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FOTOJATKA

What is Fotojatka?

Fotojatka is a small travelling festival that has been screening great photos in cinemas, cafés and clubs since 2007. 

Each event is an evening of projections of an original selection from the best in international and Czech creative and documentary photography that oscillates somewhere between a lecture, stand-up comedy, improvised awkwardness and attempts at solving unexpected technical problems.

We don’t play intellectuals, we make Fotojatka for everyone even remotely interested in photography. We screen stuff that makes an art critic happy, but that your mum will understand, too.

Portrait, conceptual photography, documentary or humour – but always different from what you’d expect.

The eleventh year is full of opposites: blurry moments from intimate diaries alter with mathematically perfect architecture photography; raw analogue snapshots contrast with carefully arranged studio still lifes... Besides these, you will take a look at the everyday work of an award-winning reporter photographer or laugh at great street photo moments.

For the third time, we're organizing the festival with no money at all. Authors allowed us to screen their works for free and the organizers all work for free, too, in their leisure time. After excluding the costs of cinema and club rents all proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Frontiers.

You can help us promote Fotojatka. Share us on Facebook, invite your friends, and, above all, come and see the festival night yourself!

When and where

Places and times of festival nights

1

BRNO / Schrott Gallery
Saturday, October 19, 2019 / 20:00
www.schrott.cz/schrott-gallery / already took place

2

ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE / Kotva cinema
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 / 20:00
www.kinokotva.cz / already took place

3

BRATISLAVA / Austrian Culture Forum, Astoria Palace, Hodžovo námestie 1/A
Echoes of Fotojatek (the best of the past) / Friday, November 1, 2019 / 18:00
as a part of The Month of Photography / www.mesiacfotografie.sk

4

PRAHA / Aero cinema
Friday, November 15, 2019 / 20:00


5

PLZEŇ / DEPO2015 (as a part of Plzeň Design Week)
Saturday, November 16, 2019 / 18:00 

More places will be added with time.

History of the festival

2007-2014
Fotojatka festival was born in the town of České Budějovice (Budweis) and in its first year, it mainly presented local photographers’ work. Since 2008, however, it started to focus on creative and documentary photography from the Czech Republic as well as from the rest of the world and spread its wings to Brno and Praha, with projections of „echoes of Fotojatka“ taking place in many other towns. Despite its weird name („Fotojatka“ meaning something like „Photographic Slaughterhouse“) the festival has never projected photography depicting explicit violence, wildly uncomprehensible or specifically „underground“ series – the main criteria in choosing photographic series was to select works that will address a wide audience without unnecessary descriptions, but, at the same time, that are notably different and stand out among the works of most photographers.
The main difference between Fotojatka and other festivals is in the way photography is presented: instead of exhibiting prints, the series are projected onto film screen, with carefully selected musical or soundscape accompaniment, which emphasizes the emotional impact of the photos. Each slideshow is preceded by a spoken introduction, but the projection itself is uncommented.
We make the slideshows ourselves, with cooperation with the authors, so they are exclusive to Fotojatka.

During its existence, Fotojatka has presented the works of more than a hundred photographers. The list includes a number of noted Czech photographers (Antonín Kratochvíl, Jindřich Štreit, Jiří Stach, Jiří Hanke, Vladimír Birgus, Dana Kyndrová, Vladimír Birgus, Michael Hanke...) as well as some of the most renowned international artists (Anders Petersen, Erwin Olaf, Michael Ackerman, Sergey Maximishin, Nikos Economopoulos, Chema Madoz, Viviane Sassen...), however, the festival also tries to acquaint the audience with interesting works by younger authors, often winners of prestigious international awards (International Photo Award, World Press Photo...). 

2017 AND ON
Since 2017, Fotojatka is being organized with no money involved at all.  All authors kindly lent their works for screening for free, the organizers work for free, all printed materials are printed for free thanks to the generosity of the printers.

After covering the rental costs, all proceeds from Fotojatka are given to the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders
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Fotojatka countdown

I didn't want to include this sillyness, but it was free.

Facebooks and Youtubes

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Slideshows from previous years from the authors who agreed to have their works published, plus festival jingles.

Contact

The festival is being organized solely by Jan Flaška, who works with the authors, makes their slideshows, sees to the web, translates all the texts into crappy English, hosts the festival nights and organizes all the technical and non-technical stuff around Fotojatka. If you want to talk to someone from Fotojatka, he's the guy.
His mail is flaska at email dot cz, his phone number is +420 777 637 108.

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