In the exhibitions programme: Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2014, special exhibitions and accompanying exhibitions.

ROGER BALLEN is the author of disturbing, haunting images. His black and white photos depict sombre spaces, bizarre props, individuals with unusual facial features, mystical compositions. He is one of the most widely exhibited photographers in the world these days. Following famous MoMa in New York and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Ballen’s work will be presented at the Fotofestiwal in the Atlas Sztuki (Art Atlas) gallery in Łódź. It will be the first retrospective exhibition of the artist in Poland.

Photos of VOLKER HINZ will be yet another rarity, available for viewing only at exhibitions and in print – the artist consistently avoids virtual media, refusing permission to create a webpage devoted to his work. Photos of Clint Eastwood, Madonna, Woody Allen, Pierre Cardin and many others were taken to order from the most prestigious magazines. His works defined the style of the cult magazine Stern for over 40 years. The exhibition will comprise over 100 photos of Volker Hinz.

EVGENIA ARBUGAEVA, will tell a story of her fairy-tale childhood in faraway Siberia, where “the snow is so white, the sky is so white, the wind is so strong that you virtually can drift in the air, as if you were floating in space”. Arbugaeva has made one of the most interesting photographic debuts in the recent years. The project, which received multiple awards, will come to Poland owing to the Leica Gallery in Warsaw. The award winning exhibition of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2013 will be presented to Fotofestiwal audience.

Artists in the accompanying exhibitions programme are: Kuba Dąbrowski, Anita Andrzejewska, Igor Omulecki, Jakub Karwowski, Przemek Dzienis and Dorota Buczkowska.

At the GRAND PRIX FOTOFESTIWAL 2014 exhibition we will see photography projects of 10 finalists selected out of over 600 submissions from all over the world. Amongst the finalists there is, i.a., Elena Chernyshova, awarded at this year World Press Photo, with her photographs of Norilsk, one of the most polluted cities in the world (Days of Night – Nights of Day). This year two Poles were selected by the jury: Agnieszka Rayss with her project on the intimate quarters of a city entitled No Man’s Land, and Adam Lach who will tell us about a 60 people strong Romanian Romani family residing on an encampment in Wrocław. The Stigma project by Lach was published in the New York Times and received Picture of the Year Award 2014. The contest exhibition will present 10 finalists; only one of them will receive the Grand Prix of 10 000 PLN.

The festival programme will also feature an exhibition of THE BEST PHOTOBOOK OF THE YEAR 2014 contest, at which we will present books on photography awarded at the contest – albums, catalogues, theory books, textbooks as well as limited self-publishing editions and zines.

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