Polish City Lodz Welcomes International Photography Festival

This May the central Polish city of Lodz will welcome the International Photography Festival. Known in Poland as Fotofestiwal, the event has been on the city calendar since 2001 and attracts eminent artists, professional photographers, amateur enthusiasts and visitors from all over Europe. The 2010 edition of the festival starts on 5th May and runs until the end of the month.

According to organiser, visitors to Lodz during May will get the chance to see exhibitions and slide shows, watch film shows, join workshops, attend lectures, and meet with prominent experts and curators.

The Lodz Art Centre will be the focal point of the month-long event, although many exhibitions will be held in the city’s numerous 19th century factories, and prizes will be awarded to the best photographic entrants in the festival’s Grand Prix programme.

For more information visit www.fotofestiwal.com

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The former head photographer of the magazines Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair  was born Anna-Lou Leibovitz in Connecticut in 1949 and became famous above all for her portraits of US celebrities. Her shots of Bette Midler, the Rolling Stones and Whoopi Goldberg have been seen around the world. However, Leibovitz was most renowned for capturing John Lennon and Yoko Ono just hours before Lennon was tragically shot and murdered.

Today The Kunst Haus Wien presents a cross-section of the artist’s creative work from 1990 to 2005 with the exhibition “A Photographer’s Life”.  The show  is an eclectic mix of photographs of politicians such as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Nelson Mandela and celebrities including Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson. More extraordinary are the many private, even occasionally intimate photographs from the everyday family life of the photographer. These include family parties, trips to the beach, moving images of the death of her father and shots of the birth of her three daughters, plus pictures of journeys to Sarajevo, Venice, Berlin, Kyoto and Cairo.

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Poland’s Jewish Past in a Photographic Exhibition

A photography exhibition documenting the Jewish influence in Poland gets underway in London at the end of the month.  As part of Polska! Year 2009, the event will draw upon the work of British photographer Chris Schwarz to highlight Poland’s Jewish past as well as the influence Jewish culture has on the country today.

The exhibition at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green, which starts on 30 July and will run until the end of September, follows 12 years of collaborative working between Chris Schwarz and Professor Jonathan Webber, the UNESCO Chair of Jewish and Interfaith Studies at the University of Birmingham.

For more information about the Polish National Tourist Office visit www.poland.travel/en-gb
For more information on Polska! Year visit www.polskayear.pl

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