PHOTO FESTIVAL UNION
Unia Europejskich Festiwali Fotografii
PHOTO FESTIVAL UNION is an association for European festivals of photography that was established in September 2005. The idea of the organization comes from FOTOFESTIWAL. It joins people and institutions with the same goals and values and gives its members possibility to meet experienced organizers and curators from other countries, to share experience and new ideas.
Among the members of Photo Festival Union there are about 30 festivals of photography in Europe from more than 20 countries. The main motivation for establishing the Union is the exchange of the information between associated events. Furthermore, the Union should be a point for wide cooperation within organizing exhibitions, lectures, workshops, slide-shows and portfolio reviews.
The website www.festivalunion.com is a comprehensive and updated base presenting not only Photo Festival Union association itself but, above all, achievements and plans of particular members.
PhotoPoland is a project that aims to promote modern Polish photography abroad. It has been developed by Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Foundation of Visual Education, the main organizer of Fotofestiwal, in cooperation with an international group of curators. Its first edition was organized in May 2007. Representatives of various festivals and institutions dealing with photography from Spain, Brazil, USA, Mexico, Russia, Greece, Israel and Great Britain met during the International Festival of Photography in Lodz. They spent two days analyzing portfolios and talking to 15 Polish artists. The outcome of these meetings is a series of exhibitions of 7 of these photographers – Nicolas Grospierre, Przemysław Pokrycki, Konrad Pustoła, Szymon Rogiński, Asia Zastróżna, and the duo of Weronika Łodzińska and Andrzej Kramarz – presented in galleries and exhibitions all around the world.