June Festivals Guide

Our monthly festival round-up offers an overview of what photography events will be in the spotlight during the coming month. For June, we feature Lodz Fotofestiwal, PHotoEspaña, LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Photobook Bristol, and Athens Photo Festival.

Fotofestiwal (Lodz, Poland) June 9 - 19

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Launched back in 2001 as an initiative of sociology students, Fotofestiwal – held in Lodz, Poland – has emerged as an important forum for discussion around the humanist and social undercurrents of photography in the twenty-first century. The main exhibition program this year falls under the theme, Hit the Road: Photographers Travel. “This broadest possible survey of “travel photographs” goes beyond the beautiful cliché and the picture postcard stereotype and expands the genre to include conceptual art, photojournalism and documentary” say the organizers. The primary exhibitions are Displaced, featuring Michelle Frankfurter, Seba Kurtis, Lorie Novak, Magnus Wennman, Dario Mitidieri; Flâneur – New Urban Narratives, a group show bringing together Dima Gavrysh, Crsitina de Middel and Alexander Gronsky; and the Grand Prix Fotofestiwal, which presents the work of 10 artists exploring new trends within the photographic medium.


Copenhagen Photo Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark) June 2 - 12

Elena-Chernyshova-copenhagen.jpg#asset:5© Elena Chernyshova, from the series Days of Night, Nights of Day

Copenhagen Photo Festival is an annual showcase of both local and international contemporary photography. Founded in 2010 by Julie Navne Klitbo and Rasmus Ranum, the main aim of CPF is to promote new works that simultaneously explore the different elements of photography and lay a platform for theoretical discussions. Exhibition highlights this year include Lars Just, Voices from the Cold; Elena Chernyshova, Days of Night, Nights of Day; Nathalie Daoust, Korean Dreams; Frej Rosenstjerne, Prolonging State of Mind I; Daniele Sambo, Short Stories; and Andreas Olesen, Estate. A series of documentary films and technical workshops complete the program of events.


PHotoEspaña (Madrid, Spain) June 1 - August 28

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Having first opened in 1998, PHotoEspaña International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts is today one of the most important events of its kind in the world. In this 19th edition, the artistic program focuses solely on the concept of Europe, analyzing “what it is; what it has been; and how the continent as a whole is configured in social, geographic, political, economic or creative terms.” Notable exhibitions include Transitions. Ten years that transformed Europe. Motelay Collection (featuring photographers Chris Killip, Jean Marc Bustamante, Candida Höfer and Boris Mikhailov); In the Footsteps of Inge Morath. Gazes on the Danube (Inge Morath, Olivia Arthur, Lurdes R. Basoli, Kathryn Cook, Ami Vitale, Jessica Dimmock); and Faces. Portrait Photography in Europe since 1990 (Luc Delahaye, Rineke Dijkstra, Adam Pańczuk, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth). The festival’s annual show dedicated to the best photography books of the year is also not to be missed.


LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism (Hannover, Germany) June 15 - 19

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The LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism celebrates the power and influence of visual stories in our increasingly image-centered world. “Fundamentally influencing our perception of humanity in all its facets, photojournalism contributes to our education and sensitization, rouses our emotion, and enables us to share” assert the curators. 60 exhibitions will be displayed in various locations across the site of the former World Exhibition Expo 2000: Bego Anton, Everybody loves to ChaChaCha, Alejandro Cegarra, Living with Hugo Chávez Legacy, Maxim Dondyuk, This is War, Ciril Jazbec, On Thin Ice, Dominic Nahr, Crisis in Unity, and Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Where the Rivers Flow Through are among the featured shows this year. An extensive program of supporting events complements the exhibitions, with such renowned photographers as Espen Rasmussen, Mads Nissen, Robin Hammond, and Daniel Berehulak scheduled to host lectures.


Photobook Bristol (Bristol, UK) June 10 - 13

hajime-kimura-photobook-bristol.jpg#asse© Hajime Kimura, from the book In Search of Lost Memories

Organized by RRB Photobooks and IC-Visual Lab, Photobook Bristol serves as an annual meeting place for collectors, publishers, and photographers to come together and discuss the latest trends developing in the world of photobooks. The scheduled program is comprised of talks featuring renowned names in the industry, workshops held by professional practitioners, book fairs, and a curated mini-exhibition of dummies. This year Hajime Kimura, Martin Bollati, Maki Hayashida, Ikuru Kuwajima, Alice Myers, and Christian Rodriguez will all be showcasing their new photobooks, while key guest speakers include Martin Parr, Yumi Goto, Laura El-Tantawy, Max Pinckers, and Mariela Sancari.


Athens Photo Festival (Athens, Greece) June 9 - July 31

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Photographers from all over the world, both emerging and established, come together at Athens Photo Festival with the aim of raising awareness and fostering an understanding of the critical issues facing modern society. In 2016, the major theme comes under the title [mis/dis]placed, with the curators seeking to question “how collective consciousness and individual identity and position are shaped, in relation to the fast-changing global situation.” The exhibition line-up features such prominent names as Maxim Dondyuk, Nick Hannes, Martin Kollar, Emine Gozde Sevim, Sam Ivin, Sofie Amalie Klougart, Roger Ballen, Alvaro Laiz, Danila Tkachenko, Alejandro Chaskielberg, and Polixeni Papapetrou.

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