Danube Revisited: The Inge Mortah Truck Project

Speakers: Lurdes R. Basolí, Celina Lunsford

In 2014 eight female photographers, inspired by the Magnum photographer Inge Morath’s photographic journeys along the Danube, embarked upon a unique road-trip to visually explore contemporary life along the River Danube. Each of the photographers has been a recipient of the Inge Morath Award, a grant given annually to young women photographers. Initiated and co-directed  by four of the photographers themselves, the idea blossomed to become more than just their own photographic projects. A modern caravan was born, which skirted along the Danube for a month period. It consisted of an exhibition truck with Inge Morath photographs loaned from Fotohof, Salzburg, night projection events with local communities and institutions, invitation to other young photographers along the way to participate and the photographers photographing their own Danube themes. Without social media, the project would have been impossible to plan in the short amount of time nor have been funded. The photographers: Olivia Arthur, Lurdes R. Basolí, Kathryn Cook, Jessica Dimmock, Claudia Guardarrama, Claire Martin, Emily Schiffer and Ami Vitale.

Lurdes R. Basolí will provide first hand experience, knowledge and visuals of what made the road-trip so unique, challenging and spectacular.

Celina Lunsford, chosen by the Spanish venue Fundación Telefonica to curate a travelling exhibition of the Danube photographs of Inge Morath and the DANUBE REVISITED: THE INGE MORATH TRUCK PROJECT will give impressions of the historical and contemporary relevant aspects of the upcoming exhibition.

Lurdes R. Basolí (Spain) is a freelance photographer based in Barcelona. She has a BA in audio-visual communication from Universitat Ramon Llull, and post-graduate degree in photojournalism from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Lurdes began her professional career in 2005, doing reportages for Spanish and American magazines. She later became involved in her own documentary photography projects. Her long-term project about violence in Caracas received the FotoPres’09 grant, was selected in Photo España 2008, and has been part of both individual and group exhibitions, such as the Noorderlicht photo festival in 2009. She was awarded the 2010 Inge Morath Award from The Magnum Foundation and was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass the same year.

Celina Lunsford (Germany) is a curator and writer on photography who moved to Germany from New Orleans in 1985. Since 1992 she has been the Artistic Director of the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt and is Vice President of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie, DFA (German Photographic Academy). Throughout her career she has curated and lectured in Asia, Europe, and the USA, covering historical and contemporary aspects of the medium. She has edited and published numerous publications on photography including Imogen Cunningham, TF Editores, Madrid, 2012; Frontiers of Another Nature, Pictures from Iceland, 2011, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg/ Crymogea, Reykjavik and POTRETTI Photographs and Literature from Finnish Artists and Writers, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt/Finnish Literature Exchange, Frankfurt am Main, 2014.