13th PORTFOLIO REVIEW
Portfolio Review is one of the flagship events of the Krakow Photomonth Festival. The Portfolio Review is a unique opportunity to get advice and tips from experts, whose experience and opinions have in previous editions of the event often resulted in the further photographic development of the participants.
The 13th Portfolio Review will be held on Saturday, 2 June, from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. in Museum of Photography in Krakow, ul. Królowej Jadwigi 220 (Strzelnica, entrance from ul. Pod Sikornikiem).
Barnard connects her interest in aesthetics, current photographic debates on materiality, and the existing political climate. Barnard is a Reader in Photography and Programme Leader on the MA in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales. She has two publications, both with GOST: Chateau Despair and Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden. Her new project, The Canary and the Hammer, will be published early in 2019 by MACK.
Michał Dąbrowskijournalist, photo editor, photographer
Graduated in press photography from the University of Warsaw and in media art from the Academy of Fine Arts. Works for Culture.pl, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute website, where he writes on photography and is a photo editor. He is interested in local colour in photography, in terms of the theme, the language used to express it, and the presentation venue.
Nicoló Degiorgiscurator, editor and artistic director at Rorhof
Academically trained in sinology and professionally in photography, Nicoló Degiorgis is an author and publisher currently on residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He runs the publishing house Rorhof and occasionally curates exhibitions.
An anthropologist and the Main Curator at the Museum of Photography in Krakow, he is also the author of photography essays released by Czarne Publishers and Konteksty quarterly. He participates in international and domestic projects to make museum and photography collections accessible through the internet and to use new technologies in cultural institutions. He has worked with the Foundation for Visual Arts, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, the Pro Helvetia Foundation, the Grodzka Gate—NN Theatre Centre, the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, the Projekt: Polska Centrum Cyfrowe Foundation, and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art.
Doris Gassert is Research Curator at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, where she co-curates SITUATIONS, runs the blog Still Searching…, and is responsible for Fotomuseum’s publications. With SITUATIONS, a research lab and exhibition format that investigates current changes in photographic media and culture, she helps develop Fotomuseum’s programme and understanding of post-photography. She holds a PhD in media studies from the University of Basel, Switzerland, where she teaches media aesthetics, with a focus on the intermediality and epistemology of photography and the politics of representation.
Since founding his company in 1994, Dewi Lewis has published many leading international photographers, such as Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, and Bruce Gilden, as well as emerging photographers. In 2014 the company received the PHotoEspana award for “Outstanding Publishing House of the Year”. A regular lecturer, portfolio reviewer and occasional curator, Lewis was a founding member of the European Publishers’ Award for Photography, which ran for over twenty years. In 2004 he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, in 2009 he was awarded the inaugural Royal Photographic Society Award for “Outstanding Services to Photography”, and in 2012 the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Publishing” at the World Photography Awards.
Katharina Mouratidiartistic director, lecturer, photographer
Katharina Mouratidi is the artistic director of the exhibition venue f3 – freiraum für fotografie in Berlin, Germany. Every year, f3 presents five to six exhibitions of international photography focusing on the key issues of our times. In addition to exhibitions, artist talks, panel discussions and workshops take place regularly. Exhibitions include: A Life in Death by Nancy Borowick, NOOR by NOOR – Award-winning reportages of our times, and The Heavens – Annual Report by Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti.
A photographer for the prestigious American VII agency, he has received many awards in press photography competitions, including World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, and The Best of Photojournalism. His books include Irreversible, devoted to prisoners of the German concentration camps, and Homesick, telling the stories of people whose lives were changed by the power plant explosion in Chernobyl. January 2018 saw the American release of his book Out, depicting Polish LGBTQ communities. He won a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University for the 2016/2017 academic year.
Marga Rotteveelco-founder and director of Docking Station
Marga is a co-founder and director of the photography organisation Docking Station. She studied photography at AKV|St.Joost in Breda. After graduating, she became involved in the fields of curation, advising and project initiation. She began her career as a curator at Photofestival Naarden, going on to become the creative director in a later edition of the festival. Marga has lectured in the Bachelor’s and Master’s photography programmes at AKV|St.Joost for many years. She strongly believes in collaboration and sharing her network and expertise; her aim is to connect, inspire and support visual storytellers so that they are able to take their work to diverse audiences.
Joanna Rzepka-Dziedziccurator, artist
An installation and video artist, photographer, and author of radio plays, she also works as a curator and local activist. Curates at Szara Gallery in Katowice and is chairwoman of the Strefa Szarej Audiovisual Culture Foundation. She has a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts (presently the University of the Arts) in Poznań and the Institute of Creative Photography at the Silesian University in Opava. She has also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Her art intersects with her curatorial activities and initiating creative spaces for people to work together.
Since 2006 she has lived in Cologne, where she worked for Galerie Priska Pasquer for two years as an assistant, before running the V8 Gallery, focused on photographic projects from Eastern Europe. As a freelance curator, she realised projects for Krakow Photomonth in 2007, and in 2010 she was invited to represent Germany at the Festival for Art Photography in Warsaw. In 2009 and 2010 Inga was organising the youth section of the Horizonte Zingst Photo Festival. She was a member of the organising board of the International Fotobookfestival in Kassel in 2011, 2012, and 2013, as well as in the selection committee for the Dummy Award. From 2011 to 2015, she was a board member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh). Since 2013 she has been on the management board of Internationale Photoszene Köln (non-profit company). Inga was invited to the Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival 2016 as a curator.
Dušan Smodejmanaging Director, Fotopub Festival
Producer, artist, and curator, living between Prague and Ljubljana. In 2014, during his photography studies at FAMU Prague, he took over at Fotopub Festival, where he still holds the position of Managing Director. Fotopub, rated one of the best projects of 2016 by the British Journal of Photography, generates links between the freshest artistic activity and its wider cultural context, focusing on emerging artists needing a platform for independent research, experimentation, and practice, forming a multigenerational initiative for interdisciplinary cultural integration.
Małgorzata Sydorczykphoto editor for Wysokie Obcasy Extra
A photo editor for many years, she has been associated with Agora Publishers since 1994. She has also worked as a photo editor for Gazeta Wyborcza, Duży Format, and Wysokie Obcasy, and is presently the photo editor and session producer for Wysokie Obcasy Extra monthly. She has also done illustration research for books, photobooks, and exhibitions, and video materials for the iPad versions of Wysokie Obcasy Extra, as well as working with photographers to create photo reportage and cover and fashion session concepts. She has participated in several-year-long photography and photo editing workshops run by Colin Jacobson, a lecturer at the University of Westminster and photographer for the Independent, and photographer Daniel Meadows, a lecturer at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies.
A documentary photographer who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, where he has also taught since 2015. His projects include Odyssey, Poland and the multi-level series The Gdańsk Shipyard, which has been continuing from 1999 to this day. He has many solo exhibitions to his credit (including Europäischer Monat der Fotografie at Polnisches Institut Berlin, at the International Photofestival in Łódź, and at Pingyao International Photography in China), as well as awards (including Grand Press Photo, BZ WBK Press Photo, International Photography Awards, Culture-Maker of the Year 2014 in the Radio House of Culture poll). He has published two books (Shipyard and Odyssey), and his third photobook, Poland, is in the works. Szlaga has been working with the press for many years—as a freelance photographer, initially doing portraits for Newsweek Polska, then for Przekrój, women’s magazines, and Malemen magazine, as well as the advertising market.
Martyna Wyrzykowskagraphic designer
A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, she sees design as a means of communication, which is why she pays equal attention to form, content, and the construction of a visual narrative. She has run lectures and workshops tied to the photography publications released by Paper Beats Rock Foundation, and is continuing this work with Azimuth Press.
FURTHER INFORMATION FROM:
Coordinator of the 13th Portfolio Review
Maja Kolarz, portfolio[at]photomonth.com
DOCKING STATION, Stories need to be told
Docking Station is a photography platform in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) that helps international photographers in the development of their visual stories. We believe that our view of the world is determined, influenced, interpreted, supported, contradicted and stimulated by so-called visual storytellers. These modern troubadours remark, capture and explain the world. That these visual stories often do not reach us, is because the storytellers need help to develop their stories. As a result, many valuable visual stories continue collecting dust, or worse, are forgotten. Docking Station offers these storytellers time, a location to stay and work and connects them to a network of experts so that they are able to bring their stories forward and reach a new and diverse audience. Each month an international photographer is invited to come to Amsterdam and stay in our small sustainable hub, where he or she works and sleeps for three weeks. They are brought into contact with experts from our creative network, which will help them to develop their socially engaged story.
Docking Station collaborates this year with Krakow Photomonth. Photographer Eline Benjaminsen is a Docker at Docking Station and in the first week of the festival, Benjaminsen will be present in Krakow to show her work (Szara Kamienica Gallery), to meet experts in the field and in this way develop her work further. As collaborating always works both ways, Docking Station is part of the portfolio review and will offer the Docking Station Residency Award respectively to the artist of their choice. The selected photographer has to pau for his own travel costs and his food while in Amsterdam. There is no further payment involved but all our Dockers donate one work for our Docking Station collection. More info: www.dockingstation.today