Photo workshop Art Natura Art and Photo Association of Serbia started the cycle of exhibitions which have been related to one of the elements of NATURE (fire, earth, air and water). In ancient philosophy, science and medicine those elements are representing the elements of the cosmos, the appearance of all existing things and of which those things consist.
The same concept of Nature existed in the ancient East (India, China ..., especially in an esoteric context). Throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Greek version influenced European philosophical thought, science and culture.
After two realized exhibitions during the previous years (WATER and EARTH), now it is time to promote photographic works for the following element of Nature: FIRE.
The authors of the photographs could send a maximum of 6 (six) works to the competition.
All members of the Photo Association of Serbia had the right to participate in the exhibition.
In order to make the evaluation and selection of works as objective as possible, a selector from Bulgaria was hired: Antoan Bozhinov, professor of photography at Sofia University.
A total of 256 photographs by 45 authors were submitted to the competition.
The selector selected 60 works by 32 authors for the exhibition.
The exhibition will be premiered this year in the BOŽIDARAC Gallery during the VIZUALIZATOR Festival.
The exhibition is accompanied by a well-printed catalog with reproduced all the photographs that have been accepted for exhibition.
The editor and designer of the catalog is Vlada Milinković, a member of ULUPUDS and ULUS.
Mads Greve is a photographer and associate professor in photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism (Danmarks Medie- og Journalisthøjskole). Beside his perennial teaching expeience, he worked as a staff and freelance photographer for some of the most prestigious Danish and international magazines, such as D la Republica, Italian Vanity Fair and Wired, Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, Politiken and others. He won two first prizes in the Danish Picture of the Year contest and published two photo books.
To public of the Festival he will present himself with documentary project Blind Date, which makes a collection of personal moments of the author, moments where everything appeared to be hopeless and lost. Encouraged with those sentiments, author indulged in creation of foggy black and white photographs that serve as a testimony of creative and transforming potential that is hidden in the moments of melancholy and activated while engaging in the act of creation. The name Blind Date is an actual metaphor for uncertain future which comes bearing unimagined things and encounters.
Hence, we invite you to come with us on a Blind Date during Photo festival VIZUALIZATOR and meet the world Danish photographer invites you in, the one that carries unexpected encounters and motives!
PRESS PHOTO SERBIA 2020
Have you followed previous editions of VIZUALIZATOR? If you have, then you must have heard of the PRESS PHOTO SRBIJA competition and exhibition, since it became our signature mark. However, the competition itself exists much longer than the Festival! During this 8th edition of the Festival, Press Photo Srbija will celebrate its 22nd birthday. Before you congratulate, make sure you read the entire text.
Press Photo Srbija is annual national competition for best photography in Serbian media and it involves announcing concourse, a great number of answers to it, the decision made by international jury and the most interesting part: exhibition of the winner’s photographs and best photographer awards ceremony.
We are proud to point out that this is the oldest concourse of that kind in Balkans and the only one that works on the affirmation and presentation of the biggest achievements of Serbian media and documentary photography. It promotes high professional, ethic and esthetic standards in media photography. Press Photo Srbija encourages research and independent work of the photographers and engagement in themes of social importance, distancing itself from those daily political and sensationalist. It propagates authorship work, empowers author’s consciousness of photographers and highlights their responsibility towards public, hence developing it. At the same time, project Press Photo Srbija develops critical consciousness, offering insight into possibilities of contemporary photo journalism as an integral part of contemporary visual culture. Like that, it affirms brave steps out and contemporary trends in media photography, as well as encourage authors on exhibition activities and establishing a stronger bond with public.
Project gathers affirmed foreign and Serbian photographers and photography theorists, who play the role of the jury. Like that, the exhibition itself is formed: from over 1500 photos, the professional jury chooses 100 of them within multiple categories and present them on large format.
The exhibition of awarded photographs functions as a connector among public and photographers. Many Serbian photographers achieved career in international media, where national concourse is the only way for public, both wider and professional, get in touch with their work. On the other hand, getting recognition on Press Photo Srbija competition, being an international reference, enables exhibiting outside Serbia, getting new engagements and developing potential of photographers of all ages.
We’ll be expecting you!
Rudolf Stobl is Austrian photographer with rich exhibiting experience, both in regional and international realms. By recommendation of Thomas Licek, organizer of European Photo Month, we received a chance to host him this year in Belgrade and showcase his project ‘Dye’.
In ‘Dye’, Rudolf Strobl showcases the result of several years of photographic documentary work. He focuses on locations that have been deprived of their original purpose and are now used as ‘battle grounds’ by paintball players. With the artist’s gaze trained firmly on a precise topographical analysis of these battlefields, the cultural and social aspects of the (war) games have become somewhat sidelined. These are locations which, like everything depicted in the photographs, have been radically taken out of context and translocated to an artificial world. As gaming arenas these former warehouses, deserted inns, and abandoned farmsteads are now simulacra of themselves. And yet the focal point of Rudolf Strobl’s exploration of the subject matter is not just the preconditions of the game, but first and foremost its formal outcome. Indeed, the traces of these simulated battles have been deposited over these
locations as layer upon layer of brightly coloured paints, adding a further quality. It is almost as if the photographer were wandering through the vast open landscapes of
a monumental oil painting, a painting whose woodlands and meadows were dotted with objects as colourful as they are peculiar, creating the perception of a walk-in art space. It is an illusion that appears at the end of a delightful contemplation of an eminently artificial world.
(The original text is witten by Peter Schreiner)
STEFANO DE LUIGI
Stefano De Luigi is renowned Italian photographer and member of prestige VII Photo Agency.
Living our time is an exhibition that covers about twenty years of editorial projects carried out by Stefano De Luigi. It touches on issues ranging from human rights to global warming, some of the issues faced by de Luigi throughout his career, but it is also a way of discovering the life of the reporter who considers each photo a segment of his life. "During my life as a documentary photographer I have been faced with different kinds of experiences, I went through many lives. I have met so many people and the richness of all these exchanges is my own capital of humanity. The exhibition wants to represent all these kind of moments, is a summary of my experience filtered with the idea of time. Each picture is just 1/125 of sec in my life but behind each picture, there is a mass of experiences that have formed my personality, what I am today. You have to imagine an iceberg. The picture is only the very top segment of the whole experience that is the mass covered by the water."
Photographer and director Tara Fallaux studied Film and Photography at various art schools in The Netherlands and the US. Once graduating from Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Arts in Pittsburgh, Tara kicked off her career as a portrait and documentary photographer for magazines in New York and later Amsterdam. Tara has since worked as a freelance photographer combining personal photography and film projects with commercial work.
She says that photography and film give her an opportunity to fulfill her curiosity for the mysteries of everyday encounters. Always interested in people’s vitality and fate and how they shape the world around them, she is a close observant of human bonds, both physical and mental. Although the themes of her work are various, it is their universality that combines them, encouraging the spectators to look at her work and contemplate about the questions they provoke.
Public of VIZUALIZATOR will have the chance to watch her film OVER THE RAINBOW and closely observe the photographs thematically meditating upon the issues it investigates. OVER THE RAINBOW is a heart-warming story that follows an 82 year old Leny, who pursues her dream of cycling around the world, where she finally meets the love of her life embodied in another woman. Although he lived most of her life being in the closet, she finally embraces her sexuality and fully starts expressing her true self.
Although she does so without any bitterness, she discovers that she does regret something. What? Come to the exhibition and film projection, so that you can find that out.
Story about Falconry is also a story about people
Renowned Serbian photographer Dragoljub Zamurović had his first encounter with falconers and birds-hunters back in a faraway Kazakhstan. Delighted by the fact that centuries old tradition is being preserved and transmitted within generations in Kazakhstan, he had to wait a little before encountering Serbian falconers.
Luckily, the opportunity arose when National Geographic in Serbian language invited him to do a photo-reportage about falconry in Serbia.
The series of extraordinary photographs about falconry which Zamurović had photographed was justifiably awarded with ‘Best Edit’ recognition in headquarter of National Geographic in Washington, D.C.
The first scene that newborn cubs of the predatory birds see usually is that of the falconers. For those who see these photographs of Zamurović, he will always be synonymous with falconry in Serbia.
This event is not to be missed, it is an unique photo view on the coexistence of predatory birds and people, which narrates the tradition, dedication, courage and honor.
Photos at the exhibition ‘Framing reality’ which will be organized during Photo Festival VIZUALIZATOR present section of the author’s work from the last decade. The author remains consistent to his own poetics and documentary approach, regardless of considerable thematic and geographic diversity of his work.
In this respect, the exhibition shows direct insight into customs, religious rites of various people and ethno-religious communities, moments from daily life, as well as social themes starting from Balkans, across Middle East and finishing in countries of Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Showcasing ceremonies, traditional martial arts, places of pilgrimage, important toponyms, but also details from ordinary men’s lives, the aim of the exhibition is to bring cultures from multiple geographic areas closer to our public, revealing hidden connections between them, as well as universality of human emotions.
Konstantin Novaković is a documentary photographer from Belgrade. During his numerous individual journeys, he was able to reach isolated and hardly-approachable regions, conflict zones, unrecognized and autocratic states in Europe, Asia and Africa. So far, he has organized several independent photo exhibitions and displayed his work at numerous group shows. In addition to that, he held many lectures about his travels and themes he treated from a photographer’s angle. He graduated from Department of Art History at Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, after which he finished master studies at University of Arts in Belgrade, as well at Central European University in Budapest. He is a member of section for Artistic Photography of ULUPUDS.
Story from the field: Belgrade Wolves
Amateur sport is very specific itself, especially when it comes to contact sports like American football. Players get into the season with the utmost seriousness, they prepare their bodies for exertion, ruthless punches, as well as for injuries, that can be very severe. Of course, they make those preparations solely because they love this sport.
Belgrade Wolves were founded in 2002, which presents the beginnings of American football in Serbia. Alongside its eternal opponent, Wild Boars from Kragujevac, Belgrade Wolves are the biggest team in the region. Them competing for the title is what their fans expect with excitement during the whole season.
The last few years, Kragujevac has been winning the title.
These photographs are created as a wish of the author to showcase the preparational process of the Wolves wanting to restore their title in 2019.
Boško Bunuševac is a documentary photographer, born on the 4th of March 1990 in Belgrade, where he lives and creates. He’s been a professional photographer since 2018. His photographs have been published in printed Serbian edition of National Geographic, digital Grain Magazine, as well as in several daily newspapers.
For multiple years, he played American football, which is where his fascination with this sport comes from.
Although a former insider, today we watches the trainings from an outsider’s perspective: the perspective of a reportage photographer.
The author hopes that with this photo series he succeeded in transferring to our public the passion and sacrifices of the players who approach this amateur sport, marginalized in Serbia, with strong will and enthusiasm, in spite of small budget and bad conditions.
’While playing for years, I wanted someone to make a documentary record of our work and preparations for the season, to follow our progress, all the ups and downs… When I finished playing, my interest in photography developed in parallel, so I decided to create a project which combines my two loves. Project ’Story from the field: Belgrade Wolves’ started with their first training in January 2019 and lasted until the end of the season- mid of July.’
The whole project was created in a digital form, using a dslr camera, in black and white technique,
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