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.

Steve McCurry in Bratislava

We invite you to the exhibition of american world known photographer Steve McCurry which is going to be opened on Monday 30th June at 5.30pm in Central European House of photography, Prepoštská street no.4 in Bratislava (SK).

Steve McCurry was born on April 23, 1950 in Pennsylvania, attended Penn State University. He originally planned to study cinematography and filmmaking, but ended up getting a degree in theater arts and graduating in 1974. He became interested in photography when he started taking pictures for the Penn State newspaper The Daily Collegian. After working at Today’s Post in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania for two years, he left for India to freelance. It was here that McCurry learned to watch and wait on life. “If you wait,” he realized, “people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view.”

@ Steve McCurry - COLOMBIA

@ Steve McCurry – COLOMBIA

His career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled areas of Afghanistan just before the Soviet invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes. Those images, which were published around the world, were among the first to show the conflict. His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, an award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise.

McCurry continued to cover armed conflicts, including the Iran-Iraq War, Lebanon Civil War, the Cambodian Civil War, the Islamic insurgency in the Philippines, the Gulf War and the Afghan Civil War. His work has been featured worldwide in magazines and he is a frequent contributor to National Geographic. He has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1986. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photographers Association. The same year, he won an unprecedented four first-place prizes in the World Press Photo contest.

© Steve McCurry - SRILANKA

© Steve McCurry – SRILANKA

McCurry focuses on the human consequences of war, not only showing what war impresses on the landscape, but rather, on the human face. “Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition.”

Steve McCurry is portrayed in a TV documentary The Face of the Human Condition (2003) by French award-winning filmmaker Denis Delestrac.

In May 2012 Steve McCurry was Pirelli’s inspired choice of photographer to shoot the pictures for the 2013 Pirelli Calendar in Rio de Janeiro.

© Steve McCurry - PERU

© Steve McCurry – PERU

Bio taken from wikipedia


We invite you to an exhibition of students theses from Department of Photography and New Media of Academy of fine art and design. Opening will be held on Wednesday 28.5.2014 at 6pm in Central European House of Photography in Prepoštská street No.4 Exhibition will be opened until 25.6.2014.

We look forward to your participation,
Elena Šoltysová
manager of FOTOFO


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.

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