4-5. June I spent in Kassel at the Fotobook festival. It is always nice to meet new and old friends on such events. And of course to meet new and old books. I don’t want to describe here the event itself, which this year was dedicated to books of Martin Parr/ Iberian books/ fresh books, there are already some reports such as this one written by Harvey Benge (who was among my reviewers) or the series of reports written by Eva Gravayat, coordinator of the festival, for instance this. I’ll rather focus on my own impressions and experience.
I met Julia Abzaltdinova this February in Yekaterinburg (Russia). I visited my home town Perm which is located in Ural region, not far from Yekaterinburg, and decided to continue my series of interviews with Russian young photographers – this time in Ural region of Russia. We all know already a lot about photographers from two capitals, Saint-Petersburg and Moscow, but there are so many places in Russia with great photographers waiting to be discovered… Cover photo (c) Denis Tarasov. Featured photographers: Denis Tarasov, Sergey Poteryaev, Fyodor Telkov, Julia Abzaltdinova.
Elina Ryzhenkova is the young artist from Russia. She studied psychology, then she became interested in photography and later in contemporary painting. She is one of the young Russian photographers and artists who strive for being shown across the world, publish photo and art books, take part in international portfolio-reviews and join international artist community.
Hannah Kozak was born to a Polish father and a Guatemalan mother in Los Angeles, CA. She worked as a stunt double for celebrated stars like Cher, Angelina Jolie, Lara Flynn Boyle and Isabella Rossellini. For nearly twenty-five years, Hannah’s work provided the opportunity to work with notable directors such as Michael Cimino, David Lynch, Mike Nichols, Tim Burton and Michael Bay. On every set, Hannah took her camera to work, capturing candid, behind-the-scene pictures that penetrated the illusion of Hollywood magic. Hannah has turned the camera on herself, her life and her world. She continues to look for those things that feel honest and real, using her camera as a means of exploring feelings and emotions. After decades of standing in for someone else, she now is in control of her destiny and vision. Photography has the power to heal and to help us through difficult periods, something Hannah Kozak knows first hand from personal experience.
The 6th Photobook festival in Kassel (Germany) was held in October this year (by the way, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all readers of this blog!). I wrote a post about the festival already here. Finally, I am presenting the long-awaited video interview with Hannes Wanderer, the publisher from Berlin, owner of Peperoni Books. We have had quite long virtual communication before we met in Kassel during the festival — and I was really happy about it! Hannes has long grey hair, beard and mysterious gaze from under the glasses. He looks like a good wizard who makes you expecting a miracle every moment. What could he bring to a young photographer and turn his/her creation into? Watch this video from Kassel.
Is it a first time you are going to such big well known photo-exhibition as Paris Photo; remember the Russia saying “You have to see Paris before you die”? Don’t be in a hurry to die – better read this guide to know what proper photographers do in Paris. It is not only about exhibition, you know?!
I met Leo Erken in Amsterdam. He is a documentary photographer. He studied in at AKI Academy of fine Art in the Netherlands. Leo has been working as a documentary photographer for many years, shooting in Eastern Europe and Russia. In the late 1990s he started moving towards documentary film making. Since 2007 Leo Erken is a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. His book «Street» based on Russian material published this year in Germany.
Come with me to meet Steve Bisson in Treviso, who is a curator of photo and video festivals, a founder of popular photo blog Urbanautica, teacher at university in Venice and art-director of Browning Gallery in Italy. I am sure all of you, guys, have been in contact with him while sending him your new projects longing to see it posted at Urbanautica, haven’t you? It is time to meet him personally and know a bit more about his work and his views about photography!
In this essay, I explore the representation of ageing in contemporary documentary projects and discuss projects that mix documentary and fictional approaches.
In contemporary documentary photography one can observe a variety of images depicting elderly people, their daily lives, their habits, attitude towards life, and relationships.