MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2015

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.

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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

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.

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Contact for the media:

Martina Ptáčková, martina.ptackova@innovate.cz,

+ 420 777 931 506

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.

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About authors:

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

© Matúš Zajac - SUBCULTURE FROM BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

© Matúš Zajac – SUBCULTURE FROM BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

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

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

Open-air PHOTO festival

Our magazine has become a media partner Open-air PHOTO festival event. Its last year part was a great international photographic event so we decided to support this action a to promote it through our web and social network to broader public. Lets read the first article devoted to Open-air PHOTO festival where you can find basic information for the next year.

The biggest European presentation of photographic opportunities, the biennial event Open-air PHOTO festival was successfully premiered last year. Český Krumlov, the co-organizer of the event, will liven up with photography again on 5.-7. June 2015.
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 meet, exchange experience, and improve knowledge.

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What is Open-air PHOTO festival?
The Open-air PHOTO festival is a professional artistic festival, combining experience form with interactive education. Although photography is at the forefront, also further artistic genres, such as theatre, clothes design, and stage design are represented. Active taking photo in the historic background of the town is preceded by an educational part.  Lectures, workshops, expositions of technological news, discussions with experts or photo advisory centre take place for the whole Friday. Visitors will be enriched by both their knowledge and by uncommon photographs.

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In addition to it, the second year brings a novelty. It is a contest and involvement of secondary art schools both Czech and International, the aim of which is not only to bring the artistic production and young talents closer to professionals and photographers, but also to educate common visitors. Winning installation will be a part of the programme, thus providing comparison with a different environment. A travelling exhibition over the Czech Republic and partner countries will take place during in the next year. The professional supervisor of the contest will be the St. Agnes of Bohemia Secondary School of Art and Design, which already participated in the first year.

More about contest here (doc)

Also the public without photographic ambitions, including families with children, will find the things of their interest. Accompanying programme will take place in the centre of the town for the whole day. Interesting music bands, dance, and photogenic performances will be seen on the main stage in the evening. The whole rich programme will be topped with the night after party.

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The main theme of the 2nd year
The first year was focused on Mankind. The second year will not differ. The main theme, offering a discussion from various social-scientific and artistic points of view, will be Man and Addiction subtitled: Which forms may an addiction have and how photography can express it.

More information about theme (doc)

1st year of the festival in numbers
17 locations/ 54 photo stages / 18 photo genres/ 98 photo models / 3000 visitors
120 lectures / 50 workshops / 36 partners / 30 personalities / 21 exhibitions


Here you can browse a presentation (PDF)

More information at the oficial website of the festival www.foto-festival.cz/en.

 

MARTIN BANDŽÁK – LIFE IN A CONTAINER

SAM invites you to the photography exhibition of Martin Bandžák called LIFE IN A CONTAINER. Exhibition will be held in Magna container in Poštová street in Bratislava. Together with music guests (Martina Javor, Funny Faces and Bloom) friends and supporters of Magna project (Children in need) we can support refugees in South Sudan and other places in world.

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Life in a container is a portrait series of people who have found their home in abandoned containers  in a refugee camp in South Sudan. Each picture from this series tells a story of people escaped from persecution and their agonizing experiences of losts, struggles, suffering but also about their hope.

Exhibition is organized by the World refugee day and is opened from 20th of June until 20th of July 2014.

Partners: Kontakt, Vínimka, Lucka, Istropolitana Ogilvy, Bratislava City and radio Radio Expres.

JAROSLAV KUČERA – HOW I MET PEOPLE

Jaroslav Kučera and his fantastic exhibition in czech town Písek.

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We invite you to an exhibition of known czech documentary photographer Jaroslav Kučera named How I met people which is going to be opened in czech Písek. You will see black and white photos, which are basics of Kučera`s last year exhibition in Prague.

Jaroslav Kučera, Praha MIchalská ulica, 1973 - In front of Blatnička

Jaroslav Kučera, Praha MIchalská ulica, 1973 – In front of Blatnička

Along the exhibitiona a new Kučera`s book will be launched. It is called  Meetings, moments, loneliness and shows 100 photographs from seventies, which have never been published yet.

Opening ceremony starts at 5 pm on 12th of June 2014.

Jaroslav Kučera, Praha Smíchov 1977 - Pub na Hromádkové

Jaroslav Kučera, Praha Smíchov 1977 – Pub na Hromádkové

Jaroslav Kučera, Luby 1994 - 90 years old grandma  Titěrová

Jaroslav Kučera, Luby 1994 – 90 years old grandma Titěrová

 

EXHIBITION OF THESES FROM ACADEMY OF FINE ART AND DESIGN

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