ABOUT

WARSAW PHOTO DAYS FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY WAS FOUNDED IN 2013 ON THE INITIATIVE OF THE WARSAW DISTRICT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF POLISH ART PHOTOGRAPHERS ZPAF THAT IS SIMULTANEOUSLY AN ORGANIZER OF THE EVENT. THE FESTIVAL WAS PLANNED AS A SHOWCASE OF PROBLEMATIC PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONS AND ACCOMPANYING EVENTS. EACH EDITION HAS ITS OWN TITLE THAT PROBLEMATIZES AND THEMATICALLY COMBINES THE PROJECTS PRESENTED BY ARTISTS AND CURATORS. THIS PHOTOGRAPHIC EVENT IS DESIGNED TO BE A PLACE FOR MEETINGS AND PRESENTATIONS OF VARIOUS FORMS OF PHOTOGRAPHY, BOTH FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE AND CURRENT ACTIVITIES.

2013 EDITION
The first edition took place in October 2013. Under the Main Programme, presented were three collective exhibitions: “Female metamorphoses of the Interwar Period” (curator: Magdalena Durda- Dmitruk), “Photo-Object” (curators: Leszek Golec & Jagna Olejnikowska), and “Princess” (curator: Katarzyna Majak, substantive consultant: Agnieszka Żechowska).

Alongside the main exhibitions, presented were six best projects submitted to the Open Programme competition the theme of which were widely understood “Clashes”.  Moreover, organized was a curatorial selection and overview of the most interesting photocasts of the recent years, as well as  photographic workshops, meetings with authors, panel discussions, and many more. A special highlight of the festival was the performative symposium.
More about this edition: see Archive (2013)

2014 EDITION
The second edition of WARSAW PHOTO DAYS took place in October 2014. The theme was widely understood IDENTIFICATION. Organized were three, main collective exhibitions: “Recognition” (curators: Joanna Kinowska and Dominika Kucner), “The Signature” (curator: Katarzyna Majak), and “Marked Places” (curator: Andrzej Zygmuntowicz). Moreover, held was an exhibition of “Hidden Reality” by Michał Adamski, a winner of the first edition of SLIDELUCK WARSAW 1st edition.

Alongside, there were numerous meetings with authors, film screenings showing the works of 20 finalists of SLIDELUCK WARSAW, panel discussions, lectures and more.
More about this edition: see Archive (2014)

2015 EDITION
The third edition of the festival will be held in November 2015. The theme is TESTOSTERONE. The Main Programme in Warsaw galleries will feature thirteen individual projects selected through a competition addressed to visual artists. We’ve expected themed photographic projects and multimedia forms with the use of  photographs and /or video that visually analyze and problematize the idea of masculinity. Widely understood testosterone – used under the theme of the contest as an intellectual shortcut – is identified with the life force of the human species that drives the pace of men’s and women’s life,  is subject to constant revisions by civilization and society, so in the physical and mental sphere, and is being redefined by successive generations and expressed in many ways. The projects prepared under the contest were supposed to help us to familiarize ourselves with the ways of photographic depiction of contemporary archetypes of masculinity, its attributes, the strengths and vulnerabilities.

The Jury (Michaela Bosáková, Katarzyna Majak, Jolanta Rycerska, Andrzej Zygmuntowicz) has assessed over 400 received works and selected thirteen most interesting projects which will be presented during the festival.

AUTHORS OF THE SUBMITTED PROJECTS:
Szabolcs Barakonyi (Węgry)
Boris Eldagsen (Niemcy)
Arni Gudmundson & Cristian Rieloff (Islandia & Chile)
Mary Hamill (Irlandia)
Borut Krajnc (Słowenia)
Jorge Lopez Munoz (Hiszpania)
Brian J. Morrison (Irlandia)
Igor Pisuk (Polska)
Magda Rakita (Polska)
Natalia Reznik (Rosja)
Maks Skrzeczkowski (Polska)
Alice Soderlund (Szwecja)
Fergus Thomas (Anglia)

The winner will be announced during the inauguration of the festival on November 20, 2015.
Alongside the main exhibitions, there will be accompanying exhibitions, meetings with authors, presentation of the album, and the competition for the purchase of work to the collection.
A detailed program of events: see Calendar.

Festival Director: Jolanta Rycerska / 600 389 091
Artistic Director: Katarzyna Majak / 605 053 388
Substantive and Programme Consultant: Andrzej Zygmuntowicz
Promotion and Coordination: Urszula Kaczorowska
Graphic design 2015: Barbara & Dobrawa Borkała

ABOUT THE ORGANIZER
The Warsaw District of the Association of Polish Art Photographers ZPAF is a structural unit of the existing since 1947 ZPAF – a creative association bringing together the finest Polish photographers. The main objective of the ZPAF is to promote Polish photography within and outside the country. To accomplish this mission, the organization runs photo galleries – two in Warsaw (Stara Galeria and Galeria Obok) and several in other territorial districts, deals with a broad scope of photographic education – e.g. by running a three-year  ZPAF School of Photography, focuses on copyright protection and representation of authors’ interest (as the organization for collective administration of copyright), as well as on supporting the trading of photographs (ZPAF Agency, photo auctions).

More about the ZPAF: see www.zpaf.pl