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Finalists of the Vintage Grand Prix

The Winner of Vintage Grand Prix 2016 is Izabela Poniatowska and her project “Saints.


The project is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional collection of images of saints in which they are represented with attributes that allow to recognize them. My “saints” are nameless, their attribution is often located on the border of legibility – this is the way a modern society wants to see the saints, because we live in the world which can not be seen only in white and black terms.

The series (which I intend to continue) consists at the moment 7 work (30×45 cm each), made without using a camera. Photographic paper on which it was placed has been subjected to sunlight (each work was exposed for several days). For work I used flowers, fruits and vegetables, as well as transparent paper, on which some elements of the job were painted. Certain batches of photos have been, after the period of exposure, scratched. Original works have not been established, which allowed to owe their color – for this reason, however, I can show on exhibition only the scans of the entire cycle.


The winner of 2nd prize is Marcela Paniak with project “Family stories“.


Photographs from family albums are a testimony to many stories – we watch family photographs and talk to family members to determine our own identity. However, we must always take into consideration the memory factor, which, on one hand, is shaped by photographs and people, and on the other hand, affects the study in many ways. Confronting such an experiment with famous concepts of photography is an interesting experience. Is the reconstruction of our history based on watching family photographs and talking to family members workable at all?

The artworks from the series are made up of the elements such as family photographs and comments coming from various sources. What is more, their use makes us reflect on generally prevalent concepts of photography and also on different than photographic ways of forwarding the history, i.e. writing and telling. It is therefore a reflection on both transience and permanence of what is material and immaterial. In this way, personal photographs and accompanying texts create at the same time a unique and universal message – does photography really perform these functions which we have always thought it does?

The presented practical work “Family stories” combines also with theoretical work „Photography and memory in the study of identity at the example of personal photographs from family albums”. These are two parts of the whole project, which includes such elements as: several months of traveling around Poland, collecting and reproducing family photographs, exploring archives and preparing the family relations scheme, registration and interpretation of told and written family members’ transmissions. All that is just a signal of interest in the topic – this kind of study can last several years or even the whole life.

The winner of 3rd prize is Malwina Adaszek.


This set of photos is my personal journey to childhood times. I wanted to catch the atmosphere of my youngest years of life, when my interests were going around catching a harmony and bound with nature, missing a simple life, life without misery. The polaroid photography (and generally analogue) is a fascinating surprise, I am not able to predict the final effect of shooting. Presented photos are compilation of my sense of esthetic, experience and deep feelings. The lightleaks and imperfection in my opinion emphasize the picture of a fading memories. Polaroids perfectly reflect a nostalghia of the lost days.


It was really difficult to choose winners of Vintage Grand Prix 2016, so Jury decided to give three HONORABLE MENTION:
Paweł Biedrzycki, 14183801_585810248265007_5941533120923589563_n
Mindaugas Gabrenas

Agnieszka Piasecka


Congratulations! Well done to all contestants!
If you want to see whole projects – come to the Vintage Photo Festival 2016!

Where: Dom Towarowy „Jedynak”, ul. Gdańska 15

monday – friday 10:00 – 18:00

saturday 12:00 – 18:00

Vintage Grand Prix 2018

The Winner of Vintage Grand Prix 2018 is Paulina Ząbek and her project “Vain.

“Vain” is a series of photographes that talk about Alzheimer disease. Pictures show in a symbolic way how the disease affects human body and self perception and the environment. The series also touches issues of memory, time lapse and family. The inspiration for the creation of photographes was author’s grandmother, who has been struggling with the disease for many years. Photographs were made in the wet collodion technique.

The winner of 2nd prize is Piotr Rosiński with project “Entropy, void, inertia“.

The author’s work presents an aesthetic vision of the world – an individual statement about people and the modern world. A specific sense of alienation and loneliness, and at the same time a unique ability to interpret the surrounding reality is visible in all works of Piotr
Rosiński’s works are fragments and yet, perceiving them as a whole, they form a dense story giving an illusory picture of reality that must be felt and understood. They let the moment change into being in an imaginary world made of emotions. Transience, longing,
anxiety, decay-entropy, passivity-inertia, emptiness as well as sensitivity are all part of the wide spectrum of feelings and sensations that we all experience and the author himself only forces us to name them.


The winner of 3rd prize is Arianna Ancona “La Quarta Sponda”.

The Tremiti islands have been the ideal place to detain anyone who was accused of “immoral” and “improper” behaviour, and not prosecutable by the law. During 1911, over 1300 Libyans were deported to Tremiti: the expensive prize that Lybian Resistance had to pay during the Italo-Turkish war.

The Libyan prisoners confined to the “rock” in front of Italian peninsula, exposed to a harsh wind, suffered hunger, hardship, disease and nostalgia for their homeland, they death for the extreme conditions of life.

During the Fascism the oppression of the deportees from african colonies reached levels never seen before. Confinement, deportation and the massacre of Lybian people in the italian islands during Italo-Turkish war were the pretext for aseries of international terroristic attack in the last 50 years of European and Mediterranean history.

The rugged landscapes of the islands are the metaphor of a century marked by a precarious political balance.

The documents, newspapers I’ve found in the archives and the material purchased by the Internet have become the symbols to reinterpretate those places and they take part of my project through a re-colouring process. the scans of the archive images printed and recolored using green colour to remember, to respect of the Lybian traditions.

The African prisoners death in the italian islands had a name, sentiments and the personal history that the war deleted. The people confined to the italian islands was victims of the one forced migration in the history. The “Fourth Shore” was a fascist definition of North-African Colonies, today is the promised land, an idealistic mirage of faraway and the Mediterranean sea is one of way to go to the “fourth shore”: the hope of the better future.


It was really difficult to choose winners of Vintage Grand Prix 2016, so Jury decided to give three HONORABLE MENTION:

Łukasz Szamałek “The Water Runs Deep”

Maciek Iwaniszewski “Transit Zone”

Special prize for distinguished achievement:
Marek Noniewicz “This is not Still Life”

Congratulations! Well done to all contestants!
If you want to see whole projects – come to the IV Vintage Photo Festival, October 12, 2018.

Where: Dom Towarowy „Jedynak”, ul. Gdańska 15

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zdjęcie dla Vistuli K.Gębarowska

Photographer, exhibitions curator, cultural animator, founder of the Farbiarnia Gallery, director of the 1st International Festival of Analog Photography Lovers — VINTAGE PHOTO FESTIVAL. She studied photography at Lodz Film School and Gender Studies and English Philology at Humboldt University in Berlin. A graduate of “Polish and International Art Market” at the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula. She created “FARBIARNIA” – fine-art photography studio and gallery of fine-art photography in her hometown The City of Bydgoszcz. “Farbiarnia” for Photographers is what literary cafe for writers – a natural creative environment that includes: photographic studio, art gallery, vernissage cafe, workshop space and publishing house. Scholarship-holder of the Mayor of The City of Bydgoszcz and The Marshall of the Kujavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship for people involved in artistic creativity and the dissemination of culture.

team-maria-teresa-squared MARIA TERESA SALVATI

Founder and editor-in-chief at Slideluck Editorial: a selection of the best photographic works and multimedia presented during Slideluck events worldwide and of guests artists (

Maria Teresa conceived and curated the project BORN THE SAME: a selection of ten different works exploring sub-cultures and micro-stories working as reminder that we are all born the same, despite cultural, emotional and political conditions. The project was presented at Les Rencontres De La Photographie Arles 2017, during La Nuit de l’Année and it’s now travelling globally.

She co-edited and co-curated HUNGRY STILL: exhibition and publication produced and designed by Slideluck London, FORMAT Festival and QUAD, printed by AKINA Factory. The collective project showcases twenty-four of the best works that have contributed to the English platform, since its inception, with a selection of images combined with personal anecdotes and recipes.

She’s a personal branding consultant. She helps photographers to find their “spot of beauty” and vision, advises them on how to build their identity, and communicate via the most appropriate channels (i.e. social media). Now she teaches in Bari at F.Project School of Photography and Cinematography; in Rome at Officine Fotografiche; and she’s guest lecturer at the London College of Communication (LCC).

Adam Mazur 23032012 F©WWieteska ADAM MAZUR
Polish critic, art historian and an americanist, editor-in-chef of the “Shum” Magazine. He worked as a curator at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle. He is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, the Academy of Photography in Warsaw, the University of Arts in Poznan and for Museum Curatorial Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Former editor-in-chef of the “Obieg” Magazine. Member of the Association of Art Historians. Along with Lukasz Gorczyca runs




Paweł studied social science at the Warsaw University. He is also a graduate of the Media Communication Faculty at Poznań Fine Arts Academy. He lectures photography at the Faculty of Journalism at the Warsaw University and at Higher Study of Photography ZPAF as well. Paweł is also a member of the Polish Photographers Association since 1995 and a laureate of Prix de la Lumierre at the European Photography Contest-Vevey in Switzerland, 1998. In his work, we can distinguish two movements: one of the creational and symbolic photography and the second of the minimalistic compositions that are studies of nature, mostly plants, fruits and sometimes landscape. Many of his works develop with the help of unusual copying techniques giving one of a kind prints as a result. To his most known series belong “Tales” (orig. Opowieści) and “Untitled” (orig. Bez Tytułu) — photographs of still life and flowers. Especially important was “Close Friend” (orig. Bliski Znajomy) — series of self-portraits. Works presented at the exhibition are part of a broad series that is being created since 2008 about to be published this year in a form of an album. Since 1994 Paweł has participated in several dozens of collective exhibitions. He had as many individual ones in Poland and abroad including the one at the Arles Festival in 2004. His works are part of following collections: Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, National Museum in Warsaw, Contemporary Art Centre in Warsaw, Museum of Art in Łódź and many private ones in Poland, France, Norway, Danemark, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, Great Britain, and the USA.

Spot Vintage Photo Festival 2016


7 October at 17.30 in the Dom Towarowy “Jedynak” will be held Vintage Photo Festival.  Free enter, stay tuned!

Music: Butelki Zwrotne

Film by: Agata Wiśniewska.

With help from: Kuba Zalewski,Wojciech Synak, Michał Dondajewski, Bartek Klekotko, Julia Ziółkowska, Agata Wiśniewska Photography, Zuzanna Muller i Błażej Karczmarczyk

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