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Photography Festival in £ód¼
May 28, 2013   
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Work by the likes of Sebastiao Salgado, Gregory Crewdson and Annie Leibovitz will be on show at the 12th Fotofestiwal International Festival of Photography in the central Polish city of £ód¼ June 6-16.

The organizers promise the most exciting festival yet, with more than 20,000 participants, over 30 exhibitions, slide shows and many accompanying events.

The highlight of the festival is the Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2013 exhibition featuring works by eight competition finalists—Anja Bohnhof, Karl Burke, Jan Brykczyński, Frank Herfort, Lucia Herrero, Nadav Kander, Emilio Pemjean and Ilona Szwarc. More than 500 artists entered their works for the competition but only one can win the main prize of zl.10,000.

Another of the festival’s highlights is The New York Times Magazine: Photographs Tearsheets exhibition, curated by the magazine’s longtime picture editor Kathy Ryan. The collection includes more than 400 photographs showing the most important events in world history and famous and influential personalities as well as the portfolios of great photographers such as Nan Goldin, Roger Ballen, Lee Friedlander, Malic Sadibé, Simon Norfolk, Andres Serrano, Gilles Peress, Philip Lorca di Corcia, and Mary Ellen Mark.

During the event, British photographer Nadav Kander will exhibit a series of portraits entitled Bodies: 6 Women, 1 Man. Other projects showcased will include The Harvest of Death by Karl Burke, a photo experiment using pictures from computer games, or Palimpsest by Emilio Pemjean, a piece aiming to reconstruct architectural objects and spaces shown in some of the world’s most famous paintings.

Ilona Szwarc will present her World Press Photo Award-winning project American Girls. Viewers will also be able to catch a glimpse of photographs of nature and wildlife by Lucia Herrero as well as Jan Brykczyński’s photos of a Ukrainian village inhabited by a local ethnic group called the Boykos.

Meanwhile, the I the ARTIST: Transcendent Amateur exhibition, will focus on amateur and anonymous photography and its evolving artistic and social status, including transformations in the media and visual communications. Among the many approaches to the topic, the exhibition will feature arts and community projects, humorous reinterpretations of popular culture images by Joachim Schmid and a series of hilarious photos found online by Philip Schuette.

Various exhibitions held at art galleries in £ód¼ will feature portraits by outstanding Polish photographers such as Jacek Poremba, in addition to the Yes, I come from Poland project by Wojtek Wieteska and the Black Sea of Concrete project by Rafa³ Milach.

Open-air slide shows will give the festival a special flair, and contemporary Dutch and Portuguese photography will also be on show.

Accompanying events will include art education workshops, including ones focusing on printing and publishing.

More information: www.fotofestiwal.com
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