DEBUTS (edition 2016) – Krakow Photo Fringe

Hotel andel’s by Vienna House Kraków and Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs AG cordially invite you to the DEBUTS photo show, held as part of the Kraków Photo Fringe 2017 festival

Opening reception at the andel’s Hotel Kraków, 8 May 2016 from 7pm

The exhibition will be running through May 26 th to June 18th, at the andel’s Hotel Kraków main lobby© Ola Nguyen Van _ DEBUTS (edycja 2016) on the 1st floor as part of the ANDEL’S PHOTO series.

Another edition of DEBUTS comes to the end. Traditionally, the last exhibition presenting the most talented emerging Polish photographers will take place in Cracow as a part of the Cracow Photomonth festival’s Krakow Photo Fringe project!

In these days where images surround us everywhere choosing people has not been an easy task. Additionally, the majority of these images are bland and are instantly forgotten as we flick through the pages of a newspaper or skip between television channels and websites. How do we find the best images in this ocean of mediocrity? How to ensure the good pictures reach a wider audience? To find an answer these questions is why we started our project. We want to present the photography enthusiasts, who care, who are worth watching, despite the fact that they are at the beginning of their artistic roads, in the hope that with our support their careers will flourish and not trundle into a blind alley.

What do the emerging Polish photographers tell us in their pictures? What preoccupies their minds? They discuss the issues that, at certain moments, are important in everybody’s life: the joy of experiencing childhood, loneliness after the loss of a loved one, anxiety about the future. They observe and document their nearest surroundings; comment on the reality around them. Sometimes photography helps them accept themselves, and sometimes it lets them take refuge in ideal world they themselves have created.

Despite of the range of photography we have to deal with – documentary, travel, street, fashion or fine art – all the portfolios are combined by the conscious use of the medium. The 40 people, whose photographs are presented at the exhibition and in the book, prove that the photography is something more than just pictures. It is about capturing forever emotions and life’s experiences. It is a joyful moment and a link between the present and the past, as well as a great gift for the future. It is a commentary on the photographer’s “here” and “now”, and it is up to us, the recipients, how we will decode this commentary. It requires us to open our minds to these pictures and to take the photographer’s point of view. Only then we will be able to decode his/her message. Only then we will understand his/her way of thinking. Only then we will be able to see ourselves in these pictures. So little and at the same time so much.

“As I dived deeper and deeper into the stories, the images, the portfolios the intensity raised. All of a sudden, I realised that I was not just starring into a screen – I was staring out. Out through the eyes of a young and talented Polish man or woman. Out on the world that surrounds him – but even more interesting than the naked facts – I was looking at his surroundings through the intriguing gaze of his mysterious mindset. That is photography for me. The photography I was looking for. The photography that tells us important stories about people and the realities that surround them, but always told with the photographers engaged and distinct voice. Because, if we don’t feel much when we take the picture – for sure – neither will anyone else when they see the image. And if the images are too sharp – too precise – then there is no room for thoughts. In the portfolios that I selected, I found just that, that magic that makes photography something much bigger than pictures.” (Mads Nissen)

Basia Abramowicz, Joanna Bałaś, Adam Biernat, Katarzyna Bojko-Szymczewska, Alicja Brodowicz, Patryk Bułhak, Katarzyna Czerniak, Natalia Dołgowska, Kamil Domański, Tytus Grodzicki, Małgorzata Gwiazdonik, Edyta Jabłońska, Marta Kaczmarek, Julia Kaczorowska, Marta Kiela-Czarnik, Barbara Kosakowska, Katarzyna Kubiak, Magdalena Kuca, Artur Kucharczak, Dominika Kucner, Jacek Laube, Anna Lemke, Paweł Malinowski, Michał Matejko, Jakub Michalec, Maciej Narożny, Ola Nguyen Van, Laura Ociepa, Michał Orliński, Arkadiusz Pisarek, Arek Rataj, Sandra Recka, Marta Rybicka, Wojciech Ryziński, Małgorzata Skrzypczyk, Kamil Śleszyński, Weronika Twardowska, Dominik Witaszczyk, Weronika Woźniak and Aleksandra Zinkiewicz

Calin Kruse (Germany), Petra Leene (the Netherland/USA), Mads Nissen (Denmark), Moshe Rosenzveig (Australia), Grzegorz Kosmala (Poland)

Organiser | Organizator:

Partners of the exhibition | Partnerzy wystawy:
andel’s Hotel Cracow, FOMEI Polska, Foto-Grafika, Medikon Polska

Media patrons of the exhibition | Patroni medialni wystawy:
doc! photo magazine, Szeroki Kadr

The exhibition is part of | Wystawa jest częścią:
Krakow Photo Fringe