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The Ragnar Ólafsson Concert

We would like to invite you to the concert of Icelandic musician Ragnar Ólafsson, which will take place as part of the IVth Vintage Photo Festival and the 14th Mózg Festival. The concert will be accompanied by the opening of the exhibition of the project “Womanspreading” by artists Keymo and Demko.

Where: Mózg club, Parkowa Street 2

Date and time: 14/10/2018, 20:00

Entrance free.


Ragnar Ólafsson [vocalist, songwriter] is a versatile musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Iceland. He is a founding member of several bands with whom he has released several albums. He played in these bands a wide variety of genres — from jazz, through opera, folk, pop, rock to metal. The most known of his groups is Árstíðir, with which he released four studio albums (two reached the top of the list of the most popular records in Iceland) and toured in over 30 countries. The artist also wrote music for several films.

In 2016, Ragnar Ólafsson started a solo project under his own name, showing the next page of his work. This time it’s calm, moody playing in the convention of singer-songwriter, folk, alt-country.

Ragnar Ólafsson will fly to Poland for a short tour. He will perform with the great violinist David Ra-Champari. They will promote Ragnar’s debut album “Urges”, which already collects first very positive reviews in the music press.

The artist’s website:

Contact in Poland — Agencja Koncertowa Borówka Music:

Meeting with the collectors Joanna and Krzysztof Madelski

The meeting will take place as part of the vernissage of the exhibition “Vintage, Modern, Posthumous” Photographs from the Collection of Joanna and Krzysztof Madelski. 

Where: Farbiarnia Gallery, Pomorska Street 68A/1

Date and time: 13/10/2018, 16:00

Entrance free.

The Women of Foton

“The Women of Foton” — premiere of the book with the participation of authors.

The photochemical industry is a light industry, suitable for women. In the photochemical factory of “Foton” most of the crew were women. They have built the post-war legend of Polish analog photography and the success of the largest producer of paper for black and white and color photography. Chemists, lab technicians, accountants have added their own chapter to the history of Foton. Today they passionately talk about their professional choices, a situation of women in the industry, as well as about love and marriages tied in the photographic darkroom. Her voice is joined by outstanding female photographers — Teresa Gierzyńska, Jolanta Marcolla, and Natalia LL, who worked on Foton materials for several decades.

“It’s a great book that you swallow at once. Lightly written and exquisitely illustrated. The photographic industry does not sound appealing, but the story told from the perspective of women is surprisingly fresh and inspiring”.

— an excerpt from Adam Mazur’s review

Where: Museum of Photography, Queen Jadwiga Street 14

Date & Time: 13/10/2018, 12:00

The meeting with the authors Małgorzata Czyńska and Katarzyna Gębarowska will be hosted by Emilia Walczak.


Małgorzata Czyńska — art historian, exhibition curator, journalist, writer. Scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Author of the books: “The most beautiful. Women from pictures, “Kobro. Jump into space”, “Harem metaphysical. Witkacy’s Women”, “Polish House. Meblościanka z pikasami” and the interview with Edward Dwurnik “My Kingdom”. Laureate of the Juliusz Literary Award for the book “Kobro. Jump into space”.

Katarzyna Gębarowska — a lover of old photographs, researcher of the history of photography, curator of photo exhibitions, book publisher, photographer. PhD student at IS PAN, scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Marshal of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Mayor of the City of Bydgoszcz. The owner of the Farbiarnia Gallery in Bydgoszcz. From 2015, she was the director of the Vintage Photo Festival — the International Festival of Analogue Lovers.


“Instant Dreams” + “12 inches”


dir. Willem Baptist, prod. USA, 2017, 90 min, documentary

Before the era of smartphones and photography mania, there was Polaroid. A brilliant, simple, accessible and common photographic invention. A photographic revolution that suddenly disappeared (almost) forever, taking its secrets with it.

The film presents in a visually fascinating way the history of the invention and its impact on art, popular culture, and the lives of ordinary people. It talks about experiencing time, about freezing moments on a photographic film.

To the same extent, it also talks about how we look, how we turn our dreams into reality. We observe the magical process, photographic chemistry, the appearance of a photo on a small piece of paper. We follow the tedious process of reproducing photographic technology in the laboratory behind the Polaroid — The Impossible Project. We are looking at the work of both photography historian and Polaroid in particular. We also observe photograpic sessions in the desert regions of the United States.


dir. Wojciech Gostomczyk, artistic care Wojciech Smarzowski,

prod. Studio Metrage, Poland, 2017, 24 min, documentary

“The most important element of the camera sits 12 inches behind it”. Quote from one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Ansel Adams, opens the short documentary by Wojciech Gostomczyk, an artist from Bydgoszcz. It’s a specific movie because it doesn’t depict a story of one particular hero. It is a tale about a group of fascinates, who share the passion for analog photography and sharing this passion with others during the annual photographic plein-airs in Michałowice near Jelenia Góra, Poland. Fascination with the world of Polaroids, old, nearly 100-year-old large format cameras and the first reporter cameras becomes obvious for the viewer as well. Observing how in the privacy of the darkroom, like in the alchemist’s studio, a photographic image emerges from the darkness, we can feel the excitement that photographing gave in the beginning of its existence. In a flood of digital images that attack our senses every day, the one-of-a-kind unique Polaroid shot, captured on film and photographic paper gains a magical meaning…

Where: Orzeł Cinema, Marcinkowskiego Street 12

Date & Time: 14/10/2018, 16:30

Entrance free.

“Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moment”


dir. Jan Troell, prod. Danemark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Szweden, 2008, 131 min, drama

In Sweden in the early 1900s, “Everlasting Moments” chronicles the life of Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen), an immigrant from Finland who uses a camera she wins in a lottery to document her life. Maria works with her camera to support her children while tolerating frequent abuse from Sigfrid (Mikael Persbrandt), her womanizing and alcoholic husband. Maria’s daughter Maja, who vividly presents her mother’s strength and dignity in the face of considerable hardship, narrates the film.

Where: Orzeł Cinema, Marcinkowskiego Street 12

Date & Time: 13.10.2018, 20:00

Entrance free.


Without the question, Jan Troell is one of the most important Scandinavian filmmakers. The Swedish director is famous for his understated rhythms and for writing, directing, editing, and shooting his own films. A former schoolteacher, Troell made short films, then worked as a cameraman for Bo Widerberg before making his feature debut with the coming-of-age story HERE’S YOUR LIFE (1966). After WHO SAW HIM DIE? (1968), he made his best-known works, THE IMIGRANTS (1971), which earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay) and its sequel, THE NEW LAND (1972), which together presented a sweeping account of Swedish immigrants coming to America in the 1840s, based on Vilhelm Moberg’s novel “Unto a Good Land.” The films were hailed collectively as the Swedish equivalent of Gone With the Wind and were notable for Troell’s direct and humane treatment of his characters’ plight. After a couple of American film assignments, Troell returned to Scandinavia with THE FLIGHT OF THE EAGLE (1982), also a return to Swedish history with A FROZEN DREAM, a story of the failed 1897 North Pole expedition undertaken by S. A. Andree. Since then, Troell has made SAGOLANDET (1986), Il CAPITANO (1991, won the Silver Bear in Berlin in 1992), AS WHITE AS IN SNOW (2001) and the best example of a true Scandinavian co-production becoming a hit in all its local territories, the acclaimed HAMSUN (1996).

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