For 10 days between September 1 and 11, due to the 6th edition of the TIFF Festival, Wrocław will become the Polish capital city of photography. This year the festival will be held under the theme Rivers & Roads and will focus on travel. Ten intense days of the festival will be an unusual photographic expedition with exhibitions, slide shows, debates, workshops and meetings with artists and curators.
The main programme of the festival consists of three thematic cycles referring to the festival theme. The first one – On the Road – is devoted to the most classical sense – photographers on the road – and includes the following exhibitions: Moving Photography Studio by Agnieszka Pajączkowska, Effortless Exercise by Łukasz Filak, Aleksandra Gach, Alicja Kielan and Anna Orłowska, On the Road with Photosphere Collective by Kamila Buturla, Paweł Giza, Katarzyna Maluga and Krzysztof Światły, and European Eyes on Japan with two photographic series by Jon Cazenave (Omaji) and Łukasz Rusznica (Sometimes the Border Is Thin).
The second cycle of the main programme – Imagined Journeys – refers to the imaginary, metaphoric pilgrimage. It consists of two exhibitions: Munemasa Takahashi’s Lost & Found and Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese’s Found Photos in Detroit.
The main programme’s last section – Immigration/Emigration – deals with migrant-photographers recording their new surroundings. The section will present three exhibitions: “Now, I Am Here. Or Rather, Perhaps, Nowhere.” Emigration Photographs of Stanisław Cat-Mackiewicz, *** (“Because I Live on a Couch in a Kitchen in My Friends’ Place”) by Marta Zdulska, and Territorium Novum, a group exhibition of students of the University of Arts in Poznań: Magdalena Andrynowska, Katarzyna Bojko-Szymczewska (DEBUTS 2016), Joanna Chwiłkowska, Anna Cywińska, Justyna Dryl, Jędrzej Filuś, Aurelia Frydrych-Zdanowska, Michalina Hendrys, Katarzyna Hoffmann, Ewelina Kamińska, Ewa Kasperek, Violetta Łuba, Bartosz Partyka, Bartłomiej Ponikiewski, Oliwia Rogalska, Piotr Szapel, Paweł Wawrzyniak, Izabela Wasiak, Katarzyna Wąsowska and Weronika Wronecka.
Traditionally, the festival will also include a special section devoted to photographic publications. This year’s edition of this section will try to present the complicated process of creating photobooks. It will consists of three exhibitions, presenting photozines culture (Zines of the World), works of independent publishers (Meet the Publisher), and a selection of photobooks referring to the festival theme (Roads Less Travelled). The section will be supported by such projects as Open Photobook Reading Room, TIFF x FFP Photobook Dummy Review, and panel discussion dedicated to impact of photobooks on the medium of photography.
TIFF HUB is another part of the festival taking place in the festival centre. Its goal is to enable meet-ups, thought sharing and widening of horizons, not just the photographic ones. Casual encounters of friends and strangers, author meetings, confrontation of opinions, activities which resulted in TIFF Festival 2016.
ProfiLab TIFF Open, new concept of the section previously named Debuts, is dedicated to emerging photographers selected in a competition. This year’s edition of the section will presents five photographers: Alicja Brodowicz (DEBUTS 2016), Rebbeka Deubner, Marcin Fajfruk, Mateusz Kowalik and Mateusz Skóra.
TIFF Festival 2016 – RIVERS & ROADS
September 1-11, 2016
46 Ruska Str. (backyard)
More info & detailed programme @ tiff.wroc.pl
Jock Sturges is of one of the most controversial photographers of the last decades known for his series of naturist families primarily taken at communities in France, Northern California and Ireland. Captured with a rare large format camera, his images often refer back to the old masters’ paintings and the classical style photography of the late 19th and early 20th century.
However, the photographer’s initial rise to fame was burdened by controversy. The young age of some of his models drew the attention of a conservative federal task force that raided his studio and seized his files and equipment, later on all his images and equipment were returned and no charges brought. Three years later his work was assailed again by an organised attack by extremist activists from American Christian communities who besieged bookshops aiming to seize and destroy his books. Once again his work was ultimately found to be innocent of all pornographic content or intent.
Indeed, his photographs are devoid of exploitive or negative characteristics. Sturges doesn’t treat the naked body as an abstract form, but engages with his models and aims to capture them when they are most at ease, giving his work a beautiful, unrestrained quality. Sturges is committed to long-term friendships with the families he photographs. The photographer captures his models – girls and young women from nudist communities – in the surroundings that are organic to them. “Nudity means nothing to anybody here… People are naked… because they are naturists and spend their summers in a resort dedicated to the absence of shame.”
Having started in the 1970s, now Sturges is photographing the third generation of his models. “I have many series that are 30 to 35 years old,” he says. He is fascinated with the human body and how it develops from a fat-bellied baby to a delicate child and from there into adolescence and beyond into adulthood. Not just the biological process is an interest of Sturges, the development of the personality is of equal, if not greater, importance to him: “My ambition is that you look at the pictures and realise what complex, fascinating, interesting every single one of my subjects is.”
The exhibition represents around 40 photographs, offering a retrospective view on the work of Jock Sturges from the 1970s up to the recent times.
Jock Sturges (b. 1947) | based in Seattle (WA, USA) | an American photographer known for his large-format portraits of nude adolescents | received a B.A. in Perceptual Psychology and Photography from Marlboro College in Vermont and an M.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute | worked with Richard Benson printing from the negatives of Paul Strand, Eugene Atget, Walker Evans and Gary Winogrand, among others | has more than 10 monographs published | his work has been included in many museum collections around the world (e.g. The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Library in Paris and The Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art).
Jock Sturges – ABSENCE OF SHAME
@ The Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography (Bolotnaya emb. 3, b.1, Moscow, Russia)
Opening: September 8 at 12.00 PM
Artist talk: September 8 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between September 8 and October 30, 2016
The Jock Sturges’ exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
The Rebecca Vassie Trust today announces the inaugural Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award. The award is a bursary of GBP 1,200 plus printing, exhibition in London in March 2017 and mentorship, for an emerging photographer in the UK to complete a narrative photography project.
Judges for the award include Karen McQuaid (curator at the Photographers’ Gallery), Matthew Tucker (UK Picture Editor at BuzzFeed) and Bette Lynch (Director of Photography, news, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Getty Images).
Premier printing services are being donated by Metro Imaging, who will also grant the winner a portfolio review with creative director Prof. Steve Macleod.
Applicants for the award, who must be either from or based in the UK, are asked to submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a photography project with a strong social or political context. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 7, 2016 at 5.00 PM BST.
The award is created in memory of Rebecca Vassie, a British photographer and photojournalist who died suddenly last year (March 2015), aged 30, while on assignment in a refugee camp in Uganda. Rebecca trained in photography at the University for the Creative Arts. She had been based in Uganda for three years, working as a stringer for Associated Press, with her pictures appearing in major newspapers worldwide. She also photographed for a number of charities and NGOs as well as pursuing her own projects, such as documenting Uganda’s transgender community and its Olympic boxing hopefuls.
Rebecca’s parents Janet and Eric, sister Kelly and brother Tim said: “Beccy’s death turned our world upside down, but we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from both our friends and hers. Many people said they wanted to do something in her memory. We hope this award is a way of providing photographers with exactly the kind of opportunity from which Beccy would have benefited, as well as honouring Beccy’s memory and the extraordinary work she did, of which we are very proud.”
The Rebecca Vassie Trust is an unincorporated charitable foundation, set up in 2016, to create career development opportunities for emerging photographers and to promote the art of narrative photography.
More info and submissions details @ www.rebeccavassietrust.org
Street photography is based on capturing unusual events, symbols or anecdotes hidden in everyday situations happening in public places. Street photographers observe, notice and capture things, that others are unable to see. They do not arrange their pictures, they save everyday life as it is.
Un-Posed, founded in 2011, is the most recognisable Polish street photography collective. Its primary aim is to develop creativity and visual consciousness in public space and promote the achievements of Polish street photographers. The collective has already presented its works at various exhibitions in Poland and abroad. The next one, and at the same time the largest one, will be open soon in Lublin (Poland).
The Niepozowane (unposed in Polish) exhibition focuses on a human being seen in different situations and photographed in different places around the world. The pictures by 8 photographers – Damian Chrobak (doc! #13 & #19), Maciej Dakowicz (doc! #12), Jamie Fyson Howard (doc! #16), Ania Kłosek (doc! #25), Monika Krzyszkowska (DEBUTS 2015), Tomasz Kulbowski, Marta Rybicka (DEBUTS 2016) and Adrian Wykrota (doc! #31) – form a story about the current state of man in terms of behaviours, surroundings and emotions. Why are we drawn to these images? Do we see similarities in our own lives? Have we seen such scenes somewhere before?
Despite of the fact that all members of the collective move in the same area of interests, their photographs prove their individual style, which shows complexity and potency of street photography.
Un-Posed – NIEPOZOWANE (UNPOSED)
@ Brain Damage Gallery (7 Marii Curie Skłodowskiej St., Lublin, Poland)
Grand opening: August 20 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until September 18, 2016
The Un-Posed exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.