Today I’m glad to share with you work by my best friend Kuba Rubaj. For Kuba, the most important thing in photography is authenticity, sincerity of intentions which artist have. He is sure that photography or art should arise by itself – from pure necessity and emotions, not because of contests, awards, fame, money, or anything else.
In general, he is interested in issues related to human atavism present in many forms, and its relation to nature. The main subjects he currently works on, are Rainbow and the Road. These two issues coincide, he didn’t separate them.
I couldn’t tell his story better than he did himself:
“For its second time, the Portfolio Review will take place during the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014. As in 2013, our goal will be to offer talented photographers from around the world a forum to discuss their work with a wide range of photography experts, producing an active dialog between the aspiring artists and the editors, photographers, publishers and curators from various prestigious institutions.
By presenting their portfolios to a professional photo-jury the participants will have the chance to undergo constructive criticism, gain public attention and be advised for their future careers. Every participant presents to three reviewers and will also have the opportunity for one-to-one reviews during the whole day.
The deadline for the submissions is 16th December 2013. Out of all submissions 20-25 photographers will be selected to present their work in Düsseldorf on 1st February 2014.
The Portfolio Review is a public event and the images will be screened with a projector. A portfolio of the Portfolio Review 2014 comprising the works of the participating photographers will be available at the day of the event.”
Today I would like to tell you the story of one photograph. This is the most important photograph in my book “Swell”. It is the border, a turning point.
I will start from the beginning. Since the autumn of 2010 I had been working on a documentary project about the Baltic Sea. My girlfriend accompanied me during the journeys to the Baltic until our parting. This portrait is a commemorative photo that I took of her on our last trip. I very rarely do photos as souvenirs, actually, I never do, for I prefer images to remain in my head. And these commemorative photos are not important to me, even I do not develope them personally. And so it was then. At the time when I left the negative at the photolab, we were still together. When I picked it up, I was single. The photolab’s personel told me, that they had a processor failure and that they were very sorry, because the negative got destroyed. I froze when I saw it. There were pictures on it even from much earlier times, but the only destroyed frames were the ones where she was. I hid the negative deep in a drawer and forgot about it.
My friend Michal Luczak, curator of my exhibition at the Photomonth in Krakow in 2012, reminded me of it. Michal asked me, if I had any private photos from trips with her to the Baltic Sea. I had to return to the damaged portrait, search for it in the bottom drawer. I did it reluctantly, as if some bad energy was associated with it. But we needed it, just to build a narrative.
It is an honor for me to be your guest –blogger for Der Greif.
I will take you on a tour of my favorite aspects of modern Polish photography and share stories on my work and inspirations.
Michal Luczak, a photographer and a very good friend, is a documentalist concentrating on close-by, intimate and often seemingly stories. His pictures emerge, as it were, on the margin of personal meetings. He works in Warsaw, lives in Katowice, and often draws on his Silesian roots.
Mateusz Sarello will be our first guest-blogger after the release of issue 7. Mateusz, born in 1978, is a Graduate from the Academy of Photography in Warsaw. He has won several awards for his photographic work, including the 3rd prize at the International Photography Awards in 2013 for his last book “Swell”. Besides that, he has exhibited worldwide and been published widely. We are curious to read his posts and are happy to have him. Welcome, Mateusz!
After our 5-years-anniversary-release-tour of issue 7, we’re back with the first Artist-Feature showing images published in the new issue! For the upcoming seven days, we show the series “Swell” by Mateusz Sarello.
Today, we release our five-years-anniversary-issue! We will celebrate the launch with a tour, starting in Berlin, tonight, Tuesday, November 19, at Pavlov’s Dog, going to Vienna, Thursday, November 21, at Galerie Ostlicht and Celeste, ending in Munich, Saturday, November 23, at Galerie f5,6.
Dear all! Today is the last day of my week of posting in this blog.
I want to thank Der Greif team again for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to share my favorites with those who are interested in photography. I hope you enjoyed my posts.
To make a cheerful ending I attach a video created by a Serbian artist Miloš Tomič.
Be happy, make nice photographs, read Der Greif! :)
In my previous posts I briefly introduced you to some recent works of some Russian photographers. And this time I would like to take advantage of the situation and show you my own work in progress, a project which I started when living in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Its working title is »Quay«, that is because the photographs in this series were taken on one of the banks of Neva river where boats and ships moor and people come for a walk.
Issue 7 has been printed yesterday, and we are quite happy with it! There’s still time to preorder before the release! Issue 7 marks the 5-years-anniversary of Der Greif. On 100 pages, the magazine features 133 photographs and 22 texts from 136 artists coming from all over the world. The published works contain, amongst others, artworks by Roger Ballen, Allison Barnes, Fabrice Fouillet, Alexander Nicolas Gehring, Maury Gortemiller, Karen Irmer, Michael Koch, Rosey Lakos, Michael Lämmler, Jana Lange, Michel Le Belhomme, Paula Muhr, Benedikt Partenheimer, Vitus Saloshanka, Mateusz Sarello, Valerie Schmidt, Yves Suter, Wouter van de Voorde, Maurice Van Es, Mirjana Vrbaski, Rachael Allen, Daniel Falb, Birgit Kreipe and Peggy Neidel.
Here you can find a complete list of all published artists.