Award-Winning Photos by Up-and-Coming Photographers
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Artur Gutowski, Robert Mainka and Piotr Zbierski – students of Łódź Film School – have been awarded at the reGeneration competition at the Musée d'Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The reGeneration: Tomorrow's Photographers Today competition selects photographers at the start of their careers who break conventions and inspire creativity and ingenuity. The competition takes place every four years. The curators select the most promising candidates from some 700 entries submitted by 120 of the world’s top photography schools. The selected works will be showcased in the coming four years in Arles, New York, Beijing and Moscow.
Robert Mainka's set of photos is a record of exercises of the imagination. The shots are improvised without restrictions. The author comments,
I took pictures of everything I could think of. If something seemed impossible, I stopped at the draft. That's what happened with the parrot with a pearl in its beak.
The title of the series teasingly refers to T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. The photographs are without convention but not random. The connection between the photographs is not obvious at first, but it's a play on opposites – mother-death, growth-rotting.
They are shots of the author's everyday surroundings. Mainka sees photography as a starting point for film: he scrutinises ideas and takes note of alterations. He is currently working on his first short film.
Refugee camp photography
Artur Gutowski – a vagabond with a mission – photographs and writes. He had been published by National Geographic and Continents. Earlier in 2014, he received the Sony award for his photo of a monkey theatre shot during a study trip to Indonesia.
The reGeneration competition featured his photos from an illegal refugee camp in Bangladesh. Gutowski managed to get a glimpse of the camp thanks to an employee of a local TV station. He explains:
Nayapara and Kutupalong are two refugee camps situated not far from each other. The former was set up by the UNHCR, the latter however is functioning illegally and the refugees living there have no papers. 30,000 people altogether, although the numbers might be higher. Over half of them have been living there since their birth.
The author of the project managed to gain the trust of the people running the camp as well as its inhabitants.
Love has to be reinvented
Piotr Zbierski is a photographer with an international presence. After winning the Leica Newcomer Award, his works were shown in several countries (France and Germany, among others). The title of this series is a line from Arthur Rimbaud's The Drunken Boat (1871) reiterated by Leonardo DiCaprio as Rimbaud in Agnieszka Holland's Total Eclipse.
łódź film school
The Lausanne Museum was set up in 1985 as one of the first institutions in Europe entirely devoted to photography. The first reGeneration competition took place in 2005. Nearly 120 photography school from around the world sent the works of their students for the competition in the last edition. One of its winners was Anna Orłowska from Łódź Film School.
Authored by Michał Dąbrowski, translated by MJ 03/12/2014