May 6, 2016

SO WHAT Exhibition / 14-27 May 2016 / Krakow, Poland

While history painting is constructed around narrative, still life is the world minus its narratives or, better, the world minus its capacity for generating narrative interest. To narrate is to name what is unique: the singular actions of individual persons. And narrative works hard to explain why any particular story is worth narrating – because the actions in the story are heroic or wonderful, or frightening or ignoble, or cautionary or instructive. 
The whole principle of story-telling is jeopardized or paralyzed by the hearer’s objection: ‘so what?’ But still life loves the ‘so what?’ It exactly breaks with the narrative’s scale of human importance.  
Bryson, Norman. Looking At The Overlooked 

SO WHAT is concept conceived by the cutting edge London based contemporary photography Doomed Gallery, in collaboration with Fresh From Poland showing at i! Gallery in Krakow. SO WHAT premiered in London November 2015 at Doomed Gallery, where it was a raging success.

Mar 18, 2016

POPCAP ‘16: Outstanding African Photography's Winners Announced

We are thrilled to announce the five winners of the fifth International photography competition POPCAP '16 prize.  The award aims to foster interest in and support for contemporary African photography. This year’s winners from South Africa, Jersey, England, France and Germany were chosen by an international panel of 20 renowned judges from 900 applications from 94 countries. The winning artists will have their works presented at a series of international exhibitions and are invited to take part in an artists’ residency program And the Winners are (drums, please):

Jason Larkin - Born in 1979 in London, England. Lives in London, England:

35 minutes, from Waiting, 2013-2015, Jason Larkin

Mar 1, 2016

POPCAP ‘16 Prize for Contemporary African Photography: Shortlist announced

POPCAP ‘16, Prize for Contemporary African Photography: Shortlist announced

POPCAP the Prize for Contemporary African Photography is very happy to announce its short list of 20 artists for its fifth anniversary edition. The finalists were selected from 900 applicants from 94 countries by a panel of 20 internationally-sourced judges. The five prize winners will be announced on March 7 2016.

POPCAP aims to raise the profile of African photography within the arts and encourage a generally rethinking of the image of Africa. Every year five winners are selected by an internationally-sourced panel of judges, enabling the promotion of African photograph worldwide. It is important to us that the judging panel be diverse, as this helps us to avoid geographically and culturally one-sided views of the portfolios. POPCAP is open to artists of any age and descent. Photographic series must consist of a minimum of 10 images, and may not exceed 25 images. There is no entry fee.

Feb 24, 2016

URBAN International Photo Awards 2016 calls for submissions

URBAN 2016 Photo Awards, International contest organized by Italian cultural association dotART in partnership with, is accepting entries from Sunday February 14th, 2016.

Now in its seventh edition, URBAN sees every year thousands of participating pictures and hundreds of participants from all over the world. It is an growing international contest, one of the very few that goes "over the boundaries" of Internet, providing emerging talents with real visibility through dozens of international photo exhibitions. Only in 2015 URBAN organised 28 exhibitions  displaying about 600 pictures. Behind it all, there is always the pursue of enhancement of photographic talent and quality.

URBAN 2016 is divided into two sections: one is dedicated to "Themed Photos", with its main theme about Street Photography,  which has formerly given the name to the contest since its first edition. In addition to street, URBAN 2016 will carry two more themes: Sports and Nature. The other section is "Projects & Portfolios" where each participant can submit a series of images oriented to show their ideas through photographs.

Michele Rieri, URBAN2015 contestant, ranked 3 in Street Photography
To take part, just follow the instructions here. Works must be submitted no later than May 31st, 2016. Professional artists, photographers and communication experts will judge entries and choose the winners, and we are happy to announce prism's founder and editor, Karol Liver will happen to be among them.

Dec 21, 2015

prism #22

We have finally arrived at that time of the year when all we need is to reconnect with dear ones we love and care about, recharge our batteries and simply relax together! Here at prism we would like to wish you all a very merry, peaceful and wonderful Christmas and inspiring and prosperous New Year! We would also like to thank you all, friends, partners and photographers for your great, continuous support and beautiful contributions during 2015. We are looking forward to joining you in 2016 and discover more and more amazing photography!

We also present ATONAL Collective part 2 featuring Igor Pisuk, Jannis Tordheim and Magdalena Switek and by courtesy of Daniel Blau Gallery their four winners of 2015 edition of 5 UNDER 30 - Third Annual Young Photographers' Competition: Melissa Arras, Alan Knox, Julia Parks and Michael Radford.

Enjoy and share at will <3

Nov 20, 2015

Loaded with Testosterone: Warsaw Photo Days 2015

Warsaw Photo Days Festival of Photography was founded in 2013 at the initiative of the Warsaw District of the Association of Polish Art Photographers ZPAF that is simultaneously an organizer of the event.

The third edition of the festival will be held in November 2015 and will be wrapped around the theme of TESTOSTERON. The Main Programme in Warsaw galleries will feature thirteen individual projects selected through a competition addressed to visual artists. The main plot of the show is aimed to visually analyze and put the idea of masculinity into question.

Warsaw Photo Days 2015
Testosterone, as understood broadly, can be used under the theme of the contest, as an intellectual shortcut, is identified with the life force of the human species that drives the pace of men’s and women’s life. It is a subject to constant revisions by civilization and society, in both physical and mental sphere, and is being redefined by successive generations and expressed in many ways. The projects selected and included in the programme are supposed to help us to familiarize ourselves with the ways of photographic depiction of contemporary archetypes of masculinity - its attributes, strengths and vulnerabilities.

We asked Katarzyna Majak, from the jury panel and a person behind the festival, to share her view on the theme of the festival, artists selected and their work:

KM: We live in the times of crisis of the narrative. This statement is probably not particularly revealing, though still surprising may be tracking the variety of its consequences. This is where, I think, crucial artistic discourse of this year's Warsaw Festival of Photography plays out.

Oct 16, 2015

Michal Luczak's Brutal Retrospective - 5-8 Nov 2015

prism is thrilled to invite you all to the exhibition by Michal Luczak entitled "Brutal Retrospective" to be held in Doomed Gallery London from 5th to 8th November 2015. As much as we are excited to media partnership on this exhibition we are happy to announce we will also be able to share a detailed insight on Michal's work in the upcoming #22 Q4/2015 issue of prism to be launched mid November.

About BRUTAL: Katowice Railway Station, constructed in 1972, was a high-standard building. Raw, concrete constructions were at the time a symbol of modernity and prosperity of Polish People’s Republic. Only a decade later neglected building began to fall into ruins. Even 22 years of independent Poland didn’t help and the condition of the building continued to fall. Nobody felt responsible for it.

The ruin in the city centre of the biggest, post-industrial coal-mining district in the country started to live its own life. On one hand it was still a place where people get on and off the train but on the other it became an area of uncommon "passengers" who didn't have any tickets and never got on any train.

Sep 25, 2015

prism #21

Prism Photo magazine #21 has finally arrived, 170 pages filled with amazing content from 17 photographers: Anika Schwarzlose, Hyounsang Yoo, Kamil Sleszynski, Ana Bathe, Ayumi Tanaka, Claudio Rasano, Stefano Marchionini, Won Kim, Yulia Krivich, JM Ramirez-Suassi.

We also present ATONAL Collective part 2 featuring Igor Pisuk, Jannis Tordheim and Magdalena Switek and by courtesy of Daniel Blau Gallery their four winners of 2015 edition of 5 UNDER 30 - Third Annual Young Photographers' Competition: Melissa Arras, Alan Knox, Julia Parks and Michael Radford.

Enjoy and share at will <3

Jun 25, 2015

Lodz Fotofestiwal 2015 is now over

The 14th International Festival of Photography 2015 in Łodz is over. Almost 20 thousand people visited the festival’s center and Lodz-based galleries. Among them were artists: Christopher Rauschenberg, Simon Norfolk and Carl De Keyzer and theorists and curators: W.M. Hunt, Christina Capetillo, Alison Nordström. Once again Łodz has been a place of international meetings.

Fotofestiwal Opening Night / press materials, 2015

Artists connected with curators, the audience with artists, the beginning photographers with veteran professional colleagues and art lovers. The themes and the profile of talks were dictated by the festival's program of 45 exhibitions, night slides of the finalists' works and Asian photography,photography workshops, meetings, discussions on travel photography, photography, auction, photowalks and a Portfolio Review with over 30 reviewers from all over the world, one of the most important in Europe.

May 17, 2015

Fresh From Poland Krakow Takeover Preview

Youth, creativity, and an ‘all-or-nothing’ attitude will be taking over Krakow Pauza club on the 17th May,

Polish contemporary photography is a broad and yet unexplored field. It is a lush, rich area with no limits, patterns or direct paths. Young artists play with the photographic medium, explore it and experiment. It is not very easy to trace them. It is often not easy to explain the way of seeing and telling their stories.

Fresh From Poland is not trying to be your guide into this vivid world, however they would like to share some of the fascinating works discovered during a year of their platform's existence.

by Ewa Behrens, Selfportrait with Herman The First