audiovisual screenings of creative photography
brno / kino art
praha / kino aero
české budějovice / kino kotva
From the history of the festival
The sixth year offered the spectators a feast consisting of the works of fifteen authors: the renowned commercial photographer Erwin Olaf (NL) presented his personal work, Jiří Stach (CZ) a collection of his surreal lifetime oeuvre, Nikos Economopoulos (GR) from Magnum agency his award-winning documentary shots from the Balkans. Lynne Cohen (CAN) let the viewers guess who and why had created the empty interiors that had been her obsession for her whole life. Grzegorz Klatka (PL) collected a host of portraits of people driving their cars through Prague, while Reiner Riedler (A) travelled the world to capture the most bizzare artificial worlds built as tourist attractions. Lina Németh (CZ) created an intimate series from a Corsican beach in winter, Maciej Dakowicz (GB) documented the streets of Cardiff at weekend nights. Kristoffer Axén (SWE) visited the border between waking and sleeping in his dark images while Daniel Šperl (CZ) sought poetry in the daily life of the Czech countryside. Thanks to his cameras, Geoffrey H. Short (NZ) transformed explosions into statues, Nils Jorgensen (GB) catpured a number of funny moments in the streets and Salim Issa and Štěpánka Stein offered a taster from their commercial as well as personal work. Iren Stehli (CH / CZ) presented her - Swiss - view of the socialist reality of 1970s and 1970s Czechoslovakia.
In addition to the screening nights, in České Budějovice Jan Pohribný and Tomáš Pospěch held a lecture on modern approaches towards landscape photography.
The fifth year of the festival introduces twelve authors: Anders Petersen (SWE) and Vanessa Winship (UK) with their black and white documentaries, Bára Prášilová (CZ) and her cheeky fashion photos, humorous images by František Dostál (CZ), an unusual and bizarre look at the American wedding by Bill McCullough (USA), Iranian artists Alizare and Gohar Dashti and their views of the world, Jan Jedlička (CH/CZ) presented his Maremma landscapes and Ilkka Halso (FIN) his predictions of the future of nature. Tomasso Ausili (ITA) invited us for an unpleasant, but visually striking trip to slaughterhouses and Václav Jirásek took us among workers in slowly dying industrial spaces and, in another series, among car wrecks slowly blending with nature. Kitra Cahana (USA/CAN) presented a lively series from the famous Rainbow festival, while Věra Stuchelová's HDR images of unpopulated private spaces demonstrated an unusual usage of this technique.
In Brno and Budějovice, Impulzzz workshops took place, and the main event in Budějovice was topped with Václav Jirásek's lecture and a pig roasting in U Beránka house with outdoor screening.
In 2010, for the fourth time, cinema screens hosted the works of both world-renowned and great Czech photographers. Antonín Kratochvíl presented an unusual part of his work, conceptual photography had its envoys in the persons of Anja Jensen (DE), Mitra Tabrizian (IRN/GB) and Pavel Maria Smejkal (SK), documentary photography was represented by Evžen Sobek, Christopher Herwig (CAN), Tomki Němec, Jean Revillard (CH) and Jean-Marc Caracci (FR). For many spectators, Chema Madoz (ESP) was a great discovery – his famous shots of imaginative, witty self-made still lifes enchanted Czech audience.
In České Budějovice, three workshops took place: the first of them led by a multiple winner of World Press Photo Jean Revillard (CH), the second by an innovative Slovak photographer Miro Švolík, who taught people to make their own "living images", the third was aimed at kids. In Brno and Vodňany Impulzzz workshops took place, we screened photos at the historical facades of České Budějovice town centre and took part in other festivals both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
The third Fotojatka year introduced more guests both from the Czech Republic and abroad.
Michael Ackerman (USA) appeared at the projection in Prague, famous Czech document photographer Bohdan Holomíček appeared at all evenings, Michal Macků, Jan Zatorsky, Miro Švolík, Tomáš Pospěch, Lenka Pužmanová, Jan Hodač, Soňa Goldová and Milan Krištůfek all discussed their work with the audience. Moreover, Fotojatka 2009 presented the works of other foreign authors: Jean Revillard, Zoltán Vancsó, Michał Szlaga, Marcin Stawiarz and Elina Brotherus.
In September, several hundreds of spectators had an opportunity to watch the best of the three years of Fotojatka right in the centre of České Budějovice. Infaltable Airscreen provided by Screenrental witnessed more than three hours of quality photography.
The echoes of the festival (which presented the most interesting works from the history of the festival) appeared on Letní filmová škola, Fresh Film Fest, at the festival Art of Livin in Southern City district of Prague, in Liberec and in Košice (Slovakia).
The second year of Fotojatka (2008) proved the viability of the concept of audiovisual projections and has become a nationwide event with international participation (Prague, Brno, České Budějovice). It has earned appraisal from the participating authors, the spectators and the critics and professionals alike.
The three screening nights hosted a number of renowned authors, most of them in person – namely Jindřich Štreit, Martin Kollár, Barbora Krejčová, Tereza Vlčková, Kamila Musilová, František Weyda and many others. Besides them, the World Press Photo 2008 winner, the Polish photographer Rafal Milach also presented two of his photo series.
The unusual festival of creative and documentary photography originated in an idea to show photography in a way different from what we are used to, i.e. from a gallery or as a commented slideshow of (usually) images from travels.
The first Fotojatka, which was held in April 2007 in České Budějovice, did not only want to show a great number of photographs during a single evening, but also aimed at choosing quailty and variety. The festival wanted the audience to enjoy and appreciate photography as such, without additional commentary.
The photographs by both well-known and lesser-known authors were projected on the Kotva cinema screen and ranged from pure abstraction through the imagery from electron microscope, reportage from Paris student riots, photos from remote lands to portraits of people we meet everyday and places we often pass without noticing.
The main guest of the evening was Ibra Ibrahimovič, the winner of Czech Press Photo 2003, who came to present his series from the northern Bohemia and discuss the fates of people whose lives he documented.
Fotojatka 2007 was covered both on a number of internet websites and in national and regional press and on the national radio.