Fotofestiwal was born in 2001 as one of the first photography events in Poland. Since then, both photography and the ways of organising cultural events have changed. Fotofestiwal has always been up to date with these changes. It is intended as a space for various forms of photography and a forum for discussion on art and society, but also as a search for alternative methods of talking about photography and presenting it.

The festival always starts in May, and every year it attracts over 20 thousand visitors from all around the world. The main exhibitions are prepared especially for the festival and they present diverse curator visions. They constitute the core of the whole festival programme and provide main festival themes. The exhibitions are always complemented by accompanying events, where different audiences exchange their experiences. Visitors, artists, curators and teachers meet during workshops, a portfolio review, lectures, discussions and evening slide shows. All the events take place in old factories, tenement buildings and villas of Łódź – post-industrial architecture creates a truly unique atmosphere for presentation of photographs.

The main organiser of Fotofestiwal is the Foundation of Visual Education which has been cooperating with Łódź Art Center, Art Factory and the City of Łódź Office for a number of years. The organisers have also created the Photo Festival Union – an association that brings together European photography festivals, and the festival itself is a member of the Festival of Light – a similar association operating globally.



Central European House of Photography invites you on three exhibitions which will be openned on 13.3.2013.

Ján Kekeli /SK/  - In the country

Openning: 13.3.2013 at 5:30pm
Duration: 13.3. – 21.4.2013
Place: Profil gallery, SEDF, Prepoštská 4, Bratislava

Creation of Ján Kekeli is influenced by fine art but he is mostly involved in subjective document. Photographies presented in cycle In the counrty are landscape pictures which culminate in aesthetics of landscape painting. Author is a winner of Photo of the year 2012 organized by VÚB bank.

Marco Rigamonti /IT/ - Promenade

Openning: 13.3.2013 at 6:00pm
Duration: 13.3. – 21.4.2013
Place: Gallery of SEDF, Prepoštská 4, Bratislava

Photos were taken on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s promenade which stretches southwards for nearly seven kilometers.The particular light is due the reflection from a bulding with amber glass railings located on the opposite side of the promenade.
The images are concentrated in a short stretch, about 30 m. The reflected light, hot and intense but completely natural, seems to create a kind of stage in which people move like theater actors illuminated by spotlights on a single stage whose backdrop is the deep blue sea.The work was carried out in different years and different hours of day, but always in winter, the last week of the year.

Pat Callahan /USA/ - Around the town

Openning: 13.3.2013 at 7:00pm
Duration: 13.3. – 23.5.2013
Place: FOTOFO Café Amsterdam, SEDF, Prepoštská 4, Bratislava

Phtography cycle Around the town is author`s debut. Street scenes and portraits of an ordinary people from european cities show extraordinary view of a photographer who comes from Colorado. Pat primary catches landscape but recently he has found inspiration by walking in the streets of european cities close to his house. His main objects are strangers who are common to each of us. People are living their every day life and Pat tries to find situations which are full of emotions.


As a comprehensive theme event, the 11th Gmunden Photo Days aim to meet market requirements and to provide significant stimuli for broadening the range of action of professional photography in Austria. The biennial Gmunden Photo Days are a must for all those interested in professional photography.

This year the event will be complemented by the International Photo Days of the Federation of European Photographers. Five outstanding European top photographers will make presentations at the Stadttheater, naturally with simultaneous interpretation.

Location: (Fair)

Kongresshaus Villa Toscana
Toscana Park 6
A-4810 Gmunden


12 April to 14 April 2013

Opening hours:

Friday, 12 April 2013 from 10:00 to 18:00 hours
Saturday: 13 April 2013 from 10:00 to 18:00 hours
Sunday, 14 April 2013 from 10:00 to 17:00 hours

Admission: After registration on the internet, free for all those interested in professional photography (professional photographers, dealers, professional visual designers, FEP Members, students of photography, photo fans etc.).

Location: (International Days and evening events)
A-4810 Gmunden

Date: 12 April to 15 April 2013


Our project is going to take a part at Pecha Kucha Night event! You will see us on 6th of March at 7:30 p.m. in Trnava synagogue – the center of contemporary art.


Peter Chmela (winner of Trnava triennal poster) – graphic
Free Trees – handmade bags
Katarína Janečková – fine art
Marek Párajka – bike design
MOOV – beats club night
Provocation Bureau – creative studio
Juraj Marec – Slovak Art Magazine
Martin Jankura (pyrodesign) – design
Illah van Oijen – photography
Martina Slováková & Cukru – visual art
Jana Kapelová – fine art
ASIL – association of Slovak ilustrators

This event is organized by OZ with the help of Jan Koniarek GalleryTrnava Self-governing Region and media partners City of Trnava and

Entry fee: 2 euros.

What is PechaKucha ?
PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.
The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organize PechaKucha Night Tokyo. With PechaKucha Nights now happening in over 500 cities around the world, we have discovered that most cities — not just Tokyo — have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in a relaxed way. If you have just graduated from college and finished your first project in the real world, where can you show it? It probably won’t get into a magazine, and you don’t have enough photos for a gallery show or a lecture, but PechaKucha is the perfect platform to show and share your work.

What makes a good PechaKucha?
Good PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected — unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some PechaKuchas tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different, and they turn each PechaKucha Night into “a box of chocolates.”

More about PKN here…


The winners were selected from over 100,000 images submitted to the contest. The overall winner is Paul Hansen.

Paul Hansen is a Swedish photojournalist and has worked for the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter since 2000. He has received numerous awards, including being named Photographer of the Year by POYi in 2010 and 2013, Photographer of the Year in Sweden seven times, and two first place awards from NPPA. He is based in Stockholm.

Gaza Burial at Gaza City, Palestinian Territories
Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his older brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father Fouad was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher.

View the entire collection of winning images from the 56th World Press Photo Contest here…


We proudlu announce that SAM has become a media partner of Central European House of photography. The goal is to bring more news from the photographic world and infrom about ongoing exhibitions.



Is the first complete encyclopedia on the history of photography of the 20th century. The History of European Photography (1900-2000) is an international participatory research project of a pan-European size divided into three volumes / periods, volume 1 – 1900-1938, volume 2 – 1939-1969, volume 3 – 1970-2000.

Each volume of the final encyclopedia will be organized alphabetically by countries (35 countries alltogether). A study on each country photography history will be written by an expert on photography from that country (more than 50 experts cooperating). Alongside with main studies, each book will contain a rich additional material, biographies of mentioned photographers, timetables marking cultural, social-political and technical-photographic events in each country for a given period. Indexes of each book will be of two kinds, indexes of mentioned photographers and indexes of other historical names and subjects. The project is coordinated by Prof. Václav Macek, a chairman of FOTOFO association, a professor at the University of Performing Arts, Bratislava, a director of Month of Photography festival, Bratislava.

Our primary goal is to fill in a gap in the theory of photography. The prepared encyclopaedia on history of European photography will be the first of its kind. While all existing publications on this topic focus only on leading countries in European photography, such as France, Great Britain or Germany, omitting more than half of the continent, we are offering a complete overview of photography development in the 20th century from Iceland to Russia and from Scandinavia to Mediterranean countries.
This 3-volume publication should also set an essential background for a future scientific research on a pan-European level in this field.



We have been thinking a lot about how to introduce the sixth issue of our magazine. Should we write about artistic creation? About subjective perception of art or about what makes artist an artist? No. We decided to write little about upcoming holidays and link it to art. X-mas has become more a good trademark than a peaceful holiday. Almost each one of us knows that stress and rush. But it does not matter how big and expensive present you will get. The true value lays in joy of giving. And the same thing can be found in art. Emotions and feedback are always important especially if you create for others not just for yourself. We present artists who are special and are interested in. We do our best to collect different kind of styles and it results in such a colorful mosaic.

The hardest thing is to get authors` trust that their works will not be misused. To create a very first issue with no significant proof, that was a goal.  But we get new knowledge and new confidence with each new issue coming out. A lot of work is needed but it is worth it. Let’s SAM be your companion during the long winter evenings.

SAM 06


List of authors:

Pavol Breier, Margaret Broz, Matej Michalík, Rebeka Vodrážková, Martin Mesároš, Lukáš Kubala, Laco Maďar, Ivan Mocko, Ivan Džugan, Michal Hellmet, Alexey Alexeev, Petr Bambousek, Erlend Mork, Ricardo Funari, Mariska Karto, Martin Pustelník, Ivano Coltellacci, Roman Vaňúr, Gabriela Kolčavová

Pictures sent by our readers can be found in section G@LLERY…