The 26th International Month of Photography Festival begins.

For the twenty-sixth year, Bratislava comes to life with photography throughout the month of November. This year will focus on two opposing lines of contemporary photography in the last 30 years; the neo-conceptual and narrative movements in photography. A special group of expositions will be formed by those works that accompany the release of the latest volume of, the History of European Photography of the 20th Century. This book is the most comprehensive research, and publication, achievement by the festival organizers; it has been developed in cooperation with other photography professionals from 36 European countries. The launching ceremony for the third and the final volume will map the history of photography from 1970 – 2000. The focus will not only be on ”the great photographic powers of the West” but also on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, from Albania to Ukraine, making it the first publication of its kind. The launching ceremony for the third volume will be held in the Albertina in Vienna and in the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava with the participation of all European authors.

After a years break, three important exhibitions at Kunsthalle will be opened. The highlights of this years festival will undoubtedly include the contemporary Spanish photographer Chema Madoz who became world famous thanks mostly to his surreal black and white photographs of objects, created with a great deal of ingenuity.

Chema Manoz

Chema Manoz

From Serbia, we are going to introduce private photographs of the communist politician Josip Broz Tito. At the collective exhibition of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) archive you can see dozens of prominent photographers documenting rural and small town life America after the economic crisis from 1935 to 1942. The photographers captured portraits of people and their difficult living conditions, housing problems and labour migration. The most famous of the photographers include Carl Mydans, Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott and Dorothea Lange, whose image of a migrant mother from 1936 became the official symbol of the project.

Marion Post Wolcott

Marion Post Wolcott

An exhibition of the French photographer Tatiana Lecomte, will open  at the Central European House of Photography. Tatiana Lecomte won the European Month of Photography prize, which is presented every two years in Luxembourg. The work of Mexican photographer Flor Garduňo can be seen on the second floor.

Flor Garduňo

Flor Garduňo


For photography from around the world, for the second time we will open an exhibition featuring the most comprehensive international photography competition the 2016 Sony World Photo Awards. This exhibition will be held in the Eurovea Expo Gallery. Every year, the Sony World Photo Awards presents the best international photographic talent and rewards professionals, amateurs, youths and students from around the world in a variety of photographic genres.

Since 2004, the Month of Photography in Bratislava has been a part of the European Month of Photography within the united association of festivals in Athens, Budapest, Paris, Luxembourg, Ljubljana and Vienna. Joint exhibitions will be held through the mutual collaboration of curators from these cities. This year, the partners have prepared the project, Looking into Clouds, which draws on exhibitions by more than 50 European photographers.


The twenty-fifth year of the event, which is traditionally part of autumn in Bratislava, brings new names, topics, and changes that have been carried out through the efforts of the organizers to achieve the best possible program, but also as a needed response to changes in the cultural (or uncultured) environment of Bratislava. Thanks to the understanding of the Slovak National Museum administration, three exhibitions will be held in museums on Žižkova street. In a similar fashion, the director of the Modern Art Gallery at the Danubiana came forward to meet our needs, therefore this gallery will become part of the festival for the first time.


The dramaturgy of the event builds on the opposition between the home and nomadism. We prepared the program a year ago, there is no intentional correlation with the current refugee crisis; although this correlation cannot be avoided. We were taught at school that home needs to be understood as “hands on which you can cry,” but certainly it is a wider phenomenon. We can include here: Knap’s Zen observations on the passage of time in nature or life; and Niedenthal’s authentic documentary photography of the struggle between Solidarity and political power during the eighties in Poland. In contrast to this stands the profession of a photographer, who as an author reports on problems, conflicts, and countries which at first glance seem exotic and incomprehensible regarding the meaning of home. Martin Kollár thus reveals the undercurrents of the Israeli presence, Gregor Sailer narrates the story of life in places where, behind beautiful scenery, cruel conflicts take place.

The Month of Photography is an event that was created in 1991 thanks to the European House of Photography in Paris. In a way, France is the guest of honour of the event, therefore the choice of theme is in accordance with this as well. The photographic culture of France is represented by the works of two extraordinary personalities – Robert Doisneau, who perfectly reflects the joyful and optimistic era of the fifties and sixties and Bernard Plossu who in the following decades looked for new forms of photography. From the younger generation, we chose Myette Fauchere‘s project which resembles the ties between France and its former African colonies.

Map of exhibitions


Katarína Bezáková – Victor Breiner – Boris Bunčák – Peter Dobiš – Natália Hlavičková – Soňa Chovančíková – Lena Jakubčáková – Matúš Plecho – Kata Sedlák – Ján Viazanička

We invite you to the exhibition of new names in contemporary documentary photography.

Okamihy - The moments

Curators: Ivana Pástorová, Lucia Benická
Special cooperation: Matúš Zajac
Graphic design: Dávid Hutira

The exhibition will last until 31st January, 2015.

Exhibition is made possible thanks to financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak republic.

Month of photography 2014

Central European House of photography brings to Bratislava a great photographic festival in November.

Dramaturgy in the 24th year of the Month of Photography stands on four pillars. The first pillar consists of exhibitions that thematise photography and theatre. The group of exhibitions includes one that is exceptional, Theatrical World 1839–1939, and also the unique original prints by Rudolf Koppitz, an Austrian author of the early 20th century. A renewed interest in inscenation can be observed in the retrospective work by Milota Havránková who inspired the Slovak New Wave. Month of photography presents a detailed reconstruction of the work of this group at the House of Arts / Kunsthalle.

Milota Havránková

Milota Havránková

The second topic of the Month of Photography is based on the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism in 1989. Five years ago we exhibited photographs that authentically captured the way of life in countries at the time of “real socialism”. This time we have prepared a series of exhibitions that tell how photography, and also culture, was misused in the era of totalitarian regimes (not only communist but also fascist). The title Propaganda and Power already suggests how photography was dealt with, not only by dictators such as Klement Gottwald, but also Jozef Tiso and Enver Hodža. The exhibition “Colors of the Republic” documents propaganda in early colour photographs from the German Democratic Republic. István Bielik reminds us of the falsehood of Russian propaganda, in the news from Maidan square in Kiev in January.

István Bielik

István Bielik

As always, an essential part of the Month of Photography are exhibitions of other Slovak photographers; from history and also from the present: Kornél Divald, Ján Galanda, Juraj LiptákPavol Breier (Prague), Silvia Saparová (Warsaw), Pavel Maria Smejkal (Vienna), etc.

The highlights of Central European and world photography include the Sony World Photography Award exhibition, which gathers together the best of current journalistic photography; and of course, the work of Gabriele Basilico, an exceptional Italian photographer of major cities of the world.

Gabriele Basilico

Gabriele Basilico

Month of photography includes also others exhibition out of Bratislava city, several photographic workshops, portfolio review and many accompanying photographic events.


You are cordially invited to the opening of exhibition FOLLOWING THE CROSS.

Photographers: Andrej BÁN ǀ Pavol BREIER ǀ Michal FULIER ǀ Alan HYŽA ǀ Andrej LOJAN ǀ Laco MAĎAR ǀ Boris NÉMETH ǀ Jozef ONDZIK ǀ Jozef SEDLÁK ǀ Jindřich ŠTREIT ǀ Matúš ZAJAC

Opening will be held on Thursday on 2nd October 2014 at 4pm in gallery of Town Hall of City of Levoča, Square of Master Paul No. 2.


Thematic exhibition of contemporary documentary photography from production of Dom fotografie, interprets pilgrimages, Christian festivals and events, missions, and daily rituals following „cross“.
Curators:Ivana Pastorová, Lucia Benická
Special cooperation:Jozef Sedlák

Exhibition invitation (PDF)

Exhibition is open: 2.10.2014 – 16.11.2014, Monday – Sunday, 9am- 5pm..
Town Hall of City of Levoča, Square of Master Paul No. 2 ǀ ǀ

Exhibition of Matúš Zajac and Laco Maďar

Someone is born to see the light, others are born in dark.

3:1 and galéria Velryba organize a photographic exhibition in gallery Kavarna Velryba. The openning will be held on 7. 7. 2014 at 6pm. Everybody are invited. Authors after the exhibition are  willing to discuss about their works and to hear your commnets.


About authors:

Matúš Zajac is devoted to documentary projects and he will present his last project called Subculture. More about Matúš`s creation.



Laco Maďar investigates night life in the western Europe. He tries to find contrasts in horizontal and vertical dimensions in net of night stories of different social classes and directly shows black and white reality of these hidden places.

© Laco Maďar

© Laco Maďar