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.

Bogdan Dziworski @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1972 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1972
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Bogdan Dziworski’s photographs belong to the canon of Polish post-war photography. His black and white pictures present daily life of common people, just met on the street during long hours walks. Dziworski, outstanding filmmaker and master of street photography, by many considered Polish Cartier-Bresson, whose photos often resemble frames directly taken from films by leading directors of the so called Polish film school, like Andrzej Wajda, Janusz Morgenstern and Wojciech Jerzy Has, perfectly catches reality, thanks to which the situations shown in his pictures have specific aura. In effect, each picture is a short story in a form of poetic or funny anecdote

“My pictures from those years are never staged,” – says Dziworski. – “They are walked-out. Day by day, there were even eight hours of shooting. Zbigniew Rybczyński used to say: ‘Wherever I go, something interesting happens.’ It was like that with me. At the beginning – nothing. Some time later, if you are patient enough, you start your dancing with reality. It seems that everything is over, a normal man says ‘Goodbye,’ but it is just this moment to start shooting! And then that Bresson’s decisive moment appears. After long workouts it can be overtaken by fractions of a second. Photographing is waiting for this moment, when the reality will set itself. But you must be lucky. And I am. I watch two plans and put them together. Three plans would be incredible luck, that gets into your frame. A film director could stage it, I wait.” 

Skierniewice (Poland), 1986 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

Skierniewice (Poland), 1986
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1966 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1966
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Bogdan Dziworski’s work is something more than street photography and photo stories from the second part of the 20th century. There is also a consequently, for decades realised project with a huge emotional load. Dziworski’s photographs have significant historical and cognitive value.

Many frames from his photographic record, created a little as if by chance, have never been presented. His first album titled My View was published in 1981 in Vienna (Austria). Not sooner did the second one appear than in the 1990s. It was the time when his intimate exhibitions took place in Warsaw, Cracow, Wrocław and Częstochowa (all in Poland). The f/5.6 exhibition at the Leica 6×7 Gallery Warszawa will be the first comprehensive, cross-sectional retrospective, representing the whole of Bogdan Dziworski’s many years of photographic work. Many of the never published before works, carefully selected from the photographer’s large archive, will be presented during the exhibition.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an album of the same title, artist’s talks and screening of Bogdan Dziworski’s documentary films.

Łódź (Poland), 1965 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1965
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Bogdan Dziworski (b.1941) | based in Warsaw and Szczecin (Poland) | photographer, cameraman, film screenwriter and lecturer | graduate of the Łódź Film School’s Direction of Photography faculty (1965) | awarded with the Gloria Artis Gold Medal (2014) | has cooperated with Polish Film Chronicle, Educational Film Studio in Łódź and Film Production Company Zespoły Filmowe | author of numerous documentary films awarded at major festivals, including Fencer (1980) and Olympiad (1978) | founder and the longtime Dean of the Radio and Television Faculty of the University of Silesia in Katowice | has presented his photographs at individual exhibitions in Poland and in the USA | author of the books My View. Polish Impressions in Photography (Hannibal Verlag, Vienna, 1981) and 1/250 second (Wydawnictwa Artystyczne i Filmowe, Warsaw, 2000) | the first part of the Polish Photography cycle was devoted to his work (TERRA NOVA Krzysztof Heike, Warsaw, 1999).

Bogdan Dziworskif/5.6
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: September 7 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between September 8 and October 22, 2017

Accompanying events:

  • artist’s talks: September 25 and October 9 @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw at 6.00 PM
  • film screenings and talks: September 30 @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw at 4.40 PM and October 15 @ Elektronik Cinema (7 Gen. Zajączka St., Warsaw, Poland) at 6.00 PM

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