear power plant is under secret construction.

A whale hunter is on the outlook to track Bowhead whales. The Point Hope native community can catch 10 bowheads a year.
Point Hope (AK, USA), May 2018
© Kadir van Lohuizen | NOOR for the Fondation Carmignac

Kadir van Lohuizen (doc! #7 & #36) started his journey on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago. He then followed the Northwest Passage, which is now the shortest route between Europe and Asia thanks to the melting ice. In Greenland, he met scientists who have recently discovered the existence of frozen rivers beneath the ice-cap, which are directly contributing to the planet’s rising water levels. South of Cornwallis Island, off the coast of Canada, he lived in the small community of Resolute, which has recently been home to a training facility for the Canadian Army, as climate change has led to ever-increasing routes through the Arctic region. Finally, he travelled to Kivalina, an indigenous village on the northern tip of Alaska, which, according to current forecasts, will disappear underwater by 2025.

The forces of tourism, militarisation, exploitation of gas and mineral resources, and the opening of trade routes mean that the Arctic is today the site of clashes between countries and multinationals who are locked in a chaotic competition for control of these zones, which have taken on strategic importance in the history of humankind due to the effects of global warming. The photographs in Arctic: New Frontier by Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen are an alarming testimony to the speed of transformation in the region and the upheavals that are taking place on a global scale.

The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual French-English catalogue co-published by Reliefs and Fondation Carmignac, which will be available from November 7, 2018.

Cover of the book Arctic: New Frontier by Yuri Kozyrev & Kadir van Lohuizen co-published by Reliefs and the Fondation Carmignac.

Yuri Kozyrev (b. 1963) | based in Moscow (Russia) | has covered every major conflict in the former Soviet Union | lived in Baghdad (Iraq) between 2003 and 2009, as a contract photographer for TIME magazine | has received numerous honours, including several World Press Photo awards and the prestigious Visa d’Or News Award in 2011 for his work on the Arab Spring | named the 2011 Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International competition.

Kadir van Lohuizen (b. 1963) | based in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) | a founding-member of NOOR, a collective focusing on contemporary global issues | started to work as a professional freelance photojournalist in 1988 covering the Intifada | has covered social, human rights and environmental issues as well as conflicts in Africa and elsewhere | best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world (Rivers), the rising of sea levels (Where Will We Go), the diamond industry (Diamond Matters) and migration in the Americas (Vía PanAm), all ended as photo books | has received numerous prizes and awards in photojournalism | a frequent lecturer and photography teacher.

More info about the award @ www.fondationcarmignac.com

Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen – ARCTIC: NEW FRONTIER
@ Cité des sciences et de l’industrie (30 avenue Corentin Cariou, Paris, France)
The exhibition will be open to the public between November 7 and December 9, 2018

Toujours Paris @ Peter Fetterman Gallery

Henri Cartier-Bresson (France, 1908-2004). On the Banks of the Marne, Paris, 1938 Gelatin silver print, 12x16 inches. Signed in ink on recto. (Inv #HCB14-16) © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson | Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Henri Cartier-Bresson (France, 1908-2004). On the Banks of the Marne, Paris, 1938
Gelatin silver print, 12×16 inches. Signed in ink on recto. (Inv #HCB14-16)
© Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation | Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery 

Using the French Humanist movement of the 1930s as its inspiration, Santa Monica based Peter Fetterman Gallery invites to its Toujours Paris exhibition featuring a curated collection of artists including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Louis Stettner, and Martine Franck, among others.

French humanist photographers produced a new vision of the world that lived between realism and poetry, creating a movement focused on the everyday human experience by capturing personal anecdotes and spontaneous moments of daily life. French humanist photography greatly impacted the cinema and literature of the immediate post-war period and its artistic current travelled through till the late 1960s. Even today, French humanism retains its strength and dignity in contemporary art at a time when humanism is needed more than ever. Between photojournalism and picturesque paintings of society, humanist photography is a superb witness of personalities and customs, revealing the beauty behind the banal.

Louis Stettner (USA, 1922 - 2016). Crossing the Seine: Mother and Child, Paris, 1950. Gelatin silver print; 20x16 inches. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Embossed stamp on recto. (Inv #23661) © Estate of Louis Stettner, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Louis Stettner (USA, 1922 – 2016). Crossing the Seine: Mother and Child, Paris, 1950.
Gelatin silver print; 20×16 inches. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Embossed stamp on recto. (Inv #23661)
© Estate of Louis Stettner, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Sabine Weiss (Switzerland, b. 1924). La sortie de metro, Paris, 1955 (printed later) Gelatin silver print; paper 20x16 inches image 17.5x 12.25 inches. Signed, titled, & dated in pencil on print verso. (Inv #SWS16-38) © Sabine Weiss, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Sabine Weiss (Switzerland, b. 1924). La sortie de metro, Paris, 1955 (printed later)
Gelatin silver print; paper 20×16 inches image 17.5x 12.25 inches. Signed, titled, & dated in pencil on print verso. (Inv #SWS16-38)
© Sabine Weiss, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

The photographs of French humanist pioneers, such as Robert Doisneau, Édouard Boubat, Brassaï, and Willy Ronis, fed the newspapers and magazines of the era and are still celebrated and emulated today. These artworks, charged with emotion, have the undeniable documentary value of authenticity and simultaneously celebrate a nostalgic aesthetic that often romanticises the French way of life. Over the years, this duality has particularly attracted serious collectors of the style.

Today the works of these artists continue to awe audiences with endearing views into the everyday life of post-war France. These works have been exhibited internationally in nearly every major institution and continue to garner praise and provide inspiration to a modern generation of artists and collectors alike.

Willy Ronis (France, 1910-2009). La Nuit au Chalet, 1935. Gelatin silver print; 16x20 inches. Signed in ink on recto; titled & dated in pencil with the photographer's stamp on verso. (Inv #5480). © Estate of Willy Ronis, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Willy Ronis (France, 1910-2009). La Nuit au Chalet, 1935.
Gelatin silver print; 16×20 inches. Signed in ink on recto; titled & dated in pencil with the photographer’s stamp on verso. (Inv #5480).
© Estate of Willy Ronis, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Robert Doisneau (France, 1912-1994). Le Manege De Mr. Barre, 1953 (printed later) Gelatin silver print; mat 24x20 inches; paper 19.75x16 inches, image 15x13.5 inches. Signed in ink on recto; titled and dated in ink on verso. (Inv #RD13-11) © Estate of Robert Doisneau, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Robert Doisneau (France, 1912-1994). Le Manege De Mr. Barre, 1953 (printed later)
Gelatin silver print; mat 24×20 inches; paper 19.75×16 inches, image 15×13.5 inches. Signed in ink on recto; titled and dated in ink on verso. (Inv #RD13-11)
© Estate of Robert Doisneau, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Boubat/Brassaï/Cartier-Bresson/Doisneau/Franck/Ronis/Stettner/Weiss – TOUJOURS PARIS
@ Peter Fetterman Gallery (2525 Michigan Ave. #A1, Santa Monica, CA, USA)
Opening reception: October 27 between 2.00 and 5.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until February 23, 2019

Mac Adams @ MOCAK

 

Taken from The Mysteries series (1976–1977). Digital photograph. © Mac Adams Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

Taken from The Mysteries series (1976–1977). Digital photograph.
© Mac Adams
Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow invites you to the first individual presentation of Mac Adams’ works in Poland. The subject of the artist’s fascination and source of inspiration are situations which are both ambiguous and disturbing. He creates installations and photographs in which he manipulates the perception of viewers in such a way that they have the impression of watching a crime scene. The make-believe installations are convincing representations of places where a murder had apparently just taken place. The pictures, in turn, suggest a crime through three different sets of shots. The first group consists of photographs presenting objects which could be treated as material evidence by the police. The second is the moments captured by the camera that appear to precede the supposed crime, sometimes combined into diptychs with photographs that can be considered documentation of the crime scene. The third group comprises shots of the crime viewed through its reflections on shiny objects.

Taken from The Mysteries series (1976–1977). Digital photograph. © Mac Adams Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

Taken from The Mysteries series (1976–1977). Digital photograph.
© Mac Adams
Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

Taken from The Mysteries series (1976–1977). Digital photograph. © Mac Adams Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

Taken from The Mysteries series (1976–1977). Digital photograph.
© Mac Adams
Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

 

The artist applies the style of police documentation, which strives for maximum objectivity and detachment, removing any emotional involvement. Rather than convey a specific chain of events, he merely hints at how they may have unfolded through snatches of individual vignettes. In doing so, Adams reveals the perversity of our imagination and inclination to seek traces of a crime committed in the circumstances observed. Crime is repugnant, yet for the majority, curiosity gets the better of revulsion. It would appear that we find evil more intriguing than normality. 

 

Taken from the Postmodern Tragedies series (1987). Digital photograph. © Mac Adams Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

Taken from the Postmodern Tragedies series (1987). Digital photograph.
© Mac Adams
Courtesy of gb agency, Paris (France)

Mac Adams (b. 1943) | based in Montclair (New Jersey, USA) | graduated from Cardiff College of Art (UK) and Rutgers University (USA) | for 30 years was a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the State University of New York in Old Westbury (USA) | has presented his works at individual and group exhibitions internationally | his works can be found in public collections of MoMA (New York, USA), Musée National d’Art Moderne and Maison Européenne de la Photographie (both Paris, France), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, USA) and Fotomuseum (Winterthur, Switzerland), among others.

Mac Adams – CRIME?
@ MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow’s Beta Gallery (4 Lipowa St., Cracow, Poland)
Opening reception: October 25 at 6.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between October 26, 2018 and March 17, 2019

The Mac Adams exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

A Feast of Analogue Photography Fans in Bydgoszcz

Taken from the Brought to Light project © Masha Ivashintsova Courtesy of the Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz

Taken from the Brought to Light project
© Masha Ivashintsova
Courtesy of the Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz is a special spot on the photographic map of Poland. It was here, where the only Polish factory producing light sensitive materials on a paper base (1926-2007) was located. No wonder that Bydgoszcz is the venue for the festival focused on analogue photography – Vintage Photo Festival.

The motto of this year’s, the fourth edition of this festival is A Woman Behind and in Front of the Lense. The programme includes unusual exhibitions, among which a special attention attracts the first ever presentation of photographs by Masha Ivashintsova, called the Russian Vivian Maier, discovered somewhere in the attic of a house in Saint-Petersburg.

Until recently, Masha Ivashintsova (1942-2000) was a completely unknown photographer. When 30 thousand negatives and 500 prints along with memoirs were found, the world learnt about a talented artist from Russia, who moved in the underground Leningrad (former USSR) society of poets and photographers and who actively participated in the life of bohemian life of the 1960s to 1980s.

All Masha’s photographs, consisting of the Brought to Light exhibition, will be presented such as her daughter Asya found them – with all the traces left on them by time: dust, scratches and bends. The photographs, placed in light-boxes, indicate the non-narrative character of the exhibition.

“We are taking the challenge to show Masha’s negatives in a raw state, like non-polished diamonds,” – says Katarzyna Gębarowska, the director of the festival. – “The artist’s pictures are like streets of Saint-Petersburg, which she photographed. No matter they are clear or not, they reflect the beautiful, cool light of the North.”

Taken from the Villa Argentina project © Arunà Canevascini Courtesy of the Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz

Taken from the Villa Argentina project
© Arunà Canevascini
Courtesy of the Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz

Taken from the Village Queens project Eric Schuett Courtesy of the Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz

Taken from the Village Queens project
Eric Schuett
Courtesy of the Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz

Taken from the Childhood Revisited project © Shuwei Liu Courtesy of the Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz

Taken from the Childhood Revisited project
© Shuwei Liu
Courtesy of the Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz

Winner of the 2018 Vintage Grand Prix contest © Paulina Ząbek Courtesy of the Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz

Winner of the 2018 Vintage Grand Prix contest
© Paulina Ząbek
Courtesy of the Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz

There will also appear Arunà Canevascini, the winner of this year’s Photo London Book Dummy Award with her project Villa Argentina. There will be also an opportunity to see projects of the finalists of the last two editions of LensCulture Portrait Award – Eric Schuett’s Village Queens and Shuwei Liu’s Childhood Revisited as well as the laureates of the international 2018 Vintage Grand Prix contest. Certainly, an additional attraction of the festival will be the presentation of photographs from the Joanna and Krzysztof Madelski’s collection, chosen exclusively for this exhibition, and the presentation of the 20 laureates of this year’s edition of the DEBUTS project. 

Taken from the Nowhere project © Raj Lalwani Courtesy of the BLOW UP PRESS, Warsaw

Taken from the Nowhere project
© Raj Lalwani
Courtesy of the BLOW UP PRESS, Warsaw

Traditionally, during the festiwal numerous meetings and workshops will take place. The programme of the festival consists of discussion panel devoted to collecting photographs and screenings of films on old techniques. A special attention deserves the film by Eva Ionesco My Little Princess, based on her memories. The film, set in Paris of the 1970s, tells about life of a 10 years old girl, whose mother, a photographer belonging to the Parisian bohemia, turns her into a model, her muse. Bold photographs of the small girl sparked outrage in the artistic world. 

More info @ vintagephotofestival.com

4th Vintage Photo Festival
Bydgoszcz (Poland)
October 12-27, 2018

The 2018 Vintage Photo Festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

 

Jacob Aue Sobol @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The Jacob Aue Sobol exhibition With and Without You is a m mid-career retrospective spanning projects done in Siberia, Guatemala, Greenland, Tokyo, Thailand, America, and his hometown – Copenhagen. The exhibition is a comprehensive showcase of Aue Sobol’s unique, visceral brand of black-and-white photography.

Jacob Aue Sobol records bracingly intimate encounters with people: from his then-girlfriend Sabine in East Greenland to passersby in the alleyways of Shibuya. With and Without You mixes this personal documentary work with virtuosic street photography and is connected with his book of the same title published in 2016. These are pictures not to be thought about, but felt.

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The Warsaw exhibition of Jacob Aue Sobol is also a celebration of his 42nd birthday. It will be also his last show in Poland. Aue Sobol announced his farewell to photography in July this year working now as a fisherman on a remote Danish island. “This is my way to close an old chapter of my life, and start a new one,” – says Aue Sobol. – “It was never about photography.” 

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Jacob Aue Sobol  (b. 1976) | based in Copenhagen (Denmark) |  photographer and member of Magnum Photos | his photographs have been published and exhibited internationally | studied at the European Film College and the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography | author of the widely acclaimed books, including Sabine (self-published, 2004), I, Tokyo (Arles: Actes Sud, Saint-Junien: Apeiron, Stockport: Dewi Lewis, Berlin: Braus, Barcelona: Lunwerg, Roma: Peliti & Amsterdam: Mets & Schilt, 2008), By the River of Kings (Tokyo: Super Labo, 2016) and With and Without You (Tokyo: Super Labo, 2016), among others | prized with Leica European Publishers Award (2009), Fogtdals Foto Award (2007), World Press Photo (2005) and shortlisted to the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2005) and the Paul Huf Award (2008), among others. 

Jacob Aue Sobol – WITH AND WITHOUT YOU

@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: September 28 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between September 29 and November 25, 2018

Accompanying events:

  • Artist’s talk with Jacob Aue Sobol: September 29 at 2.00 PM
  • Artist’s talk with Damian Chrobak (doc! #13): October 25 at 6.00 PM
  • Artist’s talk with Piotr Zbierski (cd! #5 & doc! #8): November 22 at 6.00 PM

The Jacob Aue Sobol exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

THE 4TH EDITION OF W RAMACH SOPOTU FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Taken from the untitled Maciej Moskwa project. © Maciej Moskwa

Taken from the untitled Maciej Moskwa project.
© Maciej Moskwa

Traditionally in September, Sopot becomes the centre of Polish photography. The W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography is an opportunity to see premiere projects created during the festival artistic residences, as well as projects of leading Polish creators using photography.

This year’s festiwal will consist of exhibitions the essence of which is the subjectivism of the storytelling. One will be able to see typically documentary, photojournalistic works, as well as those containing elements of creation or assemblage. They are to show history, events, and accompanying them emotions in the best way. All elements of a photograph such as light, composition and aesthetics serve to evoke the character of the story, express its atmosphere, and to add an observer’s commentary. Artists intentionally use different techniques to give an impulse for considerations. Watching photographs stops us in the time to give a while for consideration, reaction, emotions, and absorbing elements of the complex situations. 

Taken from the 'Hare and Hounds' series. © Kacper Kowalski

Taken from the ‘Hare and Hounds’ series.
© Kacper Kowalski

Sopot | 2018 | Iron Man with balloons on the background of the left supporting wall of Spatif. © Konstancja Nowina-Konopka

Sopot | 2018 | Iron Man with balloons on the background of the left supporting wall of Spatif.
© Konstancja Nowina-Konopka

This year’s residents of the festival are respected for their work artists from Tricity – Maciej Moskwa (doc! #12 & #32) and Kacper Kowalski, as well as the rising star of Polish photography, the winner of the second edition of DEBUTS – Konstancja Nowina-Konopka. They all will present their projects taking place in Sopot, that tangibly contemporary but also mystical, emotional, and simply historic one. 

Besides the projects of the festival residents, there will be also an opportunity to see Krzysztof Miller’s exhibition Travel by Trans-Siberian Railway with never shown before pictures taken by him on that unusual trip in 1993. Grzegorz Wełnicki (doc! #27/28) will show the first part of his Eternal series dedicated to death, its presence and influence on human life. While Agata Grzybowska (doc! #42) will present her photographs from the 9 Gates of No Return series that she took when trekking in the Bieszczady Mountains where she was searching for the answer to the question what loneliness is. 

Taken from the 'Eternal'  series. © Grzegorz Wełnicki

Taken from the ‘Eternal’ series.
© Grzegorz Wełnicki

Taken from the '9 Gates of No Return' series. © Agata Grzybowska

Taken from the ‘9 Gates of No Return’ series.
© Agata Grzybowska

The festiwal will be also accompanied by the f/5.6 exhibition, a cross-sectional presentation of works by Bogdan Dziworski (doc! #41), classic of Polish post-war photography; Wojciech Grzędziński’s (doc! #11 & #40) very impressive and personal exhibition Flashbacks; the group exhibition of the winners of DEBUTS_2018 project – the international competition for emerging photographers.

Taken from the 'Flashbacks' series. © Wojciech Grzędziński

Taken from the ‘Flashbacks’ series.
© Wojciech Grzędziński

Taken from the 'Braids, Red Curtains and That Walk in the Park' series. © Anna Pfeiffer

Taken from the ‘Braids, Red Curtains and That Walk in the Park’ series.
© Anna Pfeiffer

The festival programme also includes: an exhibition of evoking sentiments pictures of Sopot by Zbigniew Kosycarz, an exhibition of original cameras made by Marek Mazur and pictures taken with them by Krzysztof Mystkowski, a concert of Sławek Jaskułke, during which a presentation of Kacper Kowalski’s works will take place, and the presentation of Rafał Wojczal’s project Musher with musical improvisation of the artist.

The opening of the festival will take place at National Art Gallery on September 7, 2018. The festival opening weekend will be filled with lectures and meetings with artists. All the exhibitions will be open to the public until September 19.

The festival exhibitions will be presented at the National Art Gallery, in specially arranged for the festival galleries on the first floor of the Centrum Sopot, and in urban space. 

More info @ wramachsopotu.pl (site in Polish language version only)

W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography
Sopot (Poland)
September 7-19, 2018

The 2018 W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Alicja Biała @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Alicja Biała Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Alicja Biała
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Although the full summer, the Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw invites you to a new exhibition. This time, Alicja Biała will present her works from the Poland project, which is an extensive presentation of photo collages from the Polish Cut-Outsseries.

The works of Alicja Biała from the Poland series consist of symbols, motifs and emblems that construct the collective identity of Poles. The artist uses photos she finds on the Internet, family archives, press clippings as well as her photos taken for the project.

You live in the Matrix © Alicja Biała Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

You live in the Matrix
© Alicja Biała
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The image of Poland in these Biała’s photo collages does not look very optimistic: “Cut up and glued just anyhow, on the hangover, chaotically rattled off. And it is not known how come it is still held together,”– says the artist.

Alicja Biała’s Polish Cut-Outs photo collages were created as a visual material for  Marcin Świetlicki’s poems Poland (A Set of Patriotic Songs)and finally turned into a performative action Poland Without Offense, referring to the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. Referring to the tradition of peregrination, selected works are travelling across the country, causing talks about contemporary Poland and Poles.

© Alicja Biała Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Alicja Biała
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Alicja Biała Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Alicja Biała
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The exhibition at the Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw will present the originals of photo collages from and outside the book as well as new works that have been created recently. The exhibition will also include the works wandering around the country. Their long journey and numerous adventures will be presented through a site-specific installation prepared especially for the exhibition.

Alicja Biała – based in London (United Kingom) | illustrator, graphic designer and visual artist | graduated from Via University College and The Copenhagen School of Design and Technology in Denmark | student of The Royal College of Art in London | her work has been awarded and exhibited internationally, as well as featured in numerous publications | author of illustrations to the poems by Marcin Świetlicki, published in the book Poland (A Set of Patriotic Songs) (Lusowo: Wydawnictwo Wolno, 2018).

 

Alicja Biała – POLAND
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: July 26 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between July 27 and September 22, 2018

Accompanying events:

  • Alicja Biała – Marcin Świetlicki Meeting on July 27 at 6.00 PM
  • Artist’s talk on September 13 at 6.00 PM

The Alicja Biała exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Bogdan Konopka @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Bogdan Konopka_02

© Bogdan Konopka

Over ten years ago, a premiere of Bogdan Konopka’s exhibition took place at Centre Pompidou in Paris (France). Back then, the group of photographs was shown under the title Paris, Unvisible City(Paris La Ville Invisible). Today we can discover new stories of the similar kind, registered with the same tool – 8×10 camera. The photographs tell stories about Paris, Nice, Arles and Verzy forest. They are narratives of places, spaces and objects. Their leitmotif is love for light and deep understanding of fragility of photography as a medium.

‘Each photograph by Bogdan Konopka is like a tale on light. It is produced using the contact method – from the negative put directly on the paper,’– says Mateusz Palka, author of an essay about Bogdan Konopka’s work. – ‘In order to well-perceive these small pictures, one needs to get as close as possible. In a result the viewer immerse him or herself in them, like in narrow, dark tunnels in which you can see little, or rather only what is important. They are like photo-fragments, time gaps that we are falling into.’

© Bogdan Konopka_01

© Bogdan Konopka

© Bogdan Konopka_04

© Bogdan Konopka

The exhibition title, Lessons of Darkness(Leçons de Ténèbres), is inspired by music composition by François Couperin, which traditionally is a part of celebrations of Dark Matis, an event before Easter. This specific music set the time of print development for Konopka. It is also a metaphor of working in darkroom. For the artist, it is a ritual – the moment during which ‘the picture is born.’

Darkness is an inseparable companion of light: ‘In fact, photography in its elementary sense does not mean operating with light, but shadow; the shadow, which defines light. There is one more shadow that complements photography: the shadow of its author and their time. The photographer directs images from darkness into light. And it is there that we learn whether images in “Lessons on Darkness” may become works of art. Sometimes it happens so…’– says Bogdan Konopka.

A photo album of the same title, containing black and white photographs by Bogdan Konopka and essays by Adam Mazur and Tomasz Palka, accompanies the exhibition.

© Bogdan Konopka_03

© Bogdan Konopka

Bogdan Konopka(b. 1953) | based in Paris (France) | started to photograph in the 1970s | prefers working with silver photography, mostly large-format | specialises in photographing urban tissue and landscapes| one of the creators of the ‘elementary photography’ trend (1982-1985) founded at the Foto-Medium-Art Gallery in Wrocław (Poland) | his works can be found in collections of many museums, including Centre Pompidou, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (both in Paris, France), Musée de L’Elysée in Lausanne (Switzerland), Museum of Art in Łódź (Poland), and the National Museum in Wroclaw (Poland), among others | nominated for the Niépce Award (1994 and 1995) | laureate of the Grand Prix de la Ville de Vevey (1998) | awarded the Gloria Artis Bronze Medal of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2017) | has been featured in many prestigious magazines, including contra doc! (cd! #3) | represented by Françoise Paviot Gallery.

 

Bogdan Konopka – LEÇONS DE TÉNÈBRES
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw ( 3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: June 8 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between June 9 and July 22, 2018

Accompanying events:

  • Artist’s talk on June 9 at 6.00 PM
  • Guided tour on June 30 at 6.00 PM

The Bogdan Konopka exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine media patronage.