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.
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.
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.
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
September 7-19, 2018
The 2018 W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
Cartier Bresson believed that the decisive moment – when we press the shutter – is the most important factor in the photography. But when Krzysztof Miller pressed the shutter, there was no decisive moment. If dying of starvation children from the Hutu tribe or a Russian soldier sitting on a combat transporter and celebrating with champagne a victory in front of the Palace of Chechen President Dzhokhar Dudayev, or a drunk cyclist on the Warsaw-Siedlce road are decisive moments? Surely not but they really happened, and Miller was there and took pictures of them. Just in those indecisive about anything moments which never should have happened. But they happened. Neither they have changed anything, nor have decided about anything. The dying of hunger frail-bodied Hutu children haven’t put on weight. The drunk cyclist kept on riding along the busy road. And the Russian soldiers didn’t stop on the offensive in front of the Dudayev’s Palace.
Miller is not and does not want to be Bresson. There is no great philosophy in his photography. It is not fully clear, who is Miller. Nor we know what his photographs are. It could be argued – the testimony, illustration, document. Probably all of them. After having visited the exhibition, which is a summary of his achievements, everyone will find their own opinion.
Krzysztof Miller (b. 1962) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | a 16-time champion of Poland in jumping from the diving board and tower | a photojournalist of Gazeta Wyborcza (since 1989) | photographed almost all armed conflicts in the world and historical events of the last 25 years | a juror at the 2000 World Press Photo contest | author of the book 13 wars and one. The true story of a war reporter (Znak, 2013).
Krzysztof Miller – Indecisive Moment
Lover-Silesian Centre of Photography ‘Roman House’ (8 Bp. Nankier Square, Wroclaw, Poland). Grand opening: April 2 at 5:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until April 25, 2015.
Krzysztof Miller’s exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.