DEBUTS 2018: Jurors’ Picks

Taken from the Behind the Scenes series

Taken from the Behind the Scenes series

Sergey Melnitchenko (Ukraine), Jordan Gale (USA), Anna T. Pfeiffer, and Ewa Doroszenko (both from Poland) have been selected by the DEBUTS jurors as their personal picks from the group of 20 winners of this year’s edition of the project awarding the most talented emerging photographers in the world.

One of the novelties of this year’s edition of DEBUTS is a personal pick by each juror. The members of the jury were asked to chose one submission they considered the best. Sergey Melnichenko from Ukraine, whose application was indicated by two jurors: Elviera Velghe, director of the Museum of Photography in Antwerp (Belgium), and Peter Bauza, a photographer-documentalist from Germany, can be considered the greatest DEBUTS laureate. Here is what they wrote in their justifications:

“The submission by Sergey Melnichenko is my personal favourite because the quality of each photo project is very high. The three projects are three times different. But it proofs to me that the photographer may vary, but still keeps his skills on top. The projects overwhelmed me by their atmosphere that grabs me by the throat. Every project shows a high original potential with beautiful, rich photography. In ‘Behind the Scenes’ the photographer gets us an insight of an emotional aspect of burlesque theatre. It is very intimate; gorgeous photos with extremal colours and contrasts. Even though the theme of ‘Passengers’ is not complicated, the photos keep stuck in my memory. In the last project ‘Polaroids from China Part II Monochromes’ every photo is a piece of art. I love the way the photographer approaches a topic with an adjusted photographic style. Sergey has a sharp photographic eye, sensitive enough to get the composition right, the contrasts good and excellent narrative photos.” (Elviera Velghe)

Taken from the Polaroids from China: Part II - Monochromes series

Taken from the Polaroids from China: Part II – Monochromes series

“It was not easy to review, score, and then narrow down all the many brilliant entries, with a high standard. But among the many impressive submissions for the DEBUTS contest this year, the artist of ‘Behind the Scenes,’ ‘Passengers’ and ‘Polaroids’ was able to maintain a style, a story, and a narrative. Sergey Melnichenko has a bright and above-average language and is able to express his emotions and feelings.” (Peter Bauza)

Sarker Protick, photographer and World Press Photo winner from Bangladesh, has recognised submission by Anna Pfeiffer, a Polish citizen living in Italy, as his favourite one. He wrote about it:

“An approach of Anna Pfeiffer to photography is smart, intelligent and playful at the same time. I am impressed by the quality of her portfolio which consists of three different projects, all having an effort to reinvent from one another while still having a strong personal attachment to the subject matters. These body of works also has interesting possibilities to present in many different forms of book and exhibitions.”

Taken from the Braids, Red Curtains and That Walk in the Park series

Taken from the Braids, Red Curtains and That Walk in the Park series

The favourite of Isabella van Marle of the Unseen Amsterdam festival is another Pole – Ewa Doroszenko. In her justification one can read:

“I have chosen Ewa Doroszenko’s proposal as my favourite because it was the most outstanding and surprising one. I find it very clever how the photographer translates criticism on society in an artistic manner. The projects are reflecting on the meaning of images in the digital age. New technologies such as virtual reality and beauty apps are shifting our perception of what nature and beauty are. The proposal has a clear message and is creatively constructed. ‘The Promise of Sublime Words’ is my aesthetical favourite.”

Taken from The Promise of Sublime Words series

Taken from The Promise of Sublime Words series

The DEBUTS originator and editor-in-chief of doc! photo magazine quarterly, Grzegorz Kosmala, pointed to the application of Jordan Gale from the USA, about which he wrote:

“I am very impressed by the applications for this year’s edition of DEBUTS. Choosing the one was really difficult. My favourite is Jordan Gale, who although submitted only one project, delighted me with the sincerity of speech and the way of conducting his narrative. It takes a lot of courage to talk about yourself and your loved ones in this way, especially when their past is marked by dark episodes. The more I appreciate the fact that Jordan has allowed us into his world. His project is not only a story about the family, but also a picture of the contemporary American province.”

Taken from the It Is What It Is series

Taken from the It Is What It Is series

The laureates of the fifth edition of DEBUTS are: Kirsten Leah Bitzer (USA), Michele Crameri (Switzerland), Ilaria Di Biagio (Italy), Ewa Doroszenko (Poland), Jean-Félix Fayolle (France), Jordan Gale (USA), Ilias Georgiadis (Greece), Mirek Kaźmierczak (Poland), Paweł Łączny (Poland), Raj Lalwani (India), Camille Lévêque (France), Sergey Melnitchenko (Ukraine), Filippo M. Nicoletti (Italy), Valentyn Odnoviun (Lithuania), Anna T. Pfeiffer (Poland/Italy), Natalia Poniatowska (Poland/United Kingdom), Sergey Stroitelev (Russia), Gihan Tubbeh (Peru), Federico Vespignani (Italy), and Adam Wilkoszarski (Poland).

The first presentation of works of all DEBUTS winners and the premiere of the book will take place traditionally during the International Festival of Photography FOTOFESTIWAL in Łódź (Poland), which starts on June 21 and will last until July 1, 2018.

Tomasz Wysocki @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The Taste of Cherry #4 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

The Taste of Cherry #4
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The newest photography project by Tomasz Wysocki, young and very promising artist, asks some serious existential questions. He creates a subjective vision of consecutive phases of our lives. Birth, growing up, maturity, and old age are captured through the allegorical, full of hidden senses, and meticulously composed photographs. Imagined situations are taking place beyond the time and space. In a result, the maximum effect is built upon the form and hidden anecdote. The precision of the details is astonishing. The overall impression is amplified by the images large-scale format. Last but not least: the anxiety, characteristic for the previous works is still present in The Taste of Cherry series (doc! #43).

On the one hand, The Taste of Cherry could be a continuation of artist’s previous searches. On the other, it opens up new investigations such as conscious and sensitive usage of the light and shadow. The light becomes next character of Wysocki’s images, almost like in expressive Caravaggio’s paintings. The atmosphere of the photographs is serious, almost dark. About the work with models the artist says: “I used to treat people in front of the lens as the form that I set up with a perfect precision in front of the camera. This time, I wanted to work more like a film director. Through attempts, tips, and conversations, I tried to enter the actors into the space of the set design and observe how they find themselves in it, not just imposing the final composition in 100%, as it happened in my previous cycles.”

The Taste of Cherry #6 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

The Taste of Cherry #6
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The process behind The Taste of Cherry was indeed like a movie production. The first scenario and detailed sketches of the scenes were created when Wysocki started his studies at the Łódź Film School’s Photography Faculty few years ago. Each element was meticulously planned. In the meantime, funds for the project were being raised. Wysocki engaged a group of 60 people: actors, set designers, plan managers, make-up artists, costume designers, stuntmen, and video operators. Photo sessions were carried out in Łódź, in a huge 2000 m2 studio.

It is uneasy to track down the aesthetical inspirations inside The Taste of Cherry, but from the practical point of view Wysocki’s methods are similar to those used by masters of photography like Jeff Wall, Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Thomas Demand, or Paweł Bownik. Although Wysocki himself  admits to the fascination rather with painting and sculpture: “Egon Schiele, Vermeer, Lucian Freud, Caravaggio – these are the names that are particularly fascinating to me now. It is not so obvious, but I see in their work many staging-related elements that inspire me and which I try creatively use in my work.”

The Taste of Cherry #9 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

The Taste of Cherry #9
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Tomasz Wysocki planned his project with care for details; however, the photographs were designed to leave room for interpretation of the recipient. This is the kind of a statement that can be found in the famous painting Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? by Paul Gaugin. The Taste of Cherry created by Tomasz Wysocki is an original development of thoughts expressed by Gaugin, written on 12 large-format photographs.

Tomasz Wysocki (b. 1990) | based in Łódź (Poland) | student of Photography at the Łódź Film School | deals mainly with staged photography, in which every element of the photographic set is precisely arranged, and photographs are taken without manipulation of the image or photomontage | loves contact with nature, hitchhiking, painting, and talking to people | has shown his works at group and individual exhibitions in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, and Poland | laureate of the Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2014) and double scholarship holder of the Minister of Science (2014, 2016) | represented by Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw.

­­­Tomasz Wysocki – THE TASTE OF CHERRY
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: April 20 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between April 21 and June 3, 2018

Accompanying events:

  • Artist’s talk: May 10 at 6.00 PM
  • Curatorial guided tour: May 24 at 6.00 PM

The Tomasz Wysocki exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage. See a selection of The Taste of Cherry @ doc! #43 and making-of video @ vimeo.com/265368949

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

Winners of DEBUTS 2018 Announced!

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It is a pleasure to announce names of 20 photographers who have been recognised by the DEBUTS 2018 jury as the most talented emerging photographers of the year and invited to the book and travelling exhibition, shown exclusively during the photographic events.

The DEBUTS 2018 winners are (in alphabetical order):

  • Kirsten Bitzer (USA)
  • Michele Crameri (Switzerland)
  • Ilaria Di Biagio (Italy)
  • Ewa Doroszenko (Poland)
  • Jean-Felix Fayolle (France)
  • Jordan Gale (USA)
  • Ilias Georgiadis (Greece)
  • Mirek Kaźmierczak (Poland)
  • Paweł Łączny (Poland)
  • Raj Lalwani (India)
  • Camille Leveque (France)
  • Sergey Melnitchenko (Ukraine)
  • Filippo Nicoletti (Italy)
  • Valentyn Ondoviun (Lithuania)
  • Anna Pfeiffer (Italy)
  • Natalia Poniatowska (United Kingdom)
  • Sergey Stroitelev (Russia)
  • Gihan Tubbeh (Peru)
  • Federico Vespignani (Italy)
  • Adam Wilkoszarski (Poland)

Congratulations!

The first public presentation of the winners and their projects will take place this June (more information to come).

Four of the listed above photographers have also been picked out by the jurors, who this year’s were Peter Bauza (Germany), Grzegorz Kosmala (Poland), Isabella van Marle (the Netherlands), Sarker Protick (Bangladesh), and Elviera Velghe (Belgium), as their personal choice. Their names and the jurors’ justifications will be presented next week.

Stay tuned!

Ernesto Bazan @ Fort Institute of Photography

Taken from the Bazan Cuba series, 2008

Taken from the Bazan Cuba series, 2008

Ernesto Bazan documented everyday life in Cuba for a quarter of a century. Cuban Trilogy consists of three photographic cycles, each of which in a different way illustrates the Italian artist’s attitude to the country that – visited years ago – has become his second homeland.

Bazan Cuba – the cycle created during the unrest related to the collapse of the communist bloc, named by Fidel Castro El Periodo Special – opens a set of seventy photographs presented at the exhibition. The Al Campo series – created after the author had decided to settle on the island and start a family – is a tribute to the simple life in the countryside. His later cycle Isla is a culmination of eliminating everything that was political in favour what is private and universal. The series includes intimate portraits as well as panoramic landscapes and still lifes.

Taken from the Bazan Cuba series, 2008

Taken from the Bazan Cuba series, 2008

The poetics of Bazan’s photography has evolved over nearly three decades of his work. Beginning with black and white, stern in character, documentaries of poverty after the fall of the Soviet Union, the author sometimes experimented with the use of colour to fully consciously use it – as he describes it – in meditations upon the landscapes of the island. Along with the transformations of the works of Bazan, his subjects changed as well, among which there is less political anecdote, but more introspection and a sense of belonging.

“It is a nation which loves and appreciates life in its simplest manifestations. I photographed their dignity, entrepreneurship, their love for children, music and dance, and their ardent religiosity. With time, I stopped being a distant observer,” – says Bazan.

Taken from the Al Campo series, 2011

Taken from the Al Campo series, 2011

Taken from the Isla series, 2014

Taken from the Isla series, 2014

Cuban Trilogy is part of the programme of bringing Polish audience to the classics of the world photography, carried out by the Fort Institute of Photography Foundation.

Ernesto Bazan (b. 1959) | based in Veracruz (Mexico) | received his first camera at the age of 14 | started to photograph his home city (Palermo) and rural areas of Sicily | studied Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (NY, USA) | author of several books, including Passing Through (Rome: Peliti Associati, 1992), Bazan Cuba (Brooklyn, NY: Bazan Photos Publishing, 2008), Island (Brooklyn, NY: Bazan Photos Publishing, 2014), and most recently Before You Grow Up (Brooklyn, NY: Bazan Photos Publishing, 2017) | winner of the W. Eugene Smith Grant, Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize and World Press Photo | his works have been exhibited internationally and published by numerous magazines, including doc! photo magazine (FotoArt Festival 2015 edition) | runs his own photographic workshops (since 2002).

Ernesto Bazan – CUBAN TRILOGY
@ Fort Institute of Photography (99 Racławicka St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: March 16 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between March 17 and May 6, 2018

Accompanying events:

  • workshops with Ernesto Bazan and Tomasz Tomaszewski (doc! #21): March 17-18, 2018 (for registered participants only)

The Ernesto Bazan exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Hubert Humka @ Wrocław Contemporary Museum

Göltzsch Viaduct. Netzschkau, (Germany), August 2001

Göltzsch Viaduct. Netzschkau, (Germany), August 2001

To a certain degree, any landscape owes its form to the cultural interference of people. A seemingly natural landscape or cityscape often witnessed battles, violent crime or other menacing events. Although the beautiful natural scenery or fragments of architecture may mask their traces, such places have a peculiar aura bearing the memory of a collective trauma or individual misfortune.

Hubert Humka (doc! #37) focuses on such landscapes and explores the dark corners of the human soul. His Death Landscapes series is based on depriving a place of its romantic, picturesque context. The artist juxtaposes ostensibly neutral views with filters of their dramatic past. The photographs were taken at a specific time on days marking the anniversary of events that took place in the featured spots. Was it because on such days some force or energy connected with witnesses’ memories becomes particularly potent? The best example is provided by the Norwegian island of Utøya, which will forever be connected with the memory of the victims of the tragic shooting.

Utøya Island (Norway), July 22, 2011

Utøya Island (Norway), July 22, 2011

Humka’s cycle contradicts the traditional manner of depicting landscapes as postcards. In Death Landscapes, a seemingly innocent view both hides and reveals the tragic past and the dark truth about humans. The sacred becomes mixed up with the profane – the photographs unveil a hidden layer of reality that usually remains invisible.

Rzepin (Poland), November 2/3, 1969

Rzepin (Poland), November 2/3, 1969

Hubert Humka (b. 1983) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | graduate of the Łódź Film School | interested in mocumentary, quasi-documentaries and searching for authenticity in photography | his works were exhibited during numerous photo festivals, including Les Rencontres d’Arles (2012 & 2013), Transphotographiques Festival (2014), Fotofestiwal Łódź (2016) or Białystok Interphoto Festival (2015) | has also exhibited his works in Germany, Malaysia and in the United Kingdom | finalist of several international contests: Prix Voies Off: Sélections 2013 at the Les Rencontres d’Arles Off Festival (France), Photo Diploma Award 2013 in Poznań (Poland) | author of the book Evil Man (Łódź: Łódź Film School Press, 2014).

 

Hubert Humka – DEATH LANDSCAPES
@ Wrocław Contemporary Museum (2a Strzegomski Sq., Wrocław, Poland)

Opening reception: March 2 at 6.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until June 4, 2018

 Accompanying events:

  • curator-led tour and artist’s talk: March 4 at 3.00 PM

The Hubert Humka exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Robby Cyron @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Crested Dutch Taken from the Gallus series

Crested Dutch
Taken from the Gallus series

Robby Cyron’s Figura Animalis exhibition draws its roots from an ornamental chicken from Leon Tarasewicz’s bird’s collection. A well-known painter lent one of species for a photo session organised by a fashion magazine. However this tiny cock was just one of many elements of the set, it caught the photographer’s eye. At the moment when the light of studio lamps reached the bird’s plumage and its feathering had blazed of vivid, colourful brilliance, Robby Cyron realised that he had just found a new object of his photographic fascination.

The exhibition title Figura Animalis has an ambiguity hidden in the double meaning of a Latin word animalis that could be translated as a word “animal”, but above all it refers to the vitality and life. Moreover, the noun anima can also be associated with the vital soul. This ambiguity is also captured through Cyron’s perspective on birds and mammals. The artist seeks new canons of beauty in the animal world.

Celita Taken from The Family series

Celita
Taken from The Family series

In his work Robby often studies various faces of nature, whether on the occasion of the B&W photographs of women like in the project entitled Bella or through the attempt to subjugate wildlife as in the case of Gallus and The Family projects. The Figura Animalis exhibition combines the last two series: ornamental chickens (Gallus) and Arabian horses – The Family.

The Family represents a poetic approach to animals that embody both, strong nature and grace. Horses seen by Robby Cyron are as monumental as a statue but their gaze often seems truly melancholic. Gallus means rooster, but its Latin name sounds more sophisticated, and so are the chickens as seen through Cyron’s lens. Birds covered with feathers in vivid colours are almost “posing” for photos. Are they still animals or tiny pieces of art?

Wersa Taken from The Family series

Wersa
Taken from The Family series

Cyron’s animalistic models embody the whole scale of emotions: sadness, melancholy and even comic quality. Birds and horses “pose” without make-up and they are not dressed up, which gives Cyron (that also specialises in professional commercial photography, working with models, actors and celebrities for various magazines) a new space for artistic expression.

“In my creative work I always try to capture various sorts of beauty phenomenon,” – says the artist.

The Figura Animalis exhibition is also a field of research for a new aesthetics. This project would not be possible without the photographer’s skills. Thanks to precise light usage and professional studio work Cyron’s photographs look like Dutch paintings with a touch of a hyperrealism.

Silkie Bantam Taken from the Gallus series

Silkie Bantam
Taken from the Gallus series

Robby Cyron (b. 1970) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | learnt to photograph in a classical advertising photography studio | photographer and curator | owner of the las studio and gwl gallery (both in Warsaw) | gives analogue atmosphere to his works, often made digitally | co-author of guide books IN (Warsaw: Agora, 2011) and author of the photobook Nath (Warsaw: RC, 2012) | his works have been published by such magazines like Maxim, Gala, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Playboy, Joy, Music Express, Glamour, Marie Claire, Twój Styl and doc! photo magazine (doc! #10 & #39), among others.

 

Robby Cyron – FIGURA ANIMALIS
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: February 9 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between February 10 and March 18, 2018

Accompanying events:

  • artist’s tours: February 11 at 1.00 PM & March 17 at 5.00 PM
  • artist’s talk: March 1 at 6.00 PM

The Robby Cyron exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Jock Sturges (again) @ The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography

Anette and Auregann. Montalivet (France), 2012

Anette and Auregann. Montalivet (France), 2012

The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography (re)presents The Absence of Shame exhibition by American photographer Jock Sturges on its walls.

The project was first opened at the beginning of September 2016. It consists of photographs which depict naturist families from France, North California and Ireland, with whom Sturges had been communicating. The author photographed them during his long artistic career. Having started in the 1970s, he has now shot 3 generations of models. The images uncovered their beauty, so the girls posed to the photographer voluntarily and without embarrassment.

2 Alexandras, Jeanne, Marine and Gaelle. Montalivet (France), 1987

2 Alexandras, Jeanne, Marine and Gaelle. Montalivet (France), 1987

Last year the exhibition had to be closed within a fortnight from its opening, despite the objections from photography lovers who had not yet managed to get acquainted with the project.  The reason for the closing was the appeal of Deputy Elena Mizulina, who saw signs of child pornography in the works and launched the mechanism of harassment. Mass support of Mizulina’s point of view, provided by politicians and public figures, and petitions to the procurator’s office and to the Investigation Committee led to attacks on the Lumière Brothers Photography Centre, threats directed against its employees and vandalism – all those matters forced the organisers to close the exhibition ahead of schedule. The investigation on the charges of the demonstration of child pornography lasted for almost a year, and has been completed very recently. Neither the 13 lawsuits filed by citizens, nor the viewpoints held by Mizulina and child ombudsman Anna Kuznetsova’s, both of whom have never even seen the photographs, could convince the investigating committee of the illegality of the exhibition. Expert witnesses recognised the complete absence of signs of any elements of crime and acknowledged the high artistic levels of the exhibited works.

In addition to the works of the talented and internationally recognised photographer Jock Sturges, it will now be possible to become acquainted with the history of the conflict through excerpts from newspapers, photo and video footage covering both opening and closing of the exhibition, and documents from the expert examination and investigation process.

Nicole. Euronat in Montalivet (France), 1989

Nicole. Euronat in Montalivet (France), 1989

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 published more than 10 monographs | 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 – THE ABSENCE OF SHAME 2.0
@
The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography (Bolotnaya emb. 3, b.1, Moscow, Russia)
Opening reception: December 7 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between December 8 and January 8, 2018

The Jock Sturges exhibition is for adult viewers only.

­­­Wojtek Wieteska @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Wojtek Wieteska_001

Travelling by Wojtek Wieteska is a story on two kinds of love: the photographer for photography and the photographer for a mysterious blonde – Agni. Their lasted for one year relationship was filled with photography, which resulted in a personal cycle of images, kept in the modern fair tale’s convention.

This is how Wojtek Wieteska describes Travelling in his recent essay A Photograph Is a Love Letter for doc! photo magazine:

“I had a beautiful and intriguing love affair between September 22, 2016 and September 4, 2017. (…) It was then when I created my most personal, intimate and luminous project Travelling. (…) I told about what and where had happened between both of us and how we both saw that. Together, as Agni was next to me, behind me or in front of the lens when I was photographing.”

© Wojtek Wieteska_002

The pictures from the Travelling series are filled with places, items and ephemeral situations in which this story took place. The colour images are diverse: from extreme close-ups,  details to urban scenes and natural landscapes. In some cases Wieteska shows how he perceives feminine eroticism without nagging with nudity. What connects that spectrum of aesthetics is emotions, sensuality and reflexion on photography per se. The recurring theme is the links between this medium and our sensitivity. Are photographs able to give a condensed picture, essence of the events that have really happened? How to capture the truth about love in a photograph? What is the place of photography in our life, here and now?

These questions make Travelling a total work that can be contemplated as a set or as single frames. Each part of the project is rooted in the artist’s statement: “Photography is faster than words!”

“I took pictures of emotions and feelings that appeared and disappeared like sparks. I often didn’t have enough time to name them. Today, I can photograph all things around me; it is the question of carving the style and my individual alchemy. I worked on the selection of its ingredients for a long time. There is nothing accidental in Travelling, but none of the pictures was staged,” – says Wojtek Wieteska.

Travelling also tells us how to put some thousands of taken photos into your own fictional or documentary story. That is why the show has its formal structure and scenographic concept carefully planned by Wieteska. Travelling consists of three mutually complementary and equivalent parts: the exhibition, screenings of a silent film with live music and non-standard catalogue.

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Wojtek Wieteska (b. 1964) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | photographer, filmmaker, writer, curator and teacher | one of the most recognisable Polish photographers of his own unique, conceptual approach to reality | has exhibited his photo projects in the most important Polish galleries and museums of contemporary art | author of photographic albums and books | his projects have been published in various magazines, including doc! photo magazine (doc! #17) | his photographs are held in collections in France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and in the USA | works in commercial field and leads Masters Classes | graduated from the Łódź Film School’s Faculty of Photography (PhD in Visual Arts: Photography) | also studied History of Art at Paris Sorbonne IV (France) and University of Warsaw (Poland) | columnist of doc! photo magazine.

Wojtek Wieteska – TRAVELLING
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: December 7 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between December 8, 2017 and February 4, 2018

The exhibition also includes:

  • film screenings:
    • @ Atlantic Cinema (33 Chmielna St., Warsaw, Poland) on December 5 at 7.00 PM (enrollments @ http://bit.ly/2zjrfQv)
    • @ Mysia 3 (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland) on December 8 at 6.30 PM, January 22 at 6:30 PM and special three-channel screening of films with travelling motive on January 28 at 12.00 PM up to 6.00 PM
  • artist tour on December 9 at 4.00 PM

The Wojtek Wieteska exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

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.