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The Union of European Festivals of Photography

The Union of European Festivals of Photography

Photo Festival Union is a new association for european festivals of photography.
The main motivation in establishing the Union is the exchange of information
between associated events. The association would like to be a point for wide
cooperation within the area of exhibitions, lectures, publications, workshops,
slide-shows and portfolio reviews program. We want the common Internet website
(www.festivalunion.com) to become a comprehensive and updated base presenting
all of the festivals' achievements. Every year the PFU members will organize an
exhibition and publish a catalogue that presents all the associated festivals.
The organization consists of about thirty festivals from all over the
continent. The idea comes from the Foundation of Visual Education in Poland.
THIS YEAR
The first meeting of the PFU members will take place in Lodz, Poland,
29.09-01.10.2005. We will meet to establish our statue, detailed goals and
plans. The first PFU's exhibition and catalogue will be called CREATORS OF
EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY. This year's main concept is that each festival presents
one photographer that for some reason is important or representative for the
national photography. We will have the opportunity to see works of photograpers
like Sonya Stankova (Bulgaria), Trine Sondergaard (Danemark), Marja Pirila
(Finland), Gwenael Saliou (France), Vassilis Karkatselis (Greece), Aristeidis
Kontogeorgis (Greece), Adrienne van Eekelen and Michael Botman (The
Netherlands), Eddy van Wessel (The Netherlands), Vytautas Stanionis Jr and
Vytautas Stanionis Sr (Lithuania), Razvan Ion (Romania), Pavel Pecha
(Slovakia), Imre Benko (Hungary), Olivo Barbieri (Italy), Andre Cepeda
(Portugal), Konrad Pustola (Poland), Bogdan Konopko (Poland), Lisa Selin and
Hasse Persson (Sweden)

FUTURE
Each year different country will be a leader of the PFU: the publisher of the
catalogue and the organizer of the exhibition. Mutual cooperation of
experienced curators and festivals? organizers shall help to create an unique
series of albums presenting what is the most significant and interesting in
European photography. We are sure that the idea of Photo Festival Union will
last and develop with time.
Further information:
Joanna Studzinska
Foundation of Visual Education
j.studzinska@festivalunion.com
(0048) 889 150 709
http://www.festivalunion.com


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