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.