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.

 

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.

Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw @ AIPAD’s Photography Show

Taken from The Taste of Cherry (2018) series

Taken from The Taste of Cherry (2018) series

We are thrilled to invite you to visit Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw booth at the longest running and one of the world’s most prestigious exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium: The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, taking place in New York City.

Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw strives to promote Polish artists, presenting their works at international art fairs and exhibitions throughout the world. Following numerous successful presentations in Europe and Asia, the time has come to conquest America. The gallery will present two artists representing different approach to medium, thus showing diversity within the Polish photography: Tomasz Wysocki (doc! #43) and Paweł Żak (cd! #1 & #6).

A master of powerful imagery, mature beyond his age

 

Taken from The Taste of Cherry (2018) series

Taken from The Taste of Cherry (2018) series

One of the most talented photographers of the young generation in Europe, Tomasz Wysocki (b. 1990) studied Photography at the Łódź Film School. In New York, he will present a selection of works from his most recent project The Taste of Cherry.

Tomasz creates a surreal, multi-layered visual story in a series of 12 unique images that investigate diverse, yet universal events of human life. He constructs his world and its protagonists within the settings created through a specific frame in mind. Every element is meticulously arranged without any manipulation, while digital editing technology is only used for basic retouching. The unexpected and visionary, The Taste of Cherry proves how dreamed-up landscapes and symbolic visions are being unveiled to the contemporary viewer through the medium of photography.

Tomasz Wysocki is one of the most interesting discoveries of recent years. The first public presentation of his works took place at a group exhibition 45 Frames from PhotoVogue hosted by Italian Vogue at the Leica Gallery in Milan (Italy) in 2015. Since then, he has exhibited in Copenhagen (Denmark), Berlin (Germany), Milan (Italy), Warsaw (Poland) as well as in Paris (France) and recently made his way to China. In New York, Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw will also show a selection of works from his Exodus 2064 series.

A master of contemporary still life

Nicely. Taken from the And Other Still Lifes (2008) series

Nicely.
Taken from the And Other Still Lifes (2008) series

And Other Still Lifes by Paweł Żak (b. 1965) constructs an unusual collection of stationary still objects that are bonded together for their composition or symbolic features. Small, lifeless objects are very important topics for painters, but there are a few photographers, who are focused on still life too and Paweł Żak is a real master among them. For over 25 years, Paweł has surprised numerous audiences with his sensitivity and perception. He exhibited his works countless times all over Europe. A week after the show in New York, he will open his solo exhibition in Kyoto (Japan). His works are extremely popular amongst European collectors and institutions, including the National Museum and Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, the Museum of Art in Łódź, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, among others.

“Still life in photography is a double death of things. First, the nature dies and is transformed into art by composition and abstraction. As photography is dead in its essence, it may immobilise both processes of growth and decay. This paradox lays the ground for Paweł Żak’s artworks,” – says a contemporary art critic Adam Mazur on Paweł Żak’s project.

Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw @ AIPAD’s Photography Show
Pier 94 (booth #809), New York City (NY, USA)
April 5-8, 2018

HumanDOC film festival starts today!

25 films will be screened during the 8th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC, which starts today in Warsaw (Poland). The festival is the first in Central and Eastern Europe and the world’s third innovative event combining world-class cinema with global reflection. Films presented at the HumanDOC Festival are real gems of documentary films showing global interdependencies, problems and challenges. The festival is a world in a nutshell: living for less than one dollar a day, fighting against social exclusion, the effects of climate change, international aid, conflicts…

The festival is a unique combination of pleasurable and useful: world-class documentaries, social campaigns, debates and discussions – HumanDOC presents original, full of passion and emotions films, which are sensitive to social injustice and above all – inspire action, thinking and discovering the world anew!

Globalisation has heavily influenced societies in different parts of the world, causing the problems of underdeveloped countries to rise to the level of global ones. At the same time, however, the economic divide between the rich North (the so-called Global North) and the poor South (Global South) is continuing to deepen. The uncontrolled growth of the world population and the accompanying unemployment are causing extreme poverty, epidemics of hunger and infectious diseases. There are further conflicts that force more costly interventions on richer countries. Excessive consumption causes the depletion of natural resources and dramatically worsens condition of the environment. These problems are just a small part of a very long list of challenges facing the world today.

All films featured during the 8th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC are grouped in six categories:

  • KILOMETRES – close and far journeys;
  • FREE UKRAINE – the geographically closest conflict;
  • REFLECTION – meditations about the yesterday, today and tomorrow;
  • UNIQUE – unknown communities;
  • CHANGE – what is worth to work on;
  • IMPORTANT MISSION – superheroes of modernity.

This year, the jury will award three prizes: The Best Polish Film, The Best Foreign Film and Special Award for The Best Film Online.

More info and detailed programme of the festival @ festival.humandoc.pl (website in Polish language version only)

 

International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC
@ Warsaw (Poland)
November 24-26, 2017

The HumanDOC film festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

X.PRINT #2 photobook festival

Taken from the Grimaces of the Weary Village series

Taken from the Grimaces of the Weary Village series

-> Long-term photo strategies / long-term projects

The second edition of the photobook festival X.PRINT looks into the time-consuming activities related to the publication process. In the realm of a photo document, time is necessary for the rectification of initial assumptions, for changes of the original strategies of analysing the reality around us, for the construction of visual narratives about ever-changing issues or for attempts to account for reality on the basis of the many and varied personal relations, which photographers build consistently and consciously.

Such long-term documentary projects seem to naturally make use of the medium of the photo book. In the areas of edition, design and curatorial projects, the time we want to talk about, offers an opportunity for certain ideas to develop. This time assures distance.

Because of the time, the evaluation and interpretation of events (historical, from the realm of photography, exhibitions or art) acquire a new meaning by virtue of re-interpretation. We will therefore try to demonstrate such areas of the photobooks world which must take longer to hatch, at each stage: of picture-taking, edition and design.

New Brighton (England, UK) Taken from the The Last Resort series, 1983-85

New Brighton (England, UK)
Taken from The Last Resort series, 1983-85

The prime focus of the festival is a series of meetings connected with an exhibition of photographs by Martin Parr and Rimaldas Vikšraitis – The Real World.

Between November 14 and December 10, 2017, Arsenał Municipal Gallery presents a comprehensive exhibition The Real World, grouping together photographs by Martin Parr (from The Last Resort and Small World series) with those by a Lithuanian author Rimaldas Vikšraitis (Grimaces of the Weary Village). The exhibition, originally prepared by Gintaras Česonis, a curator of the Kaunas Photography Gallery, has to date been shown in Kaunas, Vienna, Minsk, and Tbilisi. A juxtaposition of the works by Martin Parr, one of the most eminent contemporary photographers, a member of the Magnum Photos agency, publisher, collector and an authority on photobooks, with powerful, artistic works by Rimaldas Vikšraitis, who portrays the Lithuanian province, is a narrative which treats social everyday reality both personally and ruthlessly. Both authors will be the guests of the festival. On November 25 and 26, during meetings held at the Arsenał Municipal Gallery, they will talk about their work and will present selected publications.

It is during the meetings at Arsenał Municipal Gallery on November 25 and 26 that invited guests, distinguished representatives of Polish and European documentary photography, editors and curators, will talk about their own strategies of working on photography books and will hold small exhibits of their publications. Ten open meetings will be held on the festival weekend and will help confront the approaches represented by our guests, browse through their books, supposed to illustrate their artistic or editorial assumptions. These meetings will likewise help to compare methods of work on photo publications, the common denominator of all of which is a long-term analysis of a certain reality.

Venues of the festival:

More info and detailed programme of the festival @ pix.house/xprint-2017-eng

X.PRINT #2
@ Poznań (Poland)
November 24-26, 2017

The X.PRINT photobook festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Warsaw Photo Days 2017

© Valentyn Odnoviun

On November 17, Warsaw Photo Days festival organised by Warsaw division of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers ZPAF will open under the theme POST SOVIETICUS. Sixteen exhibitions presenting the works of forty two authors will be shown in Warsaw galleries.

The theme of this year’s edition of the festival has been formulated for the presented photographic projects to serve as an artistic reference to the history and modernity of the post-Soviet countries. The traces of the past in both the people and places turned out to be an interesting area for artistic expression, but also an opportunity to present important historical photographs depicting the shape of the past world.

© Maciej Osiecki

The opening day will include a series of exhibitions in various locations in Warsaw, including:

  • Country on the Rise. 1960-89 @ Stara ZPAF Gallery & Obok Gallery (8 Zamkowy Sq. Warsaw, Poland); opening at 6.00 PM
  • Roadtrip @ Nowe Miejsce Gallery (51/2 Jerozolimskie Av., Warsaw, Poland), opening at 7.00 PM
  • DEBUTS (edition 2017) @ Sinfonia Varsovia (272 Grochowska St., Warsaw, Poland); opening at 8.00 PM

Tomasz i Marta 1012.05.19

The Open Programme exhibitions opening and announcement of the Grand Prix winner will take place @ Sinfonia Varsovia (272 Grochowska St., Warsaw, Poland) at 8.00 PM.

Open Programme exhibitions include:

  • Alexander Anufriev (Russia) – New Moscow
  • Andrei Liankevich (Belarus) – Goodbye, Motherland
  • Andrei Nacu (Romania) – Encircled by the Motherland
  • Doina – Domenica Cojocaru (Romania) – Remnants
  • Irene Jonas (France) – The End of the Red Man
  • Jovana Mladenovic (Serbia) – Monumental Fear
  • Karol Pałka (Poland) – Building
  • Kirk Ellingham (United Kingdom) – Georgian Stranger
  • Lorraine Turci (France) – Pyramiden, Polar Epitaph of an Utopia
  • Masha Svyatogor (Belarus) – Kurasoushchyna, My Love
  • Tatyana Palyga (Russia) – Cherepovets
  • Triin Kerge (Estonia) – Kodukoht (Place of Home)
  • Urszula Janoszuk (Poland) – Vilnius Post Sovieticus: Autopresentation
  • Valentyn Odnoviun (Lithuania) – Surveillance

© Bartłomiej Maślak | DEBUTS (edition 2017)

Artist’s talks of photographers presented in pen Programme will take place on November 18 @ Stara Galeria ZPAF Gallery (8 Zamkowy Sq., Warsaw, Poland).

More details @ www.warsawphotodays.com

Warsaw Photo Days 2017
POST SOVIETICUS
@ Warsaw (Poland)
November 17 – December 15, 2017

The 2017 Warsaw Photo Days festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Fotodoks – Festival for Contemporary Documentary Photography

Focusing on a different theme and partner region for each edition, Fotodoks festival reflects and discusses contemporary documentary photography. This independent forum, which takes place in Munich (Germany) every second year since its establishing in 2008, is the largest festival for documentary photography in the German-speaking world.

With the topic ME:WE Fotodoks 2017 illuminates, in dialogue with the partner country – the USA, the relationship between the individual and the collective. The projects of the selected photographers tell of the search for security and love, describe exceptional situations, analyse political commitments and positions, observe boundaries and transgressions, and use the medium of photography as an escape ahead.

“For Fotodoks, the exchange between the photographers and the audience is very important and so we are thrilled that this year again a large number of the exhibiting photographers can be present at the festival in Munich,” – says Robert Pupeter, co-founder of Fotodoks. – “From the President of the photographer’s agency Magnum, Thomas Dworzak, to the versatile American photographer and author Tim Davis, to Sofia Valiente, winner of the World Press Photo award, many guests from the USA and German-speaking countries will be here to discuss and reflect with us.”

The ME:WE exhibition shows 17 photographic positions on the relationship between the individual and the collective. Within five days of the festival, photography will be reflected and discussed with photographers from the USA, Austria and Germany. The complete list of photographers and projects to be presented in Munich includes:

Endia Beal – CAN I TOUCH IT?

Christina Taken from the 'Can I Touch It?' series, 2013

Christina
Taken from the ‘Can I Touch It?’ series, 2013

Almost every woman has toiled before the mirror, trying desperately to look “professional.” Endia Beal explored this frustration that occurs so often in the corporate sphere, this feeling of otherness that asks women, quite simply, to change. For minority women this change is often far more difficult, as the ideal corporate appearance remains, in most cases, the white male. In Can I Touch It? Beal approached white women in their forties and gave them a hairstyle typically seen on black women. After the makeover, the revamped women posed in corporate portraits. The most compelling aspect of the photos is not necessarily the physical discrepancy between a white woman and her black hair, but all of the complex histories and assumptions that make such a discrepancy so apparent to the viewer.

Michael Danner – MIGRATION AS AVANTGARDE

Taken from the 'Migration as Avantgarde' series, 2017

Taken from the ‘Migration as Avantgarde’ series, 2017

Losing the home, the intimacy of everyday life, the profession, the language and the naturalness of the reactions and gestures, also the casual expression of feeling. Experiences Hannah Arendt was writing about in her essay Wir Flüchtlinge/We Refugees in 1943 and Michael Danner enters into dialogue with his book project Migration as Avantgarde. He examines the new ways migrants are going in hope for a better life. Through the dedication of their own integrity and driven by the longing to give their lives a perspective, they bring new visions and ideas into our society. Arendt said that our identity changes so often that nobody can find out who we really are. In Migration as Avantgarde, Danner allows us to observe and to interpret what we see and he creates a space for dialogue, with the aim to stimulate a social debate that goes beyond the actual subject.

Tim Davis – MY LIVE IN POLITICS

Abortion protest Taken from the 'My Live in Politics' series, 2004

Abortion protest
Taken from the ‘My Live in Politics’ series, 2004

Tim Davis began My Live in Politics in the post-9/11 tumult. Finding all sides in the suddenly politicised environment impossibly entrenched; he turned to his earliest social mentor, photographing his grandmother’s collection of activist buttons, which sits on a wall fresco painted by his grandfather. From there he pursued any leads that came naturally to him, attending meetings and rallies, and trying to be awake to the subtler ways political imagery leaks into our lives. He allowed himself to photograph only the subjects he could come upon with no special privilege, visiting government buildings and self-defined political institutions, and above all, driving through America in search of the signs and residue of political behaviour. Photographed with a large-format view camera on several trips crisscrossing the Untied States, My Life in Politics is an attempt to ask “What does my political life look like?” searching for pros and cons of visual meaning that are deeper than any party line.

Thomas Dworzak – POKÉMON GO

Taken from the 'Pokémon Go' series, 2016 Courtesy of Clair Gallery, Munich (Germany)

Taken from the ‘Pokémon Go’ series, 2016
Courtesy of Clair Gallery, Munich (Germany)

While returning to Paris in summer 2016, Thomas Dworzak (doc! #40) was intrigued by slow-moving crowds of people hunched into their smartphones, walking with a sense of purpose and then stopping suddenly on seemingly invisible marks. They had discovered the augmented reality video game sensation – Pokémon Go! In order to deepen his understanding, Dworzak downloaded the game himself and allowed it to be his guide. Taking both iPhone screen grabs and using the in-app camera, which is part of the game, Dworzak began to build up a study of the augmented reality game’s relationship with the physical world, and human beings’ changing relationship to their surroundings.

Annie Flanagan – WE GREW UP WITH GUM IN OUR HAIR

Taken from the 'We Grew Up With Gum In Our Hair' series, 2002-2015

Taken from the ‘We Grew Up With Gum In Our Hair’ series, 2002-2015

Annie Flanagan’s work focuses on the deep roots of gender-based violence in the American society as well as mental health and social problems that come along. She tends to begin projects that are informed by experiences she has, or those close to her have, and then she looks at how those experiences exist on a large level and in different situations. We Grew Up With Gum In Our Hair begans when her best friend, Hannah, left her abusive boyfriend. In this relationship Hannah experienced longterm exposure to emotional trauma, where she had little control and there was no hope of escape. The project that is part of the larger work group Deafening Sound and focuses on the correlation between domestic violence and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Gregory Halpern –  ZZYXZ

Taken from the 'ZZYXZ' series, 2016

Taken from the ‘ZZYXZ’ series, 2016

The early settlers dubbed California “The Golden State” and “The Land of Milk and Honey.” Today, there are the obvious ironies – sprawl, spaghetti junctions and Skid Row – but the place is not so easily distilled or visualised, either as a clichéd paradise or as its demise. There’s a strange kind of harmony when it’s all seen together – the sublime, the psychedelic, the self-destructive. Like all places, it’s unpredictable and contradictory, but to greater extremes. Cultures and histories coexist, the beautiful sits next to the ugly, the redemptive next to the despairing, and all under a strange and singular light, as transcendent as it is harsh. The people, places, and animals of ZZYZX did exist before Halpern’s camera, but he has sewn these photographs into a work of fiction or fantasy – a structure, sequence and edit which, like Los Angeles itself, teeters on the brink of collapsing under the weight of its own strangely-shaped mass.

Paul Kranzler –  SYNDICATE18

Girl with American Head Charge T-Shirt. Hollywood, Los Angeles (CA, USA), 2009 Taken from the 'Syndicate18' series, 1990-2013

Girl with American Head Charge T-Shirt. Hollywood, Los Angeles (CA, USA), 2009
Taken from the ‘Syndicate18’ series, 1990-2013

The essential basis of Syndicate18 is the re-examination and evaluation of the archive of Paul Kranzler. The title is derived from the name of the rapper ICE-T, and is also the average age of the persons portrayed and the period of the photographs. For the first time, he combines images he photographed from mid-1990s to 2013. In the early photographs, Kranzler himself still appears in the form of portraits, but also his friends, direct and unreflected in terms of fine art photography. This gives rise to the phenomenon of age equality between photographer and subject, that leaves us with the experience of great openness in the images. Later, he consciously worked on the continuation of the series on youth and youth culture, therefore he also traveled several times to the United States and remained connected with the people he photographed.

Kristin Loschert – MANN OHNE NAMEN

Taken from the 'Mann ohne Namen' series, 2015

Taken from the ‘Mann ohne Namen’ series, 2015

Loose stacking photographs of young men, loose encounters that led to it, yet the work Mann ohne Namen offers intensive encounters on different levels. Kristin Loschert has approached young men who were unknown to her on the street and met with them once or twice for a few hours to portray them. The layers of the pictures reflect the search for an inner, remembered image of a man. It is an interplay between her and her models, exposing on both sides, observation and projection, unspoken. At the same time, she also examines the possibilities of the portrait.

Mike Mandel & Chantal Zakari –  LOCKDOWN ARCHIVE & SHELTER-IN-PLATES

Taken from the 'Lockdown Archive' series, 2015

Taken from the ‘Lockdown Archive’ series, 2015

In the early morning on April 19, 2013 Massachusetts Governor ordered residents of Watertown, home town of Mike Mandel and Chantal Zakari, to “shelter-in-place”, to stay inside their homes. Also surrounding cities and towns were called to do so because of initiating a manhunt for Boston Marathon bomber – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A vast military style manhunt was soon underway: a twenty block area of Watertown was cordoned off by thousands of policemen, and numerous SWAT teams were ordered to search every home in this target area. For 18 hours residents stayed indoors, watching out from their windows as tanks and heavily armed soldiers went from door to door, searched yards, under porches and in some blocks inside homes, as well. The search failed and the “shelter-in-place” was lifted but Tsarnaev was found one and a half hour later by a resident hidden under the cover of his boat in the backyard. Lockdown Archive is a collection of images all found on the web and reorganised chronologically, by category and by location, in order to provide an encyclopaedic overview of the manhunt.

Harris Mizrahi – INSIDE OUT

Scott Taken from the 'Inside Out' series, 2015

Scott
Taken from the ‘Inside Out’ series, 2015

He drove as far as he could from home before tiring, sometimes he stayed on the road for a couple of days, sometimes for a week. Other times he travelled hundred of miles only to return right back home the same day. For Harris Mizrahi, whose work concentrates on vulnerability and portraiture, working on Inside Out was an excuse to escape, battling a deep depression and his seductive mania of his bipolar disorder. Although the images may be created with honest intention, they are neither factual nor they are intended to be. They ride a line between fantasy and reality, never quite falling to either side of that line. The end result is a story of a place and people that do not truly exist outside of these photographs.

Stefanie Moshammer – VEGAS AND SHE

Gorgeous Taken from the 'Vegas and She' series, 2014-2015

Gorgeous
Taken from the ‘Vegas and She’ series, 2014-2015

Las Vegas, set in the Mojave Desert, is a sort of brightly coloured parallel universe alongside the rest of America. Bereft of evolved urban culture or traditional legacy, it’s a settlement agglomeration doubling up as a gigantic amusement park. In this ambiguous world, Stefanie Moshammer spent a few months working on Vegas and She, a portrait of this art(ificial) city and its inhabitants. It depicts the glaringly garish night-shade world of adult entertainment, strippers, and the twilight zones that exist there. Her approach was to portray them in a metaphoric way, to represent the atmosphere and mood in that world they live in. For that, Stefanie is using the body and the surroundings to invite a narrative and to model a certain reality, showing how people, interior and landscape are blending together in a place like Las Vegas. The places she takes her camera to are shiny dreamworlds, they take us away from reality and adrift somewhere between illusion, desire and fantasy.

Andrea Ellen Reed –  UNSIGHTED

Film still taken from the 'Unsighted' film, 2015

Film still taken from the ‘Unsighted’ film, 2015

The experimental short film Unsighted was created in 2015 in direct response to race riots in Baltimore (MD, USA) and Ferguson (MO, USA) – both the result of the deaths of unarmed Black men. Andrea Ellen Reed created a soundscape of edited audio clips of pundits, civil rights activists, educators and newscasters to comment on how Black people internalise White supremacist culture. Reed herself is a subject of the film and she confronts the viewer as she watches clips of riots on a computer screen. At first glance, this piece appears to be a self-portrait, but as the film goes on, she becomes a representative of the Black community – illustrating the slow, steady deterioration of a soul bludgeoned by circumstances.

Richard Renaldi –  TOUCHING STRANGERS

Nathan and Robyn. Provincetown (MA, USA), 2012 Taken from the 'Touching Strangers' series, 2007-ongoing

Nathan and Robyn. Provincetown (MA, USA), 2012
Taken from the ‘Touching Strangers’ series, 2007-ongoing

Since 2007, Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs that involve approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. He pairs them up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in the ways that people are usually taught to reserve for their close friends and loved ones. Renaldi creates spontaneous and fleeting relationships between strangers for the camera, often pushing his subjects beyond their comfort zones. These relationships may only last for the moment the shutter is released, but the resulting photographs are moving and provocative, and raise profound questions about the possibilities for positive human connection in a diverse society.

Ruddy Roye –  WHEN LIVING IS A PROTEST

Taken from the 'When Living Is a Protest' series, 2016

Taken from the ‘When Living Is a Protest’ series, 2016

Sixty years ago, marching was considered an act of protest. Ruddy Roye is thankful he had been able to grow up on the backs of those who made strides and steps in the direction that enabled him to do something other than pick cotton and chop sugar cane. However, this life is not without its scars, memories and vestiges of the toll “the struggle” had on a race of people. In 2015, he walked around Brooklyn, Mississippi, Memphis, Manhattan, and Ferguson reading the tales of those living is a testimony to this ongoing struggle. The When Living Is a Protest series is his attempt to show a glimpse into what it means to live in “the struggle.”

Lisa Riordan Seville, Zara KatzZora J. Murff – WOMEN ON THE OUTSIDE

Kristal Bush Taken from the 'Women on the Outside' series, 2015-ongoing

Kristal Bush
Taken from the ‘Women on the Outside’ series, 2015-ongoing

When someone is incarcerated, female family members often pick up the pieces. But the financial and emotional strain of having loved ones behind bars can take a toll upon women on the outside. Also long distances make it hard for them to visit their loved ones, often it’s a more than three hours drive each way. One of those families is that of Kristal Bush (28). When she was 3 years old, her father went to prison. Her cousins, brothers, friends and lovers followed. Six years ago, Kristal founded Bridging the Gap, a van service that transports people from Philadelphia to distant prisons for visits. Lisa Riordan Seville, Zara Katz and supporting them photographer Zora J. Murff offer with their ongoing multimedia project Women on the Outside a glimpse into the lives of this group of women on the outside, trying to stay connected to loved ones behind bars.

Sofia Valiente – MIRACLE VILLAGE

Doug Taken from the 'Miracle Village' series, 2014 Courtesy of Daniel Blau, Munich (Germany)

Doug
Taken from the ‘Miracle Village’ series, 2014
Courtesy of Daniel Blau, Munich (Germany)

In Southern Florida, on the southeast corner of Lake Okeechobee, lies a small community called Miracle Village – home to over 100 sex offenders. The community was founded by a Christian ministry that seeks to help individuals reintegrate into society. The residency restriction is the most difficult law to abide by for sex offenders since they must live a minimum of 2,500 feet from any bus stop, school or place where children congregate. Sofia Valiente lived among and photographed the residents of Miracle Village. The men are mixed in age and from various educational and ethnic backgrounds and are all coming to terms with the permanence of living with the label “sex offender.” There is also one woman. Her project addresses issues of trust, the reality of daily life of sex offenders, stigmatisation, misconceptions, family lost and family gained, and overall gratitude to have a place to call home.

Christina Werner – THE BOYS ARE BACK

Taken from the 'The Boys Are Back' series, 2015-2016

Taken from the ‘The Boys Are Back’ series, 2015-2016

Staging and repetition are essential elements in the Christina Werner’s work. Political propaganda reunions are now “events” with a theatrical character, so also stage elements such as heavy curtains are part of her work and the title The Boys Are Back sounds a bit musical-like. Through the act of repeating, which manifests itself not only in the collages, but also in the video loops, Werner composes for herself the thesis that history always repeats itself. In view of the growth of right-wing European networks and their pop-cultural media representation, Christina Werner creates an awareness of visual and staging strategies and is approaching the discourse on socio-political problems and questions in a very conceptual way, which also reflects an existing proximity-distance relationship with politics.

Fotodoks festival also includes workshops and lots of discussion panels.

More info @ www.fotodoks.de

Fotodoks – Festival for Contemporary Documentary Photography
@ Lothringer13 Halle (Lothringer Straße 13, Munich, Germany)
October 11-15, 2017

The Me:We exhibition will be open to the public until November 26, 2017

Opole Festival of Photography is coming!

It is the seventh time Opole will have a pleasure to host leading Polish photographers, the participants of the Opole Photography Festival. The October event will take place under the Look motto, to which the invited exhibitions present different attitude.

„Our goal is to show a man in different cultural relations in the context of  photographic document,” – says Sławoj Dubiel of the 2.8 Foundation, organising the festival. – “The document on which people were captured, their faces forming collective portraits, the record of the epoch. A look at people in various cultural contexts, their journeys through time, dialogue with these phenomena, how deep the roots of our civilisation are.” 

The photographers invited to Opole use different techniques in their work, they have different approaches to the role and attitudes of the photographer and they are at different stages of their careers. That is why the programme of this year’s festival is going to be very interesting. Below we present the five most interesting, according to the doc! photo magazine editors, exhibitions of the 2017 Opole Festival of Photography.

Jacenty Dędek – ELSEWHERE

Taken from the 'Elsewhere' series

Taken from the ‘Elsewhere’ series

Taken from the 'Elsewhere' series

Taken from the ‘Elsewhere’ series

Cross-sectional picture of contemporary provincial Poland. It is a multifaceted story about people living there, their relations, life’s inconvenience, things that are hard to them. In spite of the fact that the project is focused on local societies, the photographs speak about universal issues that can affect any of us.

Dominika Gęsicka – THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE

Taken from the 'This Is Not Real Life' series

Taken from the ‘This Is Not Real Life’ series

Taken from the 'This Is Not Real Life' series

Taken from the ‘This Is Not Real Life’ series

“There is a place where no one is born and no one dies,” – it is how the description of Dominika Gęsicka’s project, that won this year’s Łódź FOTOFESTIWAL Grand Prix, begins. Her material from Spitsbergen is an amazing story about the people who try to find their place in the world far away from the world. You can find This Is Not a Real Life project and an extensive interview with Dominika Gęsicka @ doc! photo magazine vol. Q1 #36.

Krzysztof Gierałtowski – RING

Taken from the 'Ring' series

Taken from the ‘Ring’ series

Taken from the 'Elsewhere' series

Taken from the ‘Elsewhere’ series

Master of portrait photography in action. A lesson on the history of communist Poland. The exhibition presents pictures of artists, scientists, writers, activists, workers and socialist managers. You can find here portraits of the then oppositionists, Marxist experts and communist ideologues.

Tymon Markowski – FLOW

Taken from the 'Flow' series

Taken from the ‘Flow’ series

Taken from the 'Flow' series

Taken from the ‘Flow’ series

The Brda, a river connecting Bydgoszcz with Bydgoszcz that are 106 kilometres away from each other. Markowski’s project is a record of one year lasting trip along the Brda River. Simultaneously, it also shows the river’s neighbourhood with its astonishing and unusual situations.

Piotr Zbierski – PUSH THE SKY AWAY

Taken from the 'Push the Sky Away' series

Taken from the ‘Push the Sky Away’ series

Taken from the 'Push the Sky Away' series

Taken from the ‘Push the Sky Away’ series

Piotr Zbierski comes back to Opole with the exhibition accompanying a book with the same title. It is a multifaceted, visually unusual story about man in different cultural contexts. It is also a summary of Piotr Zbierski’s (doc! #8 and cd! #5) hitherto photographic work put in three projects – Dream of White Elephants, Love Has To Be Reinvented and Stones Were Lost from the Base.

The programme of the festival also includes three group exhibitions (by students of the Łódź Film School’s Photography Faculty and the University of Opole’s Faculty of Art as well as members of the Opole Photographic Society) and an exhibition of the winner of this year’s edition of the Show Yourself! competition – Good Life by Paweł Piotrowski (doc! #1).

“We wanted each presentation to be a closed whole and the festival to show the diversity of attitudes in relation to the main theme,” – added Dubiel.

Traditionally, apart from the exhibitions, the Opole Festival of Photography also includes numerous artist’s talks and workshops.

More info @ www.offoto.pl (website in Polish language version only)

Opole Festival of Photography
@ Opole (Poland)
October 6 – November 11, 2017

The 2017 Opole Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

All pictures courtesy of the 2017 Opole Festival of Photography.

International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO is coming!

 

Untitled. Taken from the Field Trip series. Courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO

Untitled
Taken from the Field Trip series

The 3rd edition of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO biennale starts at the beginning of September. This year’s event, titled The Limits of Tolerance, includes not only exhibitions, but also meetings, lectures, workshops, multimedia presentations, school competitions, activities combining photography with music or literature, and city games. This year, in addition to artists from different countries, the event will host reviewers, curators and critics responsible for similar events in other European cities that make up the international opinion of the environment. Thanks to them, the festival is enriched with INTERPHOTO Grand Prix and International Portfolio Review.

The festival is a place where Eastern European photography can meet with the Western one, where photographers – focused on important social identity and formal issues in the field of contemporary media as artistic expression – may exchange their experiences and start new joint projects.

Untitled. Taken from the Site - Specific series. Courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO

Untitled
Taken from the Site – Specific series

Jack J. Diamond, Miami (FL, USA). Taken from the Veterans series. Courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO

Jack J. Diamond, Miami (FL, USA)
Taken from the Veterans series

Although the festival officially starts on September 14, a part of its extensive programme opens before that day. Within the framework of the festival there will be 34 individual and group exhibitions. There will be over 50 different accompanying activities, including workshops (eg rare European daguerreotype workshops run by Lithuanian artists), film screenings, meetings, lectures and other forms of talks about photography. More than 200 artists will come to Białystok to participate at exhibitions and in workshops, lectures and meetings. More than 30 organisations and institutions are involved into the festival, and the festival events will take place in more than 23 venues: from galleries, through universities and coffee houses to streets.

Rome (Italy), 2015. Taken from the Crossing Europe series. Courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO

Rome (Italy), 2015
Taken from the Crossing Europe series

Callsign Boha was killed. Original photo was taken in Artemivsk (Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine) on July 18, 2014. Taken from the Commemorative Photo series. Courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO

Callsign Boha was killed. Original photo was taken in Artemivsk (Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine) on July 18, 2014
Taken from the Commemorative Photo series

This year’s edition theme is Limits of Tolerance. It will be answered by such artists as Martin Kollar, István Halas, Andriy Boyarov, Arnis Balčus, Maria Kapajeva, Jan Pohribný, Alexander Vasukovich and Bogdan Konopka (cd! #3). The festival will also present numerous group exhibitions, including Zero-61” (curated by Lech Lechowicz), Central by East Central (curated by Adam Mazur) and post-competition presentation of the most talented emerging Polish photographers DEBUTS (edition 2017).

More info @ www.interphoto.pl

International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO 2017
@ Białystok (Poland)
September 14 – October 18, 2017

The 3rd edition of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

All pictures courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO.

W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

 

Courtesy of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

Courtesy of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

The third edition of the W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography will transform the seaside Sopot into a centre of Polish photography once again. Lovers of the art of photography will have an opportunity to see the effects of work of the festival residents – the leading Polish photographers. Artistic residences are typical of Sopot’s festival. The selection of impressive authors, expressing themselves in different kinds of photographic art lets gather enthusiasts of different interests around one event. To this year’s edition of the festival, its Art Director, Tomasz Bergmann, invited artists using different stylistic formula: documentarists who also know the language of abstraction as well as creative authors also expressing themselves in modern documentary forms: Kuba Dąbrowski, Zuza Krajewska, Adam Lach (doc! #18), Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Tadeusz Rolke (doc! #11) and Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7).

The title frames of the festival are taken from the literally meaning while the idea of the organisers expresses the concept from behind the world of limits. The total freedom of creativity, given to artists by the town, encourages to cross the frames. Sopot offers them its physical tissue and the photographs are allowed to use everything that is nonmaterial. According to the organisers, the cyclic formula of the festival will create a multidimensional portrait of the place as well as the changing reality.

 

Courtesy of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

Courtesy of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

The projects done in the frames of the artistic residences will be presented as the main exhibition of the festival (curator: Maja Kaszkur). The exhibition will be supported by many artist’s talks and workshops.

Further attractions of the 3rd edition of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography are:

  • Places. Reconstruction III, monographic exhibition of Tadeusz Rolke curated by Marek Grygiel;
  • Single Shot, collective exhibition originally organised by the Fort Institute of Photography and curated by Krzysztof Miękus;
  • Freefall, individual exhibition of Pszemek Dzienis originally organised by the Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw;
  • DEBUTS (edition 2017), post-competition exhibition of the project organised by doc! photo magazine;
  • outdoor exhibition of Łukasz Gawroński;
  • project by students of the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts curated by Wojtek Wieteska;
  • presentation of works by students of the Sopot School of Photography and Instagrammers.

 

W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography
@ Sopot (Poland)
September 8-10, 2017

www.wramachsopotu.pl

The 3rd edition of the W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.