W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography


Courtesy of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

Courtesy of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

The third edition of the W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography will transform the seaside Sopot into a centre of Polish photography once again. Lovers of the art of photography will have an opportunity to see the effects of work of the festival residents – the leading Polish photographers. Artistic residences are typical of Sopot’s festival. The selection of impressive authors, expressing themselves in different kinds of photographic art lets gather enthusiasts of different interests around one event. To this year’s edition of the festival, its Art Director, Tomasz Bergmann, invited artists using different stylistic formula: documentarists who also know the language of abstraction as well as creative authors also expressing themselves in modern documentary forms: Kuba Dąbrowski, Zuza Krajewska, Adam Lach (doc! #18), Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Tadeusz Rolke (doc! #11) and Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7).

The title frames of the festival are taken from the literally meaning while the idea of the organisers expresses the concept from behind the world of limits. The total freedom of creativity, given to artists by the town, encourages to cross the frames. Sopot offers them its physical tissue and the photographs are allowed to use everything that is nonmaterial. According to the organisers, the cyclic formula of the festival will create a multidimensional portrait of the place as well as the changing reality.


Courtesy of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

Courtesy of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography

The projects done in the frames of the artistic residences will be presented as the main exhibition of the festival (curator: Maja Kaszkur). The exhibition will be supported by many artist’s talks and workshops.

Further attractions of the 3rd edition of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography are:

  • Places. Reconstruction III, monographic exhibition of Tadeusz Rolke curated by Marek Grygiel;
  • Single Shot, collective exhibition originally organised by the Fort Institute of Photography and curated by Krzysztof Miękus;
  • Freefall, individual exhibition of Pszemek Dzienis originally organised by the Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw;
  • DEBUTS (edition 2017), post-competition exhibition of the project organised by doc! photo magazine;
  • outdoor exhibition of Łukasz Gawroński;
  • project by students of the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts curated by Wojtek Wieteska;
  • presentation of works by students of the Sopot School of Photography and Instagrammers.


W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography
@ Sopot (Poland)
September 8-10, 2017


The 3rd edition of the W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Ilona Szwarc @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

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In her latest project – I am a Woman and I Feast on Memory –  Ilona Szwarc is both, the subject and the object of directed by herself narrative. She reaches the tools of performance and simultaneously makes photographic documentation of the show.

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In all parts of the triptych, Ilona Szwarc step by step manipulates her own image, using her stand-in, an actress from Boston selected in casting. These carefully constructed photographs complicate the notion of portrait and self-portrait. At first, by film close-ups on drawings and paintings on the face of the model, she presents her as an old woman, and then – by a few colourful and abstract strokes – transforms her into a swollen lady. The series of photos ends with an androgynous and grotesque view of the model face, resulting in something like a contemporary veraicon of the artist double.

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The exhibition is accompanied by a set of three books by Ilona Szwarc.

Ilona Szwarc (b.1984) | based in Los Angeles (CA, USA) | graduate of Photography at the Yale University in New Haven (CT, USA) and School of Visual Arts in New York City (NY, USA) | her work focuses on problems of female identity in the contemporary cultural context | laureate of the 2013 World Press Photo contest and participant of the Joop Swart Masterclass (2014) | her pictures have been presented at individual and group exhibitions (in France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom and in the USA) and published all over the world by The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Telegraph Magazine and doc! photo magazine (doc! #7), among others.

@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia st., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: October 28 at 7.00 PM
Artist talk: November 3 at 6.30 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between October 29 and December 11, 2016

The Ilona Szwarc’s exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

15th Edition of Collector’s Photography

Jackie Smith. © Ryszard Horowitz, 1973/2015.

Jackie Smith. © Ryszard Horowitz, 1973/2015.

Collector’s Photography – the Poland’s only regular auctioning event dedicated exclusively to photography – invites for its 15th edition that will take place this November.

This time, the highlights include a heliograph by Karol Hiller dating back to the 1930s, the well-known Man Before His Work by Jerzy Kosiński, and an early portrait of Natalia LL made by Jerzy Pierściński in Bulgaria in 1967. Edward Hartwig’s photographs will be shown next to A Portrait with a Rose taken by his wife Helena Hartwig and showing their daughter Ewa. Ryszard Horowitz will be represented by his famous Jackie Smith, while Beata Tyszkiewicz – a symbol of beauty and elegance of Polish cinema – will appear in Bogdan Łopieński’s picture shot during a peculiar fashion session for the Polska monthly. Zofia Rydet and her much-appreciated works will be present, too. One of them will be a photo coming from her renowned series Sociological Record. In his Wrocław, 1982, Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6) will take us back to the Polish People’s Republic, where we will meet a beauty on a balcony of one of the iconic tower blocks in Wrocław’s Manhattan. Each of the artists has a special position in the history of Polish photography. Their works are an expression of their individual artistic search driven by a desire to record reality, preserve memory, comment on crucial social or existential issues, or the need to experiment with form and create new worlds. Often the works are a peculiar reflection of the artists’ times, the people they met or meet or their personal experiences. Hence the diversity of the styles and themes of the works.

Podhale-Łapsze or Śląsk-Milówka. Taken from the Sociological Record series. © Zofia Rydet, 1978.

Podhale-Łapsze or Śląsk-Milówka. Taken from the Sociological Record series. © Zofia Rydet, 1978.

The uniqueness of the works presented by Collector’s Photography is proven by their growing popularity. A rising trend of auctioned prices is seen both for the classics and younger generation artists. The items purchased by the clients go to existing collections as well as to new ones.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a course for beginner collectors and a Collector’s Evening.

Photographers of the 15th edition of Collector’s Photography: Stefan Arczyński, Jan Bułhak, Michał Cała, Benedykt Jerzy Dorys, Zbigniew Dłubak, Bogdan Dziworski, Marek Gardulski, Teresa Gierzyńska, Edward Hartwig, Helena Hartwig, Henryk Hermanowicz, Karol Hiller, Ryszard Horowitz, Magda Hueckel, Marcin Jastrzębski, Krzysztof Kamiński, Maria Kietlińska, Jerzy Kosiński, Andrzej Kramarz (cd! #4), Paweł Kwiek, Andrzej Lachowicz, Jerzy Lewczyński, Natalia LL, Bogdan Łopieński, Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Chris Niedenthal, Marek Piasecki, Paweł Pierściński, Tadeusz Przypkowski, Józef Robakowski, Sławomir Rumiak, Tadeusz Rydet, Zofia Rydet, Zygmunt Rytka, Bronisław Schlabs, Mikołaj Smoczyński, Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7), Tadeusz Wański, Ryszard Waśko, Antoni Wieczorek, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), Stanisław J. Woś, Ireneusz Zjeżdżałka, Paweł Żak (cd! #1 & #6).

Collector’s Photography No. 15
Mysia3 (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: November 7 at 6:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public between November 8 and 17, 2015. Auction: November 17 at 7:00 PM.

The 15th edition of Collector’s Photography is organised under contra doc! patronage.

Read more about the Collector’s Photography @ www.fotografiakolekcjonerska.pl (website in Polish language version only).