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Europe’s largest photographic festival is coming to Baden near Vienna for the second time. Under the slogan HYMN TO THE EARTH, esteemed international photographers will exhibit fascinating visual worlds in a gigantic open-air gallery: 39 exhibitions with 2,000 large-format images—each up to 280 square meters in size—will transform the gardens, lanes and squares of Baden for four months and across 7-kilometers, into a "picture-city". An exciting premiere for Baden is the guest appearance of World Press Photo. Presenting Iconic Images, this exhibition is exclusively curated for Baden’s festival and showcases the legacy of the world’s finest photojournalists. Alongside iconic images, the exhibition Die Beziehung des Menschen zu seiner Umwelt (The Relationship Between People and their Environment) presents a best-of from the Leica Oskar Barnack Awards 2018.
Baden Becomes a World Stage – "Our public spaces are now value-added thanks to the photographic excellence" is how a Baden citizen expressed her enthusiasm for last year’s festival and gets to the heart of its achievements.
For the 15th birthday of the partner festival La Gacilly, the curators chose THE WORLD as the theme to represent this year’s festival. With contemporary photography, it illustrates the state of our earth, its unique beauty as well as the dangers that threaten the blue planet and humanity. The festival’s photographic images range from Thomas Pesquet's impressions of the Earth, which he orbited as an astronaut for 196 days in the International Space Station ISS, to Spike Walker's million-fold magnifications of life, as seen under the microscope.
Across four cycles, the entire program showcases an enthralling pictorial narrative that oscillates between solemn tribute and concern – a hymn to the earth; the poetry of nature; humankind and nature; the threatened planet. "From my spaceship, I had the best possible vantage point to observe the earth," says Thomas Pesquet enthusiastically, "its beauty and treasures, but also its vulnerability."
The Festival la Gacilly-Baden Photo 2019 encourages harmonious living, a peaceful, open attitude towards others, a mindful lifestyle and a social economic model – it astonishes and gives us hope. The festival represents humanity’s desire for peace and does so through artistic and photographic renditions of the world’s pressing environmental concerns alongside celebrations of its beauty.
The photographers : Claudia Andujar, William Albert Allard, Olaf Otto Becker, Philippe Bourseiller, Joséphine Brueder, Sarah Cooper & Nina Gorfer, Stéphane Couturier, Frédéric Delangle, Miquel Dewever-Plana, Édouard Elias, Fotofestival der Schulen, Emil Gataullin, Jean Gaumy, Phil Hatcher-Moore, Chris Jordan, Karen Knorr, Kollektiv Images Sans Frontière, Matjaž Krivic, Landesinnung der Berufsfotografen Niederösterreich, Freddy Langer, Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Gerd Ludwig, Pascal Maitre, Andréa Mantovani, Catalina Martin-Chico, Michael Nichols, Robert und Shana Parkeharrison, Thomas Pesquet, Fausto Podavini, Matthieu Ricard, Jan C. Schlegel, Emanuele Scorcelletti, Brent Stirton, Patrick Tourneboeuf, Laetitia Vancon, Spike Walker, World Press Photo Foundation.
How it all Began and the Future Vision – Jacques Rocher, the current chair of The Yves Rocher Foundation, established this annual photography festival in 2004 in his native village, La Gacilly in Brittany. It has become not only a mecca for photographic art and photojournalism but also an annual pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors. In 2018 and upon the initiative of photographer and publisher Lois Lammerhuber, the cooperation with Baden near Vienna was born. Alone at the festival’s premiere in Baden, 190,000 visitors were inspired by outstanding photography. The La Gacilly-Baden festival, with its two locations, La Gacilly in Brittany, and Baden near Vienna, is the first pan-European photo festival and, together with more than half a million visitors, the largest open-air festival in Europe.
A top-notch festival program with 46 events over the entire duration of the festival from 1 June to 30 September, 2019 will be accompanied by artist talks, workshops, lectures, theater performances, and exhibition tours.
The festival catalog 'HYMN TO THE EARTH' appears at Edition Lammerhuber; German English; 18 x 24 cm; 260 pages; Softcover; 14.90 euros.
Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo 2019 'HYMN TO THE EARTH'
1 June to 30 September, 2019, Baden near Vienna
Opening hours: 12am -12pm; admission free of charge
12.06.2019 // show complete article
Multiple award-winning Brazilian photographer Gustavo Minas makes discoveries where everything seems to be known already. On the streets of Brazil, the Master of Light and Ahadows subtly turns his gaze on the everyday and the unspectacular and creates a new world with his visual language.
Gustavo Minas studied photography with Carlos Moreira, a classic street photographer from São Paulo. Moreira introduced him to the work of Harry Gruyaert and Gueorgui Pinkhassov. “I wanted this light and these colors for myself, so I hunted for them in the streets of São Paulo, in my home town of Cássia and recently in Brasilia, where I moved to in 2014. Over the years I became more and more obsessed and passionate.
The city fascinated me every day like a new girlfriend. I had no preconceived ideas. I was interested in everything from garbage cans to all the sleepy people riding the bus to their offices. In a certain light, nothing looked normal. I have been to places I would never have come to if I did not take photographs. Strolling with an empty mind has taught me the joy of seeing.”
GUSTAVO MINAS was born in 1981 in Cássia, Brazil. He studied journalism at the University of Londrina and photography with Carlos Moreira. Since 2009, he has been photographing everyday life in the cities where he lives. He is now working as a journalist and freelance photographer. In 2017, his work "Bus Station" won the POY Latam Prize in the category "Future of the Cities". In the same year, Gustavo had the honor of being included in a collection of "100 Great Street Photographs" curated by David Gibson. www.gustavominas.com
Exhibition : Gustavo Minas MAXIMUM SHADOW MINIMAL LIGHT
FREELENS Gallery, Alter Steinweg 15, 20459 Hamburg
23 May thru 8 August, 2019, Opening on 23 May at 7pm with Gustavo Minas attending
MAXIMUM SHADOW MINIMAL LIGHT - Gustavo Minas
17 x 23.5 cm, 192 pages, 95 photos
English, Portuguese, hardcover
ISBN 978-3-903101-47-0, EUR 49.90
10.05.2019 // show complete article
2 750 000 square meters of exhibition space, 23 000 000 000 euros turnover, 10 million visitors, more than 170 supra-regional fairs a year – Germany is the world’s major location for fairs. “What was published here as a compact series is the result of a photographic approach to the abstract theme of the "market" shown with the example of the trade fair and the search for photographic means of voicing critique. This process was a continuous companion during my studies of photography from 2013 to 2017 at the University of Hannover, located in the immediate vicinity of the largest exhibition center in the world," Jakob Schnetz tells us about his photo project.
In ORT DER VERHEISSUNG, photographer Jakob Schnetz turns his analytical and artistic gaze towards this very special exterritorial world.
“Marketing is worshipping the customer”, says Swiss trend researcher David Bosshart. Expressed in numbers, this means that the largest cathedrals to the world of goods are located in Germany: Across 2 750 000 m2 of trade fair halls, the latest products are presented, the most efficient services promoted and the best know-how is marketed. Fairs are events with a maximum concentration of supply and demand within the smallest possible space in minimum time. Fairs reflect a globalized and consumption-oriented service provider society. There are fairs for any interest group: weapons, erotica, pets, art, babies, jewelry, IT, tourism, cars, etc. The site of perfect marketing is determined by standardized settings, live shows and a fierce battle for customers. Jakob Schnetz researched this very special world with an analytical mind and captured it with empathy.
JAKOB SCHNETZ was born in Freiburg/Breisgau in 1991. In 2012, he started studying photo journalism and documentary photography at Hochschule Hannover. In addition to commissioned work, Jakob Schnetz embarks on personal, long-term projects that explore and question social rituals, political conflicts and economics. His works have received multiple awards, been on display and published worldwide. He lives and works in Münster.
ORT DER VERHEISSUNG – Jakob Schnetz
17 x 23.5 cm, 112 pages, 70 photos, German, hardcover, ISBN 978-3-903101-44-9, EUR 39.90
06.04.2019 // show complete article