Europe’s largest photographic festival is coming to Baden near Vienna for the second time. Under the motto 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-kilometres, 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 'HYMNE 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 'HYMNE TO THE EARTH'
1 June to 30 September, 2019, Baden near Vienna
Opening hours: 12am -12pm; admission free of charge