Modern Photography Festival

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Till July 31, 2016 in the pavilion #59 "Grain" VDNH in collaboration with the Centre for Documentary Photography "Photodoc" presents the Contemporary Photography Festival. This site is going to host works by award holders of World Press Photo, international press photography contests, personal exhibitions of Aleksandr Petrosyan and Fyodor Telkov as well as the "One Picture Museum" project. Another essential part of the festival is a parallel programme that includes public lectures.

The festival is aimed at representing the major worldwide trends in modern photography as well as at discovering its documentary, artistic and applied aspects. The supervisors aim at showing that photography is omnipresent and omnipotent in terms of documenting events, studying complicated and long-term processes as well as creating emotionally charged visual images.

World Press Photo

The first modern photography festival at VDNH is the World Press Photo exhibition in pavilion #59 "Grain". World Press Photo is the most influential international press photography show that mostly sets professional standards. Every year the independent international panel formed by the professional press photographers and picture editors rates the works by press photographers, agencies, newspapers and magazines from all over the world. The exhibition covers the most important world events of the preceding year.

VDNH is going to exhibit the award-winning photographs in all the categories nominated during 2016: "The Picture of the Year", "Breaking News", "Contemporary Problems", "People in the News", "Everyday Life", "Important News", "Sport", "Wildlife" and "Long-Term Projects". In total 140 pictures will be exhibited.

World Press Photo is held annually in more than 40 countries, it being the most popular and widespread photo event in the world. Millions of people come to see it worldwide.

DATES: April 29 to June 9, 2016.
VENUE: pavilion #59 "Grain".
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
PRICE: full-price ticket — RUB 250.00, reduced-fare ticket (for schoolchildren, students, and seniors) — RUB 100.00; children under 6 years of age are admitted free of charge.

Personal exhibitions of Aleksandr Petrosyan and Fyodor Telkov


From June 16 to July 31, 2016, the Festival of Modern Photography is going to present personal exhibitions by two photographers: "The Junction" by Fyodor Telkov and "The Cabinet of Curiosities" by Aleksandr Petrosyan. These two projects are combined by principle of unity and struggle of opposites. Fyodor Telkov made a series of black-and-white pictures whereas Aleksandr Petrosyan made a series of colour pictures. The former is serious whereas the latter is grotesque and ironical; the former is in search of mystical implications whereas the latter tries to catch the Nikolai Gogol "mise-en-scène" style in the hustle and bustle of a modern big city. The common denominator for both photographers is that the everyday life of modern Russia is shown in a fantastic almost Martian way. Both photographers look at reality so closely that it turns its most paradoxical side to them.

"The Cabinet of Curiosities" exhibition by Aleksandr Petrosyan

This exhibition covers Saint Petersburg and its dwellers, whether kind and naive or evil and frightful, the comic minstrels and the blessed, the high and mighty and the low and weak. Aleksandr Petrosyan is one of the best photojournalists of today who also takes pictures of street life. His "The Cabinet of Curiosities" exhibition is a kind of concentrated life of Saint Petersburg and Russian mythology and aesthetics, a portrait of the beautiful and the ugly (these aspects cannot exist one without the other).

"The Junction" exhibition by Fyodor Telkov

Covers the Ural as a geographic and cultural region that extends for 2,500 km from the Arctic Ocean to the steppes of Kazakhstan. The remnants of plants, mines, opencast mines and factories form an integral part of the local scenery. Mentality is generally affected by these remnants. The past and the present, the myths and the reality combine to create a special sensation of space and time. Nature keeps the memory of ancient pagan beliefs; people here have a mystic mindset.

DATES: From June 16 to July 31, 2016.
VENUE: pavilion #59 "Grain".
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
PRICE: full-price ticket — RUB 250.00, reduced-fare ticket (for schoolchildren, students, and seniors) — RUB 100.00; children under 6 years of age are admitted free of charge.

"One Picture Museum"

What are the new trends brought by photography apart from the four classical painting types, i.e.: portrait, landscape, still life, and genre? Why did the new technology of 2D images bring changes into the traditional tasks of painting and penetrate into all spheres of our social and private life? The "One Picture Museum" project is aimed at answering these questions.

The exhibition is aimed at displaying the most famous artistic and technical trends of modern photography. To form this exhibition, the organizers selected one picture taken by the leading Russian photographers working in the following manners: "Documentary Press Photography", "Art Photography", "Fashion as a Trend in Advertising Photography", "Travel Photo", "Macro-photography", "Wedding Photography", "Street Photography", "Mobilography", "Architectural Photography", "Underwater Photography", "Aerial Photography", and "Animal Photos".

Parallel Programme of the Festival

Every week during the festival famous Russian photographers, picture editors, organizers and professors of photo schools are going to read lectures; meet-the-artist events with photographers whose pictures are presented at the festival will also be held. Films will also be shown.

SCHEDULE:
•    Festival: April 29 to July 31, 2016
•    World Press Photo: April 29 to June 9, 2016
•    "The Cabinet of Curiosities" by Aleksandr Petrosyan: June 16 to July 31, 2016
•    "The Junction" by Fyodor Telkov: June 16 to July 31, 2016
•    "One Picture Museum": April 29 to July 31, 2016

VENUE: pavilion #59 "Grain".
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
PRICE: full-price ticket — RUB 250.00, reduced-fare ticket (for schoolchildren, students, and seniors) — RUB 100.00; children under 6 years of age are admitted free of charge.
ORGANIZERS: VDNH, Centre for Documentary Photography "Photodoc".

Cost
full-price ticket — RUB 250.00 
reduced-fare ticket (for schoolchildren, students, and seniors) — RUB 100.00 
children under 6 years of age are admitted free of charge. 
Date
Till July 31, 2016
Schedule
Tuesday to Sunday
From 11:00 to 22:00
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