Krakow is an impressively photogenic city that also happens to host one of the major photography events in Europe – Krakow Photomonth. The festival has grown from humble beginnings in 2002 and now attracts major exhibitions from world famous practitioners while continuing to support and encourage young, home- grown photographers.
This year’s theme is fashion – not just the glossy images of beautiful models that grace fashions mags, but every aspect of what we wear and what it says about us, as captured by a highly diverse range of photographers. As usual, the main programme is supplemented by more than enough events, meetings and master classes to satisfy any lens jockey.
The festival runs from May 16 to June 16. For full details: www.photomonth.com
The Limits of Fashion
The main programme opens with an exhibition entitled The Limits of Fashion, which features work from 20 photographers or photographic teams. Held at Bunkier Sztuki (Plac Szczepański 3a), Photomonth’s organisers describe it as: “the key to understanding the broad definition of fashion adopted for the… whole of this year’s festival programme.”
F.C. Gundlach, Op Art-Fashion, Brigitte Bauer for Sinz, Vouliagmeni, 1966. Silver Gelatin Print © F.C. Gundlach
As always, top-flight photographers from around the globe will have exhibitions during Photomonth. United under the fashion theme, they nevertheless encompass the full range and history of photographic artistry.
Milou Abel (born 1990, Netherlands) Exhibition: I Am You ZPAF Gallery ul. św. Tomasza 24
Corinne Day (1962–2010, UK) Exhibition: Early Days Pauza Gallery ul. Floriańska 18/5
Ghislain Dussart (1924–1996, France) Exhibition: Collages MOCAK ul. Lipowa 4
F.C. Gundlach (born 1926, Germany) Exhibition: Vanity. Fashion Photograph The National Museum in Krakow al. 3 Maja 1
SHOWstudio (UK) Exhibition: Fashion Film Angel Wawel ul. Koletek 12
Walter Pfeiffer (born 1946, Switzerland) Exhibition: In Love With Beauty Starmach Gallery ul. Węgierska 5
Tadeusz Rolke (born 1929, Poland) Exhibition: Rolke Studio MOCAK ul. Lipowa 4
Synchrodogs (Ukraine) Exhibition: Crypsis New Roman Gallery ul. Krasickiego 9/8
Roy Villevoye (born 1960, Netherlands) Exhibition: Red Calico The Etnographic Museum of Kraków ul. Krakowska 46
Roy Villevoye, Andreas Saráw, Pirimapún, Asmat, Papua 1998 C – print from slide, 190 x 125 cm Courtesy Motive Gallery, Brussels, BE
The ever-popular ShowOFF section, which showcases the work of young Polish photographers, is bigger and better than ever before this year. Among a record number of submissions for the 2013 show was work from Ukrainian, Belarusian and Czech photographers for the first time. The work of ten photographers will feature in exhibitions at galleries around the city.
Simon Menner, From a Disguise Seminar, 2010–2012 © Simon Menner
Photomonth’s accompanying events are an integral part the festival programme. The whole month will see workshops and meetings with artists, including, this year, the new Masters Series meetings – an opportunity to meet and get to know interesting artists. Additionally, Portfolio Review is a unique opportunity to get valuable tips from experts.
Once again, Photomonth will include the hugely popular outdoor slideshows known as SlideNite. The shows will be divided into thematic blocks: the most interesting Polish photo- reportage of the last year, covers from leading contemporary and historical fashion magazines, and a presentation of the results of the international photo.mov photography competition. As if that wasn’t enough, there is a whole raft of events under the Krakow Photo Fringe umbrella. Get involved at: www.krakowfringe.com.