Łódź Fotofestiwal

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Capturing the Soul of the City

As a city, Łódź is an anomaly in many ways. Architecturally, economically, culturally, socially and most certainly artistically. While it sits nicely alongside other European post-industrial revitalization success stories such as Manchester and Rotterdam, Łódź however, remains decidedly rough around the edges and slightly out of focus.

There is a palpable undercurrent of frenetic creativity that seems to lurk around every corner and is hiding in every abandoned courtyard.  When you peel back the compounded layers of modernity, industry and decay you find a city of artists that is steeped in the arts, with the cinematic arts being its clear pedigree. Cameras of all shapes and sizes have been the window to the soul of this city since the shutter box's first inception.  

As the Industrial age slowly faded there were cameras there to capture its glorious demise.  WWII was a moving tapestry of tragedy and terror and countless images haunt the cities museums to this day.  With post war reconstruction came a pronounced change in film formats and the silver screen took centre stage. The now world famous National School of Film  opened its doors in 1958 and Łódź has had a love affair with celluloid ever since.  But what are moving pictures but rolls of stationary frames taken with a bigger camera and most cinematographers consider themselves photographers all the same.


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