GRAND PRIX FOTOFESTIWAL 2014


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