Festival of Photography Funke’s Kolín

Only few places in the Czech Republic are as closely associated with avant-garde photography as the city of Kolin. It was in this town that Josef Sudek, Jaromír Funke, and Eugen Wiškovský, three renowned pioneers of modern Czech photography were meeting each other.The first festival of photography in honour of Jaromír Funke and Josef Sudek, Funke’s Kolin, focused on experimental photography. It was organised by Aleš Kuneš, Jolana Havelková and Miloš Kim Houdek in October 1993. Each edition of the festival revolves around a particular theme, thus in 1996, the theme was ‘Still Life’, in 1998, ‘The Body’, in 2001, ‘The Landscape’, and in 2003, ‘Advertisement Photography’. This approach was chosen so as to foster a deepening insight into the development of contemporary photography.The festival is organised in untraditional spaces that lend themselves to innovative approaches to exhibiting photography. In the past, we used for example, a rehearsal room in the local theatre, Kolin’s former castle, and a brewery. As a part of the festival, we organised exhibitions of important photographers connected with the town of Kolin, thus presenting for example Funke’s work (this event was curated by Anna Fárová).

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