Introducing project

As the editor of SAM which publishing is freezed for now (or FB page is still alive) I want to thank you for your support you have been giving to us. All issues of SAM are still available and downloadable in our archive.

But I am happy that can introduce our new web dofoto dedicated to documentary photography. It`s ambition is to become the base of photographers and a source of inspiration for all who loves documentary. It creates a possibility for presentation of great photographic series which are often unknown and not as recognized as they should be from our point of view. Site contains interviews with interesting personalities and reviews of photographic events and exhibitions. Our team is not afraid to present it`s view on the current state of documentary photography in Slovakia and we believe in constructive discussion.

Dofoto EN

dofoto shows the best of the emerging document in Slovakia and abroad. It sets and raises the quality standards of photographic series which are born in long-term projects, which go in depth and do not result in psychological superficiality and flatness.

I recommend you great interview with iranian photographer Fatemeh Behboudi or essay by Kim Thue.

dofoto will show life the way it really is and will publish stories of heaviness, love, difficulty and stories about people and their inner world. Our website contains the list of great photographers who devoted their carrier to capture the LIFE.

Juraj Marec


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.

10 photographic documents you must see


Diane Arbus (*1923 – 1971) was an American photographer and writer noted for photographs of deviant and marginal people (dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers) or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal.


Nancy (*1953) is an American photographer. She lives and works in New York City, Berlin, and Paris. Her work is focused on drugs, gender, sexuality, abuse and death.


Gregory Crewdson (*1962) is an American photographer. He photographs tableaux of American homes and neighborhoods.


William Eggleston (*1939), is an American photographer. He is widely credited with increasing recognition for color photography as a legitimate artistic medium to display in art galleries.


William Klein (*1928) is an American-born French photographer and filmmaker noted for his ironic approach to both media and his extensive use of unusual photographic techniques in the context ofphotojournalism and fashion photography. He was ranked 25th on Professional Photographer‘s list of 100 most influential photographers.


Cynthia “Cindy” Morris Sherman (*1954) is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits. In 1995, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.


Joel Meyerowitz (*1938) is a street photographer and portrait and landscape photographer. He began photographing in color in 1962 and was an early advocate of the use of color during a time when there was significant resistance to the idea of color photography as serious art. In the early 1970s he taught the first color course at the Cooper Union in New York City where many of today’s renowned color photographers studied with him.


Tyrone Lebon’s 30-minute documentary spotlights some of the best contemporary filmmakers across the globe, including Juergen Teller, Sean Vegezzi, Nobuyoshi Araki, Takashi Homma, Ari Marcopoulos, Jill Freedman, Tim Barber and more.


Robert Frank (*1924) is an American photographer and documentary filmmaker. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocquevillefor his fresh and nuanced outsider’s view of American society. Critic Sean O’Hagan, writing in The Guardian in 2014, said The Americans ”changed the nature of photography, what it could say and how it could say it.” Frank later expanded into film and video and experimented with manipulating photographs and photomontage.


Photographers Steve McCurry, Brigitte Lacombe, Jay Maisel, Susan Meiselas, Miru Kim and Bruce Davidson share insights on their work and what makes a great portrait. Interviews with curators, artists, and authors also help demonstrate the passion of this gifted group and help put their work in context.

Sources:, wiki

Matúš Zajac – OUT

The second book of social documentarist Matúš Zajac called OUT will make you meditate.
- Four years of photographing – nine essays – seven awards. -


He is there where are no others are and sees what others don`t see and don`t perceive. I appreciate Matúš as a man, I appreciate his approach to life and I really like his work.

- Jindřich Štreit. -

Selected works used in book OUT.

© Matúš Zajac - Out

© Matúš Zajac - Out

© Matúš Zajac - Out

© Matúš Zajac - Out

© Matúš Zajac - Out

© Matúš Zajac - Out

Foreign countries are interested in the Open-air PHOTO festival

Press Release, 21. 7. 2014

Foreign countries are interested in the Open-air PHOTO festival

More artistic spirit, participation of Visegrád countries, the main theme Man and Addiction, a contest of schools with artistic branches of study.

Our forthcoming year confirms a clear conception, resulting from the first year. Interest from abroad confirms our vision. I can confirm that we hear from photography fans, who have learned about the festival and the experts from neighbouring countries, as well as Belgium, Spain, and Great Britain, who would like to exhibit in the festival. Of course we are delighted that foreign photo clubs have found interest“ says Martina Ptáčková, producer of the festival, and continues: “Currently we are negotiating with Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, who are all in keen negotiation. Even for this reason we strive to get the Visegrád grant.

The main theme of the second year

The first year was focused on Mankind. Next year will not differ, yet the main, associating theme, offering discussion from various social-scientific and artistic points of view, will be Man and Addiction, subtitled „What forms and shapes may addiction have and how photography can express it. Although photography comes into focus, also other artistic genres from theatre, clothes design, to stage design will be included. And all these branches in this theme will be seen in the public space in Český Krumlov. Last year the festival occupied the castle, cluster, monastery gardens, City theatre, Museum Fotoateliér Seidel, narrow streets and nooks of the historic centre, and school of arts.

Martin Grobař

ART ROOM 2015 Competition

Premises of the St.Agnes of Bohemia Secondary School of Art and Design became a strong location in terms of the theme and programme. Combination of photography with processes and results of artistic production is the main idea for opening the contest ART ROOMS 2015.
The competition is open for students of secondary schools and colleges with artistic branches of study from the Czech Republic and Visegrad countries. The ART ROOM 2015 enables them to express themselves to the festival theme, and, at the same time, provides space for presenting their work in the streets of the town. The festival experts and general public will have the opportunity to see and photograph the best installations of young artists and present it in other countries. “We want to inspire people to create, innovate , introduce young talent, cultivate and educate visitors” says Martina Ptáčková.

The jury

As previously mentioned , the main theme of the competition of schools and of the festival is the same, Man and Addiction. Character of the competition assumes team work interconnecting more branches in a given school (e.g. stage, graphic, and industrial design, architecture, etc.) The task is to create photographical scene, which will creatively express the theme of the competition and will be transportable to different environments, Original photo scenes will be assessed and selected by the jury, with Ondřej Neff in head¸ Other members of the jury are: photographer Tereza z Davle, film architect Milan Býček, artist Vladimír Merta, cameraman Asen Šopov, stage designer Jaroslav Svoboda and a representative of professional supervisors from the given country. Winning installations will become a part of the programme, thus compared with different environments. A travelling exhibition will take place over the Czech Republic and partner countries. Guarantor of the competition is St.Agnes of Bohemia Secondary School in the Czech Republic and Academy of Creative Photography in Slovakia.

Open air

What is the Open-air PHOTO festival?

The Open-air PHOTO festival is a special experience form of a professional festival. It is unique mainly by its interactivity. The weekend full of active photography within a carefully prepared programme with Český Krumlov providing the historic background. In our educational programme we provide lectures, workshops, expositions of technological news, discussions with experts or photo advisory centre take place for the whole Friday.
The event, which is unparalleled in the world of photography, gained favourable acceptance among participating experts, performers, partners, the media, and visitors, as well as the town itself. In two days, the town listed in UNESCO World Heritage becomes a place for encounter of professionals, fans, and people moving in front of and behind the camera. It is a great place to gather experience, new contacts, and to improve knowledge. The general public with no interest in the art form itself will find the things of their own taste. Accompanying programmes will take place in the centre of the town for the whole day. Interesting music bands, dance, and photogenic performances will be seen in the evening on the main stage. The whole rich programme will be topped with the night after party. Český Krumlov will liven up with photography again next year, in June 2015.


Contact for the media:

Martina Ptáčková,,

+ 420 777 931 506


13th edition of Fotofestiwal will take place on June 5-15, 2014 in Łódź, as ever. This time the festival returns to the venue in which 10 earlier editions took place. Main exhibitions and events will be housed at Art_Inkubator w Fabryce Sztuki, three post-industrial buildings which have been modernized and transformed into an impressive, high-tech place within the last 3 years. The programme of this year Fotofestiwal is afoot, but we will disclose a few details right now.

Future Photo Show is a discussion panel devoted to the theme of future, combined with meetings with authors. The guests will be visionary artists, who create images of the future. We have invited three photographers: Phillip Toledano, Vincent Fournier and Kobas Laksa.

Kobas Laksa, Stephan

Kobas Laksa, Stephan

As part of the Special Exhibitions section we will show two extensive, retrospective exhibitions: disquieting, sombre Roger Ballen, one of the most widely exhibited photographers in the world at the moment, and Volker Hinz, photographer of major personalities of the 20th century history and showbiz. Aside from that, we will present a multiply awarded project by the Russian artist, Evgenia Arbugaeva, who tells a fairy-tale story of the artist’s childhood in faraway Siberia.

Roger Ballen, Dresie and Casie, twins, W Tvl, 1993

Roger Ballen, Dresie and Casie, twins, W Tvl, 1993

Amongst the finalists selected from over 600 submissions to the Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2014 there are, i.a.: Elena Chernyshova, awarded at this year World Press Photo contest for her photographs of Norilsk, one of the most polluted cities in the world, and Adam Lach, whose Stigma project received an honourable mention at the prestigious American contest Pictures of the Year International 2014. All in all 10 finalists will participate in the contest exhibition, one of which will be awarded with the Grand Prix of 10 000 PLN.

The following artists will also present their work at this year Fotofestiwal: Kuba Dąbrowski, Igor Omulecki, Anita Andrzejewska, Jakub Karwowski. Aside from the photography exhibitions there will also be a display of publications devoted to photography entitled The Best Photobook of the Year 2014.

Together with the legendary Magnum Photos Agency we would like to invite you to two events:

- Masterclass – exclusive 4-day long master workshops with Alex Webb, one of the top photographers of the Agency, and Rebecca Norris Webb.

- Professional Practice – meetings and portfolio review with experts collaborating with the Agency on the subject of finding one’s way in the contemporary market of photography.
The programme will also include: workshops, meetings with authors, contests, photography auction, late night slide shows, reading room and, obviously, clubbing in Łódź.

Volker Hinz, legends, Woody Allen

Volker Hinz, legends, Woody Allen

More details at the oficial website


Magazine atteliér and Studio of documentary and reportage photography of FMK UCM in Trnava invite you to the photo presentation of slovak press photographer and documentarist Michal Burza, who has recently come back from Ukraine where he captured civil protests of Kiev spring.

Michal survived the hardest fight (20. – 21.2. 2014) at the Kiev`s square Majdan with a camera in his hand. You will have an unique chance to talk with a man who faced of death and witnessed this event which is important for the whole Europe.

Do not miss this!



Ongoing exhibition in Medium Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts and design in Bratislava.

Academy of Fine Arts and design in Bratislava – Civil association OZ Mnémosyné – Association of the 1st May invite you to the common exhibition of visual arts which is focused on problems of segregated minority of gipsy community.



Gita Balogová, Peter Barták, Alžbeta Bila, Helena Bíla, Zuzana Bíla, Adam Billy, Michaela Císařová, Iveta Čonková, Drahomíra Cvoreňová, Emília Cvoreňová, Jarmila Cvoreňová, Marcela Cvoreňová, Marta Cvoreňová, Michal Cvoreň, Kristína Danková, Nikola Danková, Júlia Duždová, Valéria Duždová, Terézia Ferková, Elena Gallová Kriglerová, Eugen Gindl, Zuzana Gindl Tatárová, Barbara Gindlová, Erik Grundza, Erika Grundzová, Michal Havran, Karol Horváth, Oto Hudec, Kveta Husárová, Eduard Chmelár, Ladislav Kaboš, Eva Kempná, Eva Kavúrová, Mirka Kavúrová, Zdenka Kavúrová, Šymon Kliman, Daniela Krajčová, Norbert Lacko, Jolana Lacková, Justína Lacková, Lucia Lacková, Silvia Lacková Čúzyová, Terézia Lacková, Marek Leščák, František Marton, Zuzana Medzihorská, Irena Miková, Linda Miková, František Mucha, Ernest Mucha, Július Mucha, Roman Olekšák, Kamila Petová, Darina Petová, Mátyáš Prikler , Tomáš Rafa, Alena Šerdziková, Dušan Šerdzik, Ladislav Šerdzik, Michal Sládek, Daniel Škobla, Marek Šulík, Zuzana Vasičáková Očenášová, Jaro Vojtek, Matúš Zajac, Valika Zbilla, Jan Zbily, Peter Zbily, Marek Žolták, Štefan Žolták, Mária Žoltáková a mnohí ďalší

Project curators:
Barbara Gindlová, Silvia L. Čúzyová a Noro Lacko

Exhibition includes presentation and discussion cycle named: Word for picture/Picture for word with three pannel discussions:

  • Fragile witness – 24. 2. 2014 at 5pm

Discussion with photographers Matúš Zajac and Šymon Kliman.

Matúš Zajac - Gypsies

Matúš Zajac - Gypsies

Šymon Kliman - Beautiful People

Šymon Kliman - Beautiful People

  • On thin ice – 5. 3. 2014 at 5 pm

Where are you heading Slovakia or a sad choreography between sediments of extremism and inattention.

  • In the echoes of reality– 14. 3. 2014 at 5 pm.

Film makers about gypsies together with following movies projecting:

Cigáni idú do volieb (Jaro Vojtek)
Zvonky šťastia (Marek Šulík)
Cigán (Martin Šulík)
Všetky moje deti (Laco Kaboš)

Exhibition is opened from 20. 2. until 16. 3. 2014.


Our magazine has started a great cooperation with Robert Vano Gallery. Roberto Vano is a master photographer who was featured and interviewed in SAM 03. We bring you a first article about its series called “Invisible photographers“.

Marieta Zuzíková

photo - Marieta Zuzíková

Quating Mr. Robert Vano: „You have to see the photo, otherwise it doesn`t exist! All invisible photographers have in common great love to photography and a strong need to grow up, get better and learn new things… From their stories you can feel deep humility and stamina.“

Invisible photographers is an ongoing project managed by Robert Vano Gallery. Last year team of  Robert Vano Gallery and brought 15 unknown photographers into public attention and 22 more are in plan for this year. All of them own a portfolio which in many cases even beats the professional photographers. The biggest challenge in the upcoming future is to organize a common exhibition in Bratislava and Prague and to publish a catalog in the beginning of 2015.



Within the scope of the Daguerreobase  project we invite you the the international meeting named “Image of the past, reflection of the present” which will be held on 22. – 23. of january 2014 in the National technical museum in Prague.

Program of the meeting (PDF)

Application forms should be sent to and

Organization team of Daguerreobase CZ is looking forward to meet you.

Petr Kliment, NTM
Michaela Brachtlová, NTM
Tomáš Štanzel, NTM
Petra Trnkova, ÚDU AV ČR