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Photography Touches Us All – the EMOP, aka European Month of Photography Berlin 2023 is kicking off !

For the 10th edition of EMOP Berlin from 2 through 31 March, 2023, more than 100 exhibitions and well over 500 participating photographers are turning Berlin into the capital of photography. The anniversary edition in Berlin is celebrating 20 years of photography festival culture. Under the central theme of ‘Touch’, the festival has been dedicated since 2 March to topics such as proximity and distance, technical and artistic innovation, climate change and the energy crisis, the Ukraine war, as well as the future of photographic archives – as seen from the perspectives of the participating photographers.

“With the EMOP Berlin and its 100 partners, we invite visitors to rediscover Berlin as a photography hotspot – for an entire month, with 100 exhibitions accompanied by an extensive festival program. Our two central venues in the west and the east of the city – are at the same time the starting points and particular highlights. For the exhibition showing to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the EMOP Berlin, the baroque-esque Amtsalon in Charlottenburg is offering a fascinating contrast to the vacant office building hosting the photography school’s exhibitions at Leipziger Straße 54.” Moritz van Dülmen, CEO of Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH.

“20 years of photo festival culture in Berlin have also meant 20 years of digital transformation to photography as a medium – one that today more than ever is finding its way into all areas of society, and is thus becoming more present with a more powerful impact than ever. Which is precisely why programs like the EMOP Berlin are so important: because it is here that exhibitions and supporting programs open up spaces and indicate pathways to explore the issues of our day and age.” Maren Lübbke-Tidow, Artistic Director of the EMOP Berlin 2023.

During the 10th edition of Germany’s largest photography festival – which opened at 7 pm on 2 March at Amtsalon in a ceremony hosted by Berlin Culture Senator Klaus Lederer – visitors across Berlin and Potsdam can look forward to exhibitions from around 100 partners including the Helmut Newton Foundation, C/O Berlin, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Palais Populaire, and Akademie der Künste.

For the EMOP Berlin 2023, a number of archives are also opening their doors: Across six events, visitors are guided through photographic archives held at locations including the Foundation of Photography and Media Art with the Michael Schmidt Archive, the Museum of Photography, the Walter Benjamin Archive (Akademie der Künste) and Berlinische Galerie. For the duration of an afternoon, dialogues with archivists and collection curators grant insight into works which otherwise remain well-protected behind closed doors. The program entitled ‘Disruptions of the 20th century’ uses images and archival material to establish a connection between past experiences of war in Europe and the war currently raging in Ukraine.

A catalogue is being published for the EMOP Berlin 2023, edited by Kulturprojekten Berlin and featuring contributions from Susanne Holschbach, Maren Lübbke-Tidow and Rebecca Wilton (German/English, 232 pages, 145 illustrations. Price: €10). It is available from all EMOP Berlin 2023 partners and at Amtsalon). Admission to all exhibitions and events at Amtsalon and in Leipziger Straße is free of charge.

The EMOP Berlin is a member of the European Month of Photography (EMOP) a joint European project that currently also includes photography festivals in Brussels, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Paris and Vienna. The idea of launching a European network of photography festivals was born in 2003 upon the initiative of Berlin’s partner city Paris. The joint project aims to promote European cooperation, to strengthen the international photography community, to deepen international exchange of information and experiences, and to support young artists. In the months to come, festivals will take place in Paris (25 March – 31 May, 2023), Luxembourg (10 May – 30 June, 2023) and Vienna (1 June – 30 June, 2023).

The EMOP Berlin is a project brought to you by Kulturprojekte Berlin in cooperation with photography institutions in Berlin and Potsdam. It is made possible through funding from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe as well as from the European Regional Department Fund (ERDF). Visitors will find an overview of all venues, exhibitions and dates online.

GoSee : emop-berlin.eu
08.03.2023 show complete article


featured by LGA MANAGEMENT : John BALSOM c/o LGA MANAGEMENT photographs Ismael Cruz Cordova for MAN ABOUT TOWN … and meet LGA MGMT once again at their XXL booth at UPDATE-23-BERLIN

Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova, born in 1987, moved to New York City in 2006 where he studied acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He became known among a broader and younger audience as Armando on Sesame Street. He was most recently cast as the elf Arondir in one of the lead roles for the series ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’, conceived by streaming service Amazon Prime.

John BALSOM c/o LGA MANAGEMENT photographed actor Ismael Cruz Cordova for the magazine MAN ABOUT TOWN. 

And meet LGA MANAGEMENT at UPDATE-23-BERLIN on 25 May, 2023. LGA MGMT is among the worldwide leading artist management agencies and represents its artists – including Annie Leibovitz, Steve McCurry, Paolo Pellegrin, or Ellen von Unwerth… to name a few – from its offices in London, Paris and New York.

GoSee : lgamanagement.com
21.01.2023 show complete article


The 37th Festival d’Hyères awards designer Jenny Hytönen as the winner in the Fashion category, honors Valentin Lessner with the Mercedes-Benz Sustainability Prize and gives Rala Choi the Grand Prix of the Photography Jury

The city of Hyères in the south of France served once again as the stage for the popular Festival of Fashion, Photography and Accessories. From Thursday, 13 through Sunday, 16 October, 2022, plenty of fashionistas found their way again this year to Villa Noailles. “Over the course of four days, guests had the pleasure of indulging in fashion, accessories and photography from morning to night, while experiencing it all one more time and learning so much,” Rolf Scheider tells us, who took a closer look at the finalists and winners for GoSee.

The awards ceremony took place starting at 2:30pm at Villa Noailles, and this year, the focus was on the ecological aspect of the submitted works. Front and center for these young up-and-coming designers : craftsmanship and sustainable materials. The Grand Prix of the Jury Première Vision, chaired by designer Glenn Martens (Y/Project, Creative Director DIESEL, Jean Paul Gaultier), went to Finnish designer Jenny Hytönen – who also took home the Public Prize of the city of Hyères. She thrilled jurors and the audience alike with a collection blending armor and glamour – adorning leather with spikes, and knitwear with glass beads.

Jenny Hytönen: “It is beyond. I would like to thank the whole team from Villa Noailles and all the beautiful inspiring people I had the chance to meet during this time. There was definitely some magic in the air.”

The festival also lauded Valentin Lesser in the category Fashion, who received the le19M Métiers d’art Prize, awarded by Chanel since 2019, as well as the Mercedes-Benz Prize for eco-friendly collections. The designer from Munich, who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, delivered an impressive collection with a combination of streetwear and tailoring.

“For almost 30 years, our brand has been actively committed to fashion worldwide, and we are delighted to continue the support of international talent again this year as a long-standing partner of the Festival d’Hyères. We extend our most cordial congratulations to Valentin Lessner on winning our Mercedes-Benz Sustainability Prize in 2022 and, by doing so, recognize his passion for responsible fashion design.” says Julia Hofmann, Head of Branded Entertainment & Brand Partnerships at Mercedes-Benz AG.

In the category Photography, the jury chaired by Pierre Debusschere awarded the main prize to South Korean photographer Rala Choi, who also received the Public Prize. A Special Mention Prize went to French photographer Adeline Care, and Vietnamese photographer Chiron Duong was awarded the American Vintage Photography Prize.

Grand Prix of the Jury Première Vision – Jenny Hytönen (Finland)
The le19M Métiers d’art Prize – Valentin Lessner (Germany)
Mercedes-Benz Sustainability Prize – Valentin Lessner (Germany)
L’Atelier des Matières Prize – Sini Saavala (Finland)
Public Prize – City of Hyères – Jenny Hytönen (Finland)

Grand Prix of the Photography Jury – Rala Choi (South Korea)
American Vintage Photography Prize – Chrion Duong (Vietnam)
Special Mention of the Photography Jury – Adeline Care (France)
Public Prize – City of Hyères – Rala Choi (South Korea)

Grand Prix of Accessories Jury – Joshua Cannone (France)
Hermès Fashion Accessories Prize – Lola Mossino & Indra Eudaric (France)
Public Prize – City of Hyères – Lola Mossino & Indra Eudaric (France)

Also part of the program were master classes with Belgian designer Glenn Martens, President of the fashion jury and guest of honor, as well as Pierre Debusschere, Chairman of the jury for photography and Aska Yamashita, Artistic Director of Atelier Montex, a laboratory specialized in embroidery, which joined the Métiers d’Art of Chanel in 2011.

The exhibitions are still open to the public through the end of January 2023:

Glenn Martens Ifeanyi Okwuadi – Fashion
Pierre Debusschere Emma Charrin & Olivier Muller – Photography
Aska Yamashita, Montex Capucine Huguet – Fashion Accessories
Rukpong Raimaturapong – The le19M CHANEL Métiers d’art prize
Sergei Pavlov – American Vintage Photography prize
Yann Tosser-Roussey – The Hermès Fashion Accessories prize
Delphine Dénéréaz – The 2022 Guest Artist

The evenings were full of DJ sets and performances, and particularly popular was LA FAMILLE MARABOUTAGE, an afro-futuristic collective that performed Pan-African dance and bass music, making sure the juju on the dance floor was magical. “We are already looking forward to the 38th International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories,” Rolf tells us.

Since 1986, the festival has promoted and supported young international fashion design, and since 1997, a competition has also been held for emerging photographers. Since 2016, a competition has recognized young designers in the area of fashion accessories. The festival is the oldest fashion competition aimed at up-and-coming professionals.

GoSee villanoailles.com
24.10.2022 show complete article