International Festival of photography
8 th edition

September 13-20
2017

2015 press release programme 2015

For its 8th edition The Tbilisi Photo Festival, the premier showcase for regional and international photography in the Caucasus, is back with its most provocative and diverse program to date! The central theme of festival 2017 is fashion! Fashion is, after all, a genuine representation of identity.

The festival program will emphasize all existing connections between fashion, the tradition of identity representation, ideology and the photographic image.

From Guy Bourdin’s seductive avant-garde photographs to Viviane Sassen’s daring approach to fashion images and the extremely rare collection of East German fashion photography from the Stasi period (1970s), as well as never-before-seen pre-Islamic revolution Iranian Fashion magazines, the week-long festival of shows, events and talks once again breaks new ground in subjects, styles and ways of seeing.

For it’s 8th edition, TPF is proud to host the world premier exhibition of Russian Journal Revisited by Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak and British writer Julius Strauss. 70 years later they travel in the footsteps of famous American writer John Steinbeck and Magnum agency co-founder Robert Capa, who visited and documented life in Georgia, Ukraine and Russia two years after the end of World War II.

Another 2017 highlight of the TPF program is the exhibition-tribute to the late American photojournalist and co-founder of Noor Images, Stanley Greene. Curated by Anna Shpakova, “See You in My Dreams”: Intimate Diary of Stanley Greene is a presentation of Stanley Greene’s unseen series of polaroids and personal letters.

Now in its eighth year, the Tbilisi Photo Festival has ensured its place as a must-stop meeting-point for photography and photographers from across Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

November 30

The 2017 Tbilisi Photo Festival starts off with fashion photography and the work of Guy Bourdin and Viviane Sassen, both of whom are shown in the Caucasus for the first time.

September 13
Guy Bourdin, Avant-Garde

Guy Bourdin, Avant-Garde

© The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2017 /Courtesy of Art + Commerce, 2017 

Guy Bourdin is definitely one of the “most important photographers of the second half of the twentieth century.” An autodidact artist, he re-defined the contours of contemporary fashion photography. For more than 40 years, his sublime iconic images - surreal, enigmatic, and humorous, are timeless and have had a major influence on the works of generations of photographers.
TPF will inaugurate its 8th edition with an outstanding open air event that will combine the screening of Guy Bourdin’s work with a live music performance of Nika Machaidze/Nikokoi – one of Georgia’s leading contemporary composers and artists.

September 14
Viviane Sassen. In And Out Of Fashion

Viviane Sassen. In And Out Of Fashion

De La Mar , 2010 © Viviane Sassen

The Dutch star of fashion photography - Viviane Sassen has broken all the rules of contemporary fashion photography and challenged the way we see fashion in the context of our complex modern world. “Her images are complex, unexpected and breathtaking, and they are many conceptual leaps away from the mainstay approaches to fashion that have dominated the 21st century so far” Extract from In and out of Fashion, Bright Star by Charlotte Cotton.

September 15
Identities

Identities

Taliban.© Collection of Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

Identities is a captivating group of shows that focuses on traditions and ways identity have been represented in the photographic image. Many of these are “found” images, several collections have never been seen before, while others have been published online or in book form. This series is noteworthy for its brazen humor and impact as a chronicle of the human condition:

  • Renowned Lithuanian photographer, Vitas Luckus’s series of portraits In Front of the White Screen (1987);
  • A stunning collection of studio portraits from 1970s central India by Suresh Punjabi, from the project Studio Suhag;
  • Never-before-seen pre- Islamic revolution Iranian fashion magazines;
  • Portraits of the Taliban found and collected in Afghanistan by Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak in early 2000s;
  • Bikini Collection from the private Trophy Collection of the Soviet Soldier (1950s);
  • Unveiled images of couples photographed in Iranian photo studios before the revolution; Extremely rare collection of fashion photography from East Germany by Gunter Roubitcz (1960s-1970s);
  • The Circle of Life, a collection of portraits of the inhabitants of Blenio Valley in Switzerland from 1910-25 by Swiss photographer Roberto Donetta.
These along with other series are all part of Identities, one of the week’s great highlights for festival 2017.

September 15
A conversation with Viviane Sassen

A conversation with Viviane Sassen

Coralie Gauthier, Director of Exhibitions and Programs at the prestigious Parisian club Silencio, designed by David Lynch, and the exclusive underground Paris club Salo, and founder of Since 1977, will moderate a conversation with Dutch fashion photographer Viviane Sassen.

September 16
Night of Photography 2017 at Fabrika
Open Air Night Screenings

Night of Photography 2017 at Fabrika

Tbilisi Photo Festival continues its tradition of conducting open air night-time screenings of first-class photography from around the world. This year, however, the Night of Photography moved from the streets of Old Tbilisi to a refurbished Soviet sewing factory called Fabrika - a creative multi-purpose urban space situated in a historical neighborhood. The work of over 350 photographers will be featured on the screens set up on Fabrika’s roof, as well as in the laid back lobby of its hostel, and in the generous courtyard, surrounded by restaurants and bars - and even in hostel dorm room 137.

The Eye of Photography, British Journal of Photography, Photo Vogue Festival, Delhi Photo Festival, Finish Museum of Photography, Ibasho Gallery with the selection of Japanese female photographers and some other, are joining the program of the Tbilisi Night of Photography for the first time in 2017. The Night of the Year of Les Rencontres d’Arles has also returned to Tbilisi. A selection of slideshows will be screened in memory of the late Claudine Maugendre, who had been Artistic Director of the Night of the Year of Les Rencontres d’Arles for many years. Lensculture is again part of the Night –second year in a row. The selection of works of emerging Georgian Fashion photographers, Belarusian artists, emerging Dutch photographers, Vasa project with Kharkov Photography School, in addition to many others, will be featured on the Tbilisi Night of Photography 2017.

Night of Photography will be screened on opening week Saturday, September 16th from 20.00 to 01.30 @ Fabrika.

September 16
Vlisco at Tbilisi Photo Festival 2017

Vlisco at Tbilisi Photo Festival 2017

Georgia’s vibrant and dynamic fashion industry has lately found its place on the world map of fashion. To celebrate this and to underline Georgia’s stature as “new capital of fashion in Eastern Europe,” Tbilisi Photo Festival has invited Vlisco, the Dutch textile brand with a renowned 170 history as leader in print design using batik technique in West Africa, for a new collaboration with emerging Georgian designer, Lasha Devdariani, and Georgian fashion photographer, Luisa Chalatashvili. The collection will be presented in the event Vlisco, A Unique Fashion Story, along with a public lecture on design at Vlisco by Gabriela Sancez y Sancez de la Barquera, Vlisco in-house designer.

September 17
Magnum Photos 70 at 70

Magnum Photos 70 at 70


2017 is Magnum Photo’s seventy years anniversary. To commemorate its birthday, the world’s leading photo agency is curating seventy iconic images by seventy of its photographers that will be part of a screening with live music at Tbilisi Photo Festival 2017 at the stylish Rooms Hotel Garden.


September 17
The Art of Fashion Photography with Patrick Remy
Talk/slideshow

The Art of Fashion Photography with Patrick Remy

French fashion photography critic Patrick Remy is known for his book series, Fashion Images de Mode and Strip/Paradise/Desire/Sensation (Steidl). Remy has also published photographer’s monographs and organized photo exhibitions in Miami, Tokyo and Melbourne. For TPF, Patrick Remy will be talking about fashion photography and the books of fashion photography.

September 17
Photography in the Margins: The Material History of an Indian Studio
Talk/slideshow

Photography in the Margins: The Material History of an Indian Studio

© Suresh Punjabi

Anthropologist and art historian, Professor Christopher Pinney is Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London. He is a specialist for his studies on the visual culture of South Asia, specifically India, and is also curator of the Suhag Studio show, which is the part of our Identities program.

September 18
Russian Journal Revisited by Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

Russian Journal Revisited by Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

©Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

In 1947, American writer John Steinbeck and Magnum photographer Robert Capa set out to objectively document the USSR. Their journey took them to Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. 70 years later, Magnum Photographer Thomas Dworzak and British journalist Julius Strauss have teamed up to re-explore the 1947 journey with the same original aim Steinbeck described as, "honest reporting, to set down what we saw and heard without editorial comment, without drawing conclusions about things we didn't know sufficiently."

TPF is proud to host the world premier exhibition of this bold project, which will prove to be a deeply perceptive comparison and contrast of the times.

 Georgian Journey: Robert Capa in Georgia - the collection of Robert Capa’s 1947 images from Georgia will be also featured in the 2017 program of Tbilisi Photo Festival 2017.

September 18
Capa Curator Cynthia Young (ICP) on Robert Capa and Russian Journal
Talk/slideshow

Capa Curator Cynthia Young (ICP) on Robert Capa and Russian Journal

The year Magnum was founded was the same year Capa and Steinbeck made their landmark journey to the USSR, just two years after the end of World War II. Cynthia Young, representing the Capa Archives at the International Centre of Photography in New York, will give a talk about Capa and the Russian Journal. Ms. Young will also have a conversation with Thomas Dworzak.

September 19
SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS: STANLEY GREENE’S INTIMATE DIARY
curator: Anna Shpakova

SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS: STANLEY GREENE’S INTIMATE DIARY

September 19
DELHI PHOTO FESTIVAL & PHOTOGRAPHY FROM INDIA
Talk/Slideshow

DELHI PHOTO FESTIVAL & PHOTOGRAPHY FROM INDIA

© Bharat Choudary

by Dinesh Khanna - Founder of Delhi Photo Festival

India is a vast and diverse country with many languages and ethnicities, but with arts and traditions steeped in the visual. In such a nation, photography and the image were bound to be an integral 'language' for social, political and economic conversations. 

The Delhi Photo Festival, while bringing international photographic work to the Indian community also offered a vibrant and important platform for Indian Photographers to showcase their work. This event shall present these visual stories for a better understanding of Indian Photography.


 

September 19
Tbilisi Photo Festival Book

Tbilisi Photo Festival Book

Tbilisi Photo Book is the first and only photography book fair in the entire South Caucasus region. It was founded by Tbilisi Photo Festival to promote the production of photo books in Georgia. The collection includes photo books from Japan, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, France, India, Iran - and many other countries - as well as self-published books selected by our guests and the curatorial team.


13 Sep
20.00 GUY BOURDIN, AVANT-GARDE

Open Air Screening Live Music by Nika Machaidze / Nikakoi New Tiflis / 38 D. Agmashenebeli Ave.

14 Sep
19.00 IN AND OUT OF FASHION BY VIVIANE SASSEN

Exhibition Opening Literature Museum / 8 G. Chanturia Str.

15 Sep
18.30 A CONVERSATION WITH VIVIANE SASSEN MODERATED BY CORALIE

GAUTHIER - Director of Exhibitions and Programmes (Silencio, Salò), Founder at Since 1977 Talk/Slideshow Rooms Hotel Conference Hall / 14 M.Kostava Str.

19.30 OPENING OF TBILISI PHOTO BOOK

Photo Book Fair Club Lolita / 7 T. Choveldize Str.

20.00 IDENTITIES

Studio Suhag – photos by Suresh Punjabi / curated by Pr. Cristopher Pinney (India) In Front of the White Screen 1987, Vitas Luckus (Lithuania) Taliban - Portraits of Talibans (Afghan-istan). Collection of Thomas Dworzak / Magnum Portraits of Tushetian Women by Shalva Alkhanaidze (Georgia) Couples in Iranian Photo Studio, Collection of Shadi Ghadirian (Iran) Fashion Photography in Eastern Germany in Stasi period by Günter Roubitcz (Germany) and pop up Polaroid photo studio with lingerie from 70s. Wearing Swimming Suits in Soviet Union, collection of Guram Tsibakhashvili (Georgia) Georgian Fashion Magazines from early 60s, collection of National Par-liamentary Library of Georgia Iranian Fashion Magazines of be-fore Islamic revolution – collection of Tbilisi Photo Festival Circle of Life (1910-1925) by Roberto Donetta (Switzerland) Bikini Collection The Trophy Collection of Soviet Soldier Opening of the exhibitions Club Lolita / 7 T. Chovelidze Str.

16 Sep
18.00 VLISCO, A UNIQUE FASHION STORY (The Netherlands)

DESIGN AT VLISCO By Gabriela Sanchez y Sanchez de la Barquera Public Lecture /Slideshow VLISCO X LASHA DEVDARIANI Presentation of the collection Fabrika (Conferance Hall) / 8 E. Ninoshvili str.

20.00 NIGHT OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN FABRIKA

Open Air Night Screenings Fabrika / 8 E. Ninoshvili str.

17 Sep
17.00 THE ART OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY

By Patrick Remy Talk/slideshow Hotel Rooms / Conference Hall / 14 M. Kostava Str.

19.00 PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE MARGINS: THE MATERIAL HISTORY OF AN INDIAN STUDIO

by Pr. Christopher Pinney Talk/Slideshow Club Lolita/7. T Chovelidze Str.

20.30 MAGNUM PHOTOS 70 at 70

Special Screening soirée for the 70th Anniversary of Magnum Photos with Live Music Accompaniment and meeting with Magnum photographrs Rooms Hotel Garden / 14 M.Kostava Str.

18 Sep
18.00 ROBERT CAPA’S TRAVEL IN THE USSR (1947)

By Cynthia Young - Robert Capa Curator (ICP) A Conversation with Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos Public Lecture/Slideshow TBC Art Gallery / 7 K. Marjanishvili str. / TBC Bank Head Office, 2nd floor

19.30 GEORGIAN JOURNAL: ROBERT CAPA IN GEORGIA , 1947

Exhibition Opening TBC Art Gallery/ 7 K. Marjanishvili Str./ TBC Bank Head Office, 2nd floor

20.00 Russian Journal Revisited

by Thomas Dworzak /Magnum Photos and Julius Strauss Exhibition Opening TBC Gallery / 7 K. Marjanishvili Str. / TBC Bank Head Office, 4th floor

19 Sep
18.30 DELHI PHOTO FES-TIVAL & PHOTOGRAPHY FROM INDIA

by Dinesh Khanna – photographer and co-founder of Delhi Photo Festival Talk/Slideshow Club Lolita / 7 T. Chovelidze Str.

20.00 SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS: STANLEY GREENE’S INTIMATE DIARY

curated by Anna Shpakova Exhibition Opening Gallery “Vernissage”/ 49 K. Apkhazi Str.

21.00 SCREENING SOIRÉE IN MEMORY OF STANLEY GREENE

In the screening program – works by Stanley Greene: Both Sides Now Shadows of Change, Greenland from Consequences by Noor Chalk Lines (Karabakh, Armenia,Azerbaijan) Open Air Night Screening Courtyard of Gallery Vernissage / 49 K. Apkhazi Str.