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FOTOFESTIVAL: ŁÓDŹ 2017

FOTOFESTIVAL: ŁÓDŹ 2017

David Lynch once said, ‘I just like going into strange worlds’, which might be a suitable comment after seeing this year Fotofestival in Łódź. With the subheading ‘Can you imagine?’, the sixteenth edition invited us to experience photo stories…

SIX RECENT MUST-HAVE PHOTOBOOKS

For anyone in search of photobooks marrying quality photography with unusual format and approach, look no further than these six examples. Our selection highlights experiments with the form, content and approach, showing different…

ALL THAT IS MELTED…

In an interview with Tytus Szabelski, we discuss the role of an artist, the relevance of distinction between a copy and an original, the means of expression, and the twists and turns which led him to the creation of “All that is melted…”.

HIGHLANDER IN THE LENS

Zakopane is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in Poland alongside Warsaw, Krakow and Trójmiasto. Why has the small town situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains gained such prominence as a cultural…

TRAVELLERS FOREVER

“Rivers and Roads”. Being on the road is the topic of this year’s TIFF festival. But what does it mean to be on the road? Where is it exactly? Neither here, nor there. Somewhere in between, nowhere and everywhere.

KRZYSZTOF MANIAK INTERVIEWED BY MARTA KUDELSKA

Last year Krzysztof Maniak was awarded the first prize in the Hestia Artistic Journey Competition. It’s high time we looked back and discussed what has changed for him in the last year.

MARCIN RYCZEK: SEIZING THE MOMENT

Today, in the era of digital photography, pictures appear and disappear in a dynamic dance of desire and deception. It is increasingly challenging to create surprising representations of reality, let alone ones worth remembering.

FROM THE INTIMATE TO THE SPECTACULAR. INTERVIEW WITH ALISON NORDSTRÖM, ART DIRECTOR OF THE FOTOFESTIVAL IN ŁÓDŹ

Fotofestiwal in Łódź 2016 concentrates on the experience intrinsically linked to photography from its very beginning – travel and the various forms.

FIVE FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Polish photography has fast been gaining momentum for the past few years. There is a sense of freshness and innovation about their ideas and the way they perceive their surrounding.

BOWNIK. THINGS IN THEMSELVES

Immanuel Kant, in seeking the irrefutable foundations of unshakeable knowledge, set two separate spheres against each other – the world of things and all that which is beyond the realm of the senses and all that which is beyond the realm of the senses…

BRUTAL BY MICHAŁ ŁUCZAK

Brutal by a Polish photographer Michał Łuczak (the Sputnik Photos collective) is a great example of a micro-documentary choosing to tell ‘little’ stories instead of grand narratives. In his cycle Łuczak documented Katowice Railway Station.

CRISIS IS ONLY A BEGINNING

‘Polish photography has never had a better time.’ — these words are the central theme of the fifth, jubilee edition of TIFF Festival. The message contained in a short expression ‘Polska now’ has become a leitmotif for curators…

ANETA GRZESZYKOWSKA: ART MEANS MORE THAN COMMUNICATION

“My body and surroundings play a major role in my work for technical reasons […]. My work is deeply rooted in the mundane reality. The questions I ask are addressed to me.”

POLISH PHOTOGRAPHY IN HAMBURG – THE HAMBURG TRIENNIAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography took over the city of Hamburg during the last two weeks of June thanks to the 6th edition of the Hamburg Triennial of Photography. This year’s motto was ‘THE DAY WILL COME’.

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE – PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAŁ KORTA

The Balkans in Southern Europe… is where you can observe the clash between the past and the present, the clashes between cultures, religions and worldviews…

ZOFIA RYDET – DISTANT ROADS

Zofia Rydet was born in 1911 in the city of Stanisławów (currently Ukrainian). The characteristic feature of her’s works are their topics which focus entirely on ordinary people and their life. The artist’s works are recognized not only in Poland…

JOANNA PIOTROWSKA: HIDDEN EMOTIONS

We visited Joanna Piotrowska’s exhibition „How are you”. Piotrowska touches the issue relation between women and men – of domination and objectification of men. The photo shoot was made in Nairobi in cooperation with Fundacja Razem Pomoja.

THE POLISH PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK EXHIBITED AT FORMAT15

FORMAT International Photography Festival is one of the biggest photography festivals in the United Kingdom. Their 2015 edition centred around the theme of ‘evidence’.

KAROLINA JONDERKO – PORTRAITS OF TIME

Karolina Jonderko begun her adventure with photography working with her father’s old Zenith. What distinguishes her photographs is their huge emotional load, and their simplicity, which coincides with their message.

RAFAŁ MILACH: PHOTO-EYE

Photographer, documentarian, visionary, curator, lecturer and, above all, artist – these are the words that sum up Rafał Milach. Milach belongs to a new generation of photographers. In 2006 he co-formed the group Sputnik Photos.

AGATA MADEJSKA – EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN THE DISTANCE…

A distance forged between point “a” and point “b”. On one side, there was emptiness, a vacuum; on the other side an electric field, drawing and connecting the two “points” like gravity.

LET’S TALK ABOUT JUSTINA, BABY!

For a while now, she has been working on the project revolving around mysterious Justina. The interview below explores the issues of art, travel and the identity of a girl who resembles an anti-hero from picaresque novels.

CONTEMPORARY LYNX’S TRIP TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC – PART 2

In the previous part of our account of the trip to the Czech Republic we have described only a part of events. This time check out: 7th New Zlin Salon 2014, exhibitions in Brno and Prague.

GUIDED TOUR OF MAREK PIASECKI’S EXHIBITION AT MUMMERY + SCHNELLE IN LONDON

In February Contemporary Lynx visited an exhibition of Marek Piasecki [1935-2011] at Mummery + Schnelle Gallery in east London. We had the pleasure to meet…

MAREK PIASECKI: AN ECCENTRIC AND VISIONARY ARTISTIC PHENOMENON

Marek Piasecki (1935-2011) is one of the most eccentric and visionary artistic phenomena in post-war Polish culture. He worked as a professional photojournalist as well as an artist…

AN APPROACH TO BEING

The project did not serve as a vehicle to present a retrospective overview of the work of Polish artists, but rather to provide curators’ commentary, so that it would be easily understandable for the people in Japan.

NATALIA LL – THE BODY OF ART

Let’s have a closer look at the work of Natalia Lach-Lachowicz, the extraordinary persona widely known as Natalia LL. There are a couple of pretexts for dealing with this topic. First of all, her exhibition in Venice.