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FotoArtFestival Diary 2007 – Poland

FotoArtFestival Diary 2007 – Poland: In 2007 I used to be invited to talk on the second FotoArtFestival in Bielsko-Biala, Poland and made a reasonably prolonged illustrated diary of my go to. I’d been there two years earlier on the first pageant there in 2005 and had loved the occasion drastically, though it was not with out a few issues, but it surely had been a terrific success.

I’ve been reminded of this in latest days by a number of issues. Firstly by seeing photos from this years FotoArtFestival on Fb, the tenth of those exceptional occasions nonetheless being organised by the great Inez Baturo from 13-Twenty ninth October 2023.

FotoArtFestival Diary 2007

Additionally on Fb just lately I’ve been seeing once more and admiring lots of the photos by Misha Gordin, (1946-2020) who arrived in Krakov on the identical flight with me. His conceptual photographs constructed within the darkroom are highly effective and fairly exceptional. I nonetheless can’t fairly think about how he produced a few of them, although my diary says what he instructed me about his strategies. You’ll be able to learn extra about his photos in a 2007 article by A D Coleman on his Photocritic Worldwide web site, Misha Gordin: Reflex of Freedom.

FotoArtFestival Diary 2007

And on a fairly completely different Fb group, somebody just lately posted a picture from Bielsko-Biala that jumped off the display screen. It wasn’t one which I had taken, however of some of the well-known doorways within the metropolis that I had additionally photographed. I posted as a remark an image the had taken in 2005 – the highest one on this submit.

FotoArtFestival Diary 2007

I hadn’t gone there on both of my two visits to take images and when it comes to photograph gear on each events had travelled gentle, with only a pocketable digital digital camera, intending merely to create a diary of the occasion. In 2005 that was a 3.9MP Canon DIGITAL IXUS 400, however by 2007 I had upgraded to a 6.1MP Fuji FinePix F31fd. As you may see from the images in each my 2005 and 2007 diaries, each had been fairly succesful little cameras.

Bielsko-Biala is a metropolis in southern Poland round 240 miles from Vienna which grew to become an essential centre for the textile business within the nineteenth century when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and have become dwelling to many rich industrialists. Many had properties in-built types then widespread in Vienna, significantly Artwork Nouveau and there are some positive examples in what is usually known as “Little Vienna”.

I rose early and walked across the centre of the town earlier than the pageant venues and occasions started taking photos in addition to strolling with the others between occasions. My diary additionally has some transient opinions of a number of the exhibits within the pageant by Michal Macku (Czech Rep), Karol Kallay (Slovakia), Stasys Eidrigevicius (Lithuania/Poland), Aleksandras Macijauskas (Lithuania), Michael Kenna (UK), Walter Rosenblum (USA), Jose Luis Raota and Pedro Luis Raoto (Argentina), Franco Fontana (Italy), Judit M Horvath and Gyorgy Stalter (HUngary), Joan Fontcuberta (Spain), Misha Gordin (Latvia/USA), Lukas Maximilian Huller (Austria), Sarah Moon (France), Alex ten Napel (Holland), Mitra Tabrizian (Iran/UK) and Dalang Shao, Du Shao and Jiaye Shao(China) in addition to accounts and photos of a number of the pageant occasions. Most of those that had been in a position to attend are in my photos in my diary.

You’ll be able to learn all 16 pages of my FotoArtFestival Diary 2007 on-line – with many extra photos. I’ve made no actual adjustments aside from correcting the date on the prime of every web page. In all probability lots of the hyperlinks in it would now not work and people who attain the tip will discover will discover that I nonetheless haven’t managed to place my speak from 2007 on-line. Copyright issues are in all probability insurmountable.

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