New Wave of SAM

Aftre succsesful presentation of our New Wave of SAM  at Czech Open-air PHOTO festival together with organizers we`ve have decided to folllow the dramaturgic line. Five photograpgers selected by festival art comittee FURIE and SAM magazine will be given much more space and they will become a major photographers of the festival with an opportunity to lead their own workshops and present their artistic evolution.

Let`s follow the list of these great artists.

Dia Takácsová

© Dia Takácsová

Through photography, Dia Takacs mostly captures emotions connected with nature. There are signs of melancholy and quaintness in her work. She looks for exceptional places and people, in both cases preferring unusualness and kind of a special aura. She also revels in minimalist form and believes that it is imperfection what makes photos more human. Dia presented her work in several exhibitions in Slovakia and abroad and her photos appeared on book and CD covers. Her commercial production, in connection with Tomáš Schiller, in known as Aeternus Photography.

Kata Sedlak

© Kata Sedlak

Kata Sedlak, a photographer with her own signature and a clear idea of how to visualize the objects she is familiar with. The author intentionally selects topics evoking strong emotions. The most frequent source of inspiration is her family, where, as a mother, she exactly recognizes the most accurate moment to reflect given psychological state within a scope of an ordinary day. She is an author integrating a photofootageinto a more social context. There were a few names in the world of photography personalizing the same idea, Sally Mann, a photograper of children, to name one, whose work resembles Kata Sedlak’s most. Kata has mastered the art of light and intimity and her trademark of breaking any stereotypical dogmas is evident throughout her work. Slovakia has a very unusual sight in photography and it can be said with certainty that we will hear about Kata in the future as she proved us with her photo story of Autumn 2014 depicting a gypsy ghetto, in search for her favorite aspects – interpersonal relationships and emotional swings.  -Matúš Zajac-

Mária Švarbová

© Mária Švarbová

Mária Švarbová was born in 1988 in Slovakia. She finished her university studies of conservation – restoration and archeology. She has dedicated to photography since 2010. Earlier works of young and talented author, publishing under name Maria Svarbova are resembling a dream like reality with elements of surrealism and Art Nouveau. Her latest photographs focus on delivering a message and triggering feelings with focus on minimalism and purity. She is a very distinctive photographer, who can present a vast porfolio of high quality. Maria has also won various prestigious awards and participated in valuable collaborations such as signing off contract with american Vogue. Her photos were also used as covers for multiple bestselling books of world-class authors. One of her works was selected to be a cover photo of prestigious photography magazine DODHO. One of here latest successes is that one of her works was used as cover photo for Czech photography magazine FotoVideo. She also won gold medal of excellence in the biggest photography saloon (TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT) that tooks place in Austria. Maria will be having an exhibition in Paris in the Sakura gallery, which will be representing her in the entire France and she will be in others 80 galleries around the world (YellowKorner).

Michal Zahornacký

© Michal Zahornacký

He graduated from Business College. He lives on taking photos of weddings and portraits and at the same time he makes his own thoughts and ideas into compact photographic projects. Recently finished series „Dream“was influenced by surrealism. Currently Michal works on a new project called „Poems“, connecting pictures with poems.  „Poems“ represent portraits of people with a profound thought which is supplemented by a poem. He has been working on this project with various poets.


© Sachtikus

He comes from Slovakia, Banská Bystrica. Currently he newly lives in Prague. He performs and works under name Sachtikus. Photography and his pseudonym have been with him for several years. Currently he dedicate himself to photography in professional way, mostly to reportages, concerts, and studio portraits. In the beginning of his work was heavy metal and concert photography in his home town, which used to be Mecca of hard music in Slovakia. A part of his work is represented by photographs with military subject matter, where a few times a year he turns into a soldier of Russian army from the Second World War. Essentials of his work and interest are people, no matter if portraits, photos from concerts, or Picture from bars or trips. He often supports philosophy of form above content, especially with portraits. He likes high quality of performance, technical perfection in editing, soft light, large printings, and beautiful models. He also likes expressions on people’s faces, when you can feel emotions and atmosphere. Last but not least, he goes in for surrealistic themes, self-portraits, and macro of insect.

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The Open-air PHOTO festival is a flagship

Press Release, 5. 1. 2015

The Open-air PHOTO festival is a flagship on the sea of world photographic events

The Open-air PHOTO festival, a part of which was almost 3000 visitors, organises in the second year a range of partial projects, such as international meeting of photo clubs, competition of photogenic ideas ART ROOM, world competition Photo Award. The festival also presents contemporary Slovak talents of the New wave or welcomes an exclusive festival guest Robert Vano.

The festival offers both classic, which means exhibitions, lectures, workshops and expositions of photo equipment, and mainly active photography. This is missing in other photographic events and this is how the Open-air PHOTO festival differs from other project in both in Europe and in the world. The festival takes place in one of the most photogenic towns, Český Krumlov, listed in UNESCO. As the town is a co-organizer of the festival, visitors can get to especially attractive interiors and exteriors. Many photo stages in the festival theme 2015 – Man and addiction – as well as professional background and a wide range of photographic genres from street photo to nude will be prepared. There is a chance to participate and create for professional and amateurs, but also for people, who use a camera or mobile phone only for records of family celebrations or holidays and would like to achieve more.

Where lies the uniqueness of the festival?

A concept of the festival, which is unparalleled in the world, meets requirements of both trends of experience hobby tourism and demands of professional photographers, as confirmed in words of Martina Ptáčková, the director of the festival: Most of the festivals are photogenic. People take pictures of music bands, actors, light installations, but it is always a kind of snapshot, souvenir from an event. Our festival, as one and the only, is focused on people, who like taking photos. Thus the programme complies with demands of photographers, which means to have good light, professional background, peace and time to take photos, and quality content of photography. No matter if a photographer professional or amateur, we offer a story in form of experience, which can be captured in professional conditions, thus learning new things, to pick some tricks from more experienced colleagues, or only just enrich their portfolio with beautiful pictures or genres, which are not common to be met.

The second year will introduce new projects, photo locations, and personalities

The festival tries to present the most attractive and most photogenic locations of Český Krumlov to visitors. It can be architectonic masterpieces; bur also secludes places, releasing photographic imagination. Besides well proved photo locations from last year, there will be new places such as Graphite quarry, Synagogue, or a rock at the Ploučnice River.

SUPŠ sv.Anežky - Jan Mahr

SUPŠ sv.Anežky – Jan Mahr

In addition to broadening visitors´ horizons in field of Český Krumlov architecture, the organizers also try to present new personalities to them. As an exclusive guest, Robert Vano is coming. More artists, who will be somehow involved in festival events, will be e.g, Tereza z DavleGarick AvanesianDorota Kycia (PL), Aleksandr Kharvat (UK), Ondřej NeffKatarína SmikováAsen ŠopovMilan BýčekJaroslav Svoboda or artist Vladimír Merta.
The projects, which are a part of the festival programme, are in process now. In January, there is closing date for competitions of secondary schools of art for photogenic ideas ART ROOM¸ Another competition PHOTO Award is under patronage of world organizations FIAP, IAAP, PSA, and ČFFU. The organizers of the festival closely cooperate with photo clubs, and therefore even this year the international Meeting of photo clubs is will take place. Currently, several Czech and Slovak photo clubs has been registered and the organizers gladly welcome more those interested from both Czech Republic and abroad. Symbolically, by occasion of Velvet Revolution 25th Anniversary, a project new wave was opened, with aim to introduce young Slovak talents in cooperation with the independent media SAM. The artistic quality and European contribution of the festival and partial projects were appreciated by the International Visegrad Fund, from which the festival received international grant.

The only festival, where you really enjoy taking photos

The Open-air PHOTO festival is a specific festival focused of photography, which combines experience format with interactive education. Meetings of photo clubs, lectures, workshops, expositions of technological news, discussions with the experts, or photo advisory office will take place for the whole Friday; tens of locations and photo stages on historic background of the town for the weekend. During three days, professionals, fans, and people moving in front of and behind camera will meet in Český Krumlov. At one place people meet, exchange experience, and expand their knowledge. Český Krumlov will liven up with photography again on 5 – 7.6.2015.

SUPŠ sv.Anežky - Jan Mahr

SUPŠ sv.Anežky – Jan Mahr

Contact for the media:
Soňa Holotová,, +420 725 373 155

Co-organizer of the festival is Český Krumlov
The festival and partial projects are supported by:
International Visegrad FundCzech Federation of Photographic ArtUnion of Slovak PhotographersFédération Internationale de l’Art PhotographiquePhotographic Society of AmericaInternational Association of Art Photographers

Programme and product partners:
Ośrodek Kultury i Sztuki we Wrocławiu (PL), Ciróka Bábszínház (HU), IRIS (SK), AKF (SK), SUPŠ Sv. Anežky ČeskéMuseum Fotoateliér SeidelEIZOAdes4studio, Carl ZeissNONAC CVAPROOneFiveFUJIFILMFotoKrumlovAFOPPICTOARTFOTOSFÉRACirkus trochu jinakCzech BeautyKonfrontace

Media partners:
FotoVideoDigiNeffePhoto.skmagazín D., Slovak Art


1.year of the Open –air PHOTO festival in numbers
17 locations / 54 photo stages / 18 photo genres / 98 photo models / 3000 visitors
120 lectures / 50 practical workshops / 36 partners / 30 personalities / 21 exhibitions
Watch the spot Open –air PHOTO festival 2013.
Here you can see presentation
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